Painting the Porch Rug

Here’s how I spent my Saturday afternoon…

Painted Rug in Progress

There’s me, the round little roly-poly VERY pregnant lady, painting the porch. Aye, my back hurts! And please note that the Chicago weather is NOT cooperating with us. I’m wearing a shirt, a hoodie, and a big bulky sweater — it was only 45 degrees out.

To be fair, I must let you know that Brandon, his sister Jessica, and several other people have offered to help me paint. It had to be me though because I was painting the pattern freehand. I couldn’t just pick stripes or a checkerboard pattern that someone else could work on for me, now could I? No, that would have been too easy, and of course I’m all about making things difficult as can be. ;) The pattern was inspired by a rug from Urban Outfitters, and also the flower petal patterns my grandmother used to draw.

Painted Rug in Progress

Brandon made some excellent progress today as well. Our table and chair set has been painted!

Spray Painting Furniture

We still have a few things to do for the front porch, but they should go fairly quickly. And as I told my mom, we still have time because the baby isn’t due until Tuesday and I’ve instructed her to stay put until then. We have too much to do before she arrives, and our doctor will be out of town until Monday night. I’m sure the baby will listen, right?

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  • Nina
    April 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Oh, babies never seem to attend to schedules. That’s what makes them so interesting! That said, I’m sure you’ll be ready when the time comes.

  • ClistyB
    April 11, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    my first 4 babies were born in CA. And out there, whatever Doc is in L&D, is the one delivering your baby. Your normal OB doesnt just come in when the patient is in labor. Guess I can understand that, I was just curious how it works elsewhere. I did have a baby in UT, but it was a scheduled birth so of course my doc attended.

  • Viv
    April 11, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Can I just say how amazing you look for only a few days to go! I could barely sit up so you are doing really well.

    The ‘rug’ looks amazing! I’m very tempted to do something similar on the concrete floor of my studio. What a great idea.

    Take care Nicole.

    Viv xx

  • Jules
    April 11, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    I’ve had all my kids in CA, and the doctor always showed up. I think it’s not so much an issue of state, but of medical group. If your doctor’s not on call when you go into labor, who ever is in the group will deliver you. My doctor was a solo practitioner, so I got him both times. :)

    Nicole, you’re too much. I was taking law school exams up until I delivered (I was having regular contractions in my criminal procedure exam), but I think this has me beat!

  • Making it Lovely
    April 12, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Well, I wasn’t IN LABOR at least! I had a few contractions, but just Braxton-Hicks… nothing I can’t work through. ;)

  • Allison
    April 12, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Wow! I am so impressed — you are a designer to the core! Can’t wait to see the porch finished — the “rug” is perfect.

  • Lou
    April 12, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I adore the green of your porch and the petal pattern is to die for. I never would have thought of petals. I hope all with the bub goes smoothly and your porch turns out lovely!

  • robin
    April 12, 2009 at 12:56 am

    this is so great! i can’t wait to see the final project. and yes, just to defend my great state, it is not a blanket california thing to not get to decide who will deliver your baby, that is more a matter of your health care provider choice, as it would be anywhere :O)
    can’t wait to see your little one!

  • Jules
    April 12, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Oh, I wasn’t in labor! I mean, I guess I was…but it stopped. :) I had a BAD fall at school a day or so prior, and it triggered contractions for a few days. My other friend was pregnant with me–she finished her last exam, went to have dinner at Claim Jumper with her husband, and when she got home her water broke!

    I think babies have their own schedule, but sometimes…it’s weird. It’s almost like your body can hold out to a certain day. I’ll be you go into labor the minute your doctor gets back in town!

  • Paula
    April 12, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Amazing! I can’t wait to see the finished project :)

    April 12, 2009 at 2:04 am

    oh its gorgeous the pattern is yummy and I was the same as you, I said to my baby a week early now mommy has to go to work tomorrow for at least 5 hours so stay put once I have done that you are ok, what did he do waters break 4 hours before work, I said you are ok for Mommy to go to work aren’t you ? but hospital had other plans and admitted me ugh he didn’t come for 2 more days. xx
    By the way you look awesome I think you look tiny for full term xxxx

  • Sarah
    April 12, 2009 at 7:38 am

    The rug you painted looking amazing! I thought it was a stencil until you described painting it by hand. I do hope you can get all of the work done before the baby arrives. I guess it is good motivation to stay on track! Good luck with everything!

