Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Nursery: Stage 2

Well, I was hoping we would get our rocker in sooner than the estimated time they gave us, but alas, no luck. So, I am going to share Stage 2 of the nursery and then once it's reeeeeeally done, I'll share the absolute final photos.

If you want to see Stage 1, go here first, but this was what it looked like before we bought the house.
Picking up where we left off, Carl finished the built in bookcase that he and his dad had started. It turned out even better than I could have hoped.

Then, all the manly time and attention went to the crib. I think there were times where they were really regretting taking on the project, but in the end, it was 100% worth it. Since I'm really not up on the woodworking verbiage, I'll let the photos tell the story.

Once the crib was done, we debated for quite some time about the dresser. My due date was fast approaching, Carl was getting swamped at work and the holidays were staring us in the face. We made the decision to just purchase a dresser rather than build one. We went with the popular Ikea Hemnes dresser which was especially good for us, because our guest room furniture is already part of that line. It'll make it easier to move furniture around in the future as necessary.

Then it was just a matter of final details. Carl installed a Rubbermaid Closet Organizer and a white room darkening cordless, wandless window shade. I wanted to keep things clean and simple, so no frills went into that area.

Once that was done, it was time for my vision to come into play. I had pictured greens and blues, but not really pastel. I was thinking more along the lines of aquas and teals. We centered the room around bedding from Land of Nod. The colors were exactly what I had in mind. From there everything just sort of fell into place. I spotted a lamp at Home Goods, chose the light green rug from Pottery Barn and had some prints created from an Etsy Seller. The only missing piece is a newborn photo which will be placed in the center frame above the crib. Well that and the rocker that we ordered when I was 28 Weeks pregnant...and the build time is 12 weeks, oops. Once that arrives, we'll be in really good shape, it's just a race to see which gets here first, baby or rocker :).

But enough chitter chatter, it's time for the good stuff.

First, the two pieces that took the most of Carl's blood sweat and tears. The finished bookcase, which is just begging for more books. I promise, we're working on our collection:

And the second time consumer, the finished crib, and a close up of the bedding. The two bottom drawers pull out to store extra bedding.

Now for the overviews. View of the room from the door:

View of the room from the corner by the crib:

View of the room in the corner by the closet:

View from the corner where the rocker will sit. That mirror used to be black and hang in our foyer, but was really too small for the space. It was repurposed by spray painting it white and fits nicely in the nursery.

And lastly, for now, the closet. This baby has more storage than his parents, and really more than we know what to do with right now, but I'm certain it will be filled in no time!
Up close:
We had so much fun putting together this room. Each step was carefully thought out, and this was probably the most work we've put into any room in the house. I told Carl we are going to have to stay here until we have all our babies, because I'm fairly certain I won't get this nice of a nursery if we move to a new house :) I'm so impressed with his work, he continues to amaze me day after day! Hope you enjoyed the big reveal.


  1. Wow, that looks amazing!! I can't believe they made the crib, it is just gorgeous! I love all the details, it seems like the perfect mix of the necessary baby items and pops of color while still being completely relaxing at the same time. Awesome job!

  2. It's beautiful- soothing and comforting :)

  3. That is one beautiful nursery! And the crib is just amazing!

  4. Wow, everything looks wonderful. That crib is so fantastic- it puts my furniture building to shame! Good luck to you on the arrival of your little on!

    PS- I made 5 freezer recipes (about 12 actual meals) this weekend and one was your jumbo florentine stuffed shells. We're ready for our baby!

  5. That looks awesome!!! I really love the color paint you chose, very pretty!

  6. It looks great! Gorgeous :) Crib is amazing!

  7. oh I love it- everything about it!!!

  8. beautiful! You may have given me the motivation I need to finish up our nursery :)

  9. So cute! I am so impressed with the build in bookshelf and the crib!! And I love your color scheme!

  10. Very cute! I love the crib! Can I ask where you got your window shades? Those would be perfect in my son's nursery and it looks like one big shade instead of two. Thanks!

  11. Thanks all!!

    @E- sure can. It was from Lowes. They can cut it to size for the width. The only negative is that there is nothing they can do about the length, but we realized it really doesn't look bad at all even with the extra length.

  12. This is gorgeous! It looks so inviting and relaxing. And the crib is AMAZING. Just an heirloom is all. I also really like the dresser, and it fits with everything so well. Never would have guessed it was IKEA.

    You did an amazing job.

  13. Wow!! Such a great job! I'd love to know how you did the wainscoting! We are considering putting it up in our nursery!! :)

  14. Such vision and craftsmanship! You have so much to be proud of, great work you two!

  15. I love how you kept the color scheme so simple and that in itself adds a huge pop of wow!

  16. I love the room colour! Could you let me know the name of it? Thanks!


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