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Nursery Progress: We Have Bedding!

So, this is probably getting a little boring now.  But I’m having a lot of fun documenting our progress on the nursery.  So there. *sticks out tongue*  I can’t wait for the whole thing to be finished as we have lots of projects in the works.  We both got a serious rush of inspiration and motivation to work more on it this past week.  So that meant some shopping.  Today we went to Ikea, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Pier 1 (for some colorful inspiration).  We got lots of materials for some future projects which will become their own blog posts eventually.  Maybe even one tonight.  ;)

As I said in the last post, we got the bedding.  Just needed a mattress.  Which we got this week (only took 24 hours to get from Amazon, hot damn!) And as promised, here is the picture of the completed bed!  I love, love, love it.  I want to just snuggle up in it myself.  Haha.  It’s perfect and exactly what I pictured from the get-go.  I love every detail from the cording on the top of the bumper, to the trim on the bottom of the skirt, to the fluffy yellow bows.  Enjoy.

We have 3 other sheets that are in the works to inter-change when needed; a plain yellow, an aqua & white dot/swirl, and a coral one.  My mom and I are making the other 3, this is the one we had the girl make so it’s the show-sheet for now.  The coral one will really help tie in the color from the wall, but really we just wanted coral to be a highlight in the room and for the main colors to be aqua and yellow so those are going to be more prominent throughout.

Here’s another view of the crib, with the insanely perfect blanket that my mom found at Goodwill, which I couldn’t have been more thrilled when she gave it to us!

So, it’s really shaping up.  Like I said, we have some projects in the works so once those are complete, I’ll start posting other parts of the room, such as the wall where the dresser is (which I gave a sneek peek of on the last entry), and the wall behind the door which hasn’t really been seen yet.  We have something special planned for all 3 walls of course – the 4th wall consisting mostly of the closet doors and window.  And obviously, the wall that the crib is against needs lots of work!

To do:

  • Paint
  • Furniture
  • Bedding
  • Mattress
  • Repaint the blue on the walls
  • Closet organizers
  • Drawer liners
  • Art wall
  • Lamp & shade
  • Curtains
  • Shelving unit?
  • Baby book
  • Pocket shelves
  • Mobile
  • Find a glider!
  • Sheets
  • Baby quilt w/ mom
  • Lighting
  • Fan
Yikes – we have very little checked off our list compared to everything we still NEED to do to complete the nursery.  And that doesn’t even include all the baby stuff we will need in order to actually take care of the baby!  Oh, why can’t money grow on trees?
P.S. Sadly… we will not be using the crib bumper once Finn is here.  At least not until he is at least 6 months old.  You are not supposed to use crib bumpers due to safety reasons and they have become more of an aesthetic part of the nursery than anything.  They make the crib look adorable and finished.  But they are not safe.  With the regulations for widths between crib slats, there’s almost no risk of babies getting their legs caught or broken.  They may slip through the slats and be uncomfortable for a bit, but the baby won’t ever seriously hurt himself.  So, we’ll leave it in til he is sleeping in his own crib, then it will be put away until he can roll himself over and do all that good stuff.

Nursery progress: Wall Stripes and a Sneak Peek at the Fabrics

Okay so we gave ourselves a couple weeks of a break to marvel at our newly painted walls and gorgeous baby furniture and to decide on placement of the stripes by looking at many different examples online.

So, our first step for striping was to move the furniture to one side of the room and cover it with drop cloths so we didn’t get any paint on it.  Then we used our brand new laser level to start taping the stripes up:

And here’s Dan demonstrating:

Just as an FYI, we used regular blue Scotch painter’s tape for the base coat since it wasn’t as crucial if the paint leaked under it, which fortunately it didn’t.  For the stripes, we used Frog Tape, which the guy at Home Depot recommended since it was treated with some kind of latex stuff that was supposed to seal the tape to the wall to keep the paint from bleeding.  We figured with stripes, we were willing to try whatever to prevent a crappy looking paint job.  And to be honest, I couldn’t really tell that much of a difference.  Both did okay, both had some bleeding.  Not the end of the world.  We fixed any visible mistakes with a tiny paintbrush (which you’ll see later).

