Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Seeing Gray....Or Blue?

Well, I'm 26 weeks pregnant and we decided it was time to start on the nursery this weekend.  I know there are people out there who start in on decorating the nursery as soon as they find out they are pregnant, but that certainly was not going to be me.  Heck, if I could I'd wait until these babies are actually born, but I know that probably wouldn't be the smartest idea either.  So, a couple weeks past viability I finally felt comfortable enough to get this thing started. 

So, are you ready for the long drama?

We had tossed around a few ideas for how to do the room.  Let me just say, trying to figure out how to decorate a room for both a boy and a girl is hard.  Like, really hard.  At first we were going to do a jungle theme - and somewhere along the way decided we weren't in love with that idea.  Not to mention I was stressing out about how uncreative I am and wasn't sure I was up to the challenge of doing a themed room and having it come out cute.  So, in the end we finally decided to paint the walls gray, figuring whatever girl and boy bedding we find would go well with that color.

Ok, back to the drama.

Gray.  If I hear that word one more time I think I'll shoot myself.  Last week was spent scouring Pinterest and Images for gray nursery ideas and paint colors, and running around to various stores getting paint samples to see how they would look on the wall.  We painted the samples on over our currently beige wall, and everything came  Off to the store for more samples, put them on the wall,  WTF?!  We finally figured out the beige was coming through, turning the colors into something they weren't.  We were trying to avoid priming, but decided it was inevitable if we wanted the paint color to turn out right. 

Jeff's mom, bless her heart, had decided to come to our place for Thanksgiving this year and stay through the weekend so she and Jeff could paint (neither of them wanted me around all the paint fumes, which was probably the right thing to do).  So they got the walls primed Friday, and Saturday morning we painted the samples back on the wall.  What a difference!  The colors actually looked gray, and matched the paper swatches this time.  Right away all 3 of us zeroed in on one color and immediately decided that was the one.  It was Benjamin Moore's Coventry Gray. So, off to the hardware store to buy a gallon of paint.

Here's where the drama continues.  BM has 3 lines of paint, and only their high end line (i.e. their $67 a gallon line) carries the satin finish, which is what we (and doesn't everyone else?) wanted.  Jeff was not happy.  At all.  Jeff can be, shall we say, a little tight with money.  I have to say I can't blame him in this case though.  $35 for a gallon of paint?  A normal amount we were expecting to spend.  $67?  Holy moly, that's unreasonable!  After arguing talking it over, we decided we already had the color we liked picked out and didn't feel like starting all over again with trying to find one we liked.  So, we forked over the dough and headed back home for Jeff and his mom to get to work:

(notice the window sill? he needed to calm his nerves after all that)
Finally getting some color on the wall!  Looks so pretty going on doesn't it?
Pretty gray walls:
Or is it baby blue?

Gah!  Now that it's all on and dried, it's giving off more of a baby blue hue - although still sometimes gray depending on what light it's in.  It's not exactly what we had in mind, but what can we do at this point?  We've already spent $67 on a gallon of paint, plus primer, plus who knows how much in samples.  It's too late to do it all over again.  I really think the beige ceiling, beige carpet, light brown woodwork, and light brown dresser (that we may end up not using afterall) is making it have the blue tint.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that once we get our dark cribs in there, with some cute bedding and fun stuff on the walls, that it will look much better. 

Needless to say, what was suppose to be a fun experience, turned out to be pretty stressful all the way through to the end.  I sure hope the rest of the decorating is smooth-sailing from here on out....

So what do you think?  Is is gray?  Or is it blue?


  1. It looks grey in the first photo but the second it shows a blue cast. That is fine though since I had a blue walled nursery as a baby too.

  2. It looks gray!! Ahhh, I am the same way with paint colors...I just started painting a rocking chair and at first was like wth! it's pink, not red. But as it dried, it was red, thankfully. My mom just had two rooms in her house painted gray and she was asking Steve and I if we thought it looked blue or lavender. It did in certain lighting. I honestly think yours looks gray!! :)
    Lots of luck to you!! Steve would be drinking a beer too! ;)

  3. the first two pics look gray to me. We also painted our walls gray. We did white and black furniture with yellow accents. Doesn't sound pretty, but it turned out good. At least I think so. I haven't posted any pictures yet to my blog, but plan to do so soon. I found it very hard to find pictures of gray nurseries on the internet for inspiration. I found with gray walls, they sort of fade into the background and the furniture and bedding takes front stage. can't wait to see your finished product

  4. It's a great start and a great background color. Once you add in your furniture and bedding it will all come together. It's going to look awesome !

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  6. I did ours a pale sage green. It works beautifully with accents of blue, pink, purple...or just about anything really. The good thing about grey is that it takes on colors near it, so if you put up different wall art it can look both feminine or masculine. It is going to be a beautiful nursery either way :)

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  8. Yay can't wait to see the finished product! Awesome start- I LOVE grey walls!

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