Sunday, June 03, 2012

Baby J's Nursery!

Now that most of our family and friends have seen things in person, I wanted to share our nursery. If anyone want more details on anything, just leave me a comment. I didn't want to bore you with types of paint, drying times, etc unless someone wanted to know specifically! :)

Glider - we purchased a used glider on Craigslist for $70. When I looked at this brand online they were $200+. I sewed slip covers for all the cushions, made the little pillow, and reupholstered the ottoman. I also added the storage pockets on the arm rests. All the slipcovers are removable; the fabric is by Dwell Studio and I got it on clearance at Hancock Fabric.

Bookshelf- I don't have a good before picture, but the bookshelf was a cheapo one from Ikea. It was originally tan, and Nate sanded, primed and painted it. He also cut it down by about a third as it was too wide for the space we had. I modge-podged a Jonathan Adler print wrapping paper to the back of it.

Dresser - This might be my favorite piece in the room. We had this ugly old oak dresser from part of a hand me down bedroom set. Nate sanded it, and we primed, painted and swapped out all the hardware. It turned out so, so well. Most people don't even recognize it.

Mobile - I made this out of felt, an old embroidery hoop and ribbon. It was my first project for the nursery, and I'm kind of in love with it.

Art -

Andrea made us this one, it's one of my favorite songs. It's hanging above the crib.

This one I purchased off of Etsy, it's probably our biggest splurge in the room. It's hanging near the door, and I love that I can see it from our bedroom.

This one was a free printable! I love the poem; it's hanging near the closet.

And this one was a gift that I reframed. It's on the bookshelf for now.

Our alphabet wall - We painted the walls a pale grey, so I wanted the alphabet letters to be bright and colorful. I got most of the letters from a local boutique, Hobby Lobby and an online vendor that makes custom (and cheap) wood letters. I modge podged and painted most of them, and we swapped the O for a clock. Some of the letters I repainted a few times - in the end, I found I liked the solid colors better than the patterned modge podged ones.

Closet Organizers - I've told you before that I'm really type-A...and here's proof. I made these closet dividers out of scrap cardboard, paint and modge podge. Honestly, they were a great decision, because we have a lot of clothes and they are in a variety of sizes. These keep me sane. :) I hung pretty much all of his clothes because we have a big closet in this room.

The finished room!!

The little dog butt hooks are from Ikea. Nate and I think they're hilarious.

Our diaper bag is Skip Hop.

The changing pad cover is from Etsy, I bought a handful of them in different primary colors. You can see our wet bag set up for cloth diapers on the side of the dresser, and the basket on top of the dresser holds our cloth wipes.

The map print and red end table are from Hobby Lobby. My mom found us the turtle lamp, and the car rug is Ikea.

The crib was free from a coworker, originally from Ikea. We bought a new mattress, and the bedding is from Ikea. Please note that I am well aware that you shouldn't have pillows, etc in the crib. In all honesty, baby won't sleep in the crib for a while as we are planning to cosleep.

The cube shelves are from Target. And see, I told you we had a lot of clothes! At this point I'd estimate that 99% of them are second hand - I'm actually pretty proud of that.

The curtains are also from Ikea, and they're one of my favorite things in the room.

We love how everything turned out, and can't wait to meet the future inhabitant.

And again, feel free to ask for more specifics - I'm happy to share! :)


  1. Absoultly adorable!!!! I'm doing an alphabet in Chelsea's nursery as well!! I love that new trend. Matt's mom and I are having a painting party and painting the letters to looke like the 1940s fabric we picked out/I call it vintage glamour. LOVE LOVE LOVE your nursery!!!!!

  2. Love your nursery !! I want to have the nursery all to myself =P . Love love everything about it. I like the dog butts wall hooks.

  3. I love how the room turned out. I love the pops with primary colors.

  4. I said it once, and I'll say it again... so freaking cute--one of the cutest nurseries ever. And I love that you were able to reuse/repurpose so many items! Well done parents!!

  5. It's amazing. You did an AWESOME job. Did you do any research about cosleeping? or was it just a decision that you guys made? Just curious...

    1. Hi Maria - yes, I've done lots of research about cosleeping. I read the book about it by Dr. James McKenna called Sleeping with Your Baby. It wasn't the most interesting read, but it talked a lot about how, why and when you should (and shouldn't!) cosleep. I also have several friends who have coslept and said it made a positive difference in breastfeeding and the amount of sleep they got each night. I'm happy to chat more if you want to shoot me an email!

  6. Wow, you did a great job!! I agree -- I think those curtains tie the whole room together just beautifully. He is a lucky little boy! :)

    1. Thanks! you've got to love the $30 ikea price tag too :)