(Closed) Painting a Nursery – Now, or Later?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have been told that it’s ok to paint while pregnant as long as the windows are open and it’s well ventilated.  But, it’s always a good idea to ask your Dr 🙂   Also, just something you might want to consider- bedding gets discontinued all the time, so if your paint color is dependent on your bedding colors, you may want to wait until you conceive to choose a paint color and start painting, or wait until you buy the bedding.  Just a thought.

Post # 4
1941 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I strongly second @sarahcisme: ‘s in buying the bedding before painting if your nursery scheme is dependent on this bedding. I worked at Pottery Barn Kids for a few years after high school, and would see pregnant moms fall in love with something and wait to buy it b/c they wanted to save it for the registery. i always tried to talk them into getting the themed stuff THEN and then adding basic complimentary items to the registry. nine times out of ten the item was no longer in stock when they came back to get it for themselves or to register for it.

however if you’re not in love with have to have this set, then no biggie. i’d def consult a dr before painting anything, but if you have a vision, why wait? it’d be one less thing to stress about when you do get pregnant.

Post # 5
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think if you were just painting a solid color then it’s fine. But I’d hold off on the stamp set. You never know how long it will take to get pregnant and if it takes a while you could change your mind or see something you like even better.

You can paint when you’re pregnant so long as it’s ventilated. Personally I’d wait (but then I’m due in 2 mos and STILL haven’t painted our nursery – because I keep changing my mind).

Post # 6
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Right now our guest bedroom, which has frequent company, is the nursery. We have made NO plans to change that into the next room and set up until we are actually pregnant. I honestly think its bad juju to paint a nursery and not be pregnant yet. You have no idea how your journey is going to turn out.

Post # 7
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think it also depends on what your paint is going to look like.  If its a neutral tan, yellow, gray, etc then go ahead and paint it now.  However, if you are picking out a specific shade of green just because it matches that specific bedding set you may be setting yourself up for dissapointment. 

Post # 8
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

Personally, I wouldn’t paint until I concieved. You never know what will happen, it could take longer then expected or you can have problems. Then you’re frusterated with TTC and you have this room to remind you of your problems.

I don’t feel comfortable painting while pregnant, so my husband and our families will be doing the painting.

Post # 9
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

They sell low-voc (i think thats what its called??) paints that have very very low odor coming off of them, and using those with a window open I’d imagine its just fine to paint. But I’d maybe ask a doc 🙂 

Post # 11
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I say there’s nothing wrong with re-painting a room, especially if it’s a more neutral color.  But, I would be careful about any decorating too far in advance because it can be really hard staring at a room that is ready for a baby that just isn’t happening.

Also, you can paint while pregnant, and one of the better options would be a no VOC paint.

Post # 12
2820 posts
Sugar bee

Is the paint going to make it look like a nursery or could it still just look like a regular room?

I might be tempted to paint just to get it over with (because I don’t love painting a whole room) but only as long as it didn’t look too much like a nursery.  I’m due in 6-7 weeks and I still haven’t finished setting up her nursery, mainly because it creeps me out to have a nursery and her just a squirmy belly baby.  But there’s a drawback to waiting too long too.  My husband just broke his arm so he’s a bit out of commission of moving furniture around, b/w me being super pregnant and him having a broken arm (the one he writes with too) we’re barely a functional person at this point, so whoops on waiting.

Post # 13
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park

It’s totally safe to paint with no-VOC paint (like Olympic Interior Premium from Lowe’s). Just do your research and find out which paints are fume-free. It’s better to paint with these anyway in a nursery, because paint will continue to give off fumes even after it’s dry. The price difference really isn’t much anyway.

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