When we were looking at our soon to be new house I was really pumped that there was an extra room in the house…would it be an office or a guest room or both? I was already searching pinterest for inspiration! We were under contract to buy our house when I kept having dreams I was pregnant. I thought I would take a test just to put my fears to rest. The 2 pink lines surprised us quiiiiiiiite a bit! haha. All of a sudden my pinterest searches went from guest room ideas to NURSERY ROOM IDEAS!
There’s a lot things that need to go in a baby nursery and our 4th bedroom is rather tiny. So my 2 challenges were A.) small space and B.) small budget. Did I mention Charlotte was a surprise?!
Somewhere in the process of putting her nursery together I went from being scared and overwhelmed at the idea of a baby to feeling excited and happy about having a baby. But who am I kidding, I’m still scared and overwhelmed….I mean, we’re talking about a tiny human here!!!? I haven’t done the tiny human thing. We did the adopt-4-and-5-year-old sisters thing. So here’s to a whole new adventure that I’m wildly unprepared for…but who’s really prepared for being a parent anyway? I have read some blogs, been to some classes and I’ve got a nursery put together (finally) so I’m hoping my efforts are off to a good start.
Here was our very blank small canvas to start with:
(Photobomb courtesy of Ladybird)
We started with paint. The accent wall ended up too blue at first.
I wanted it more dark navy. I tried mixing in some black with the blue paint and it got darker but it wasn’t the right shade.
I ended up just painting the wall straight black. The other walls are a nice grey. I thought if all the walls were black too it would just be too much.
The next thing was the crib. This sweet crib means so much to me, pregnant emotions aside, it would still mean so much to me because both our older daughters used this crib as babies. When you adopt kiddos they normally don’t have items from their past like photos, toys or for goodness sake not their cribs. We’ve been so fortunate to have a relationship with their Nana and Papa, I guess I should say our Nana and Papa too, and they have been so sweet to pass along things of the girls. I’m so thankful we were able to find them while we were finalizing the adoption and build relationships with them. It’s been so helpful for our girls too. Anyway when we found out we were pregnant they asked if we would like the Jinny Lind crib that Presley had and then the same crib that Kylie used when the girls would stay at their house. I almost get teary eyed when I think that we have something that all 3 of our daughters will have used as a baby. Nana knows I’m a diy-er and mentioned that she cleaned the crib but didn’t polish it incase I were painting it. How sweet!
Here’s what the crib looked like before:
Because of spray paint and poly fumes my sweet friend, Charissa, offered to paint the crib for me. Btw if you’re painting an old crib make sure and call the company that made your crib to check the model number for recalls. You can find that info usually on the bottom of the crib. Ours was a delta crib and had the info on the bottom of the particle board. Ours was just made a few years ago in 2007 and had a recall for the dropside. They sent us a kit for free that has 4 little fasteners that lock it in place. I expected this to be a huge hassle and big deal but the call took 3 minutes. They just asked for model number and our address. And the “kit” isn’t overwhelming. Like I said, it had 4 fasteners and a diagram of how to put them on. You can get more info here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/
Here’s what it looked like painted white:
I attempted my first sewing project and made an adjustable crib skirt for the nursery. It was surprisingly easy and added so much. You can get all the details for how to make one on the $15 Adjustable Crib Skirt tutorial.
I had some fabric leftover so I made a window cornice for $5 with it. If you’ve read any of my other posts you know I’m a huge fan of window cornices/window valances. They’re so cheap and they add sooooo much to a room. If you want details on how to make your own, check out the $20 window cornice tutorial here.
Here’s the window before the window cornice:
I wanted something dramatic above the crib but I didn’t want to spend $100 on something cool from tjmaxx or marshalls. The artwork above the crib was actually a $5 makeover.
The girls and I found this “interesting” painting at my favorite thrift store but it did look to be just the right size. My oldest, Presley, was quite sad I was going to cover up the big cats, haha.
Excuse our dishes left out on the counter-we live here.
I love chunkiness in my paintings. If you do too, all you need is “structure gel” you can find it at any craft store. You can add it to cheap acrylic paint and get some fun results. If you want your paint to bleed a little more into the other colors you can use “floating medium”. I just kind of mixed it all up as I went and was happy with how it turned out.
I needed a dresser for the nursery too but, dang, those things can be expensive and they’re huge! Two things that didn’t fit what I needed. I needed cheap and I needed small. I ended up using the $35 dresser I bought earlier this summer at a thrift store and a cheap $17 makeover to make it girly. You can grab all the details on the $17 Cheap Dresser Makeover tutorial.
I really love this cute little lamp on the dresser/changing table. When my husband, Michael, was a baby it was in his nursery. The original lampshade had seen better days so I replaced it with another lampshade I had bought last year from the walmart clearance aisle for $5. So cute, right?! I love that something from my hubby’s nursery will now be in Charlotte’s nursery.
The prints above the changing table were a freebie from viewfromthefridge.com I especially like the “You Are Loved” print since it also happens to be the title of my husband’s single on the radio right now with his band, Stars Go Dim.
The remaining items were purchased with gift cards or were things we already had in the house and they’re all from Target, hilariously.
The end table was one we had in our living room but I had to move it out to make room for a changing table downstairs anyway and it matched the nursery perfectly. The rug was from Target, we bought it about a year ago and used it in the living room in our old house.
This copy of Stuart Little was from Michael’s Grandma Peggy. She gave it to Presley and Kylie a few years ago but they were too young to take care of it. I found it the other day while unpacking more stuff (the unpacking seems like it won’t end) and we thought it would be great to have out somewhere and eventually read with the girls. All 3 baskets I found at The Goodwill for $2 total. The bigger one is hiding the excess cord. The “C” was a shower gift. It’s actually a locker decoration.
I bought the lamp for $5 at a garage sale last year. It was in our living room on that end table so when the table got moved upstairs so did the lamp.
The rocker is an Eddie Bauer glider from Target. Gotta love gift cards and those “save an additional 15% off items on your registry” coupons.
The book on the end table is a baby book my Nana Marilyne gave my mom when I was born.
Let’s look at those before and after pictures again (because we all love a good before and after gallery).
I can’t wait to bring baby Charli home!