Monday, July 25, 2011

The baby nursery

It's all finished.
Just need to have this baby arrive so we can name him...
then I can add 2 more final touches.

With all the house makeovers we have done in the past year and a half, this is the only room that has never been touched. It stayed yellow from the day we moved in nearly 6 years ago, until we got pregnant a second time and needed another nursery.

When discussing how we would decorate the nursery, Lil D gave me strict instructions that the room needed to be green (his favorite color) and have elephants in it (no idea why he picked that animal) is's every where in my house, why not here too?!

My nursery theme:
Green and brown with a little blue and some's that?!

I've said for a long time that if we ever had another baby and I got to decorate another nursery, I was going to do bead hurray for getting pregnant, so I could have bead board in a bedroom. I also LOVE stripes, so I decided that bead board and green stripes were the way to go. I painted the stripes, and then Mr. T and I installed the bead board, new baseboards and the cap board....and boy do I LOVE it!

I made the valance, window seat, and pillows...bringing in some brown and lots of texture.

I found the elephant family on an etsy shop One Decal Gal. I had her custom make me a family of 4 and we added a pink bow to mama elephant's ear. She was so great to work with and I LOVE my little Elephant family.

The dresser, crib and rocker are all from Lil D's nursery.
I didn't want to buy another nursery bedding set like I did with Lil D, so I found a brown bumper and brown skirt and then I bought a green, blue and brown polkadot sheet (along with a solid brown sheet) for the bedding. I saved a TON of money buying the individual items on sale or with coupons...AND...I don't have the quilted blanket all those sets come with to sit around collecting dust. I'm sorry...but those quilts are not cuddly and are of no use to me. Instead, I found the super cute polka dot (soft and cuddly) blanket with the elephant on it at Burlington for $12.
Lil D found the mobile at Walmart and "we have to buy this for the baby because he needs this and it plays music and has an elephant on it"...ok...
You can read about my nursery wall art here.

After Mr. T tore out the old (crappy) closet organizer and installed a new one, I took out the closet doors and added these brown curtains (from Target). Bi-fold doors kill an already tiny I can actually put the rocker closer to the wall and closet and not knock into anything.

The only new furniture in the room is the book shelf (also from Target) and the bins.
The toys are from Lil D's baby toy stash and I love that I had these safari animals to decorate the shelf with. The bins hold a few more toys and books.
The lamp is also from Lil D's nursery, but I bought a new rectangular shade at Target for $7...and I don't know about you, but I HAVE to have a clock in every room, so I spent a whopping $3 on this little white one.

It is crazy to me to see how different this room looks from where we began to now.
I'm not gonna lie, I do just go in there and sit sometimes.
We put in a lot of manual labor...and every hour was worth it.

I just can't wait for this little guy to arrive in 6 1/2 weeks :)

I'm linking to:

The DIY Show Off


Katie @ BurbTales said...

It looks amazing!! You did a beautiful job!

Janet said...

I LOVE the paint! It looks

Happy Nester said...

You did such a wonderful job. I love the stripes.

Coley said...

I love it! The elephants are so cute!


The DIY Show Off said... sweet! I love the stripes - perfect (circus-inspired) choice to go with elephants! My nephew's nursery is green/brown nursery too! I made a few DIY accents. Great choice! ;)

Thanks for sharing!


Mag said...

i love the color and everything about the room.

Decorating Ideas said...

I love this nursery! I would LOVE for you to share it on my website Decorating-Ideas-Made-Easy. You just write about your project, and upload a few photos! Once finished I will send you an "I've Been Featured" button that links to your page. Gorgeous job!!!

Christie said...

Oh my gosh, that is so sweet! I love absolutely everything about that room!!

The Snow Family said...

I am finally catching up on your blog! What a darling nursery. Now can you come do mine? I am just getting around to it. Sad. I know. Can't wait to see your little guy... hope you are feeling good(if you can in the last month!).

Mindy said...

I stumbled across this today. The elephants turned out so cute and I am in love with your striped walls (I striped my son's nursery too!)

Thanks again for your purchase.


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