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Noodle’s nursery is not yet finished, but we’ve made enough progress on it (and we’re close enough to having a baby) that I thought it was time to show you how it’s coming together.
This room used to be our bedroom until we moved upstairs. The previous paint color was a dark gray-blue, which I really liked for our room, but seemed far too dark for a nursery that I really wanted to have a fun, happy, light vibe.
I knew I still wanted a gray for the walls, just much lighter. After much discussion and some third-party opinions, we went with Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl, color matched at Home Depot.
This was the image that gave me an idea of the general feeling I wanted for the room, but until Sarah told me I needed red buffalo check, I had no real idea where I was going to go for this space.
The red buffalo check lead me to the gray and white star sheeting and a white and navy crib bumper, both via Pottery Barn kids. I really wasn’t excited about Pottery Barn Kid’s pricing, but once I had the image of all three together in my mind, I had to have it. I stalked eBay for months, but never found what I was looking for that was in good shape, the precise color I wanted, a reasonable price, or didn’t come with a bunch of other things I didn’t want. I was lucky enough to catch the bumper on sale and get free shipping on it and the crib sheets (I ordered two so I would have a back-up).
They work together fabulously, and I’m so glad we had saved for this baby and were able to purchase them. The chevron blanket has a minky back and is from this etsy shop. She’s on vacation now, and was when I purchased this, but I just convo-ed her and she sent it out to me quickly.
Sarah and Caroline also sewed these fabulous curtains with red star fabric Sarah hunted down for me. They need to be hemmed, but I’m in love. The rug is from overstock, and we happily already had three red children’s chairs, so one just made its way to this room and fits perfectly under the window (not sure if it will stay here or not).
We found a great dresser at a local consignment shop to hold all of Noodle’s hand-me-downs. It is a little smaller than Colton’s, but has the same drawer set-up, which I really like. I also like the more classic styling of this dresser; I can see it working in lots of other rooms if the boys end up bunking together in the future.
I convinced my somewhat unwilling husband to hang photos above the dresser (he objected on the grounds that C stands and bangs on his dresser now, but he’s two, so I figure we’ll worry about this when we get there). He did hang them, but a little higher than I requested; ah well, compromise is a great thing!. We hung our brother art work, which I adore, first. The top left frame has a fun animal alphabet print I found via Pinterest. The bottom left frame is scripture from Jeremiah. I really liked the verse and found it already written out in colors that worked perfectly in the room. The two bottom middle frames are empty, but I plan on putting Noodle’s footprints or handprint in the top frame and one of the maternity photos Caroline took for me in the bottom frame (it is white, but has a yellow border, which I think will look fab with her photos). The top right frame will have a Dr. Seuss quote, and the bottom right frame has a picture of a sweet, sleeping fox that I found for free back when I was looking for things for Colton’s room.
The changing pad cover came from IvieBaby. It popped up during a flash sale they had recently, and I love it. I love all of the bedding in her store, but it was out of our price range. If its in your budget, I highly recommend her shop – the sewing on this is impeccable and it is perfectly contoured for our changing pad.
This area, to the right of the crib, needs the most work (seriously, how sad is this photo!?). The rocking chair was my great-aunts and was also in C’s room. The quilt was mine as a baby, and as much as I love it, it doesn’t work as well over here as I wanted. I’m planning on making pillow covers in both the star and buffalo check fabrics, so that might help tie it in better. The table is the perfect height, but a little unsteady for two boys running around, I think. I’m hunting for something better (I’d love a piano stool, but then I’d need some way to fix it at one height, so that might not work either), but in the meantime, this will work.
My husband is building three forward facing bookshelves for me, but they probably won’t be finished until after the baby is born. They’ll look like these, but beefier and longer and white (seriously, the one he finished is so heavy I question how on earth it can be hung; once it is, I could probably do chin-ups on it). My dad is also going to paint a picture for the room, which I think will look nice on this wall as well. The one he did for Colton is about two feet framed, so I think it will work scale-wise on this wall.
While it isn’t quite finished yet, I love this room. Frankly, I think that’s a miracle, since when Sarah and Caroline were here a few weeks ago, I kept saying I had no idea what I wanted in the room. Hopefully it won’t take forever for us to get everything in order after our boy is here!
This was the first room in our house I’ve gotten to decorate as a blank slate and I love everything about it!
When we found out we were having a boy, we started looking for bedding,and the spaceship bedding was the only thing we could find that Hubby and I agreed on. After that, I made a plan with that as our starting point.
Much of that original plan stayed, with a few adjustments. We ended up using a full-sized dresser as a changing table, and that necessitated a switch in room placement with the crib. We also originally planed to purchase a bookshelf from IKEA for the room, but when we found both the dresser, mirror and a matching bookcase on sale as floor samples at a local furniture store, we couldn’t pass it up. As an added bonus, the bookcase we ended up with is solid wood and cost just about what it would have to purchase and have the IKEA bookshelf shipped to us.
