Tour the Completed Nursery for the Newborn

Project: Babyproofing the House, Episode 5, Part 3

Bob wraps the Melrose, MA, nursery remodel with a tour of the home, a view of the colors, finishes, and fixtures selected, and our first visit with the new baby.  Bob starts with a safety review of the kitchen and stairways.  He checks out the new powder room and master bath. On the third floor, the nursery, guest room, and children’s bathroom are complete.  The bathroom features original beadboard, new blown-in insulation, and a roll-top, claw-foot bathtub that we see installed.  In the nursery, new windows with enclosed sliding shades, sound insulation, and an acoustic fabric ceiling make the new baby’s room snug and quiet.  Atticus and his parents show off the new solid-wood crib and changing table that are pressboard-free, and crib furnishings that are healthful and beautiful.  Everything from no-VOC paint to the slip-covered gliding club chair is intended to create a healthful, comforting world for the new baby and his family.


Part 1: Finishing Touch: Installing a Vintage Tub in a Child's Bathroom
Part 2: Tour of the Finished Nursery and Master Bathroom
Part 3: Tour the Completed Nursery for the Newborn
A lot of cosmetic work was done to transform a tired-old attic bedroom with navy blue walls and stars into a fresh and peaceful room for a newborn. Beyond what meets the eye, important work included blowing insulation into the third floor walls, replacing windows, and reducing sound through a Solserene fabric ceiling system and Owens Corning QuietZone insulation. Bob visits with homeowners Maggie and Nick Beasley and their newborn baby boy. Maggie reviews the decorating choices that they've made and describes the healthy environment they have created using no-VOC paint and pressboard-free furniture. As well as a charming reading nook, practical considerations have informed the decor, such as a slipcovered glider chair that is fully washable and ideal for children. Bob wishes them good luck and health with their completed project and new baby. Coming up: a brand-new project turning a nearby basement into a dream playroom.
In Melrose, MA, Bob Vila helps a young couple expecting their first child to prepare their home. The focus is on creating a safe place with a strong emphasis on indoor air quality and a healthy living environment. Bob reviews child safety products with industry specialists, as they outfit the home from top to bottom in preparation for the new baby.

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  • Episode 4 - Finishing Touches: Baby Safety Products and a Corian Tub Deck

The third floor will probably end up being just a kid's floor as happens in many two-family houses. And of course we have equipped the top of the staircase with a little safety device.

And in here this is an extra bedroom that we did, and we really got a fabulous paint job from our friends at CertaPro, as you can see. And we got lot of tips on how to do a good paint job.

But right now we have got a bathroom right here that was a very interesting little room that our homeowners used as a home office. It's got original bead board all around it and we are turning that into a kids bathroom. Let's take a look.

Alright, this room right next to the nursery really, is not a room that you would think you could turn it into a bathroom, because it is essentially right in the eves of the roof. It's all about angles, and the coolest thing about it, I think, is that the original bead board from 1890s has never been touched, it's still it's just shellacked.

And this is a great example of how a young couple can take space like this and turn it in to another use. In this case, this will be a kids' bathroom. As their family grows, you're gonna need one, kind of, bath center.

And the great thing about the space is this dormer window. Which is full of facets and angles and beautifully, beautifully put together by carpenters a hundred years ago.

And what they've done is, they've installed a perfect little tub, that we're going to talk about in a minute. And they put it right in front of the window.

And if you think about it, in New England, you can have creaky, old, drafty windows in the winter time. So, one important thing here was to replace it. We've got another one of these Pella windows in there.

And also, the insulation will really count for much in this space. And this is where we blew in lots of insulation throughout this, throughout the roof.

But we've got a spacious unusual shape. We've nooks and crannies in that section over there, we would have plenty of room for storage and towels and whatever else. And then, of course, we'll have toilet, tub, shower. Now this terrific little tub is not an antique.

We'll learn more about that in a minute but, just a couple of days ago we were watching the plumber install it.

Alright, were going to hitch up the waste and overflow here. Just try to.


This is the overflow. You want it all hooked up first. Let me tighten the shoe.

This is the shoe. Tara Dick is joining us now from Vintage Tubs. Welcome Tara.


On a very hot day in, where we're shooting here, in Melrose. But, this vintage four foot tub, which looks for all the world like a real antique, was just made last month.

It's brand new.

It is brand new. And I remember ,when we were renovating buildings in the seventies. That very often these things were worn out, and had a lot of broken enamel, and had rust around the drains and the ball and claw feet might have, anyway, they ended up in dumpsters. And then, more and more people wanted to preserve So, they'd spend a lot of time and energy trying to get them re-porcelainized. And now you've come up with perfect solution.

Yeah. Fortunatly there's enough demand here to allow companies to make them new now, again. And they're just like the old ones.

Yeah. The one in question here is perfect for a kid's bathroom, because it's only a four foot size .

Yeah. This is a standard roll-top tub.


We have them anywhere.

The roll tub means?

The roll-top on here. And all one level around the whole outside of the tub.


Versus a slipper tub would have a high back that you can lay your head against.

Okay. And, so, can you get a long one if you wanted a six foot?

