Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Nursery - Final reveal

  I know you couldn't wait any longer to find out if we are going to have a boy or girl. I don't keep it any longer from you, I promise.
Both of us wanted a boy, but really just a healthy little baby is all we asked for.
Since I don't count to the younger childbearing generation anymore, there were some tests that I had to do. One of them is for down syndrome. Scary stuff, let me tell you. With that test though, you can find out the gender and when I received the call with the results, I immediately started crying.
Happy and over the moon that the baby is completely healthy but totally in shock that it is a.... CAN YOU SAY BOY???
No wonder I have hair growing like crazy in my face, all this testosterone in me probably doesn't help the weirdest pregnancy outcomes. At least (so far) I haven't been too bitchy, hormonal. Don't ask Brian though, he would probably tell you differently.
I called Brian to tell him and the only thing he said was "I told you so!" MEN..
I could tell though that he was somewhat relieved.
Finally I will get to learn those football rules from the start on and in toddler description. It might help me understand.. We'll see.
Several months later we finally got the confirmation on an ultrasound.
Before then that little guy was to shy to show himself.  
Back to our nursery though.
After my travel (New York, Frankfurt/Germany, Houston and Chicago) was over for just a couple of weeks I started looking for furniture we could use for the nursery. Several Good Will visits, auctions and yard sales later, I had some items to work with.

I took over a couple of small shelves that a friend disposed after moving out of State.

After a fresh coat of white paint, they were hung on the wall.

A little very beat up rocking horse caught my eye at an auction that I just had to have. After repairing its legs and painting it, it will keep the bigger one company.
Of course some painted signs had to be made for over the crib.
Toby is already pretty comfortable in the room, awaiting it's new renter.

 Looking at crib bumpers that would go with the design I had in mind, and seeing the ridiculous prices for those, I decided on making them myself.

I bought some fabric, batting and added some leftover ribbon.
Cutting 4 pieces to size 
(taking the measurements of the two different width of our crib and the height of the one I saw online)
folding the fabric over right side out, adding some batting inside and pinning the ribbon to it to make sure it is all centered.
Turning it in side out I sewed three sides close before turning it back to the outer side to sew over it and shut it.

All done and the crib is looking more comfy.
Now we are just waiting for the mattress to join this little bed.


Moving over to the last of the four walls.
For $14 I found a Glider at my favorite Good Will store.
The cushions were stained and pretty nasty.
I took it all off and washed the cushions and cleaned the complete chair from spider webs.
After a couple coats of light grey chalk paint and a new cushion cover it was nursery approved.
Unfortunately it didn't come with a stool. Looking around in our basement I found the perfect one though. Does this happen to you too? I'm a little hoarder, can use almost everything and store it in our basement. Most of the time I find a purpose for those items.  
The stool was part of an old sewing machine table (that is also living in our basement) and we didn't have any purpose for it.

After measuring the height of the glider, I cut the legs to the correct size,
 and painted the stool in the same color as the glider,
upholstered the cushion with the same grey outdoor fabric,
and tada, a new complete nursery chair was born.
To many comfy nursing hours.  
And just because I had lots of turquoise and grey fabric samples laying around and because I was bored - I made a quilt from it for many tummy time hours on the floor.

On the web I found a cute idea for a coat rack that I needed to copy.
I cut a wooden panel to size, painted it light grey, printed out 4 different animal bums (with the help of Martha Stewart) With a pencil and carbon paper I transferred the animals onto the wooden panel.
Leftover adhesive vinyl cut to small stripes were stuck to the zebra and tiger in a zigzag design.
After the outline and stripes were done, I took a small brush and colored it all in.

 Black hangers completed the project and made the perfect look of tails.
The coat rack is done. For now my diaper bag is proudly hanging from it.

 The wall was still very empty and needed some sprucing up though.
Looking all over Pinterest for ideas I found a cute little wall decal that I liked.
I got to work on my Silhouette. Ordered several different colors of adhesive vinyl and sat for several hours on my behind recreating the design. The complete dimensions are 55w x 75h. Cutting the complete design in sections of 12x12 sheets was the hardest part.
I cut out owls, leaves, butterflies in white, light grey and turquoise and the tree stump in white.  

