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Nursery Tour

Okay, it’s finally (almost) done.  Dan is still working on his last 2 pieces of artwork; one for above the bed (a whale submarine painting done in his style) and one on our art collage wall (the obvious black picture at the bottom of the collage).  We have one more shorter shelf to hang under the long shelf above the dresser, which requires a long drive to Ikea, and then we need to pick up this cute little submarine caddy for diapers to put on said shelf from Target.  We have a brass boat port window with a mirror in the middle of it instead of an actual window that my mom gave us, or as we like to call it, Finn’s submarine lookout mirror that we also need to hang, but Dan’s sorta putting it off because it’s so heavy.  You’ll just have to see it once it’s hung – it’s perfect.  Either way, it’s looking really done so I think it’s finally time for a full tour of Finn’s small submarine/underwater/whale/sherbet colored room!

First the view from the door as you walk in:

The wall (#1) to the left as you walk in:

The crib wall (#2):

The window/closet wall (#3):

The art collage wall (#4):

And the opposite view of the room as you look out, where the entrance is:

Now for some close-ups and more details.  I’ll start with the bed since it’s the focal point of the room.  As I said, it’s looking pretty bare above the bed because Dan’s not quite finished with his art portion.  Oh and we’re still working/thinking about the mobile above the crib.  No ETA on that!

Here’s another picture of the unbelievably perfect matched blanket that my mom found at Goodwill months ago:

And a close up of the crib bedding, just so you can see the detail.  Dan tied these bows:  :)

Now we can move over to wall #1, the dresser/changing table wall.  Another shorter shelf is going to go on the right side under the top shelf for storing the diapers, and the submarine lookout mirror will be on the left above the pad:

Corner shot.  To the right of the dresser (better seen in the above pic) we have our former stainless steel kitchen trash can that we’ve recycled to use as the diaper pail.  In it I have a Planet Wise diaper pail liner which can go right into the wash with all his cloth diapers.  And of course the, again, upcycled coral tree decoration that was from our wedding back in 2008:

Close-up of the tree corner:

Okay let’s see, details of the shelf above the dresser.  These old books were given to us; the Opie Sendak one was given to us by my mom, which was given to her by her mom, and the Huckleberry Finn book (from 1957) was given to us at our shower this past weekend by a very dear family friend, Isabel.  Perfect for Finn!  The picture frame my mom gave us and we plan on putting a picture of Finn in it once he’s born.  Or perhaps one of my belly from the yet-to-be-done maternity shoot:

Close up of the beautiful handmade lamp.  My mom made the shade with Dan’s help and I glued the pom pom and ribbon trim along the bottom (to go with the detail on our curtains) as well as stuffed all those tiny little shells each in almost one by one:

And then of course, our beautiful handmade invitations that our good friend Julie made for our shower, I just had to frame!  And the baby book Dan got me for Christmas, and a picture frame Dan made in 2004 with a pic of him on the beach in San Diego (I guess that’s better seen above, too).  Oh and the wooden train my mom gave us (again):

Here’s a view of the window and curtain valance my mom made.  Fabric is the same as the crib bumper, crib skirt trim, and changing pad trim.  Added a coral ribbon with yellow pom poms at the bottom to incorporate our “polka-dot” accent and coral color, and then my mom made the buttons at the top by hand.  She painted them, drilled holes in them, and threaded them – just because it needed a little bit more oomph!  Love it:

It was hard to get a good view of the valance due to the window being backlit:

Aaaaand the art collage wall.  The grand finale.  Again, the lighting is messed up and I’m not real good with figuring out how to fix it with the camera:

Along with the start of his book library and toys:

Now an explanation for the artwork.  Most of it was “found art”.  For the big piece, we picked out some cool scrapbook papers together that we liked and sat and folded them into little origami whales together one night while we watched a Suns game.  We then toyed with their placement and direction and came up with this:

This was a little thing my mom gave us at the beginning of the pregnancy, “101 Ways to Praise a Child”.  A good thing to remember in ensuring that Finn has a good, positive, self esteem.  We placed it on the aqua/yellow dot fabric that we used around other parts of the room:

I really wanted to have pictures of us when we were babies so that we could compare his little face to ours as babies.  Here’s Dan’s model pose that hung in his hometown Sears & Roebuck in Kenosha, Wisconsin:

And my “ganger” pose from the hospital nursery in Denver, Colorado at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center.  Dan says I couldn’t decide whether I was East or Westside with the gang signs I was throwing up.  Looks like Westside won:

This is a drawing Dan made months ago of a bunch of little whales in the shape of one large one (as you can see).  My mom gave us these huge bearclaw clam shells which her and I drilled holes into so that they could hang by this pretty little aqua ribbon (also from our wedding!):

