Let’s see what we have accomplished
So far we have the baby’s room cleared out and about half of the play room.
My husband worked very hard tearing out the existing closet shelves, sanding down the walls and painting them before we had the new closet system installed. Here is the closet with the shelves torn out before sanding and painting:
And here is the new and drastically improved closet:
The double hanging bars, drawers, and shelving have made the closet so much more efficient than before. Plenty or space now for all the cute baby clothes.
Out with the old…
In with the new…
Done. We got a dresser/changing table used on craigslist and put a fresh coat of paint on them and bought the crib on overstock.com.
Done. Got a cotton rug on overstock.com. I wanted to stick with natural materials for rugs to try to avoid off-gassing of chemicals.
I wanted to add a personal touch to the room with some homemade art for the wall. I went to Michael’s and picked out paper with different patterns and textures that would go with my color scheme, and I picked out a shadow box frame (super cheap thanks to those reliable weekly 40% off coupons). Then I went to work with my scissors…
Next I put the pieces together.
Sticking with the owl theme. I wanted a family of owls to represent our new family so I added 2 more owls and branch.
And here it is in the baby’s room framed in the shadow box…
Little did I know at the time that my brother-in-law was crafting a similar idea. He used torn paper to create an amazing owl for the baby’s room.
I also knew I wanted to do some sort of wall decal for the room. I found the perfect decal here: Trendy Peas
The decal came in several pieces and was super easy to put up:
First I cut the paper up into smaller pieces to make it more manageable to peal each piece off.
Next I put up the tree:
Then came the owls:
And finally the leaves:
The curtains are how the whole owl theme got started. I fell in love with this super cute fabric and the owl theme was born. I sewed the owl fabric with a panel of green at the bottom and green pompoms going between the two panels to make the curtains.
And with that the room is complete. So here it is again…Before
You may be wondering about the rose colored chair in the corner that does not fit in with the theme at all. This was my grandmother’s chair that I got when she passed away, so for sentimental reasons I wanted to put it in the baby’s room. I have thought about making a new cover for it, but the task intimidates me and there are other things that are higher on the priority list. So it is staying the way it is for now.
Some details for your viewing pleasure…
I really wanted to get a bookcase for the room where the books face forward because it not only looks nice, but it allows children to really see the books and pick out what they want to read (or pull them all off the shelf one by one as has been done by several one-year-olds who have visited). I got this one on kids.woot.com.
With only 1 month to go until our little baby arrives, we are feeling the pressure to get everything ready.
We have finished painting the room, and it so bright and cheerful now compared to what it was (dark tan).
We also had the new ceiling fan installed – nice improvement.
You can also see the green color we painted on the ceiling in this picture.
While my husband has been busy painting, I have been refinishing the dresser knobs that came with the used dresser and bed stand that we bought. Going with the owl theme, I found this stamp at Paper Source that I just couldn’t resist. By the way, the problem with going with a popular theme is that there are a lot of things you can’t resist and your theme gets out of control very quickly. Anyways, here is the stamp:
First I painted the knobs white (it took several coats to cover the original design). Then I stamped them with a permanent black ink and colored them in with stamp markers. Finally, my husband sprayed them with a shiny clear lacquer.