Nightstands project

Kyle and I undertook the first of many nursery-related projects yesterday.

Without the basement stuff figured out yet, we still can’t move things out of the soon-to-be nursery. So we tackled one of the few things we can get done: painting the nightstands.

The nightstands we have are from my girlhood bedroom. I believe they also used to live in my mom’s girlhood bedroom. And my granny’s. Although I’m a little unclear on how far back the family history stretches.

No matter what, they’re cool, good quality, and made of wood. And they were mine once. So it is fun to imagine passing them on.

But they were in rough shape. The finish on the wood was just destroyed by many years of bedside water glasses sweating and leaving rings. So we needed to sand them down and either refinish them or paint them.

The water rings seemed to have caused enough damage that we anticipated staining wouldn’t really work. So we selected a nice navy blue paint at Home Depot and got ready to get to work. (Note: we were right about the water rings. after sanding, they were still visible!)

Kyle, a friend of mine, and I got busy with an electric sander and hand sanders (and face masks!!!) and got everything off. Then I evacuated (because spray paint fumes and pregnancy are not friends), and the nightstands got their first coat of paint. They’ve been drying, and are awaiting a second coat plus a coat of gloss.

Stay tuned for before and after pictures when the “after” has been completed!

This pregnant lady is very excited to have a nursery project underway! My “scheduling” of things is proving to be effective in getting our butts into gear!

The New Car

I have now had the new car for a couple days. And I love it!

The car buying experience was interesting, and something I had never really been a part of up until this past weekend. Although I can’t say I’ve really been involved in the process now either, since Kyle handled pretty much everything. My role was: “Yes, I like it. No, we can’t afford that price.”

My other role in the process was going to the bathroom 6 times in the 3 hours we were there. So it is a good thing they didn’t need me for anything important, because I was absent quite a bit. Have I mentioned that being pregnant is hilarious? Also, I think Baby Boy is going to be a soccer player, and my bladder is his first toy. 🙂

Anyway… At one point Kyle and I played with the idea of going to look at other Ford Focuses at the Ford dealership down the road. We knew for a fact that they had a 2012 with a few less miles (and quite a few less features/upgrades), but in the end, we decided against it because Kyle didn’t want one with less features/upgrades. And I didn’t want Kyle complaining for the next decade that “we should have gotten the fancier one”. He agreed that he would, in fact, mention it every single time he drove/sat in the car – he wouldn’t be able to help it. So it was worth a few extra bucks a month to take an annoying recurring fight off the table, I think! We bought peace in our marriage. Money well spent!

With the decision made, and the car at home with us, I am starting to figure out some of the fancy new features. My current favorite is the bluetooth connection to my phone. I frequently find myself muttering to myself, “how did I ever live without this?”.

Kyle is also pleased with the purchase. As we headed to Home Depot and the grocery store yesterday, he begged to be allowed to take the wheel. He also mentioned that he “likes the looks of me” in the car.

All around, I’d say we’re a happy pair!