Sunday, July 10, 2011

Nursery Update - Fabric, Art, and Some Finishing Touches

It's been awhile since I've updated everyone on the progress that's been happening in the nursery, and let me tell you, there has been some...finally!  I was actually getting pretty stressed because I felt like we were never going to have a nursery that would actually be functional without piles and piles of stuff on the floor.  Fortunately, even though things are far from finished, I am happy to report they are definitely functional and I don't have piles of random stuff on the floor. Mission accomplished!
As I mentioned, I got the curtains mostly done, sans hem.  My process was really simple - cut the panels to size, which just so happened to be almost the exact same size as my dining room table, turn in three edges (top and both sides) first about a half inch, then another half inch (all eye-balled), and sew down.  Yes, I used the iron on this step, but no, I didn't use pins.  It worked great.
And once hung using the curtain clips I had gotten, they looked like this.  (Warning - funky photo coloring ahead.  I have not mastered shooting at night OR at an open window!)
The next thing that I can show you is the crib skirt I whipped up.  I used the same technique that I used for the curtains, but I actually finished all the edges.  I just made the skirt panels a little long, then safety pinned them to the bottom of the mattress (lazy man's solution).  This way I can adjust them as I lower the mattress over time.  To be honest, it is NOT my best work.  It was more of a quick and dirty solution.  But it will do, and I highly doubt anyone will be putting their nose up to it to inspect my workmanship.  Not even my mother.
Another project that I think I have yet to share is that we attached the changing pad to the dresser and hung a shelf above.  I really love the way this turned out if I can say so myself.  I had originally intended to hang two shelves, but due to the height that we hung the first one, it just didn't make sense for us to hang a second.  So one shelf it is.
The gold frame you see above is from Pier 1, and I picked it up for about $6 on clearance, down from $24 or so.  I love it, and although for now it's just a picture of mommy & daddy, I hope to soon replace it with one of our first family photos.  Say it with me now...awe.
Fortunately the lovely diaper genie is hidden if you are just peeking in the room, but yes, it is on display for all to see. Sometimes function overrules form.  And I don't know what to do about the big black cord hanging down from the fan, so I think I'll just have to learn to live with it.  Maybe Byron and I could figure out a way to change it out for a clear cord?  Or affix it to the wall somehow so baby doesn't reach up and grab it causing the whole thing to topple over? Thankfully I have some time to ponder that one.  By the way, the fan came from TJ Maxx for around $30 and I love it. I had been looking for a little fan of that size that was a little bit vintage-y looking for awhile now, totally unsuccessfully (or at least not for a decent price).  TJ came to the rescue.
Finally, we got started on the gallery wall.  Two items probably does not technically a gallery wall make, but it's a work in progress.  I'm pretty sure you have seen these two pieces before.  The first one required a little work to the frame since my heart was set on white and I could only find black.  Enter glossy white spray paint.  Here is the before picture.
If you are a better spray-painter than I, then maybe the spray paint instructions will work for you, but they didn't really work for me.  What I mean is, the paint said that it would probably take two coats.  Um, it was more like 6-7, or even more, for me.  I lost count.  And honestly, I probably could have done more.  So maybe I'm doing something wrong?  I don't know, but the frame is now white.
And here it is on the wall, with the 'M' I made a few nights ago.  Love!
And that is where we are today.  There is still some closet organizing to do, some drawer organizing to do, work on the gallery wall, book sleeves to make (did I mention I want to make those too?  I ordered the CUTEST fabric for them.  I can't wait to get started!), a mirror to find and hang, etc.  But overall, the room is in pretty good shape for this little one to make his arrival. You hear that little man?  Any time is fine with me!
Here are a few wider shots to put things into context.


cdg said...

Your mother is not going to inspect your workmanship!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Everything is looking so cute. Love the dots on the curtain fabric and the artwork.