And now for the super “found art”.  The underwater and alphabet print is scrapbook paper we liked.  We still plan on getting some letters to put over the alphabet with his name.  The seahorse print is wallpaper my mom found months ago which we picked out our favorite part of, framed, and added the little clown fish on the frame just to give it some texture:

And this unfinished shadow box frame will be where we display Finn’s hospital bracelet, along with Dan and I’s – which both of our mothers just so happened to save!  For now, ours are sitting in that pouch protected and I just threw that little picture of Dan in the hospital nursery for now (won’t be there later).  We’ll finish this once we have Finn’s to add to our family hospital bracelet picture:

Wow!  Almost done.  Now, for some “behind the scenes” stuff.  The closet.  I’ve done my best to keep it as organized as possible.  For now.  I know eventually it will be a mess like the rest of our closets, and that’s okay.  Here’s a picture of all of his clothes.  In case it’s not obvious, he has plenty of onesies.  And everything from 0-6 month clothes.  He does however still need 9-12 month clothes of all kinds if anybody still wants to get him some clothes. :) I just had to share how adorable they all look organized in his closet!  I love coming up here and looking at them, no matter how many times I’ve seen them all and memorized every little onesie/outfit – I still could sit here and stare at them for hours dreaming about the little person that is going to be wearing them soon:

And now side-by-side shots of the closet.  Side #1 with our SUPER EXPENSIVE supply of diapers and wipes that I am told will last us maybe a month until he’s big enough to fit his cloth diapers (YIKES), as well as the clothes, remainder of the amazing diaper cake our friends, Christian & Renee got us at our shower, the box of bottles, baby carrier, and diaper bag with wet bags.  And on the bottom is our still boxed pack ‘n play and part of the car seat for Dan’s Jeep:

And on the right is my attempt at organizing at the top.  Mom gave me these bins.  I have all his extra crib sheets, some blankets, extra boppy pillow cases, and junk.  More clothes and at the bottom our Maclaren umbrella stroller (from England!) that my mom found us at Goodwill.  Normally $180, she got it for a steal at like $30!  Love it.  And the boppy pillow and bumbo seat (w/ tray) that I bought used off of Craigslist:

Almost forgot – the other “behind-the-scenes” stuff, which I’ve already posted about, but this post wouldn’t be complete without ’em!  Our closet organizers (for clothes sizing) and our cute little drawer liners:

And there you have it.  For now.  As we finish the last few things I have mentioned above, I’ll be posting more pics.  Hope you enjoyed reading about Finn’s nursery as much as we enjoyed creating it!  Now we just need a little baby to complete it. :)

Stay tuned for updates on the shower last weekend.  I’m still trying to track down like ONE picture of me at the shower.

 

Nursery Progress: Art Wall, Shelf, & Bassinet

Okay, this will be a short one tonight (*gasp* I know!) as I’ll mostly let the pictures do the talking.  Finally got the art/collage wall mostly complete.  Have 3.5 to finish.  I won’t go into details as I will post a complete picture of the wall once all is done.  The wall with the dresser got a shelf, still needs one more, plus a small mirror, and then we need to hang our boat “port” window my mom gave us (again – you’ll see that later).  Dan’s working on his art for above the crib and some other touches that he wants to add.

The latest steal of a deal my mom found at Goodwill!  Bassinet for Finn while he sleeps in our room.  Eddie Bauer wooden bassinet brand new = +$200.  Mom got it for $27 with her senior discount.  Sahweeeeet!  We added the blue ribbon and she’ll be making some mattress pad covers to match it once we get the mattress which is the only thing it was missing.

Shelf with the start of his book library, some knick knacks, our lamp, and I framed our beautiful shower invitations that Julie made because I loved them so much!  Oh and the baby book Dan got me for Christmas to fill out.  And the wooden train mom gave me.

Aaaaand our art wall.  Too tired to go into too much detail about it.  I will make a whole another post on each picture’s special meaning.  And as you can seem 3 pictures aren’t even done.  1 is only halfway done, but you wouldn’t know it.  Yay!  ALMOST COMPLETELY DONE WITH THE ROOM. I can’t believe it.  But am so happy and excited.

Nursery Progress: Okay, NOW We Have Curtains

Don’t worry, you’ll get a better picture of the whole room soon enough.  Today (among other things going on in our lives which will be a whole separate post) I am working on hanging shelves and working on the art/collage wall behind the door.  I finished my big “art” project for it last night.  Well, I guess it was more of a craft since that’s what I’m better at.  But it was something I’d been wanting to finish for quite a while and I can’t wait to share it on here.

