Gender Neutral Baby Nursery DIY for #babygilfrich2016 is finally finished, or at least I am saying it is for now! We are now focused on the baby’s arrival and less on organization or what else we need! Thankfully with two baby showers (1 in Indiana and 1 in Maryland) we received most of our baby essentials and picked up the last few afterwards, i.e. the carseat! Now that we have everything home, our bags are packed and we are just waiting, I have time to share with you what we did in the baby’s room.
First we started in January with the turn of the new year PURGING! We purged every room in the house. We had to purge the nursery because it was the old office and the new office upstairs has less storage space so to get that room ready we had to bring less stuff upstairs. I think we took a total of 10 trash bags full of stuff to goodwill, 3 pieces of furniture and other items to Habitat, and a big load of everything else to the dump. It felt great to get rid of stuff at the turn of the new year, even though we missed the tax break cutoff :) Here is a peek at the pre-nursery LOVELY (i kid) green and off white trim. With a peek of what we had to deal with when preparing the closet as well.
My decision making abilities while pregnant for this nursery weren’t the greatest so after purging it took us a good month of paint pots and swatches on the wall to make a decision on the color of the room, the new open closet system we wanted to use, the recliner, and crib. Since we don’t know the sex of our lil babe on the way, we wanted to stick with grey’s and whites with POPS of color as Dan kept putting it. I think we did alright you can be the judge!
We chose to use a closet maid system from home depot. My only two request were that 1.) it looked nice front facing and 2.) was white. I think this was the best decision for the great price that we got it at without going crazy overboard. We chose to take the closet doors off also for two reasons. They were total crap and needed to be replaced, but we are using Dan’s childhood dresser (made over see later in the post) as the changing table in the closet. I think it will work out great! Here is a peek at the closet made system.
On to the paint color, we ended up going with Distant Grey
(color by Benjamin Moore) but we had it color matched at Home Depot in BEHR paint. It is truly a distant grey and only against Bright White (which is our trim color in BEHR) does it have some color in it. These two colors made the Nursery so bright and spacious, just what we were looking for. Don’t you love it on the walls! Ok photos don’t quite do it justice from my phone! Apologies.
With those two things decided for the nursery, we moved on to the crib and recliner, and I didn’t realize there were sooooooo many pieces to choose from AI YI YI! We ended up choosing a dark grey crib with a sea glass fabric recliner, both from Buy Buy Baby. The crib is the Munire Wyndham in Ash Grey and the recliner is the Little Castle Treasure Recliner in Seaglass Mist (they do not stock these recliners for online purchase found a similar one on the little castle website so you can find it at Buy Buy Baby, it was sitting on the floor in Navy Blue with White cording). I should say we chose a recliner over a glider because of the space we have in our very small nursery. We still wanted to be able to kick up our feet while feeding baby, reading or just sleeping for comfort! I know plenty of people that love the glider ottoman option so pick what fits in your nursery. Warning though: The crib and recliner can take up to 8-14 weeks for shipment so make your decisions early! Disclaimer: once you receive your recliner you won’t ever want to get back out of the chair EVER, and neither will your lap sitting dog.
From here on out after the big decisions were done, it was now carpet cleaning time, and DIY decorating time. There were many other things on our list. Cradle cover, Mobile making, bookshelves, ordering the touch lamp, re-finishing dan’s dresser, and the list goes on. I will try to share with you most of this. If you see something peeking in the corner of a photo and I didn’t mention it please hollar at me!
I think the next big thing we conquered in the nursery was the dresser. You can see it in the above photos it was in decent shape just needed a facelift. Mom and I did a bit of research on chalk paint, and where to buy (apparently only LOWES) sells the quart size and can tint to a million colors or close to it. We chose to use Valspar brand of Chalk paint after a bit of research and chose a DEEP navy blue as the color, specifically indigo cloth. We did decide to prime the dresser first with a grey primer, and finished the dresser after the navy with a cream wax for a bit of protection. The dresser is only being used as a changing table so we don’t expect much wear and tear. I choose to finish the front with some brushed nickel dresser pulls (they are from home depot but I don’t see them on their website anymore). I think it turned out very nicely and with the changing pad on top eventually it will be a fun place to change baby.
