Monday, July 20, 2009

A Room for Silas

Silas. I can't stop thinking about him. He's over in Korea, just getting older every day! I need him to be here, in his home, with his family, in my arms. For many different reasons, the waiting is harder this time around.

In the meantime, we have all kinds of things to keep us busy. Getting his room ready is at the top of the list. Although I originally posted this blog months ago, I'm ashamed to report that nothing has changed between then and now. Not one dern thing.

So, I would like to show you what we have to work with, but I warn you, this is not for the faint of heart.

We have been stripping around here for days and days. Stripping, I tell you. Stripping daintily flowered wallpaper of the Amish persuasion.

We even stripped this charming mixed-media vignette.

Yikes, I know. Even worse? Calvin stuck his nose in it and announced that it smelled like vanilla "in there". Vanilla is not known for being a particularly noxious odor, but for some reason, I found the comparison so disgusting that I am sharing it with all of you in an attempt to rid myself of its memory.

Then, we have the issue of the floor. It is currently a very brittle, brown linoleum. What? You've never thought about putting linoleum in an upstairs bedroom? Why ever not??

My mom was quite certain that we would find hardwood underneath, this being a century-old house built by capable Amish hands.

Instead, we found this.

Nasty, nasty particle board covered in grime and bug guts. And yes, that's mold on the wall. Thanks for noticing.

All of that to say, we're rather excited about the challenge this room will afford us! I'm combing my files for inspiration. I need budget-friendly, DIY options. I need texture on the walls and a bright color above. I need to find a cheap dresser and some type of a changing table. I need to talk my mama into sewing the crib skirt.

I'm going green with some pops of bright aqua and clear red - maybe.

I'm rather intrigued by this wall treatment, as shown in the beloved PB catalog. My favorite Cottage Nester talked some sense into me and helped me find a perfect solution for the funky slanted ceiling/wall. I'm now in earnest negotiation with Cory regarding finding a balance between doable and cost effective and fun for the white wainscoting that will run the perimeter of the room.

So far, these are my two finds. That rickety chest has a metal top and was bought for a song. The globe came from Home Again. The rest, I'm hoping, will come from a HomeGoods giftcard, via the give-away at The Inspired Room. My heart beats faster just thinking of the possibilities!

In the meantime, I am ever open to suggestions from all of my crafty, stylish friends. Go hog wild. In a room like this, the only way to go is up.


  1. This line intrigues me, I wish you would expound: "For many different reasons, the waiting is harder this time around."

    What are they? In other notes. I took some pics for you (I know remember) at an antique barn place up in New Buffalo. Will have to look again to see if any pieces would fit. Also, if you needed globes, you should have ASKED me you know.

    Also, I forget: I'm assuming that the previous owners of your home do NOT have the link to your blog. ;)

    The only way is up, indeed! Have fun!

    ps. where in the heck did you hear/learn the expression "for a song." Seriously. How did I not know that one (being me and all). Did you make it up?

  2. will be perfect because you are doing it all with such love! I am glad you have a project that will quicken the time until you meet your new love of your lives! ♥♥♥♥

  3. Based on the handiwork in your kitchen and bath, I expect it will turn out just as beautiful. I can't wait to see the final results. Our old and oft neglected farmhouse has similar ahem...assets, that only an owner can love!

  4. Oh my lands{start that one up there!!}, I love that room!! The windows and whatnot, not the linoleum and wallpaper!! I am maybe gonna suggest NOT wasting money on a changing table. We have never had, nor used one. My friend used some wood to give it that PB paneled look. I'll have to get her to take pics of her nursery. It is so cute!!
    I know whatever you do will be great!! Might I suggest ticking for the windows. Just my 2 cents...

  5. Oh my you do have your hands full. I love it though, it's a blank canvas you can do anything with. I loved the ideas you had laid out. I can see you have great taste.

    I will be praying that the time goes quickly for you and your little Silas. I would love to adopt a little boy too. My honey is not in agreement with me on that one, so I guess I will live vicariously through you:)

  6. Sadly, we also found fire engine red linoleum under the carpet in one of our upstairs bedrooms. Our house was built in the 40s though...

    I hope your wait for your little love goes quickly. At least you have a project to occupy your time!

  7. I can't wait to see the finished room....whatever you do with it will be adorable I'm sure! The boys and I were just talking about how excited we are for Silas! Waiting is always the hardest part, but you'll be rubbing his back in no time:)!

  8. I'm too jealous. I love doing old houses. Love the idea of the slats for the walls. We put tonge and groove on my angled ceilings on our first cottage at the lake, they were very unique. My sewing room is robin egg blue with brown and red accents. I love it.

    Little Silas is so lucky, we are so happy for you. Can't wait to see him, he and Cam will be best buds!!! Cheri'

  9. How exciting! I love your inspiration board and can't wait to the room when it is done.


  10. What a challenge! Good for you for not being afraid to get in there and do it. I can't wait to see the finished creation. Have a great week.


  11. Love the color the globe! :) When you get done will you come to my house??? Boy, I wasn't any help at all, was I?

  12. This room is already filled with love! Have you seen the beadboard wallpaper? That might give you the look of the wall in the photo. Good luck and let us see your progress!

  13. I love the idea of teal with pops of red. My tips....
    Buy all furniture from Craigslist, garage sales or thrift stores..Do you belong to a can post what you need and maybe people have items that they are not using...Paint is your best and cheapest friend.
    Any kind of dresser or table can be used for a changing table...don't get too wrapped up in that...I had 3 kids and never used a changing table - I used whatever was handy. If your mom sews maybe she can teach will come in handy when your little one needs a costume for a play or Fall is a great craft to learn.
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  14. OMG, did you say red!? Yes please! It's going to be so cute! Thinking about some ideas to share . . . .

  15. Do you have any idea how happy it makes me to find not one, but 2 new posts from you today? I'm so sorry that the wait is so hard on you right now. It must be unbearable. I think Silas is the luckiest guy in the world. Plus he's going to have the cutest room in the world cuz his mommy has such awesome taste!

  16. Wow!! What a mess you were left with!! But the room has great potential. I love your inspiration board. You have great ideas and I agree with the slat idea for the sloping ceiling.

    I rarely order from Restoration Hardware (read: steep prices!) but I found out they have Baby Restoration Hardware. You may want to go online just to get ideas. They had some great color combos.

    I hope your precious baby is home soon. I'll keep you in my prayers.

    Happy Met Monday!


  17. Love the angled ceiling and wee low window.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with :)

    I also want HOME AGAIN to relocate to Ireland - we have nothing like that here, and I keeping hoping one will miraculously appear some day.

  18. Looks like lots of fun at your place, fabulous finds too with the chest and vintage globe, they are the coolest things.

  19. I know what that wait is like Shannon! We have 2 kiddos that we waited for, to come home from Korea. What a great project to keep yourself busy---Silas is a very lucky little boy! Hope he will be in your arms soon!

  20. Oh that room is going to be beautiful, it has such potential - can't wait to see how it turns out.

  21. Oh, you so need to go with the geography thing...



    She had other links for you to check out! Love the globe & trunk!