Dan is going to start working on his portion of the art in the room.  He’s painting a big picture to put above the crib and then we’ll have to both figure out what else we are going to do there.  It’s all coming down to the finishing touches of the room.  I’m so happy that we started so early in the room because I really got to take my time and make it just the way I wanted it.  I got a lot of comments about how “early” we started and “why?”.  Well, because now here I am almost 8 months pregnant and am getting very tired and worn out so the thought of doing all the work that we finished early on does NOT sound appealing at all.  I think if I were just starting, it just wouldn’t get done.  Then baby would be here and things REALLY wouldn’t get done.  So, I’m so glad that I got the excitement bug early on and feel that I’m finishing at a good time in the pregnancy.  Although I use “finish” relatively since, really, will I ever truly be finished with it?  No, probably not.  Things are going to keep coming to me up until he arrives.  Which is a good thing since that will help satisfy my “nesting” urge that I am TOTALLY in right now.  And Dan.  ;)  He’s been organizing our nightmare of a storage/miscellaneous room upstairs a little bit each week as he wants it to be more organized by the time baby arrives, as well as working on his office/guest room.

I have more updates to come including what is going on in our lives (other than baby’s room) and a new pregnancy pic.  Stay tuned for those later!

Nursery Progress: Lamp, Valance, and Decorations

Wow, it’s almost been a whole month since I updated on the baby’s room.  For anybody reading this that wasn’t reading it for baby updates – well I did pretty good!  But the countdown is back on and we have to get things done!  That includes sharing it on here.

I just have to say before I say anything else, my mom is awesome, and amazing, and I don’t think there’s a thing she can’t do.  She’s done SO unbelievably much for Dan and I since the very beginning of the pregnancy.  She’s been such an integral part of the entire experience and an invaluable resource when it has come to designing the baby’s room and making it come to life.  She has such a good eye and always has great ideas for making anything and everything we do even better.  She is constantly buying things for Finn, helping me with projects, and been really good at being overall excited for and with us as we are near embarking on this new journey.  Thanks, Mom, you are seriously appreciated and the absolute best.

What have we been doing?  Painted over the old blue with this new blue.  May be hard to tell from pictures, and it’s still not *perfect*, but it’s good enough and is staying.  We got the bedding back, as you know, but it needed a little bit more work.  I had a girl make the crib bumper, crib skirt, changing pad, and a sheet (so that we could see how it’s done and make a few more ourselves).  It turned out lovely, as you know again, but after the fact we thought of a few things we could add to the set.  We made 2 more sheets out of some beautiful fabric I purchased.  You will see one sheet on the crib the next time I post a picture of it.  I *attempted* to learn to sew, but pretty much learned that I can’t sew a straight line.  Mom to the rescue!  I’m an excellent elastic puller, though!

The changing pad was originally just the blue dot and yellow minky, but my mom’s keen eye thought we needed some coral so we went to our local ribbon shop and bought this, which she sewed right on.  Turned out awesome, I love it!  Oh and what’s that to the right of the changing pad you ask (Ok, humor me here, I’m really excited.)?

Why, that’s our beautiful lamp which we made by hand!  Mom found a lamp shade at Goodwill.  She whipped up the fabric cover to go over it (lining it with a coral colored fabric on the inside so it really shows through when the lamp is on – see, she’s all about the details!) with her sewing machine (again), and Dan and I helped with feeding the elastic through the top and bottom so we can say we contributed!  She also sewed the brown pom pom trim to the ribbon so that I could then take it home and glue it on the shade.  Mom then found a glass lamp base, again at Goodwill, and I painstakingly filled it with these tiny shells one by one (the hole was very small), glued the ribbon around the base of the lamp (harder than it seems), and wah lah!  We have light!  I love it, love it, love it.

See, Dan snapped a picture of me hard at work.  Stuffed this bad boy with shells til 1am on Sunday night.  Let’s see, what else have we been up to.  Oh yes, the curtain valance as the title of this blog suggests.  Well, you can’t see it yet.  I thought it was done, but turns out it’s not.  Mom had another brilliant idea to add to it and so she came by my house today and confiscated the what I thought was finished curtains and took them back to her house.  I am confident they are going to look “cute as a button” (hint hint?!) and you will love them, too.  Just take my word, we do have curtains, you just can’t see them yet.  Sorry.