  • desiree fawn
    April 12, 2009 at 8:35 am

    That looks fantastic ^_^ I hope you’re feeling well and such! I know I was starting to get impatient around that time :) You look fabulous!

  • Kim
    April 12, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I can’t believe you are painting that free hand. It’s beautiful. And I agree with everyone about the unpredictability of baby arrivals…but if anyone can get a baby to arrive on schedule, it’s probably you :-)

  • mar
    April 12, 2009 at 8:38 am

    You girl are insane!
    my mom whent to a wedding, eated, danced and party untill 5am, went into labor and less than an hour later i was showing my head up while the doc was still tighting his pants. We where twins and was her third birth.. but it teached her not to fool after the eight month.

    Enjoy your baby, honey!

  • Jessica
    April 12, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I love that you are on the ground painting a rug when your due to have a baby in less than a week…if that doesn’t show your dedication to this house I don’t know would.

    Sending you good thoughts this week…good luck!

    And the rug is looking fantastic…

  • Amy
    April 12, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Wow, you are a real trooper, it looks as though you’ll get everything done, but take it easy after this weekend! Good Luck this week with the baby – how exciting!

  • life a colorful life
    April 12, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Ha! Your comment about doing things the hard way reminded me of something one of my favorite quilting buddies says: Semper Tedium: If there’s a harder way to do it, that’s what I’ll pick.

    Your porch painting looks amazing, as do you (and I just got my periodic table cards in the mail–and I love them!)

  • Amy
    April 12, 2009 at 10:15 am

    The porch looks great!

  • Corie
    April 12, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Nicole! *gasp* I’m amazed! I was worth nothing but a huge ball of complaints weeeeeeks before I delivered both of my boys! I NEVER would have, or could have, done what you did! Bravo!

    It looks GREAT!

  • Manda
    April 12, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Both you and the porch looks amazing! I’m soooo excited about seeing the final results!! I have so many ideas going through my head for our home now. Good luck all ’round Nicole!

  • Lin
    April 12, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I just found your blog today (via The Purple Pea) and am so pleased to have done so. I can’t stop looking at the photographs of your lovely home. They are inspiring. I knew I had found a kindred spirit when I saw the Emily Martin prints throughtout. I have several that I purchased for my daugter. Congratulations on the impending birth of your sweet baby. I hope everything goes according to plan.
    I will definitely be back.

  • wanderluster
    April 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    My baby is due on Wednesday and I’ve had the same conversation with him/her… wait a few more days so we can finish the final reno touches in your room :) I’ve been pretty active and mobile too and still no signs this baby is coming out anytime soon. Do you find that in those brief moments when you’re relaxing that the BH come? I do. Enjoy these last few days of your pregnancy!

  • Chelsea
    April 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Oh, you look breautiful and what a great idea for the porch! This is the best time of year to have babies… spring means new life :) Good luck xoxo

  • Peggasus
    April 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I think there really is something to that ‘nesting’ syndrome. One morning when I went into labor I had just begun wallpapering the bathroom!

  • dawn
    April 12, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    green was such a good choice :) you’re doing a super job too! i hope your back doesn’t hurt too much. last month i planted our garden without the help of my husband and i think our neighbhors feel that he is a jerk for not helping me, but i didn’t want his help. it felt nice having done everything myself.

  • Meg
    April 12, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Oh, the things we paint while we are pregnant. I painted our kitchen while I was 9 months pregnant and we have a picture of my Mom painting her toes while in labor with one of us kids. There was no way that she was going to go to the hospital without that done.

    Can’t wait to see the finsihed project! Hoping your baby doesn’t stay put longer than you want her too!

  • Renae Moore
    April 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Your painting is beautiful….love the green…my new fave!

  • Shashi
    April 12, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    The pattern looks amazing. Great idea.

  • Anna
    April 12, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I look forward to meeting your little one in a few pictures! You are coping well considering you are due in a few days. You must really want to get your porch pretty! Many blessings for the next few days! And I hope the ‘rug’ turns out just how you want it…it looks beautiful already.