After everything was cut and labeled, I attached the first sticker to the wall.  

It took several hours to still figure out what goes where and to make sure all the lines match up.
If you look closely you can see the overlapping parts. You can tell that it is handmade and that makes me somewhat proud even if it isn't all perfect.
5 12x12 sheets down, I needed a small break - and didn't take any more pictures of the process.

So here is the end result of my new wall decal.

A neutral color palette with a splash of turquoise was what I had in mind no matter the gender. Ones there are toys added to the room it will get more colorful anyways. So for now, I'm pretty happy how it turned out.
I have to say, I'm kinda sad that this room is mostly done.
Already looking for another "project", which will come in about 2 months! :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Baby W and the start of the nursery

 It's been a crazy whirlwind the last couple of months.
From working a lot, traveling all the time, and finding out that we are finally going to be parents.
We are over the moon excited and telling our families over Christmas was amazing and a very special moment.
I'm so glad I was able to tell my grandparents in Germany in person since my grandpa passed away just a couple of weeks afterwards. I know that he now looks out for the little one and me from above.
Of course our furry babies were part of the reveal on the Christmas Card that went out to our families.
Toby is very excited for all the new toys that will be coming to the house and of course being a big brother.  
 After several horrible weeks of morning sickness I finally gained some strength and energy back.
Remember my craft room?
It has seen better days, more organized and clean moments. It was time to do something about it and since we needed this room very soon as nursery I cleaned it up and started moving piece by piece downstairs.
We have a pretty good sized, very pretty formal living room, that we have never sat in in the last 4 years owning our house. SO.. I took it over as my new craft room.
Furniture was moved out of it into our living room, some re-decorating had to be done to make room, but in the end I'm so glad we did this.
My big craft desk was moved in between windows to get a lot of natural light when I work on my signs and crafts.

I now sit in there several times a week, have Steele mostly as my company on the leather chair next to me and enjoy this room as never before.
Finally there is a purpose to it.

After having an empty room upstairs, we picked up our crib and assembled it on a nice Sunday afternoon.

One trip to Ikea with a friend, I picked out a dresser that is going to be the changing table. Brian hates Ikea and wouldn't set a foot in there nor would he help assemble anything from Ikea. Fortunately he helped me get the boxes out of the car and upstairs - then I was on my own.
Several hours later, the dresser was assembled and I exhausted.

I imagined all those hours the baby laying on that table getting changed and wanted to have a cute mobile hanging from the ceiling for distraction.
I bought a couple sheets of grey and silver cardstock and created stars with my Silhouette Cameo.

I cut about 50 of them out in different paper stock and glued them together with a twine in the middle.
I hung the wreath up so the stars would fall nicely in place and were able to dry.

I also painted an old frame grey and created a sign with a German saying from Astrid Lindgren.
(Be naughty, wild and wonderful) 
One side of the room done - now we only need the actual changing pad.
On the opposite side, I had another dresser that Brian brought into our relationship from college years. I painted it about 5 years ago from birch to dark brown to fit in. 
What are we going to do with this guy? It's old, somewhat beat up but it's a dresser and could give us lots of storage space for diapers and baby stuff.
People that know me pretty well know, that if I have an idea, it has to be done NOW. After looking at several new places to live and coming home with only disappointed outcomes, I locked myself in the nursery. A paint brush in one hand, the mask over my nose and mouth - on a mission.
I needed my mood to get better and the nursery to come to life since we apparently aren't moving anytime soon.
Taking the drawer pulls off of it and closing the holes with wood putty, this ugly duckling needed to become a swan.
After some sanding, I painted all of the drawers, top and sides turquoise.

I drilled new holes for the new drawer pulls and screwed them into place.  

A night light is a Must! For the many times at night that you are going to check on the baby, trying not to wake it up but not stumbling over stuff in a pitch black room.. I decided to take a glass stone with lights inside (that my Mother in Law made for us for Christmas). I cut some vinyl design and attached it to the glass.
We bought a very old, rough looking mirror at the Blue Ride auction that I painted and revamped a little bit, found a rocking horse at good will for $3.00 and that completes the other side of the room.
Stay tuned for the remaining furniture and outcome of our nursery.
OH and have I told you the gender yet?