What you can see is this – another piece of the nursery that mom found for us at Goodwill.  Our glider.  In perfect shape other than needing a few screws tightened.  It was originally going to go in the nursery for late night feedings, but we decided since Finn will be sleeping in our room for the first few weeks or so (more to come on that later!), and our room is located downstairs, that putting the glider upstairs in the nursery was a little impractical.  It’s not like I am going to wake up in the middle of the night to feed and run upstairs (with baby in arms) to rock in the glider.  Since our living room is right outside the master bedroom, we have it in there for now for those late night feedings and rockings by the tv.  Once Finn is sleeping in his room, we’ll move it up there since at that point I *will* be going up and down the stairs to take care of business and having the glider then will make much more sense.

And here is the start of the decorations.  I know there wasn’t much underwater/whale stuff before… but it’s starting to trickle in.  This neat little coral tree is actually something my mom bought for our wedding to use as a center piece which we were unable to use since we ended up having the wedding in Cancun!  So, I got to re-purpose it in Finn’s nursery.  Dan hung this shelf, mom stuck a few starfish in the tree and we have a few little knick knacks next to it (that are ever changing).

There is plenty more to come.  Still working on the art/collage wall (behind the door which has yet to be shown on this blog), organizing the closet, hanging other shelves, mirrors, and decorations around above the dresser and crib, and the mobile.  But it’s shaping up quite nicely!  Oh and of course filling up the nursery with all the baby gear!

  • Paint
  • Furniture
  • Bedding
  • Mattress
  • Repaint the blue on the walls
  • Closet organizers
  • Drawer liners
  • Art wall
  • Lamp & shade
  • Curtains
  • Shelving unit?
  • Baby book – Dan got me one for Christmas!
  • Pocket shelves
  • Mobile
  • Find a glider!
  • Sheets
  • Baby quilt w/ mom
  • Lighting
  • Fan

Up next??? BABY SHOWER.  Can’t believe it – never thought I’d be having one, but I am.  Next weekend.  Well, BABY BBQ is more like it.  Not having a typical shower.  But more on that in another post, this one is all about the nursery, baby!

Baby Project #2: Drawer Liners

This blog has been so overly baby related lately.  I do apologize.  I promise there are other things going on in Dan and I’s lives, baby is just so much the focal point for us right now.  I do have plans for a post about one of our highlights from the Europe trip and last weekend’s big GoDaddy party – so if you aren’t here for baby updates, stay tuned for those.  If you are here for baby updates (or both), check out my latest project below!

These drawer liners are another thing that are not anywhere near being a necessity for the nursery (along with the closet organizers).  It’s just something cute and fun I saw online and decided to do.  That blog I linked to is one that I actually get a lot of inspiration from so don’t be surprised if you see me link to some of their other projects in the near future.  I thought it would be nice anytime we open up the dresser drawers to grab diapers, socks, or anything else, to see these bright or interesting papers that make us smile.

Our dresser has 3 small drawers along the top, and 2 larger, deeper drawers on the bottom.  We picked out 3 kinds of scrapbook papers that we liked at the craft store for the top 3 drawers.  We’ll have to find some wrapping paper somewhere else (looked in the store and didn’t find any we liked so far so we may end up ordering some sheets online) for the 2 larger drawers.  It was hard enough to piece the 2 sheets together for the smaller drawers, I don’t think I want to try it for the larger drawers.  We wanted to pick paper that could somewhat “grow” with Finn and not be too childish.  I would have loved to line it all with little whales, star fish, and fishies, but since this crib/dresser set is convertible and could potentially be the furniture he ends up using through college, I didn’t want to take it that far.  His room won’t *always” be undersea creatures, after all!  We chose a bright plaid, a newsprint, and a robot print.  The robots could be a little kiddish, but Dan thought it was “badass” and he’s 29, so I thought that one could last a little longer than fishies.  ;)

Step 1: Trim the paper and get all the lines to match up perfectly (not!) to fit the size of the drawer.  After wiping out the drawer for any dust or animal hair of course.  This was the toughest step.  Have to pick your papers very carefully to pull this off.

Step 2: Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the drawer, but just thick enough that the paper will stick to it.

Step 3: Apply paper to drawer, paying special attention to smooth it out as it was being pressed so that there were no bubbles or lines.  I wasn’t perfect at it, but I did pretty well.  I think I’m more worried about attempting the larger drawers with the thinner wrapping paper.  =/

Step 4: Wait 3-4 hours for Mod Podge to completely dry and then apply another thin layer over the top of the papers to seal everything in and protect the paper.

I love the finished product.  Just as a side note, the robot print paper did not work out so well.  I didn’t take my time with it like I did the others and so there were quite a few bubbles and lines.  But oh well, like I said, me and Dan are likely the only ones to see it.  :)

Baby Project #1: Closet Organizers

Originally I was looking at something like this for sorting the clothing sizes, since we’re hoping to be stocked up to at least 12 months of baby clothes.  But then I found this nifty little DIY project for closet organizers.  Absolutely not a necessity for the nursery, but something totally fun.  And easy.  And cute.  Really, nobody will see it but Dan or I, so it was just a personal project I wanted to do.  And I did it tonight.  Yay!

