Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nursery tour!!!

It's finally complete! Last package from mom came and I finished my small projects and it's all set up. The only thing missing is the name decal above the crib, but since we STILL haven't decided on a name, that will have to be added later. This is the one we're planning on getting and it will go right above the crib so that area is blank at the moment. This is our 2nd option in case we decide to go more simple. They will definitely be one of my first purchases post baby. This little cutie is also on the way, but I'll need to find a frame for him.

Get ready for TONS of pictures!

Cute door hanger from my aunt on the door leading into the room

Looking into the room

Closeup of the quilt my mom made.

The bedding my mom made

Right side of room

I added labels to all of the drawers and bins. I wanted to make things super organized so it didn't become a mess up there and to make it easier for Josh. I KNOW he'd be like um...what do you want and where is it? so I figured I'd take the guesswork out and label.

Some of the drawers have organizers inside them to corral all the little things into their own space instead of just being thrown in. I LOVE that we found a bunch of different size bins at Big Lots in the perfect colors and sizes. I had to drive to about 5 different ones to eventually find all the ones I needed, but it makes the room so organized that it was worth it.

Little man has a TON of clothes already. I separated everything by size and have a separate drawer for sleepers and swaddlers. I didn't want to have to both with hanging because who has time for that?!

Back of room

We've had this chair for years and rarely used it. I was gonna sell it when we moved, but the colors are pretty close to the fabric so I figured I'd wait and see if we'd use it. Works perfect in the corner here and will be nice to have a 2nd place to sit for when me and Josh are both up there with the baby. Threw one of the pillows my mom made on it to make it match the room a bit more.

Diaper stack my mom made.

Frickin adorable artwork my mom made. She hand cut out and embroidered these guys to match the bedding to represent me, Josh, baby, and Zuker. I LOVE these so much.

changing table

Close up of changing table organization.

Left side of room

Mobile my mom made. Again, she rocks! Cut out with felt to make it look like the bedding! LOVE LOVE LOVE! We decided to hang it from the ceiling instead of from the crib since it seemed to low on the crib. So Josh hung it from some spare chain we had.

Inside of crib. Don't worry, we'll be taking those out before he sleeps in there.

Some of my fave stuffed little stuffed animals that matched the bedding. We've also had that "Sweet Dreams" candle holder forever. We put a battery operated light inside it so that there's not a flame in there. I love it when it's lit up.

I love how much space we have so we can really have a place for everything. No shoving stuff wherever it will fit.

Back of room. We bought those white hooks years ago as well and never used them. Luckily we hung onto them since they're a perfect fit on either side of the closet and are great for holding the diaper bag and carriers.

Inside of closet. I hung a few of my fave items. The top bins hold spare diapers/wipes and big toys. The mesh thing hanging on the side has more stuffed toys. Hamper on the left.

Although, considering we got this amazing delivery of like a years supply of diapers from Josh's coworkers, I um...don't think they're going to fit in that little bin I had planned for storing spare diapers. LOL GREAT problem to have.

More awesome bins from Big Lots. Little man has some cute shoes already.

Toys separated in more bins.

Some of the costume type clothes that are adorable and little fleeces and bathrobe.

The awesome robot my best friend Randi made for my shower. I had to take him apart to fit him when we moved, but I was NOT leaving him behind. He stands guard in the closet.

Robot from my friend Minh for the light switch.

Zuker looking all confused about what this room is all about. She's in for a BIG surprise.

Closeups of our robot shelf

The robot I decorated.

More cool robots: storage, game, and bank.

Tons of pictures, but I'm so so happy with how this room turned out. It started with some fabric that I thought was cute and some furniture we had from when we were in the apartment for the summer. I can't believe how easily it all came together. There's so much love in this room from the hours of work my mom put in on everything she made (bedding, diaper stack, quilt, runners for the dresser, valance, chair covers for the glider, throw pillows, changing cover pads, artwork, and mobile). The crib was a gift from Josh's parents. So many of the items in the room were gifts from friends. Almost everything in the room makes me think of someone I love! It's awesome. It's so bright and cheery that you can't help but be happy when you walk in. I love the originality of it since it's not the typical pastel with sports or jungle themes (not that there's anything wrong with those, just not my style).