The cradle we will be using as our bassinet, and mostly in the living room in the early weeks after the baby is born. It was passed on to me from my cousin, and is quite the special family heirloom from my side of the family. It is the Stagg family cradle, and my aunts think that it was the cradle that my great great grandmother Stagg slept in which would make it about 100 years old if not older. My great uncle did some refurbishing on it, and my cousins have used it for their kids. We brought it back to Maryland, and with steady hands pieced it back together with the 2 screws and hooks that it has with it. The mattress is not 100 years old promise! It is just a foam core with fuzz surrounding it. I removed the plastic covering and will be using an Aden and Anais swaddle (perfect size) pinned to the mattress, with a lap pad on top for accidents. We don’t plan to use the cradle for longer than 2 months as I don’t know if it should hold much weight. We will use it mainly for precious newborn photos and sentimental-ness and then pass it on. AND YES … before you say anything I know the baby can’t sleep in there with the pillows and stuffed animals!
Next up in the DIY department was making the bookshelves to go above the side table/bookshelf that we already have next to the recliner (purchased at IKEA here).
We found this tutorial on pinterest of all places and though easy, cheap and quick so off to home depot we went with our list.
You’ll need: Depending what you already have this project could cost $10-20 total.
1. 1 – 1 × 2’s in the length of your choice we bought 8′ pieces (I bought enough to make 3 – 3 foot ledges)
2. 2 – 1 × 3’s in the length of your choice we bought 8′ pieces (I bought enough to make 3 – 3 foot ledges)
3. Circular Saw (we own one)
4. Drill to pre-drill the screw holes
5. sand paper to saw down the wood putty
7. Paint (we used 3 “POPS” of color in a red, coral and navy blue)
8. Paint brush
9. Wood putty
You can finish this project in 1 day but we cut things one night, put them together another night, then waited for my mom to come into town to paint and hang them. We chose to hang them at a staggered space over the lower bookshelf because we have a HUGE hump in our wall (thank you old houses) to the right, and we wanted space to stand some of the tallest books on them as well. We also are keeping the books with jackets up there and all the crawling baby friendly books on the lower shelf (i.e. board books and other books with out jackets).
*in the above photo on the right you can see the touch lamp we found at Lamps Plus on the internet*
A few last minute things that were in the works in my brain and Dan’s, we just needed the expertise of my Mom and sister when they were in town were the mobile, and hanging some art on the walls.
My sister brought back about 5 years ago some original Babar book pages printed in french for our nursery whenever we had one, and I got them framed at Hobby Lobby. Dan and I wanted to add another of our favorite stories to the storybook corner, we found some original Winnie the Pooh book pages at this great shop on Etsy and put them opposite Babar, using frames from Target.
My mom found the cross stitched Peter Rabbit family my grandmother stitched for me when I was a baby, so we broke that down into 6 smaller frames from Michaels. *You can see the original taken apart in the raw wood photo from the bookshelves*
You have seen the Word DREAM peeking in a couple photos. My sister found those letters at an antique store. We have been joking about the other words we can change it to as our baby grows bigger. Read, Madre, Mead, Dear, and the list goes on.
Lastly the Mobile. I wanted to make a mobile to hang over the crib something to look at other than the fan and the window. I found this one from Young House Love that they did for their son when he was born, and I thought it would be a perfect way to bring in more color to the room and not to expensive to dispose of when our babe is to old to have it hanging there. I found two decent sticks in our back yard for hanging, my sister used her magical cricut machine to cut all the many circles, and I found the paper at Michaels. The hardest part was finding the paper pack I wanted. I finally found a full ream of rainbow colors, and dan chose the colors of the sky for the mobile: Blues, yellows, oranges, grey, etc. With the help of everyone Mom, sister, Dan and I we glued, hung, and cut the mobile for the nursery. We chose to hang the mobile with fishing line from 4 white hooks in the ceiling. I am in love and you can find me some nights just watching it sway in the wind of the fan from the recliner.
Well for now that is it! A sneak peek at all the happenings that went on in the nursery to get it put together before baby came home! I hope we have a couple sunny days before the baby’s arrival so I can get some finished nursery photos for you that aren’t from my phone! It really has turned into a place I want to sit all day and enjoy! On top of that it makes me want to re-do my bedroom! Till then enjoy all the links and ideas for your baby’s nursery!