Step 1: Got all my supplies: Mod Podge, foam brushes, scrapbook paper, stickered #’s, acrylic paint, wooden “O’s”, and of course scissors and an X-Acto knife.

Step 2 (not pictured): The project.  lol.  Painted the “O’s”, glued paper to them, cut them out, placed stickers, Mod Podge-d over the top, waited for them to dry.

Finished Product: Adorable.

Step 3: Hang in closet.  Yay!

So there you have it.  My first baby craft project completed.  All in one night.  And it just makes me smile.  It was quick, easy, painless, and fun to do.

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.

What’s New?

Well… Dan and I are just starting to get over the plague that we had last week.  He got it first, last Saturday, and then I got it by Tuesday.  He was absolutely miserable the whole week and looked terrible!  I was so hoping I wouldn’t catch it.  But, being pregnant with an already suppressed immune system, I guess I was bound to get it.  Friday I had my monthly check up and doctor looked in my ears and said they were super red and full of fluid, so I had me a double ear infection and an upper respiratory infection on top of it.  She prescribed me some antibiotics (they don’t mess around when you’re pregnant and have asthma – don’t want it turning into pneumonia which can be deadly) and even a refill for Dan in case he got sick again.  Since sometimes things can just keep getting passed back and forth.  I did my nebulizer every 4 hours all weekend, drank tons and tons of water, and took Tylenol Cold Severe Congestion like it was going out of style.  Today was the first day I didn’t feel like death, but sounded like a 60 y/o woman whose smoked all her life when I coughed.  Yuck.  But I think I am on the mend!

Here I am at 24 weeks now.  Huge.  I feel so so huge.  I feel like I look like women who are close to giving birth.  And yet I still have 3 months and a lot of change.  So, that is sad.  I so hoped at the beginning of this that I would be one of those lucky ones that didn’t get all huge.  Fat chance.  Literally.  My mom keeps telling me she gained 50 lbs. with all 3 of my brothers – and it’s not helping.  I do not want to gain that  much weight.  With PCOS, I would never be able to take that off.  At least not for a really long time.  So far, weight wise, I still feel I am at a pretty good number.  I just look at myself in the mirror and get all grumbly and sad about how huge I am.  Oh well.  No stopping it now!  And of course the holidays are not helping!  Had a whole pumpkin pie to myself over the course of a week since Thanksgiving.  Baaaaaaad.  Why would I post this picture if I’m feeling so bad about myself – well, for posterity reasons of course.  Also, I really need a haircut.  On Friday.  Before the big GoDaddy Holiday Party.  Also, this was Saturday the day I felt like complete DEATH, so my face looks terrible.  But I managed to smile.  For posterity’s sake, remember?  Ugh.

24 weeks

(Again, WordPress, with the formatting???  Ugh I hate you!  I just want the picture centered and nothing I do is making that happen.)

The bright spot of my weekend was that the girl I hired to do my crib bedding finally finished it!  Yay!  It was rainy, windy, and nearly freezing temps so I almost waited to pick the bedding up next weekend.  But really, who are we kidding?  I’ve been waiting 2 months for that, there’s no way I was going to be able to wait any longer!  And I looooove it!  It’s so adorable and is everything I pictured and more.  I put it on the bed, but it’s not finished because we need to order a mattress this week so we can actually put the sheet on and have it look finished.  Here’s a sneak peek of the crib bumper.

Without the mattress there is this gap of space between where the bumper ends and the crib skirt starts, so it doesn’t look complete.  Once I get that, you know I’ll be updating this.  I can’t wait.  It feels more done although we still have so much more to go.  Like all the artwork that Dan’s planning on doing.  He’s just waiting for this semester to be over and to be done with finals and then to finish up all his Christmas gifts he’s making for people since we’re tight on money this year.  Here’s the dresser with the changing pad cover that she made as well as a project Dan was messing with a couple months ago for the walls.  Oh and don’t mind the mess of paint supplies on the right, still haven’t moved them out since we have to repaint the blue – which is even more apparent now that we got the bedding back!

And finally, I just have to share the most perfect little storage bin that I found at Target on clearance that was marked at $11.40, but when we got up to the register to actually pay for it, was marked down even more to the low low price of $7.00!!!!  And it’s the perfect color and just what I wanted for storing books and blankets in by the future glider for late night feedings!

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 Craigslist.com.  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!