Nursery Progress: It’s Done

…almost. For all intents and purposes, Beckett’s (it’s nice to use his name now) nursery is completed. There are just a few minor things to do (hang some diy hooks, paint the closet, organize the closet), but I am pleased with how everything turned out. It’s been quite the process, one that we completed a week before Beckett decided to join our family.

If you don’t remember, we started with this:

Room before previous owners moved out.

Then we had “the wall”.

A lot of tape and a little bit of paint later...

Which turned into this.

Partially completed nursery.

Now, we finally have a room just for Beckett. 

There it is. The nursery in all its most of its glory. Beckett loves it. Ha, he’s taken one nap in there, had a few diaper changes, and gone with Mommy to get clothes out of his closet, and that’s it. Currently, Beckett is sleeping in a bassinet in our room. We figured that since his room is next to Harrison’s we’d be better off having him in our room for the first month or so while we establish a sleeping routine. Harrison can sleep through anything, so it’s more to relieve my stress of worrying Harrison will wake up when we go to get Beckett. Yep, so all that hard work, and, right now, our little peanut sleeps here:

Beckett's temporary "room"

In case you’re wondering, here’s a little breakdown of where items in Beckett’s room came from:

  • Crib: Baby Mod Modena 3-in-1 Crib from walmart.com 
  • Chair: Morgan Chair from worldmarket.com 
  • Ottoman/basket: already owned, but purchased from Target a few years ago 
  • Faux sheepskin rugs: Ikea
  • Floor rug: blanket purchased from an estate sale 
  • Cardboard antelope head: gift from David when he was in Munich last summer
  • Curtains: Grayson Grommet Window Panel from Target 
  • Shelving unit and drawers: Expedit system from Ikea 
  • Drawer pulls: HomeGoods and World Market 
  • Wire baskets: Smith & Hawkens baskets on clearance at Target 
  • Lamp: T.J. Maxx 
  • Ceiling light fixture: Irving Burlap Shades, set of 3, from World Market (we put one in the closet and the other in Harrison’s room using pendant conversion kits). 
  • Frames: already owned, from Ikea 
  • Prints: all the prints in the 8.5 x 11 frames came from Feed Your Soul. The bird prints are wrapping paper. The ikat fabric is a napkin from World Market. The grey and yellow prints are free downloadable printables from tatertots and jello
  • Shelving above changing table: Ikea spice racks 
  • Mobile: handmade; tutorial can be found here.

To read about Beckett’s room from the very beginning, you can read here, here, and here.

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Nursery Progress: Update #3

This is the biggest progress post to date. There’s actually more to show this time than one completed wall (although, that one wall took a long time and probably deserved a few posts of its own). If you’ll recall, we started with this:

Bedroom before we moved in.

Then, we had this, along with an otherwise empty room:

A lot of tape and a bit of paint later...

And, we eventually had this. The room was still otherwise empty:

The "feature" wall.

Well, we now have this to be proud of. And, I do mean proud. We loved Harrison’s room at our first home, but we invested so much more into this room because we had NOTHING! I take that back; we had the blinds and the storage basket we decided to repurpose as an ottoman for the chair. Here’s the room, so far.

View from the door.

Close-up of storage and soon to be changing table.

One of my favorite views.

The rest of the room.

While we are quite pleased with how the room is turning out, there is still a lot to do.

  1. We have to finish making that shelving unit a changing table. We are also hanging a mobile I made above it and adding some art on the wall above it. Something like this:
  2. I’m not sure about the curtains. They were a great deal at Target, but I feel like that side of the room is too “gray-heavy”. I know there’s a lot of color on the feature wall and the bedding is light, and we have some contrast pieces on the chair, but I feel like we need some more cream or yellow in the curtains. I’m thinking of buying some fabric and having my mom help me (because I can’t do it) sew some contrasting panels on the top and bottom of the curtain panels.
  3. We have two shelves (featured next to the chair) to hang on the wall. I want to put a few books and stuffed animals in them.
  4. We have some art to hang on that blank wall next to the doorway. We just need to come up with a layout we like so we can make a template and then get it up on the wall.
  5. I made some wall hooks that we need to hang next to the closet to display some cute outfits and swaddles.

So, not a lot as you can tell… Actually, it sounds like a lot to do, but most of it is completed and just waiting to be “installed”. This stuff takes a lot longer to do when you have a toddler and you’re getting more and more pregnant. I know we can do it, though.

To read how we started and the progress before this, you can read here and here

Nursery Update

This is a (very) short post on the nursery painting. It’s done! (sigh of relief followed by the realization that there’s still a lot to do in a short amount of time.) I had the wrong lens on my camera to get a wide-angle shot, so these are just a couple of close-ups of the finished “feature” wall. We are quite pleased.

First, though, remember when I teased you with this photo:

Well, that turned into this:

This next part is going to sound like an acceptance speech at the Oscars, and I already hear the orchestra playing me off stage, but we really do have a lot of people to thank for making this happen (I hope you know who you are). From providing a place for Harrison to sleep, to watching him while David and I painted, to helping us tape and paint, we have some awesome friends and family. Thank you all!

Now, that mattress just needs to get here…

If you’re interested in the “before”, you can read here. Please tell me you notice a difference. 

Nursery Progress

At 30 weeks, I’m more than a little nervous that we aren’t further along with the nursery. Maybe we weren’t further along with Harrison’s room at this stage, but I thought we were. With Harrison’s room we didn’t paint the walls because we already decided we could make the color work, and my co-worker’s husband painted a tree mural on the wall. Other than that, we repurposed some furniture and put in the crib and a rocking chair. This time around, we are pretty much starting from scratch. We started with an empty room with a wall color that we didn’t like. Enter “Project Nursery”.

The first step was to pick a color or colors for the room. We found a great blanket (more on that later) at an estate sale a few months back, and I decided I liked it for the nursery. Using that for color-inspiration, I headed to Lowe’s and got some paint samples in Olympic’s No VOC paint. We decided on our two colors: Sea Sprite and Heirloom Lace.

These two colors were not just for wall color and trim. No, I had bigger plans in mind. Enter Pinterest. Clearly, I was jumping on the chevron bandwagon. There are plenty of examples out there, as I found while perusing the Internet and pinning ideas. Here are a few I particularly liked:

This one from sabbe interior design that used contact paper and a mix of wide and narrow chevron.

And this grey and white chevron from House 36. This one seemed closest to the size of the wall we were hoping to cover and the size of chevron.

After finding some great inspiration, we needed to find some good tutorials. A lot of people referred to this tutorial from Casa Cullen. We had all the materials for this on hand, but I was concerned about getting the chalk line off the wall. Then, I saw these tutorials from Caitlin Wilson Design and Make Them Wonder. We did a combination of the two.

After David finished marking the wall for the chevron, and I started taping, I realized I wanted to go a different direction. I got very excited about what I was thinking, and quickly began looking up inspiration for my latest plan. That’s when I saw these:

A herringbone ceiling from Vintage Revivals:

Herringbone plates by forest clearing.

I’ll post later on why those plates were so inspiring, but for now, here are some pictures of the progress we’ve made with the painting so far.

Taping out the stripes

A lot of tape and a little bit of paint later...

Slowly, butt (oops, I mean "but") surely

We still have to put the other colors (say what?!) on the wall and put a second coat on the other walls, and paint the trim, but hey who’s keeping track of all that anyway. Man, and that’s just painting. We also have to assemble furniture like, oh, the crib. I can’t even think about that right now (but I am anyway). We still need a mattress for that crib and bedding for that mattress, and … too many other things.