We moved into our home when I was 5 months pregnant with our first child. Naturally, his nursery was our top priority. While many of our rooms are decorated enough, I can confidently say that this room was finished. It's lasted through 2 boys in almost 6 years, and now is the room of our little girl. Due to a rough pregnancy, I never quite got the spur of energy to transform it into a girl space. However, a year later, we're getting there. I wanted to show you the boy nursery now before we say goodbye.
This is how the room looked when we moved in:
My dad loves fixing things up around the house, and he was beyond excited to have a grandchild. As a gift to the baby (and us), he flew out to paint the room. In the middle of a Minnesota January-bless his heart. Here he is in front of the pink that we uncovered when we stripped the wallpaper.
The photo doesn't do it justice, but the room seemed to glow in that intense pink! My parents worked hard, prepping and sanding and priming and painting, while I did things like this:
The paint (Sherwin Williams Watery) made ALL the difference. Long story short, we ordered baby furniture, a few pieces (dresser and rug) from the design firm I worked at, I made some art and hung many of the beautiful baby blankets I received, and the room came together.
Not overnight, but a few months after the baby arrived.
The nursery hasn't always looked exactly like this. Obviously, we used the bassinet for more than stuffed animals. At one point, we squeezed a toddler bed in when our boys shared the space.
I've spent many hours in this comfortable rocking chair, and I'm so grateful for its soft cushions at 2 am.
I made this art, and (yes) it did take forever. I get a little crazy with scrapbook paper and Modge Podge, but it's so rewarding when my babies get excited to name the animals.
Aunt Lauren found this cute lamp at a thrift store for us.
My talented friend Melessa made the center blanket.
I cut up a nursery rhyme book for the pictures over the crib. I originally wanted to use a Dr. Seuss or Curious George book, but it was challenging to find pictures in them that stood alone as art. These nursery rhymes had great illustrations with the full rhyme right on the same page.
The room has a large closet, and that's where we stashed the changing table. Nothing pretty, but it works well.
Fast forward to baby girl. We did make a few small accessory changes so the room wasn't all boy. The picture on the right is a special family poem. More to come on that when we redo the room...
My seamstress mother made these blankets, and several others. She was a bit excited for a girl.
It was enough to tide us over, but I'm ready for a change.
Bring on more pink!
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