Baby Boy's nursery is done! Take a look around.
First, the BEFORE pictures. We had never really "decorated" this room, just sort of arranged it, because we knew (I should say hoped) it would eventually be another kid's bedroom. We were using it as a play room/guest room in the meantime.
I managed to hold off on making any changes until we learned this kiddo is a boy. Then the first thing we did was paint. Pretty funny, I guess, since it was already baby blue (and we left H's bedroom the same shade, which actually works great for a girl's room!) but I had neutrals in mind. Painting may have been the most arduous task, because we went through about five different sample shades from Sherwin Williams before we finally just mixed our own shade out of those samples, and had them color match it. We are really happy with the result -- sort of a mushroom taupe. Unfortunately it photographs a little dark, so all these pictures look a little darker than I would like. Oh, well! It was the best I could do.
After painting, the next project we did was the new curtain rod and window covering. N made me this galvanized pipe curtain rod based on one I saw on Pinterest or somewhere. I love little industrial touches, so I thought this was perfect and so masculine. He made sure to mount it really securely into studs, because that rod is heavy. I made some no-sew curtains out of canvas drop cloths, Stitch Witchery, and navy ribbon, and we attached them with ring clips. A bit time consuming having to pres the huge heavy drop cloths and iron on the ribbons, but so simple! Having used a drop cloth for a curtain before, I knew these would block a lot of light, and sure enough they do. When combined with the accordion window shade behind it, they block out nearly all the light, which will be great for naptimes!
The curtains hang a little funny because of the anti-tip safety doodads on the back of the dresser, but you gotta do what you gotta do!
I didn't want to do a theme, but I have always loved the beautiful artwork in vintage Dick and Jane books, so I knew I wanted to include that if I could. I searched and searched, and finally found this 1957 teacher's edition Dick and Jane Big Red Storybook on eBay. It was a bit expensive, but I justified it by deciding to sell off the unused individual pages on Etsy. Well, once it came, N and I agreed we just couldn't bear to do it. The book was just way too cool intact. So we're hanging onto it, and once we are no longer using these pages, we will put them back in the book (it's binder-bound, so removing pages doesn't damage them) and then decide whether to resell it or keep it.
We agonized over which pictures to use. They were all so gorgeous! Although, funnily enough, Dick, Jane, and Spot are nowhere to be found in the book! I guess this is a B Team book -- Tom, Betty, and ... I forget the dog's name. But I guess that's why we were able to get the book for $70. A lot of the Dick and Jane books go for much more.
We used Ikea Ribba frames in a glossy dark gray, and saved money by trimming the existing mats to fit using a mat cutter we got at Hobby Lobby. It was kind of a huge pain, but I can see us doing it again in the future. I am always needing a custom mat, it seems, and that can get really expensive.
This little rocker may or may not stay in here. I haven't decided. It used to belong to some great-great aunts of mine. Several years ago, when the last of them passed away, N helped me redo the wood (it was in REALLY bad shape) and then had the upholstery redone as my birthday present. I made the floor cushion using this tutorial. I used beanbag filling instead of polyfill as the tutorial recommends. On the plus side, it is more solid and substantial than it would have been with polyfill. On the downside, it's a bit bumpy! It will be interesting to see how that decision plays out over time. I do think it will be very useful, though. And it gives H a place (another place, that is) to sit when we're in baby brother's room. She loves the handle and wants to haul it around with her everywhere. I guess I need to make one for her room, especially since I have about 15 gallons of beanbag filling left over!
This is so weird, and evidence that Mommy Brain is real. (I have been suffering to the EXTREME this pregnancy.) I really thought I had ordered this print from Etsy, but it's not in my transaction history and I can't find any reference to it in my email. So I have genuinely no idea where I ordered it from now! Strange. It's pretty, though, and I like it! Same Ribba frame, same self-trimmed mat.
The chair is a really old Ikea Ektorp. It looks slightly better in real life -- just looks extremely smooshed in this picture! The fabric on these pillows, this storage ottoman, the crib skirt, and the floor cushion is all Premier Prints home dec fabric from fabric.com.
The cross is kind of funny. We signed up for a new insurance policy through Catholic Life Insurance (although we're not Catholic) and they sent us this as a thank-you gift. Seemed like the perfect addition to the nursery!
|Cozy little nook! With wall space available later for a growth chart, mirror, pictures, or just to stay blank.|
The clock is from IKEA, too. N cut the peg board to size for me and painted it with another color he mixed himself from paints we already had in the garage. The little outfit is from Target and the hat is from Hobby Lobby. The galvanized bucket, which I've had for a while, is great as a hamper (a function it served in H's room before I stole it for this nursery!) :-)
We spelled out baby's (probable) name with the same vintage (early '60s-era) flash cards we had up in the room before. It looks much cuter without the photoshopped white blobs!
The antlers are from a buck N shot. The toy deer peeping around the side of the crib is from Melissa and Doug and was surprisingly affordable for such a large toy. (I think around $55-60, although its price on Amazon fluctuates quite a bit.) It is very sturdy; H and several of her bigger friends have already "ridden" it many times. N named it Trophy, which is a bit macabre, but funny.
We made the globe mobile with some mini globes we found on eBay. They were originally sold at World Market. We got into a bit of a bidding war over them, but I think ended up getting them for about $30, including shipping. The metal rings are from a website that sells Native American craft supplies (they are intended to be used for dreamcatchers), and were extremely cheap.
I guess I didn't get a great picture of the rug, but it is a 6' square wool rug we got on Overstock.com. I love Overstock for rugs -- they have really good deals on high-quality rugs. Wool is a great choice because it's natural, doesn't stink, holds up really well, and is very stain-resistant (I think due to the lanolin). The downside is that it sheds, but a rug in a baby's room should be vacuumed a lot anyway!
The crib was H's (now discontinued). The bedding, you already know about!
That's it! I hope Baby Boy likes his room. I like that it is neutral and sophisticated enough to grow with him for a long time. Now the countdown until his arrival begins in earnest!