We have up to six feet in the roll-top style.


We have six foot double slippers.

Whats a double slipper?

Double slipper would have ... A big tub. Six feet.


Slopping ends on both sides.

Oh, so then you would fill it in from the middle.

Yes. They would have faucets in the middle.

A real wonderful soaker tub, right. Now, where are these made?

They are made in China, for our company. We design the molds for them and they're made for our company.

So essentially you've made molds from an original old fashioned tub?


Now, what about the porcelain finish, I mean, how durable is it?

The porcelain finish is very durable. We have one of the highest in the industry.

And still people shouldn't attack it with scouring powders and stuff though right?

No no, its very durable to chemicals and cleaning chemicals.

And the ball and claw feet, which of course are most important component of something like this, how are they are made?

The ball and claw feet are solid brass with a triple-plated coat of chrome coating on them.

So this things going to be around for a century. Tell me about the fittings, the faucet and stuff.

This particular fits great in this area. It came from Stromme Plumbing , sells lots of different faucets and fittings for it. This is a great company, making nice period looking...

The thing is, it's perfect for our application here, because it incorporates both the faucet as well as the feed to the shower...

That's correct.

...and the hoop for a shower curtain. And it comes with a nice little arm so that you can secure it to the roof up there.

Yeah. The small size, this is great for a shower.

Let me put you on the spot, how much is this tub?

This tub, well our tubs, clawfoot tubs start around $1000. This one is about $1200, delivered to your door.

Delivered, ok.

Well, thank you, Tara.

Thank you, Bob.

Ok. Hi. I'm Bob Vila. Welcome to the show. Where our remodeling project on this hundred year old two-family house is complete.

We've been creating a brand new baby nursery up on the third floor and today we'll show you the finishing touches. Just in time too, because the stork has arrived.

So, we'll be looking at the nursery, at the furniture and some finishing touches in the bathroom. Including a vintage tub and glass shower surround. Stick around.

Okay. Before we start the tour, let's recap a little bit about what the scope of this project entailed. We not only created a new nursery room, but we've really taken over third floor attic space and some of the things that had to be done to the house. Invisible things including pumping insulation throughout those attic spaces in between the roof rafters and also replacing some of the windows. But anyway lets go inside and start our tour.

If you live in the upper portion of a two family house you have to get use to stairs, so from the front door we have one flight and here we are. And there's many thing that you want to do when you are building a nursery and getting ready for a new family, one of them has to do with kid's safety.

The folks from Kidco helped us by supplying gates on the staircases. In the kitchen they've put in all sorts of clever gadgets. One step ahead is the other group that helped us out where we've got magnetic locks on all of the drawers and doors.

And we've got special knob covers on the stoves, so they can't fuss with that while they are toddlers and they also put in outlet covers, sliding outlet covers. So that you don't have to worry about little ones poking anything in there.

And, h ere at the top of the stairs in the stair hall. We have one improvement which is really important. This house had only one bathroom and what we've done is we've carved out an area that's just about four by six feet and we've managed to totally create a powder room here.

And you know some of the features really make it elegant, like the bellacor lighting, the sconces that you see there and then the choice of cool colors for the walls and the porchier fixtures.

White porcelain lavatory, and of course the water closet, the toilet. And, for me, what really makes it special is this iridescent blue mosaic tile from Dow tile.

Nick Beazley, our homeowner's with me now and a minute ago we were in the half-bathroom that is right off of the key hall in the living room , et cetera.


And now we're in the new master. So architecturally , you kind of flip things right?

Correct. When we moved in there was a little tiny half bath off the master bedroom and the main bathroom was off the hallway. And so we reversed that thinking it would be nicer to have a little half bath that our guests could use and come and go. And we can have our own private bathroom here.

Exactly. Makes a lot of sense. So you had to do a lot of demolition.

Lot of demolition.

We had to redo all the plumbing because there'd been a lot you know, old plumbing that wasn't very good. A lot of brass that someone had a to pull out.


And the floors were out of level and had been hacked up by the previous plumber, so we redid all that, shored it up structurally, and then relayed it out. So.

Exactly. So we've added new windows from Pella. Which in this case, I guess they're the two over one or is it the two over?

Two over one.

Two over one. Which again is in the feeling of this 1890's house.

Yeah. There are a couple of original windows left from the house and they were two over one, so we chose these to match.

Right. I think you and your wife have done a great job with color choices around here. Now the Corian tub surround is in a terrific blue shade.


And, of course, we had the fellows from Sterling out here who did a magnificent job of figuring out how to do the template for the tub using digital photography and computers.


Very impressive and it came out perfect and of course you picked a wall color that matches the bedroom so that the master bedroom and the master bath all flow together very nicely.

I really like what you've done as a solution for not having glass doors or not having just a shower curtain when you've got a situation like this tub here, where it just has a half wall with one end.

This was an interesting glass installation, done by our friends at Classic Glass, here in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

It involved finding a plum line and drilling through the tile, starting with a center punch so the drill won't wobble and damage the tile, then inserting plastic wall anchors.

The aluminum channel was made to accept three eights inch tempered glass. It was screwed to the wall using three stainless steel screws to prevent any corrosion.

