I have been itching to share my nursery with the internets, and finally I think I can make it happen. [It's not done yet, but I'm not a very patient person sometimes. My very impatient husband must have rubbed off on me a bit.] Oh, and did I say MY nursery? I meant Charley's. I outgrew mine about 27ish years ago, but have spent so much time hanging out in Charley's that she and I might have turf wars regarding hers when she gets here. But, I just love her room and can sit in there for hours! If only I could fit in her crib....
Anyways, lets start with the basics. The room. John and I live in a 2 bedroom townhouse. That leaves us with one bedroom for us, and one bedroom for anything else; which previously included work-out equipment, computers, and all of John's clothes were in the large, attached walk-in closet. Well now that Charley is on her way, all of that had to be re-homed. There are no "spare" rooms or even "spare" corners any longer, but the baby needs her own room, and that is what we were determined to give her!
The work-out equipment got moved to a closet downstairs, and then moved again to our bedroom...which I'm beyond thrilled about. John's computer got moved to my old desk that is in our bedroom, and mine got moved to a new corner desk in the living room. John's clothes - well, that was the hardest part. He moved them into my already packed closet, and now we share a closet. Until finally, we had a blank slate to start with.
So, from this inspiration room, I borrowed the following ideas:
Blue walls? Check.
Pink curtains? Check.
Owl Pillow? Check.
Ikea Malm Dresser? Check.
Ikea Bookshelf? Smaller than this one, but check.
Bird Mobile? Check.
Tree on wall? Check.
So yeah, besides the bead board on the wall and the light fixture (which I did consider both), I am graciously borrowing this woman's ideas. Thank you for being so darn creative, person! I hope I am giving you enough proper credit!
So here is how my version turned out:
|Thanks Dawn for the picture!|
Surprisingly, we bought almost all of the big items new. But we didn't spend a ton of money on it. I cannot believe the amount of money the giant baby stores charge for a "set" of baby furniture. If you bought one of these collections, I'm going to give you my opinion right up front: you wasted your money and just paid Mr. Babies R Us's mortgage for him. But I'm sure your baby won't chew up the crib railing or ruin the finish on any of your furniture, so you should be fine....
I on the other hand, bought a highly rated crib from Wal-Mart for $150 (which included the mattress), and the dresser and bookcase from Ikea for $170 and $70, all in white. I am opting to use a lower dresser in place of a changing table with just a changing pad on top.
But I mentioned that almost all of the items were bought new. We did buy one major furniture piece used - the glider. I have expensive taste when it comes to gliders. I despise the normal wooden gliders that you normally see. I wanted something that looked more like an arm chair, but that still glided instead of rocked. Turns out those types of chairs are around $400-$500. Um, no thank you.
So I had a back up plan which was a white wooden glider that I saw at Once Upon A Child, a second-hand store. It was still the style I despised, but I thought it wasn't quite as bad in white. So I snapped a picture when I saw it just in case it came down to that.
In the meantime, I scoured craigslist every single day just hoping that one of the gliders I loved would pop up on there. And finally one did. I saw the ad maybe 2 hours after it was posted, and the 20 minutes between when I hit send and before she replied were the longest 20 minutes of my life. I had no idea this glider had been so important to me! But, eventually she replied, told me it was from a smoke-free home (whew!) and we took it off of her hands for $100. She also told us that there were multiple people asking about it after I did, but we were first so we got first dibs on it. Thank goodness I was first...I may have cried otherwise!
|Ew! Way too matchy!|
So, all I could really find that I just loved was bedding pieces from Pottery Barn Kids. And we all know that PBK = $$$. But, I had convinced myself that since I was only interested in the bumper and crib sheets, that it was okay to buy from PBK because it would still be cheaper to just buy those pieces than one of those giant bedding kits.
So, after picking up our glider, we were in such a good mood for saving that money that we decided to make up for it by stopping in PBK to see if they had the same sheets and bumper from the inspiration room. Turns out, that is an online only line and I'd have to order it there. But, while we were there I spotted a clearance corner and went to check it out. On the very bottom shelf, was a "package" of bedding items that had been used for a display crib that they were now selling for a great discount. It included a sheet, bumper and crib skirt (which I was previously going to make myself) all for $50...and I actually liked the patterns! Just to give you an idea of the savings, the bumper alone in PBK is $90. So $50 for all three is more than 50% off. As you may have guessed, we bought it!
I know one sheet isn't going to cut it, but luckily I have a wonderful sister that has twin girls and she didn't get rid of a thing (it seems) from when they were babies. She gave me probably 5 or 6 sheets for free, so I think we are covered in the sheet department!
Total spent on bedding: $50
I'm likely going to post separately about how each of these things were made, but John and I made a great crafting team and were able to make several of the things that I HAD to have. I hired John for my assistant job because he can sew. And sew really well, actually. He once reupholstered our entire boat by hand. Impressive, no?