Welcome to the Baby's Room!
There's your general look around the room. Now for some details and completed projects! :)
This cabinet was one of my painting projects. It used to be a storage for towels in our bathroom at our last place, but with our teeny tiny bathroom at the new house, it really wouldn't have fit at all. With a new paint job and new knob on the door, it matches the other furniture in the baby room and is a perfect place to store the diapers/bath stuff. The purple bear on top is from my precious Grandma Grace. I haven't found a very good spot for this bear yet, so for now it's just perched up there. :) The little lion flag is from my mom, E's Grandma Miller.
I got inspiration for this artwork over the crib from here. I already had the three canvases so I decided to use those. They had old paintings I had done on them, so I just painted over them in white. I bought the paper at JoAnns - it was a lucky find because it was the perfect green and blues! I already had the green ribbon, so all together this project cost me less than a dollar! Just the cost of about 5 sheets of paper. :)
And then the "mobile"... :) It started out with me wanting to do this bird mobile. Then I happened to find this adorable little chandelier in Salvation Army for only $1.50!!! And, the sucker that I am for chandelier's over beds, I bought it and knew it'd have to hang over E's crib. :)
This is the one that hangs above our bed:
Anyway, once I found the chandelier, my thoughts of the mobile started changing...and I kept finding the perfect pieces to make it complete. I found the perfect sized candles ("emergency" candles) at the Dollar Tree, found the "medallion" (just a paper stick on in this case) for $2 at Aunt Bee's, and found the little birdies in the $1 bin at Michael's. All together, this mobile cost me less than $10, which I was pretty happy about. :) The candles, though the right height, were very squat. So Skyler had to whittle the ends down so they would stay in their places and then we also hot glued them in so that they definitely wouldn't fall out. I was NOT looking forward to whittling 8 candles, but Skyler jumped up and goes, "man, I would love to whittle those!" And I placed them in his hands with glee. Go for it, my love! Here he is, hard at work...thoroughly enjoying himself. :)
And hanging my medallion:
He swore he was DONE drilling hooks into the ceiling after this one! (Plaster isn't the best to drill holes into...) I assured him this was the last thing I would make him hang!! (Until I happen upon another gorgeous chandelier, that is! ;)
This is my sewing table gone changing table! The sewing machine is tucked away in the baby's closet so I can still pull it out fairly easily. :) Stocked on the shelves are my adorable G Diapers that I picked up and some disposable diapers too - which will definitely come in handy the first few weeks as I'm sleep deprived, I'm sure. ;)
This is my awesome rocking horse find!! I found this cute little guy at Salvation Army, the same time I found the chandelier, and picked it up for only $2.50!! It looked a lot uglier and had a nasty sticky yarn mane and tail. This is what it looked like then:
I have yet to replace the mane and tail, because I have a few ideas in my brain about those...and I want to think about them some more before I commit to one over the other. :) But I think he already looks much cuter!!
This is the wall o' trinkety things! :) (From the top left to right) A little, adorable green clock from "grandma" Candy, a little white bird from auntie Krista, a Scentsy (baby powder) lion from dear friend Maegan, the adorable Baby E picture frame from my cousin Andrea, little red shoes that Skyler wore when he was a baby, some E's and a bird house, some little books and the Dr. Seuss ABC book Skyler gave me for Christmas 2 years ago, another birdie, a mirror and a soap. The soap is a really cool find from St. Vinnie's in Albany. I picked it up, gasped and immediately put it in my cart! See it:
It says "La Belle Vie"... we are giving birth at Bella Vie!! I just knew it had to make a presence in E's room somewhere. :)
This little lamp was a garage sale find from early last summer, and I saw the idea of using a stool as a little side table at the Blackberry Junction in North Albany (a craft/vintage decor junction). The one I saw was actually this exact same stool, and I immediately ran over to mom to ask if dad still had this stool out in his shop. We used to have it LONG ago in our house at the kitchen bar area but I thought I remembered seeing it just sitting out in dad's shop not too long ago. Mom snagged it from dad's shop for me and I had Skyler sand it, putty some holes in the top and then I painted it. Looks much lovelier now, no? Before:
I love it. It's just exactly the right height and size for that small space by the rocking chair! Which leads me to the rocking chair... This was a total score. I found this rocking chair at a garage sale for $5 this summer!! I LOVED it immediately. But I wasn't sure Skyler would approve because space in the baby's room was limited and I knew it would have to go in front of the closet in the room, and I knew we already had the rocker/glider out in the living room. I stared at it and sat in it and pondered for about 10 minutes before finally deciding, "heck it's $5. It's mine." It had the same "s" curved legs as the rocker that we used to have when I was little - the rocker that mom used to rock us babies in. I bought it, loaded it up in the car and THEN called Skyler to tell him that I bought the chair. His response, "awesome! Good work, baby!" ... hm perfect. Good reaction. :) He loves the old wooden chair just as much as I do! As with anything else, all it needed was a good little paint job!
Skyler workin hard:
(And you can see he painted the chandelier at the same time :D)
The little seat cushion I made from left over fabric when I made the curtains. The curtains were actually 2 GINORMOUSLY large window scarfs...I was able to make each scarf into 2 floor length curtains AND still have about 4 feet of fabric left over from each one. I lucked out with the curtains really. I hadn't totally decided on anything for the baby room at this point and was really thinking of a white or tan carpet for the room...but of course room rugs are like $80-100 at least (yikes). I was in Ross one day and saw the scarfs ($6.99 each and I only needed 2 scarfs for 4 window panels) and thought they were perfect, but wished they were in white...so I left them there. Then I wandered to where they keep their room rugs and saw this blue one (5'x7') for only $40!! It matched the scarfs perfectly, so it was decided right then...Green and blue (my fave colors anyway) would be the main room colors. And cheap to boot for a rug AND window treatments!!
This was another one of my painting projects - the baby armoire. This was my sisters, my brothers and mine when we were little, then was mine again in high school, and then was both my niece and nephews. All it needed was a new paint job and new knobs (brass flowery ones?? no thank you!)
The bird painting was a wedding present from our friend Victoria and I love it! I love the color that it adds to the room. :) The mini bib is from my dear friend Jess and the colorful dish is from my Grandma Grace. And of course, our smallest little family member, our pretty Beta fish Turquoise (or Turkey for short).
And there it is. A room all clean and decorated for E.... So little one...whenever you want to come...seriously. We're ready for you. :)