On the bottom of the glass, they applied a vinyl cushion that adhered to the edge to steel the joint and take up any variation between the surfaces.

And when that glass was set in place upside down, they they dry fit everything to be sure all dimensions are correct.

We know that the channel is level so the glass should be level.

One End of the shower curtain rod is held in place with a traditional chrome racket. At the other end they used a specially made fitting that allows a boat to go through the glass.
It threads right into the rod and is tightened with a very small Allen wrench. After everything was dry fit successfully, the guys reassembled it using silicone adhesive for a permanent installation and it looks great.
All right, so lets talk about the lighting fixtures. These are all form Velacore. And like so many components in a remodel today, you go online and you do your selections, right?

That's right. They had a great website. Really easy to use and they have huge selection.

Yeah. So you've gotten these which are sort of a modern take on old fashioned glass shades that would have been hung over, you know, over a sink. And here you got a terrific American Standard pedestal sink, which I think aesthetically works very, very well. I mean your choices are good for an 1890's house being rehab-ed in the 21st century. The floor is terrific.

Thank you.

Well, it's a very, very good job of unifying the whole thing, and these windows are not like the ones that I know we put in the nursery, where we have the Pella inserts.

How do, how do these work? These are from Smith and Noble right?

Right, these are top-down, bottom-up shades. So they can either operate like a traditional shade where they come up and down or they can come down from the top as well which we thought in the bathroom would be nice since it gives you privacy, but also allows the light in as well.

It works very well. Great, well there's still more to see. All right, now for a final visit in the finished nursery. And before we look at the pretty stuff let's talk about some of the important things that had to be done here.

Obviously, when we started out what we had was a tired old attic bedroom that someone at some painted navy blue and stuck on stars and things all over the place.

So there was a lot of cosmetic work that had to be done, but the important stuff was blowing in insulation throughout this whole attic, this whole third floor of this house to make it much more comfortable both in fall and in winter and in summer.

And also replacing some of these windows. And in any event when you have, you know, young children its always nice to not have to worry about shade cords. So these Pella windows come with the shades that are sandwiched in between two panes of glass.

And that makes for a lot of easier operation.

Then other things we did in here example, the ceiling is a stretched fabric product and it's a custom insulation in here. It looks beautiful, but it also helps to control the sound, the noise, the crying baby etc.

And over here in the perimeter walls, we've added Owens Corning Quiet Zone insulation, which really again is a sound attenuation product that helps to keep the noise in here. All right.

Maggie and Nick are the proud parents of a baby boy. Congratulations.

Thank you.

And, why don't you tell us a little bit about the young man? How much was the weight?

Eight pounds, four ounces.

And what's his name?


Atticus. Now that sounds like an interesting New England name.

We chose it because of To Kill a Mockingbird. It's both of our favorite novels, so we, when the attic finished so we decided to name him after it. that's a great name, that's a great story. Now, let's talk a little bit before he gets grumpy or anything.

Let's talk a little bit about your choice's here in the nursery, how come you chose a color like green?

Well, we knew that we wanted to have our baby be a surprise, so we thought green was a good neutral color and lots of nice things go with it and we thought it would lighten up the space.

Makes perfect sense.

And what kind of paint did you use?

We used a Sherwin Williams Novio sheet paint.

Okay. So again, we are trying to keep all the products that come into the nursery kind of help oriented. Lets talk about the furniture.

Ok. the furniture, this is the Connecticut crib from the Land of Nod, one thing that was really important to us was that construction and just having solid wood, no particle board.

And we're really pleased with the clean lines, again we thought not knowing what we were having it was good for boy or a girl with it.


And the bedding, same thing is gender neutral the crib bedding collection is called "Womb with a View".


And we thought it would match our walls, and we just thought it was cheerful and pretty, like the blue polka dots.

And of course, all these crib designs meet the latest requirements.

Absolutely, yeah.

Safety requirements and the like. And what about the other needed pieces?

Yes, well this is great because it is a changing table and dresser. And again, solid wood construction and the drawers open really nicely. They just sort of just glide open. And then this for now while were in diapers is great, and then eventually we won't need and it and we can just have the surface of the dresser so this is great.

OK, and what's that in the corner over there?

This one of my favorites. This is a little Land of Nod book shelf that, sort of, in our space because of the eves in the room, it sort of makes a really nice nook. Its just a little book area that I imagine, we'll have some pillows down there and spend some time in.

And, the last piece of furniture that we haven't talked about is a comfy chair for mom and kiddo.

This is terrific, this is, it's actually a glider. It just sort of looks like a comfortable easy chair, but its a glider, and again we chose it, in part, because of the color and then in part because it's actually slip covered and it's totally washable. Which is great for spit-ups and whatever else might happen, so.

Well, it looks like you are all set for years to come.

We're definitely set.

So, we wish you much happiness and good health.

Oh, thank you.

Next week, we're starting a brand new project, also in this same town. This time we have got some youngsters that are four and five year old and they need a rumpus room. So we are turning their basement into a dream play room.

Till then, I'm Bob Villa. Thanks for joining us.



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