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Nursery Construction – Framing & Drywall

2014 July 22
by Becky

Complete may be too “final” of a word, but the heavy lifting and building for our new nursery construction is D-O-N-E. It wrapped up right before we left for the Mega-Holiday, taking two highly-skilled contractors about a week to do.

We’re SO incredibly glad we farmed this project out…OMG the drywall sanding alone would have done us in.

So here’s a little progression of how things went down.

Nursery Construction - Before

Nursery Construction - During Framing

Nursery Construction - During Framing2

Nursery Construction - During Insulation

Since the door wall is a pocket door and therefore un-insulatable, I asked for plenty of insulation on the stair wall…anything to keep the temp and diffuse some noise. The guys framed the stair wall on day one but didn’t remove the stair rail until they were ready to install the wall…didn’t want anyone falling overboard.They tried to work with the railing for a always-been-there look.

Nursery Construction - During Drywall

I couldn’t even look as the drywall went up on the stair side. Just seeing the ladder in place was terrifying enough without thinking about someone standing on it mudding and sanding.

Yet another reason we left this to the pros.

The drywall sanding was my biggest concern, scared it would destroy my entire house with dust, but thankfully our guys were outfitted with this incredible vaccuum-sander that really made a huge difference. We closed all the pocked doors to the dining and living room downstairs and for the most part my Swiffer dusters cleaned everything up in a jiff.

To reveal…

Nursery Construction - During Drywall Done

Like it had always been there.

The light pouring in through those transoms was exactly what we had in mind, no dark hallways in this house! They will be filled with glass soon and I’ll be using a very cool faux-leading technique I read about here and here to make them look like the antique windows I had hoped to find (but didn’t have the time or energy search for). 

The interior of this room is REALLY hard to photograph, but this panoramic iPhone shot gives a pretty good idea of what’s happening.

Nursery Construction - Interior Panoramic

My next hurtle is finding a painter to do the ceiling and that big wall residing 20ft off the main floor. I’m not even going to attempt it. So many friends have provided recommendations so the quoting process is underway. It just feels wrong to hire out painting, as it’s always been my thing.

But falling off ladders while pregnant is NOT my thing so we’ll just leave it to the pros. I’ve got the inside of the nursery and any reachable hallway areas to paint on my own…complete with a coat of primer AND two coats of paint. Should keep me plenty busy.

I’m looking forward to sharing details about the trim and salvaged door, plus I’ve been working on the room mood board…I’m finally on a roll. 

8 Responses
  1. July 23, 2014

    Thank you for the link. The nursery is looking great, and I can’t wait to see how your windows turn out. That was a clever idea to add a room where you did.

    • Becky permalink*
      July 23, 2014

      Thank you for the tips!! I can’t wait to try it out.

  2. July 23, 2014

    Amazing transformation!!! Way to go!!!!

  3. Linda Johnson permalink
    July 26, 2014

    I agree with Sandy!! Amazing transformation!! I cannot wait to see the finished project.

  4. June 23, 2017

    seems the process after completion looks home amazing :) Fantastic work! It’s always so exciting to see a project (especially when it’s your home) come together.
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  5. January 6, 2019

    Fantastic work, good job to the pros. Your ideas about your home inspired many to do the same way you did. Your photos were exceptional, seeing the before and the work during made me smile because of the big difference. This comment is brought to you by Drywall Repair Lawton Oklahoma

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