  • Erika
    April 12, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    You’re getting down to the wire! Nesting nesting nesting!
    Just remember this- be nice to the nurses. They are the ones who take care of you. They do everything from beginning to end. Your doctor’s only job is to “catch the baby”. Thank them and compliment them even when you would rather punch them square in the face for waking you up at 2 am to check your booty.
    Good luck kiddo!

  • Erika
    April 12, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    p.s. whats with the little microscopic smiley face at the bottom of your page? :)

  • Debbie
    April 12, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Oh, I’m so excited for you and your hubby! You look amazing! Also, your “rug” is gorgeous. I love how you are bringing in your grandmother’s floral pattern. I think it’s very special that her talent was handed down to you. And there you are carrying your own baby daughter who perhaps will have her (your) talent as well. Best wishes in the coming days.

  • Theresa
    April 13, 2009 at 12:10 am

    I can hardly focus on the design(which is lovely) I’m too focused on how much you are doing while waiting for the baby to come.

  • jen
    April 13, 2009 at 4:00 am

    oooohhh i LOVE the nesting thing!!! you look so cute :) brought back heaps of memories of the last minute things I did (and the stubborness of things I had to do!)
    you take care!!! x

  • Nuit
    April 13, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Wow Nicole, what a beautiful pattern, it is ‘refreshing’ and I am sure that’s what you want your new porch to be ;) As for the baby, GOOD LUCK! (mine was born 4 days early!!) x

  • bungalowbliss
    April 13, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Fabulous. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Yard Sale Mama
    April 13, 2009 at 11:03 am

    The only thing I was able to do right before my babies came was clean and decorate- nesting full force. However I don’t think I could have painted a beautiful pattern on my front porch, sitting indian style in 45 degree weather- YOU ROCK! The porch is looking fab and the baby will come when she comes so keep up the good work until then :o)

    Best wishes & good luck!!

  • Jessica
    April 13, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Hi Nicole!! You look great! Who took that great picture of you on the porch?? Brandon’s sister sounds like a great person. You are so lucky to have her around to help.

  • jbhat
    April 13, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Ha ha, Jessica’s comment is funny. And yes, she IS nice!

    You are TOO MUCH! The rug is beautiful, and your porch is going to look amazing. Be sure to take a family portrait with your little one out there.

  • Making it Lovely
    April 13, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Yes, that amazing Jessica… we’re so lucky to have her! She IS a great person.

    (Thanks for helping us, Jess!)

  • TracyElaine
    April 13, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I love the pattern and the color! What a great idea! Cheers to you for starting it or even managing to get it done so close to your due date. Good luck with the baby, and I look forward to seeing more of your projects in the future.

  • Anna @ D16
    April 13, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    You amaze me, Nicole! The porch looks amazing, you look adorable (don’t think I don’t notice those perfectly-painted pink nails!), and I can’t wait to see news of your little girl’s arrival. Good luck. :) :)

  • Becky @ Farmgirl Paints
    April 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    You’re a crazy lady Nicole!! So much like myself I might add:) The porch looks adorable. It’s so funny to find other people in the world that are similar to you. It just makes me laugh.

  • katelynjane
    April 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I love it! I can’t wait to see the final product, the painted rug looks great. You’re a trooper (: Going till the bitter end!

  • LeilaMac
    April 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    That looks amazing! I totally thought of your porch makeover when reading this month’s Martha Stewart and saw this cute Hable Construction outdoor fabric There are a bunch of other cute Hable outdoor fabrics in pink and green on the Decorati site like this and this.

    Can’t wait to see the final product!

  • Michelle@Everyday Celebrating
    April 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I love it! Love the contrast and your amazing talent in pulling it off freehand! You look beautiful, btw!

  • Emily
    April 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I love it. Nothing like a little nesting before giving birth.

  • yasemin
    April 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I found your blog by chance and i LOVED it! You are so talented!! Fabolous. I am adding you to my reader, and will be following you. Keep up the good work, everything- and i mean EVERYTHING looks super-cool/trendy.
    All the best,

  • priscilla
    April 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    what kind of paint did you use? sealer?

