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Baby A’s Nursery!

5 May

We made some great progress on Baby A’s nursery this past weekend, and I figure it’s a good time to share.

I got some inspiration from Etsy for wall prints based on the “You Are My Sunshine” song.  There are three different prints, each is 16X20.  I originally wanted white frames, but couldn’t find anything that was reasonably priced.  We dropped by Michael’s this weekend, and their frames were buy one get one free.  Score!

So, after getting them home and hanging them up (with the help of my awesome husband), here is the final product:

I also picked out curtain and ordered them from Overstock.  They arrived on Friday and we got them hung on Saturday.  They are blackout curtains that look pretty nice and definitely keep the light out – I might take naps in there from now on.  🙂

Instead of buying a changing table, we are just using an old dresser that was in the basement.  This particular piece of furniture happened to be my Mom’s, I used it in my room growing up, and now it will be used in my child’s room.  Talk about getting your money’s worth!

We bought a changing pad and will use some velcro to attach the pad to the top of the dresser.  Much more economical than some of the changing tables I’ve seen for sale – they run about $100 to start!

My Mom’s good friend Pat had this wooden rocker sitting around and offered it to us –  I think it fits in nicely!  I do wish it was a bit more padded, but this will do.  I guess I can always buy a pad for my big bum.

I also dragged all of my stuffed animals out from storage for use in decorating.  I’m not sure how we’re going to display all of these, so they’re just chilling in the crib for now.  My Mom recommended a hammock in the corner, or perhaps a wall shelf – I think I will wait until Ikea opens in late July and see what they have available. (Yay for Ikea opening earlier than their original September date!)

There are a couple more things to think about, but for the most part I think the nursery is done.  I’ve seen pictures of some absolutely gorgeous nurseries out there, but we’re just not those kind of people.  Baby A isn’t going to remember what her nursery looks like, so why bother?  As long as it’s functional and I feel comfortable spending time in there with her, that’s all we really need.

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Ridding Ourselves of Bad 70’s Furniture

12 Mar

Last weekend I walked into the future nursery and had to laugh just a little bit.  You see, a lot of the furniture in our home is hand-me-downs from various members of Steve’s family.  While I think that’s lovely and would much rather get more life out of used furniture than spend money on new items, the problem comes when the used furniture looks like this:

My friends, that is a lovely piece of 70’s furniture.  Some of its features include orange hardware, a cigarette burn on the top surface, hardware that is completely off center, and various nicks and dings.  This is obviously a very used dresser.

I decided that instead of buying all new furniture for the nursery, I should refinish this dresser (and the small nightstand that matches) to get more life out of these pieces and not spend a ton of money.

Steve helped me out a lot on this project.  He’s a perfectionist, so everything had to be ‘just so’ before we could consider ourselves done.  Here is the final product:

Not too shabby, eh?  We sanded everything down, put wood putty in the cracks and dings, painted, and installed new hardware.  It looks really nice in the nursery, now it’s just time to get everything else going.

(Please excuse my crappy iPhone photos.  I really should stop being lazy and just get my camera out, but…. well…. I’m lazy.  I blame pregnancy.)