You guys. Baby Ballard is due in 48 days! I’m 33 weeks pregnant today and very much looking forward to meeting our little girl. Her nursery’s floor is FINALLY finished, and we can work on the pretty stuff! I thought I would share a bunch of nursery decor that has inspired me and let everyone know our plans for finishing up her room in the next few weeks. But before we jump into the inspiration pics, let’s check in with where the nursery stands right now.
WAY better than where we started, but there’s still lots to do. Below is what I threw together one night as a mood board for the room. Lots of light elements, but with kind of an adventure/travel theme. VERY loose theme, I might add, but that’s what I was feeling when putting it together. I definitely like the green walls though – you know how some rooms you can’t decide on a color at all, and some others just SHOUT for a certain hue? Well, this room wanted to be green. It told me so! 😉
Just as a reminder…take in this beauty! The walls look like a coat of paint will take care of everything, but I’m here to tell you that is not the case. Around each and every one of those squares is a bed of some sticky, glue-like substance that WILL. NOT. COME. OFF.
Goo gone? Nope. Magic eraser? Nope. Soap and water? Nope. Hot soap and water? Nope. Every cleaning product in our house? Nope. KILZ? NOPE. So we decided to wallpaper. I would have loved to do the ‘right’ thing and get it cleaned off and painted, but not even sanding it down could make the sticky go away. Yay Target to the rescue! I was worried that it wouldn’t block all of the very distinct different shades of purple, but it actually works really well!
Fast forward a bit, and we’ve finished up the flooring, painted the walls, and are almost finished with wallpaper. I still have to fix that since there’s a big gap in the middle of one of the panels. The room’s temperature changes pretty dramatically throughout the day, which makes the wallpaper expand and shrink. If I was to do it again, I would probably overlap them a little to account for that.
Also on the agenda is painting the doors, changing out the gold hardware for some oil rubbed bronze handles, and building our little girl a closet that will really fit her needs. It may not happen for a little while, but since she really won’t be using this room for a year or two, I’m in no rush.
We’ve definitely waited a little while to get started on the nursery, but I like that it’s coming along slowly but surely. Layering things in as we go has been so fun, and it means that we won’t have to pay for everything all at once, either!
We definitely are trying to save money where we can (babies are expensive, guys!), so when I found the above dresser on Craigslist for super cheap, I jumped on it! It’s serving as our entertainment center right now since we don’t have one (but I have plans, promise!). I think a coat of paint, changing out the hardware, and adding some new legs will make it gorgeous! I think I want to try chalk paint for the first time since it’s going to be such a heavy use item.
We also picked up her crib a few months ago and decided to go with the affordable and simple IKEA SNIGLAR. It has top ratings in safety, is made out of all wood, and I love the style. I really wanted a white crib though, so I think we’ll end up painting it. I was thinking I would want some storage underneath when we were crib shopping, but I love the look of a crib skirt and ultimately decided against it. Plus, saving money is never a bad thing!
Now down to the layout. What do you guys think? I’m torn between all three floorplans since I can see the pros and cons of each (the floorplans are pretty much to scale). #1 is nice because there’s a lot of room in the center of the room, but I worry about the door hitting the dresser. #2 is good because you can access all of the furniture in the room, but then the baby’s crib isn’t on the brick accent wall which was not what I intended. #3 is great because the crib is on the accent wall, the dresser fits on the back wall, and the door can open freely, but I worry about the chair being right in front of the window (though I guess that’s true for #2 as well!) What do you guys think? Let me know in the poll below!
Pinterest = Nursery Inspiration
I’ve been spending TONS of time on Pinterest trying to find inspiration for finishing up the nursery before Baby B comes next month. Below are some of my favorites!
Seriously? How sweet is this room? It looks quite a bit bigger than our nursery, but it’s the same exact crib that we’ll have. This picture kind of makes me want to embrace the natural wood tones!
The music art above this little girl’s crib makes my heart happy. I won’t force our little one into music, but I sure hope she enjoys it. She’s spent many an hour in choir rehearsals already, and probably has a wonderful singing voice! Though, she may be practicing her screaming more at first…
This rabbit curtain tie back is adorable. Normally, animal heads on walls freak me out, but for some reason, this one is right up my alley. I love it!
This mobile is adorable, but I seriously can’t even imagine having enough money for the price. Maybe a trip to the craft store can help me be able to afford the same look for less? Fishing line and fake flowers?
This dresser is the kind of look I’m going for in the nursery. I can totally see ours looking similar with new legs and new hardware!
The creator of this cute alternative to a mobile seems to have gone MIA, but I think her site used to be called honeybee vintage. Her pins are certainly still circulating Pinterest though, and I seriously fell in love with these paper hearts. Mobiles are so cute, but you can’t use them for very long. This would solve that issue!
Anyway, all inspiration aside, we have a lot left to do! I just placed a HUGE Amazon order so I can get working on things during Spring Break (next week), thanks to some gift cards from my baby shower yesterday. We’re gonna have a lot of laundry to do, clothes to wash, gliders to assemble, etc. Here’s the rest of our to-do list for the nursery. Hopefully, we can accomplish it all by the end of next week! Wish me luck!
clean out the room paint the walls and ceiling lay hardwood floors
- buy curtains for the window
hang a new ceiling fan
- get a rug? (not sold on this yet)
buy a glider
- paint the inside of the closet white
- put together the crib
- add the missing trim and paint the existing stuff
- fix the wallpaper
- add a built in closet for little clothes
- add chunky crown molding
- paint the dresser
- add new knobs to the dresser
- add some sort of book storage (she ALREADY has a library)
- make a mobile (maybe like the flower one above?)
- buy and hang art (probably sticking with a very loose adventure theme)
- bring all of the baby stuff from around the house into the nursery and sort it
It’s crazy to think that in a few short months, we’ll have a little one to hold in our arms. I’m so excited to start this next chapter of our lives. I hope the nursery coming together is as much fun as it has been planning! Do you guys have memories of your childhood bedroom? Or did you tackle a WAY too big renovation before your little one came along too (who does hardwood floors at 5 month pregnant?!?!?!)? We’d love to hear from you!