the nursery – wooden shingles on the wall

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You know we had some special plans for decorating our nursery wall with wooden shingles which we imported from our latest trips to the far west of Austria. I love the look of those little beaver tail shingled houses in the region of Vorarlberg and I thought it would look beautiful in our nursery too. Like small ruffles – girly but not too sugary.
We had our insider Anja over (she’s originally from Vorarlberg knowing those ruched houses too well) to help us dealing with the shingles. My dad and Martin decided to go with an air pressure stapler instead of glue and so we started.

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My part was (being 38 weeks pregnant and almost unable to move in any other way than far-preggo-slow-mo) to sort the shingles (there’s a front and a backside and I also sorted out all of the broken or twisted ones). While my dad, Martin and Anja began to ajust the laser and start to staple the first shingles onto the wall.
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After a few rows we they had figured out the best way to get a good and even result and a pretty productive workflow. Like with every work the beginning is the hardest until you find the right flow, here it was tricky to decide whether to mount the shingles with the mathematical levelness or the optical one, the house is old and hardly anything in there is really even. (we went for the middle path and did a mixture between mathematical and optical)
That day we worked for a few more hours until we reached the light switch.
Martin spend his entire after-(day-job)-work-hours during the entire week in the treehouse mounting hundreds of shingles one after the other and dealing with tricky parts like embed the light switch fixture. A hell of a lot of work but it truly payed off.
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I love the outcome so much! Maybe the nursery is my favorite room so far! (sorry bathroom!)
Schorsch and Martin also installed sliding doors for Linda’s future built-in-cupboard.
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I painted the doors in three different colors and of course I chose them from my favorite color supplier: Farrow & Ball
(Hello, my name is Katharina and I’m a F&B addict!..) I picked a vivid orange, a brownish shade of grey and a (not too pink) salmon tone. Again I wanted it to look warm and girly but not too-hello-kitty-girly-pink (no offence miss kitty!).
Farrow and Ball paints are pricey but they have such a high coverage that I could paint the cupboard door (three times) and it was still enough paint left from the 0,75l container to paint Linda’s changing unit and the door frame also with “London clay”.
I show you the results in a few weeks when everything is finished and we are finally moving in!

7 thoughts on “the nursery – wooden shingles on the wall

  1. I LOVE this! It is like a little dollhouse. You hit the perfect balance of girly without being too sweet and I can’t wait to see the rest of it. Definitely worth the long hours after work, though I’m sure it didn’t seem like it at the time. I already want to steal this room for Harper!

  2. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS! Oh wow how cute! I am definitely doing this in my next house somewhere. I don’t even know where yet, and I don’t care, but I’m totally doing it! Bravo – this is awesome!

  3. OOOH LA LA Katharina!! I LOVE this! You are so clever! Also, I am extremely impressed you managed to sit down on the floor and sort shingles around a 38 week pregnant belly. I am still only 29 weeks and have realised that sitting down on the floor (when it feels like you have a bowling ball in your stomach) is not easy! Can’t wait to see the final nursery after pics, it is looking so beautiful already.

  4. It looks great! You did good with the way you choose to level them. My dad used to apply siding over existing siding on old houses and I remember him telling me that no matter what make sure it looked level around doors and windows or other horizontal elements, you accomplished that with both the door and roof truss.

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