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A Room for Baby

In anticipation of our first baby boy, I wasted no time dreaming up, preparing and decorating a nursery for him. I had plenty of energy to invest with all the extra napping and free hours on my hands. However, I’ll admit, this second time around has been a little different. I kind of dreaded cleaning out the “dumping grounds” that our guest room closet and bookshelves had become. Furthermore, I wasn’t too sure how to combine the purposes of a guest room and nursery into one lovely space. But mostly, I’ve just been trying to keep up with the ball of energy that is my two year old toddler.

Needless to say, I put off preparing a room for our second baby for quite some time. But then a wise and creative friend reminded me that the second baby doesn’t deserve to feel like “baby #2”, with all the leftovers and none of the effort! She also made a recommendation that I feel like made all the difference for the dynamic of the room, she suggested I paint the wall behind the bookshelves a color that had some pop to it and remove some of the extra shelves. It really became my favorite part of the whole room.

So now I’ll stop rambling and share some photos of baby’s room, ready just in time for him to arrive…

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That sweet little baby crib in the corner was passed on to us from friends

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Bookshelf transformation with a little paint and some rearranging

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Love the colorful throw pillows from Castaway Cove Decor, on Etsy

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Had this lamp from Home Goods and found the perfect nightstand at Target

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Painted and older dresser and turned it into a changing table

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Had fun working on some art and a mobile to add some color to the wall

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Closeup of mobile, made from sticks, string and patterned paper

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Close up of whale painting

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Baby’s initials. The little wood animal cutouts and letters came from Michael’s

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I love the dresser pulls from World Market, and the yellow tulips from Aunt Leslie

Thanks for checking out the baby’s room! We’ll put him in our room if you’re needing a guest room to sleep in 🙂

 

 

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Furniture Refinishing: A Dresser for Baby

With hubby having some vacation time off between Christmas and the New Year, we were able to get a start on our baby nursery. Hooray! The walls got a fresh coat of paint (white walls with one gray/neutral accent wall), and I was able to refinish the dresser/changing table I found at an antique/thrift store ($82, not bad). We also got everything cleaned out of the room so we could put down the new zebra stripe area rug I found on Amazon…love!

Here’s what I started with…

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before3before1Here are the materials I used to refinish the dresser:
1. An electric, hand-held sander
2. Dark Walnut Wood Stain and Sealer (Varathane at Home Depot)
3. Polar Bear White Paint on the drawers
4. Foam roller to smoothly apply the paint
5. CLR (hubby cleaned the hardware to bring out that copper shine!)

And here’s what it looks like now…

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Now it’s on to the next phase of nursery for baby! Stay tuned for more.

~Holly

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