We started working on the nursery in January, soon after we were approved to adopt. It was a good distraction, time taker, and hope builder. I spent a lot of time dreaming about what it would be like to finally hold my baby in that room (and when I finally did…the tears did not stop coming). When we were matched with Wes’ birthparents in June, we only had the basics ready. Room painted, dressers, rocking chair, and crib. Oh, and a couple unframed prints. That was it. Even though we knew from the start that Wes was a boy and that we only had 10 weeks til his due date, I was nervous to make a boy nursery. What if? On the outside we jumped right in with full confidence that he would be our son, but inside, there was still a risk that we wouldn’t get to bring him home. I literally did not cut the tags off of any of his clothes (except his coming home outfit) until the day we came home. So we kept the nursery gender neutral with plans to move him into a bigger room when he is older and hopes that one day, another baby will come home to this nursery.
Once we were matched, I was spending ALL of my extra time getting his room ready (this wasn’t much since I was in school full time, interning 20 hours a week, and working while driving 300+ miles a week). The nursery is the reason why our neighbors probably hate us since our acre of a yard basically died this summer from total neglect (sorry neighbors!).
Thank you to the always amazing Gina Zeidler for taking fabulous pictures of our nursery! *Gina took the good pictures (I’m sure you can tell!). I took the crooked, funky color pictures with my iPhone.*
Mobile from Once Upon a Child for $12. It doesn’t really go with my nursery decor, but my friend suggested something fun, colorful, and musical for Wes to look at. And he loves it!
A friend gave us this cute sign. She hadn’t seen the nursery and it is so close to the color of the nursery (obviously she has good taste!), so Craig framed it out with some wood and painted it white for some contrast from the wall.
Fillable glass lamp base and shade from Target.
Letter blocks from Walmart.
Retro Metal Fan (I got mine for less than $30 from Menards, but I think it was a seasonal in-store only deal).
After Wes was born, I changed up the lamp to say his name (we were keeping a secret). It’s crooked and a bit funky looking, but I’ve been a bit distracted and haven’t taken the time to fix it yet.
Shelves from Ikea.
Side table from Ikea 6+ years ago, spray painted.
Chair from Ikea scratch and dent, turned into a rocker (see more here).
Pillow from Home Goods.
I loved the simplicity of these Pottery Barn blackout curtains, but not the price at $99 per panel (I needed 4…you do the math!). Instead I bought one package of curtains from Ikea for $24.99. Since the Ikea panels were much wider than I needed, I cut them in half, added blackout fabric to the back, hemed them, and added yellow ribbon which matched the crib skirt I made. In total all four blackout panels cost about $50 to make!
I went the blackout fabric route after thinking about future nap times and how the sun rises at 5am in the summer time…I am not a morning person so every minute of precious sleep will be worth it!
We have two labs…how could I not buy these cute little dog butt hooks from Ikea?!
Cheap canvas painted by me with a free Chevron stencil I found online.
Repurposed frame spray painted with a Gus and Lula print.
Cute baby….a gift from God!