Saturday, June 20, 2009

Baby's Room!


I thought that painting the baby's room was only going to take a day. [In a scruffy Charlie Murphy voice] Wrong! Wrong!

It took an entire weekend to paint, and another weekend to cut, nail, dap, fill + touch-up the chair rail. There were moments of grumpiness, but in the end it was all worth it. The room looks great!

The wife and I knew that we wanted one more finishing touch, be we didn't quite know what to do. The first idea was to buy/create stencils, and paint them above and below the chair rail. But my attempts to silhouette artwork that I found online failed miserably - Everything turned out either looking evil and scary, or silly and unrecognizable. Imagine?

Cathy: "It's a teddy bear!"
Chin: "No, it looks more like a lump of turd"

So I chickened out and decided to buy wall stickers from Home Depot. They're full colour, removable, and they work well with our paint colours. Snap! Also, you can't go wrong with a Pooh-themed baby's room.

I made y'all a video, with Mos Def's "Umi Says" in the background. Why that song? Because it sounds dope, that's why. Check it out:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Do not waste your time.

I listened to the Black Eyed Peas new album. I found it monotonous. It sounded like a bad dance album. But I decided to give it a second chance this morning.

It sounded worse.

I can get my nephew to babble and play on his baby piano, and it would sound much better. I could put a microphone by my butt and play "beans, beans, beans, the musical fruit", run that back on an 8-track player, and find it more appealing. I would much rather listen to Chin read the phone book than listen to this album again.

I recommend that you listen to Mos Def's new album, The Ecstatic, instead.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Getting ready for baby

The weekends just seem to evaporate lately. We're still shopping for furniture and decor for our home. Our electronics can't sit on cardboard boxes forever, ya heard? And this coffee table, from my mother-in-law, with the doilies on it? It's gotta go.

We finally have grass outside. That's the good news. The bad news is that I need to water the grass now. Spoiler alert: Watering the grass sucks.

We're also preparing for our firstborn. Just spent the whole weekend painting the nursery. Thanks for the help, Mike and Mom! I actually thought I could get it done in one day. What was I thinking!? It took us half a day just to buy materials, and move all of the furniture out of the room (including a queen-sized bed that took forever to get into the basement). Here's a list of shit that other people might know, but I didn't know:
- You should put two coats of paint on the wall
- You should wait one night before you put on the second coat
- Wall trim in the middle of the wall is called a chair rail
- Paint comes in different sheens
- Just because a mattress is lightweight, doesn't mean it can't fuck up your varnish when you slide it down the stairs.
- Painting a nursery 2 different colours, with a chair rail, is probably way too ambitious when you've never painted before...

In spite of my ignorance, Stuff got done. Here's the progress so far:
Looks pretty good, eh? My wife picked out the colours, and I think she made excellent choices! It's still missing the chair rail, which I still need to cut, dap, and nail onto the wall. Bah! Every part of this was harder than I expected. It'll look sick when it's done though. Here's a preview with the chair rail on the wall:

It's not all business up in here:

I'll post more pics when it's done and we get some baby furniture in as well. Anyone know where we can get some baby-themed stencils?