I interrupt this post for a cute picture of kitty playing in the furniture box, which was later made into a giant cardboard fort for our niece, Annie:

Here’s me contributing, too:

We chose to paint only these 2 walls.  The small wall behind the door is where the rocking chair/glider will go and will have some whales painted on it, so we didn’t want any stripes there.  And the other wall, where the window/closet are, has so little actual wall that it wasn’t worth taping and painting.  And here’s the finished tape job:

With that, Dan start painting while I took a rest:

And here’s us taking a quick picture break:

Back to painting, Dan:

Then we gave it a rest for that night, and picked it back up again over the next week.  I did the white stripes and the big blue one at the very bottom:

And then after all was dry, we took the tape off to reveal this:

After feeling pretty good about ourselves for a few more days, us, being the perfectionists and artists that we are, got out the tiny paintbrushes to fix all the little mistakes that you’d never be able to see from these pictures, but that we knew were there:

And now the STILL as yet, unfinished nursery (whales and other undersea things to paint/create plus the bedding and all the other stuff that still hasn’t been done):

Oh yeah… and the blue ended up not being quite right, so we still have yet to go and get the right blue and then paint over this.  But it will happen.  This ended up being a more “baby blue” (no thanks to my horrible memory when forgetting the paint samples at home) and not quite the aqua we wanted.  But it will be an easy fix that we hope to take care of some time before 2011 leaves us.

I found somebody online to make the bedding for the baby, which I’m super excited about.  She’s making the crib bumper (which we’ve decided not to use til baby is a bit older due to SIDS risks), a sheet, bed skirt, and changing pad cover.  Me and my mom are going to make 3 more sheets using the fabrics I picked out, as well as the valance over the window.

Here’s a sneak peek of all the fabrics we are using:

The aqua/yellow polka dot will be the crib bumper, curtains, and part of the changing pad cover and crib skirt.  The yellow/white stripe flannel will be a baby sheet.  The yellow/white dot, or as I like to call it, “sand dollar” will be part of the crib skirt as well as the ties to keep the bumper on the crib.  The aqua/white dot, and yellow/coral floral print will also be 2 other sheets – for a total of 4 sheets to change/mix up.  The brown/white/aqua/coral starfish and the coral on top of that will be a cover for our Boppy pillow.  All of these fabrics will also be incorporated into a quilt that my mother is making for the baby which will go over the rocking chair/glider during all these late night feedings!  I am so excited and I feel that, Dan, myself, and my mom did a really great job creating a fun, bright, vibrant, and colorful nursery for our son/grandson.

And this is where we stand.  Haven’t done anything else to the nursery since then, other than my mom filling it up with lots of great Goodwill finds for when it is ready to finally be decorated, and for the many clothes we have in the closet hanging on little hangers (from both my mom and Dan’s mom).  I will update as we do more.  Money’s tight, so we’re kinda at a stand still.  Thinking about all the stuff we still need that baby will actually USE, and not enough $, we’re pretty overwhelmed.  But oh well, Thanksgiving is almost here and turkey makes everything better!

Nursery Progress: Base Coat and Furniture

Okay so one of the first things we did when we found out we were having a baby, and even before we knew the gender, was start planning the nursery.  I knew I wanted it to be gender neutral so that no matter what we had they would fit right in.  This was also because we didn’t want to know the gender at first.  We were totally okay with it being a complete surprise.  But… that didn’t last long.  We had names picked our for both genders but really wanted to start using them (which we are now).  We’re not disappointed that we found out because, well, knowing has really personified this little being in me.  So anyways.  I found some inspiration online for the kind of gender neutral nursery I wanted and we just started from there.  We picked colors to be the main focal point, instead of a certain theme (like Winnie the Pooh, etc.) and are going to throw in some whales here and there.  Of course.  Me and my love for whales/dolphins.  Our colors are aqua, yellow, and coral.  Dan’s going to paint some really stylized whales on the walls, as well as some coral, and other underwater creatures thrown about such as shrimps.

Our first step was to test out colors and see what works (and what doesn’t work).  Well, actually our first step was moving Dan’s office into the guest room.  Then we picked out colors.  The color yellow you see on the wall here did NOT end up working so we went back and picked a new color.  And it was perfect:

Our next step was to tape up the room.  I did all the lower stuff and Dan did all the stuff that required a step stool:

We then painted our base coat, yellow.  Dan did the rolling and I did all the trim and stuff so I could mostly sit:

Here’s us at the end of this night all dirty and sweaty:

Next, the furniture we ordered arrived a few weeks later.  In this time we we able to get used to the thought that this was going to be a real baby’s room!  We ordered a beautiful espresso colored bed that will convert to a toddler bed and then eventually a full size bed, so it could theoretically be his bed until he moves out!  We also ordered a long dresser so that it could double as the changing table as we didn’t want a separate changing table that he would grow out of within a couple months and then have us be stuck trying to sell the damn thing on  We set it up together with a couple of helpers (Penny and Angie):

Dan is a good direction reader:

So is Penny:

And where would we be without the best supervisor?  Other than me, of course:

So here are the 2 pieces, all put together.  Well, the dresser came put together other than the feet.  The crib is our doing.  Ta da!:

Okay, that’s it for now.  Next step: striping!