So when we left the nursery last, I was just deciding on the drawer pulls, researching paint, etc. A lot has changed since then! I’m on spring break this week since I’m a teacher, so I’ve gotten a ton accomplished. Time for some nursery updates, including the big dresser reveal!
Update #1 – Crib!
Late at night last week, I decided it was time to put the crib together. I think that’s the thing about nesting…you’ll never know when you just NEED to accomplish that one task. See how Aaron is there, helping me, but also ready to fall asleep at any moment? Best husband ever.
It’s just a simple IKEA crib, but I think it’s so cute! Originally, I had talked about painting it white to match the dresser, but the natural wood is growing on me. Still thinking on this one. My Dad says to leave it plain, but he hates painting furniture under any circumstances. Love ya, Dad 😉
Update #2 – Glider!
One of the biggest purchases for this room (more expensive than the crib or the dresser!) was our glider. I found it on Amazon and absolutely adore it. The usual nursery gliders just look so not ‘furniture-y’ once they are out of the nursery. I just think they’ll always look like the chair that used to be in the nursery and they can never transition to be a nice piece of furniture in a living room or something. I’d like to use this one through a few babies, but then add it to our regular furniture over in the office or down in the living room. It’s comfy, guys! It swivels. And rocks. Guys…it RECLINES! I seriously love it, and I loved the price too (we got it on super sale).
The pillow is just one I pulled from my stash. Yes, I really do have a pillow stash. It’s a problem. I think my only criticism of the chair as a whole is that the fabric feels a little cheap. It’s not awful, but it’s not a weave like it looks. It’s definitely smooth and almost like that material that makes your skin crawl when you touch it? Like too ‘suede-y’? No? Maybe that’s just me.
I tend to get really cold when I’m sitting still (which isn’t often!), but thought it would be a good idea to include a blanket for my little nursing station in the glider. It’ll be nice to snuggle up with my little one underneath it too when she gets a little older and we’re reading stories before bed. The other thing I love about this is that it hides the black metal pull that you yank on to get the chair to recline. It’s not hideous, but I would rather not look at it. A blanket casually hanging over the edge of the chair is so much cuter!
Update #3 – Dresser!
Anyway, on to the main event! We got the dresser painted. I didn’t end up getting the Annie Sloan chalk paint but instead opted for the Rustoleum brand that I could pick up from Home Depot. Momma is too tired to be driving around the city at 8 months pregnant! Overall, I really like it! The finish is nice and chalky, and the coverage is great. It dried super fast, too!
We gave the entire unit a quick sanding and went to town. The only thing I’m not a fan of is the finished texture. It isn’t smooth like I imagined. I’m not sure if this is user error, something I just didn’t realize about chalk paint, or something wrong with the paint itself. Any ideas, internet?
But enough about the paint! Back to the dresser. The old knobs came off very easily, but we weren’t in love with the options we had picked out online and ended up buying some from Home Depot. They were around $2 per knob, so the entire project came in way under budget!
Update #4 – Legs and Decor!
The legs will NOT come off, which is a good and bad thing. I wanted to replace them with more modern block legs, but I just don’t think it’s in the cards right now. Who honestly ever looks at the legs anyway? All eyes are gonna be focused on our little miss 🙂
You can also see our changing pad, diaper essentials organizer, and a few decor items here. I love this part of a renovation – when all the pretty things you’ve been saving finally start getting put in place. This little corner is going to look even better when we hang all the art I’ve collected!
The basket and flowers are both from Target, I have no idea where the alarm clock is from, and the lamp is one that my Dad picked out a few years ago from Costco. It has detachable legs so you can use it as either a floor lamp or a table lamp. When we bought it, I thought that was so silly! Since we’ve had it, though, I have screwed and unscrewed those legs more times than I can count. It makes for such a versatile light fixture!
Update #5 – Curtains!
I knew I wanted white curtains, but I wasn’t sure about whether or not they should be light blocking. I’ve done a LOT of research on it, and I think we’re going to stick with regular curtains for now. I want to help baby get to know her day/night cycles, and it’s usually pretty dark in this room anyway. Plus, they’re cheaper and more readily available in the length that I wanted. I love them so far and they really do a TON to make the room feel more finished!
Still To Do…
There’s a lot of art to hang, more paper lanterns and pom-poms to assemble, the Nest cam and smoke detector to hang, etc. I know we’ll get there soon, and it’s nice to see a bunch of things already crossed off the list. And it’s only Tuesday!
To Do List
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? (decided against it due to cost) 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 has a library already)
make a mobile (maybe like the flower one above?) buy and hang art (Hobby Lobby is great for nursery art!) bring all of the baby stuff from around the house into the nursery and sort it
It’s crazy to think that she’ll be here so soon. Only 41 more days until my due date. Can’t wait to meet you, little miss!