I can’t even count how many times I’ve been asked which white paint I used in our house, in our living room, in our bedroom, in the nursery … you get the idea. So, I am dedicating this post to the all important perfect white. A good white is SO much harder to find than one would think and I have painted a LOT of whites. Some are too yellow, some too blue, and some can even be too blinding bright. What I look for in a good white is its neutrality, and not too bright but not too dark. In other words… I don’t like my whites looking dirty or showing some weird color casts.
I found my white soul mate (I mean the paint, not Rupert) in “snow fall” by Behr. Throughout the house, we used an eggshell finish on the walls, semi-gloss on the trim and doors, and matte on the ceiling. ALL of that same beautiful white.
This post is brought to you by BEHR. Color that’s True to Hue. If you feel it you can find it. Visit truetohue.behr.com This wall in the nursery was originally painted a dark charcoal color so “snow fall” had its’ work cut out for it. That was the first step in brightening the nursery and creating this little reading nook. Second step was putting up the simple book ledge shelves, getting a super cozy swivel rocker, and some extra toy storage.
I wanted a place to display Archie’s growing book collection as well have quick access to for bedtime reading so we made the ledges out of raw maple, inspired by the raw wood of the crib.
Step one: Map it out. I first laid out where I wanted the shelves to go with painters tape.
Step two: Find where the studs are on the wall and mark it on the tape. Measure and mark 3 pieces of wood to correspond with the marks on the tape. Make sure to mark it on the 3/4” side (the short side). This will be the three boards that make up the base of the ledges.
Step six: use wood glue and spread a thin line across the exposed 3/4” length of one of the boards on the wall. Grab one of the remaining boards and attach it with a nail gun to the board attached to the wall creating a “L” shape that is lying on its back if you look at the edge. Repeat this for the remaining two shelves.
Step seven: use a small amount of wood filler to disguise the holes from the finish nails.
Step eight: stock it with your favorite books!
Sources: Paint Color is “Snow Fall” by Behr // Swivel Rocker by Land of Nod // Fox Pillow from Urban Outfitters // Large Fox and Raccoon by Walnut Animal Society // Small woodland critters by Woodland Tale // Storage Baskets from One Kings Lane