A surprise to end all surprises

It’s been a busy few weeks and the last thing I wanted to do was work on the house, more or less figure out how to mathematically hang our soon-to-be-arriving wall decals, despite how awesome they would look. Normally the end result is motivating enough for me but not in this case. Even if it would look like something like this…

Photo Credit: Green Wedding Shoes (http://greenweddingshoes.com/siennas-nursery/)

Photo Credit: Green Wedding Shoes (http://greenweddingshoes.com/siennas-nursery/)

Disregard all baby accessories and furniture….those are completely irrevalant to this post. But I will admit, this is the coolest baby’s room EVER.

Like with most of my ideas, this was Pinterest inspired. Except I can officially count this as a completed project compared to all the ones I dream about. I really am a lot more crafty, artsy and creative….in my head. But it wasn’t so easy of a start. You see we had already painted the room this awesome mint-green color. I insisted we do it as soon as possible so I could move all my office stuff crap into the space and finish unpacking one of the rooms. Unfortunately, this Pinterest inspiration didn’t show itself until AFTER we had painted the room. This is key, especially when you read how this mom designed her gorgeous nursery AND chose her colors. We did it backwards. Of course.

After weeks of going back and forth between decal colors (to attempt to fix our mistake), we decided to fake it. Yup, fake it. We weren’t about to spend another $100 bucks on white paint to redo what we just completed. So we bought gold and white decals. I felt so wasteful. White decals?! Never again. But hey folks, I’m saving you the energy, money and time in case you decide to do this to your walls!

Also, Kyle wants me to point out that you should read the Mur Decal details and FAQs carefully. It may not work on your walls. For example, all our walls have an ‘orange peel’ texture and Mur said that it may not adhere. I had the “vision” and couldn’t shake the design inspiration. Subsequently I “coerced” Kyle into getting some to test out. We purchased the minimum amount to see if it would work. After anxiously waiting two weeks, the gold decals finally arrived and they stuck! #winning. Unbeknownst to me, Kyle also bought the white ones and hid them without me knowing they arrived….until today. This is what I saw when I walked through our front door:

Kyle nearly completed with his surprise.

Kyle nearly completed with his surprise.

TA-DA! The “completed” surprise.

Completed Mur Decal DIY by Kyle.

Completed Mur Decal DIY by Kyle.

Honestly, we’re really pleased with how this turned out. We were a bit hesitant for the cost that we had put into it, especially since it was more expensive than the paint. And that doesn’t include paint time or Kyle’s one-man-show today. He literally spent ALL day working on this wall though I’m sure it would go a lot quicker if there are two people. But as he said, there is definitely a learning curve with trying to get them to ‘stick.’

All in all, this was one of the top three surprises Kyle’s ever been able to pull off. It ranks up with my 30th birthday jewelry and him proposing to me. That’s how GOOD it was.

P.S. We (Kyle) needs inspiration and motivation. What’s been your most successful DIY project?