Yeah approximately six months later...I am finished with Gracie's room.
Let this be a lesson to all you pregnant ladies out there: if you don't finish the nursery while the babe's still cookin', you might as well forget about it until he or she is speaking in complete sentences. Once the baby is born, all projects sort of get tossed by the wayside as you struggle just to sleep and eat and change diapers and do some laundry. Basically you just focus on surviving. At least that's how it was for me. ;)
I am not a fan of puffy pink princessy things for girls. So when I stumbled upon this nursery on Pinterest, I fell in love:
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It's not flashy, frilly, or in-your-face "HEY A GIRL SLEEPS HERE", but it still looks feminine enough to be a girl's room.
Anyway, here's my version of it:
It's not completely perfect (we are lacking curtains), but I am happy with it for the most part. And the best part? I spent hardly any money on it. ALL of the furniture (bookshelf, glider, dressers, crib) was house finds courtesy of my pops, who cleans out foreclosed properties. All of the art was either given to me as a gift or I made, except for the big purple flower canvas, which was a Ross find for $9.99 like two years ago.
And then in a fortunate turn of events, even the wall paint (#618 Robin's Nest by Benjamin Moore) ended up being free! Basically I placed an order for the paint through benjaminmoore.com and scheduled to pick it up at our local True Value hardware store in a few hours. When I got the "your order is ready" email from them we drove out there...only to find out they had no idea what we were talking about. Their store apparently wasn't even equipped to handle online orders yet! They thought maybe I made the mistake and had it sent to the OTHER True Value on the opposite side of town. I assured them that wasn't the case and I even showed them the email that had THEIR address as the pickup location. I have no idea why Benjamin Moore would have even listed their store as an option if they weren't equipped to fulfill online orders yet... So the employee called the other store just to see, and sure enough they didn't have my order either. So probably my order was sent into an alternate dimension or maybe someone somewhere got a free can of Robin's Nest paint. ANYWAY, they offered to just mix me up another can right there free of charge. When I got home I wrote a disgruntled email to Benjamin Moore, and they ended up refunding my money. So that's the story of how I got a $52 gallon of paint for free!
The only other things I spent money on were the changing pad and cover ($18), the three frames above it ($12 total), the trashcan we use as a diaper pail ($14; we cloth-diaper) and the fabric to make cushion covers for the glider ($10) which used to look like this:
Sixty-four bucks for a cute little Gracie room. Not bad.
(The walls look a little lime-y in a lot of these pictures...also the quality is pretty crappy. I didn't realize how bad they were until I put them on the computer! But I didn't feel like retaking them, so here they are.)