The curtains were tough to figure out though, and despite my best efforts, ended up being a bit of a splurge. I had originally looked for an inexpensive, solid navy black-out curtain, but the best I could find were ones from Pottery Barn kids, at $60 per panel, and I didn’t want to spend over $200 for curtains. I ended up purchasing the fabric and black-out lining and paying someone to sew them custom for me. So, even though they were a bit of a splurge, they were worth it to me because I have exactly what I wanted!
I thought we would luck out with a rug from Target, but the none of the rugs that worked in our room (and there were many that would have fit the color scheme) were the right size. I was afraid we were going to have to shell out over 300 bucks for a rug for the room (NOT GOOD), but thanks to overstock.com, we ended up with lots of choices in a Target-comparable price range. I took a leap of faith and went with a themed rug. Initially I didn’t want anything to overly theme-tastic, but I am so glad I went with this rug!
My goals for the room were to create something that would grow with our little guy, to be a place that’s fun, inspiring, doesn’t take itself too seriously, but is also practical. I think the rug really helps set the tone for fun, inspiring and not being too serious. It does, after all, still include Pluto. But, for me, the details make the room. I love the above photo of my dad as a little boy, and several other of the small touches around the room that make it cute and functional.
Crib: Graco Lauren Covertable Crib in Espresso, from Target
Dresser, Mirror and Bookcase: Floor Samples from local furniture store
Rocker: Belonged to Grandmother
Curtains: Fabric from Joann’s, custom sewn
Bedding: Dwell Studio for Target
Orange Bins (one for toys and one for blankets): Target
Monster Nightlight: Target
Jungle Taggie Blanket: Made by friend
All Art: either made by myself, my father or family friend or printed from an online resource
Wooden Blocks: mine as a child
Pillow on Rocker: Target
Quilt on Rocker: Made for me prior to my birth
Pound-a-Peg: Melissa and Doug, purchased new at consignment sale
I was totally going to post about how everything has been going with my gestational diabetes, but since I’m going to see my doctor this afternoon, I thought I’d wait until later this week to do that, so I can include his opinion on how everything is going.
So, in the meantime, enjoy this little teaser of what we’ve been up to in the Junester’s room:
More details will come as we start to pull the room together. But I am really, really excited about how things are moving along!
Also, we had our first Childbirth class last night! Ours are through a local women’s center, which works with many women experiencing unplanned pregnancies, so there is an interesting mix of people in the class. To start, the women had to say their name, due date, if this was their first child, and if they knew the gender. The men had to say their name and what they liked best about their partner being pregnant. One boy, he couldn’t have been more than 16, said he loved picking things out and planning and preparing for his baby. It was super cute! Okay, 16 year olds having babies is not cool, but I was glad to see that in this case at least, the girl had the full support of her boyfriend and he was excited and very interested in being involved in her pregnancy and in his child’s life.
We, well mostly Hubby, got a lot of work done over the weekend! We now have four walls, completely dry-walled, and ready to be painted! We cleaned the floors a bit once we finished the sanding, not perfectly, but enough to see a huge improvement in them (we’ll scrub them a couple of times and will also use a floor conditioner). Then we were finally ready to start priming the walls!
One of the problems we had that caused this project to be so long-running was that once we hung up the new drywall on the two outer facing walls, we had two smooth walls and two walls with the original 1950’s plaster texture. I spent an afternoon after work one day experimenting with sanding the texture. I tried scraping with a drywall knife, sanding by hand with a drywall sponge, and finally sanding with our power hand sander.
The hand sander worked best out of all three options, but would have taken a lot of time, not to mention all the sanding pads we would have needed! What we ended up doing was taking a thin coat of the drywall compound over the entire wall to fill in the gaps between the bumps. One coat and some sanding later, we were ready to clean up and prime! (Although I told Hubby I thought sanding would have been better, I think this was the best option in the long run — I stand corrected)
Is it 100% as smooth as the newer walls? No. Is it 90% better than it was? Absolutely! In fact, it might even be better than 90%, as the walls feel pretty darn smooth, with the exception of a very few spots.
For primer, we used Olympic’s no-VOC primer. I was really impressed with how low-oder it was (especially having never used a no-VOC paint or primer before), but I do think the coverage could have been a bit better. One coat covered the new walls perfectly, but I think we will end up doing two coats on our “psychedelic” walls to get the same kind of coverage.
The plan tonight is to get paint samples after work, finish the priming, and then finally decide on a paint color. Hopefully our longest running project is getting ready to come to a close!