So at 37 weeks along this adventure, we have pretty much finished the nursery. It was functional by about week 30, but we keep adding little things here and there. We’re pretty pleased with how it turned out. We weren’t feeling the typical pastel-y colors and jungle animal patterns. We wanted bright colors. We wanted it a little whimsical.
Since initially we didn’t know the gender, i wanted green for the walls. After much deliberation (see Peter’s previous post), we chose a light, but bright green for the walls and a light, but bright blue for the ceiling and closet. Peter took on the challenge of crown moulding and viola – the room was beginning it’s transformation.
Peter has, for a long time, thoroughly enjoyed the prints on explodingdog.com. Some are a little off the wall, but others (like the 2 we chose for the nursery) are endearing. So those became a focal point for our new little room. (on the left, entitled: “I’ll take care of you when you get old.” the right: “This is so great I had to share it with you.“)
The furniture. We found our crib and dresser on craigslist and are quite happy with both. The dresser was a weekend project of sanding and painting to get it white. The crib we only had to assemble. We found a glider rocker and ottoman at Goodwill last year for $20. Patti is in the process of recovering the cushions for us. Add a little nightstand from Target and that completes the package.
A trip to Ikea in California found us our rug and our fabric for the curtains. When I found the fabric it was $6.99/yard. By the time Bridget and Patti actually went back to Ikea to get it for me, it was on clearance – $1.99/yd. SCORE! These 2 items were graciously shuttled back to Colorado recently by Patti and Terry.
The frame above the crib will eventually hold a family picture. For now though, we decided to give the little guy a bit of our own artwork . . . a recent evening of construction paper, scissors and glue took care of that. He also has a bunch of friends waiting for him in his crib . . .
To finish things off, my mom’s best friend, Lynne, made us the loveliest wall hanging (she quite the talented quilter). Since we already had our wall space filled, we decided to dress up our HUGE closet doors by hanging it there.
So there we have it. A nursery fit for our little king.