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I just got back from a wonderful vacation with my whole family to Cape San Blas in Florida. I sure do miss sitting on the hammock on the deck listening to the ocean!  Although, I don’t miss Kennedy’s terrible sleep schedule while we were down there.

Anywho, I’m home and back to work. I finally narrowed down my paint choice for the vanity: Sherwin Williams Georgian Bay. I just put the first coat on…and quickly remembered that the first coat is always a little scary when using colorful paint.

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It’s still wet in this picture.  When it dries it’s a calmer blue; not quite as bright.  You can see some of the primer through the blue too because I chose to do thin coats.  I’ve read over and over that that’s the way to go when painting wood.

After reading several bloggers rave about Sherwin Williams ProClassic paint I chose to go that route too with this vanity.  Mandy from Vintage Revivals used it on a chest of drawers and it looks flawless.  I know that using oil-based paint is the preferred method for cabinetry, but with a little baby in the house I just can’t deal with those kinds of fumes.  I’m using the ProClassic Latex paint in a satin finish & will give you my full review after I’m finished.  I hope I have great things to say about it!!!

I’m going to buy the same knobs and pulls I have in my kitchen since I love them so much and they’re the perfect aged brass look I’m going for.

I’m dying inside a little over the fact that I can’t get a new countertop anytime soon. Is this where I insert the #firstworldproblems??? I just have to remind myself to keep moving forward with what I’ve got and make it work!

Alright, time to get back to work.  Wish me luck!

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Alright, we started with this:


We’re currently like this:
Here’s what I plan on doing:

SKIM COAT THE WALLS:    I really screwed up here.  I started peeling off wallpaper that had been primed over and royally ripped in to the sheetrock all over the place.  Go me!  I researched and researched how to skim coat walls and the consensus was that it’s not an easy job to perfect.  I envisioned myself spending hours upon hours, days upon days, only to be frustrated at my less than perfect job.  So what did I do?  I reached out on my neighborhood’s facebook page to see if there was a handyman near by that could do the job.  Thankfully I got a response right away and met a new neighbor in the process!  He’s sending someone over next week to do the job.  It will take 3 days of sanding, mudding, drying, etc. and $200.  Worth every penny!

PAINT THE VANITY & add brass hardware:  some shade of navy blue or gray/blue.  Here are my inspiration pics.

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PAINT THE WALLS: I’m thinking of going with the same color as our master bathroom. It’s a very light neutral, but not white.  Even with the same paint color and the same shower tiles, the two bathrooms are very different, so I’m not worried about them looking the same.

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KEEP THE MIRROR: Getting a new mirror just isn’t in the budget right now so I’m going to make do with what I have.  I may frame it out, but I’ve seen so many framed out mirrors that look cheap so I’m a little concerned about going that route. I think if it’s done right it can look great, I just need to figure out what doing it “right” actually means for me.

COUNTERTOP: Gulp. I’m keeping the gold, cultured marble countertop.  Hopefully somewhere down the road we can save some cash to replace it with a carrera marble top, but for now I’m going to rock the 80′s countertop and make it work!

NEW LIGHT:  Is there really an explanation needed for this?

SHELF OVER THE TOILET:  Again, no explanation needed.

SHOWER CURTAIN:  Make a curtain-like shower curtain.

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 Down the road, along with the new vanity top, I want to do some board and batten in there, but that’s just going to have to come later.

This bathroom will be the bathroom that guests use when they come to stay with us, but it’s also going to be our kid’s bathroom so my goal is to make it light and crisp feeling, but add enough color so it doesn’t fancy or sterile.  I’m thinking the blue/gray vanity will do just that.

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I’ve had several people ask me about how our attempt to wean Keenedy from her swaddle went, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to explain how we were SUCCESSFUL in weaning Kennedy from it within one week!

I’m elated to be writing this blog post because it means my life is back to normal…whatever normal actually is. For me, right now, it means that Kennedy is taking pretty predictable naps and is sleeping 11-12 hours at night; perhaps waking up one time after 8 hours to nurse.

It all started last Monday. I had the Zipadeezip in hand and I decided to start off with naps only. Monday: 30 minutes and wake up at each nap time. I’d give in around 4-5pm each day and just let her nap in the swing. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: SAME THING. She couldn’t get past napping for 30 minutes at a time, but she’s never been that great of a napper so I just kept going.

Friday came and she went down for a nap, woke up 30 minutes later, then put herself back to sleep a couple minutes later. That was our first success!

Friday NIGHT – *gulp* we were finished swaddling at bedtime now. This was the first night and let me tell you…it was ROUGH. From 8pm-8am she woke up 8 TIMES! She would wake up crying and as soon as we put her pacifier in her mouth she’d go back to sleep, but that made for a long night of ups and downs each time she’d wake up crying. There were two 2.5 hour stretches of sleep within those 12 hours. We felt like we had a newborn again!

Saturday night – slightly better than Friday night. I think we got up around 5 times to give Kennedy her pacifier between 8pm-8am.

Sunday – We were exhausted by this point. Not getting quality sleep combined with a busy weekend with family was wearing on us. I was so nervous going to bed Sunday night because I was on my own — Alex had to get up for work Monday morning whereas I could bum around in yoga pants all day if wanted to, so that meant that every cry session was “my turn” to attend to.

She did a lot better than the previous 2 nights and slept until 1am without crying. But then 1:10, 1:30, 2…cry, cry, cry. I rolled over and told Alex I was going to swaddle her. I was so tired and frustrated and couldn’t do this anymore tonight. He quickly replied “go for it!”.

I took a deep breath before getting out of bed and decided I’d just nurse her then put her back to bed one last time unswaddled. I did just that then went back to bed myself expecting to wake up to crying 30 minutes later.

The next thing I know it’s 8:15am and I had just slept for nearly 6 hours straight!  By George I think she’s got it!!!  I knew that that was the turning point and I was right.

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Monday night she slept 11 solid hours. No interruptions.  Hallelujah!

Then last night she was back to her normal routine of 12 hours with one early morning wake up to nurse.  I must also say that she’s napping better than she ever has before.  I’m talking predictable 1.5-2 hours naps!  I’m still holding my breath that those will be consistent because it’s definitely a new thing for her, but I’d be overjoyed if she stuck to it!

Although the Zipadeezip wasn’t “magic” for us right away, I’d still say that it worked wonders for transitioning out of the swaddle and was worth the money.  After shipping they cost about $43 so I don’t think we’ll be buying another one, which would be very nice to have so we could wash it without having to do speed-washes between naps.

I’m just thankful we’re out of that phase & that my sweet SIX MONTH OLD can sleep again.

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Now back to my original project I was working on when this sleep catastrophe stole my attention…the guest bathroom!  I’ve nailed down my design board and will be back soon with details!

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