We decided to scratch the idea of covering up our popcorn ceiling with planks or beadboard because of all of the ceiling's angles from the dormer window - I was worried it would be hard to make everything look neat and even. As mentioned, we hired somebody to scrape off the popcorn ceiling in this room and I am SO glad we did. It took the poor guy all of Saturday and most of Sunday and he emerged covered in white dust, looking exhausted.
While he was here, he also pulled up our berber carpet. The carpet was installed in 2010 when we bought this house, but my pregnant uber-nose could still smell the glue and chemicals used to install it. Concerned about off-gassing for the poor bebe,
Given that I have 9 weeks to go until my due date, things are starting to feel down to the wire. Pretty sure the only thing I could do to make this room less baby-friendly right now is add some asbestos and a hungry lion.
Our next steps are painting the ceiling and walls, choosing and installing hardwood floors, and then moving on to the decorating. Stick with us and stay homey!