  • from the right bank
    April 13, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Oh my god, I am gobsmacked for so many reasons. First, this is such a great idea and your talents seem to know no bounds. Second, that you would tackle such a project so close to your due date is truly amazing to someone as lazy as I am. Third, the fact that you would do this when it’s so cold out! Seriously, you are my idol. It looks fantastic. I love the design and the color.

  • Amanda
    April 13, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I have that rug! Nicole, I’m beginning to think you are Wonder Woman.

  • Melanie
    April 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Ah the porch looks great! Be safe and take it easy girl – such a hard worker!

  • Jacci
    April 13, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    That looks fabulous!!! Love the background color :) I keep looking at the beat-up wood floors in our living room (new house) and thinking I want to stencil them. Maybe down the road… keep it up! You and the porch are looking great!!


  • Cyb
    April 13, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    That will be a nice picture to show your girl when she is older!

    I have one picture of my mom big bellied (with me inside) and painting my crib and when I look at it I always see my super mom never stopping and always doing so many things even when 9 months pregnant!

  • Marie
    April 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Looks amazing – wish I had a porch I could do that to!

  • Emily
    April 13, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I visit your blog regularly just to see what your next stroke of creative genius will be, and I just want to say go girl for getting down on the ground painting away when the little baby is due any day now! And I can’t wait to see your finished project, it already looks so cool. Great job!

  • Denise
    April 14, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Love the painted rug. You are amazing. Your porch is looking so you!

  • Amanda
    April 14, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Hi Nicole–
    Just realized the other day that I have been reading your blog for over a year now! I don’t know how I came across it but I look at it at least a few times a week. Very inspiring…feels like I know ya! Anyway….saw your tweet about the garden stool. I just got one at World Market last weekend for $17. It was originally $70. Also, saw some at Garden Ridge that weren’t too pricey. You’d want to paint them though…the colors were not so great (Gold and paisley anyone??) Good luck with the porch!

  • Tracey
    April 14, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I have to finish the painted floor in my daughter’s playhouse- gives me an idea! And yes, it is just as cold here. Good luck on baby- hope you get all of your projects done!

  • Lauren
    April 14, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Your porch is going to look absolutely fabulous! The flowers are beautiful. I love that you are superpregnant, and doing all this! You are truly inspiring.

  • vol25
    April 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Wow!! Kudos to you, you look great! The rug is beautiful.

    Do you mind me asking what the rug is made of, is it something picked up from Home Depot? I would love to do something similar.

  • gabbi
    April 15, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Way to go on the freehand, it looks fantastic. Painting on the floor is so painful, isn’t it?

  • E. Lindsey Hornkohl
    April 15, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    What a great idea! I love the colors, the design, the simplicity…and that you are soooo pregnant while doing it! I’ll have to keep this in mind for our new house (we’d like to buy before the year’s out).

  • susan
    April 15, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    your porch looks lovely
    im surprised you were able to paint
    i have been wanting to get my dining room table painted, but
    have put it off until it stays in the 60’s

  • Renee
    April 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Can you tell me how you prepared and sealed the porch? It’s lovely, absolutely lovely. I want to do this in my dining room.

  • Lynne, Tea for Joy
    April 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Wow, that looks great, but I just can not see how that can have been in any way comfortable!

  • Melissa de la Fuente
    April 17, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I am just always so impressed by you and your fabulous taste! Also, the fact that you are due any second and out there painting! Awesome! I wish you well with your new little one and thank you so much for all of the inspiration!

  • lindsay
    April 20, 2009 at 8:18 am

    The “rug” looks wonderful! Your creativity is so inspiring…When I was pregnant there is no way I could have got up from that position! Again…inspiring :)

  • Lisa Mainz
    April 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Love the idea you are doing painting the floor of the porch. just found your blog its beautiful –

  • Ryan
    April 24, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Your remodle looks like it is coming along great. Good luck with the new baby.

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  • Jess @ The Finer Things
    April 25, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Wow, this is amazing. You are ultra-talented! And, the fact that you are doing this while pregnant… definitely sending you props :)

  • Jen Jafarzadeh
    May 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    your porch looks incredible! I now feel like a total lazypants that I was complaining about how I have to re-paint our bedroom before moving out of our rental this month. Kudos to you!

  • Ashley
    May 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I have to tell you, this picture is what made me vote for your project – so talented, and so pregnant! I love it. Good Luck!

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