I'm also happy with how we were great about using items that we've had around the house forever that have rarely been used. The dressers we were going to sell once we fully moved to TX, but figured they'd work perfect in there. We also bought a lot 2nd hand which saved us tons of money. Most of the toys, the glider, and the changing table/pad were all used, but in great condition. Between generous friends and family, using already owned items, and buying 2nd hand, we spent very little on this awesome room! Which means more money for baby when he gets here. Finished just in time too since he's due in 5 short days!!! Can't wait!!!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Glider recover

As I mentioned in the last post, because of our unique colors in the nursery, it's been hard to find things to match. Finding a glider that would work has not been easy. Since the furniture is white, it already narrowed out quite a bit, but then all the white ones we found had tan, brown, or pastel cushions. There is no brown at all in our fabric so it would have completely stood out in the room. I found this one on and thought it would be perfect since it looked like grey cushions. But, I found other pics on other sites and it looked more taupe. The info on their website doesn't specify a color and when I contacted their CS, they couldn't give me any more info. So, it was either spend the money to see it in person, which meant paying shipping costs to me ($30), waiting for a few weeks to get it, then possibly having to pay to return ship it.

That all seemed like a huge hassle. If Target would have been able to verify that it was grey, I'd have ordered it right away, but I was pretty disappointed that they weren't able to check something like that on a large purchase. The only other grey options were the $500-$1000 ones at Babies R Us and there was no way we were spending that kind of money.

So...we started checking Craigslist hoping to find something that work. Again, not much luck...everything was brown, tan, or ugly denim. Then, I found one that was a white base and looked like it'd already been recovered. So it got me looking on website for recovering a glider. We've never done this before, but figured for only $50 for the glider, it was worth trying. We went to check it out and it was in really good condition.

Here's the fabric that was on it though...yeah definitely would NOT work for us.

But, once we got it home, we realized that whoever recovered it before had just made slipcovers for it. So, that made me think that I could take those off and ship them to my mom to use as a pattern. Luckily, she offered to do it, even with all the other work in the nursery she'd been doing. So, we went off to Joanns to look for some fabric. I found some great grey fabric and it was on clearance. Grabbed a seam ripper and pulled off the butterfly fabric.

Here's what was underneath. YIKES! Why, oh why, are there so many denim gliders made?!

We shipped off the fabric and the slipcovers to my mom and I sent her some pics to show how it all looked and a few weeks later, she sent me back grey slipcovers! Lucky for me, my mom is amazing, and they fit PERFECTLY! She used velcro on the ends of each piece since she wouldn't be here to sew it shut for us. Then we took off the ottoman part and grabbed the staple gun and recovered that part. Pretty easy to do. Here is the new and improved grey glider.

Looks soo much better and for only $50 for the set, about $20 in fabric, and about $20 in shipping, we have a great glider that matches for $90! About 1/3 of what the new one would have cost that we weren't sure would even work. Plus this glider is nicer than that one since you can turn the gliding option off if you don't want it to move.

Added one of the small robot pillows my mom made. Love the pop of color/robots with the grey.

Dad to be testing it out...definitely comfy.

Nursery is *almost* complete! Just waiting on one more package from my amazing mom to add the finishing touches. Then I'll be posting a room tour. So excited! Exactly 2 more weeks til little man's due date!!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Robot lamps!

While finishing up the nursery for our, super soon to arrive, baby boy, we thought we'd like some lamps for when we don't want it so bright in there. Since our theme is somewhat unique (robots) and the colors aren't the norm for a nursery (brights instead of pastels), it's made finding reasonably priced/cute items difficult. I did find an extremely cute lamp at Target that has robots. How adorable is this?!?! But while I love it, the colors are a little too light to really work. AND, well, it's $65 for ONE lamp! No way could I justify spending that much money on a lamp, no matter how cute!
 So, while shopping at Big Lots for storage, I found some square shaped lamps that were simple and only $15 with a nice silver base which would go great with the grey/white. Problem?? They had PINK shades. :(
 But, since they were only $15 and I liked the shape/base, I figured I could maybe do something to them. The fact that they were square meant it would be super easy to cover. So off to Joanns to look for fabric. I didn't want to do the same fabric as the rest of the room since I was worried it would be too much. So when I found this really cute robot head fabric that has many of the same colors as the bedding, I snatched it up!
 Then grabbed some fabric mod podge to adhere it. I love mod podge for paper so hoped it would be just as great for fabric. I used my 40% off on it
 Grabbed the hubby when I got home to have him help out since an extra 2 hands were nice to have to make sure we got a smooth application and were able to pull the fabric tight enough. We applied a thin layer of mod podge one side at a time, smoothing it out and then using clothespins to hold the ends in place until it dried.
 We let it sit for 2 hours based on the mod podge directions. Then we got to work on the tops. I cut a slit down the middle of each inside seam to fit around the lamp and then cut into each corner to make it easy to square off and lay flat. Then same thing...mod podge and clothespins.
 We let that sit overnight and did the bottom half the next day. Then took off all the clothespins, popped them back on to the base, and sat back to enjoy how cute they turned out!
 LOVE them! For less than $45 in supplies we were able to get TWO custom lamps with adorable fabric that coordinates with our nursery bedding. The mod podge worked great. I'm so glad I didn't settle with ones that were more expensive or too plain.
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