1 week and 4 days until Baby H’s due date and his room is now officially completed! And none to soon I think 🤪
Since our house only has the option of two bedrooms upstairs or one in the basement, it was a simple choice of where the newest addition will be dwelling.
Upstairs… in my craft room 🤪
Meaning I had to sort, discard and disperse my craft/art supplies throughout other areas of the house, which was no tiny task if we’re being honest… though it was rewarding because I do SO enjoy getting rid of items and finding new, usable spaces in our home 🙈
I put together an idea board for how I was envisioning the rooms transformation and so it began…
For a start, I finally gave the second hand dresser (which we’d found at a community garage sale a couple years ago 😬) a sanding.
I liked the look of it as it was but wanted to get it smooth enough to stop more paint from flaking off.
We spray painted some black handles we had, gold and I used wax to seal the top.
Next, I replaced the handles on this dresser/nightstand with gold ones purchased off Amazon and had Mike cut down the legs so it would be side table height, to go beside the rocking chair.
I painted all of the grey trim, white, as a mural/board and batten wall was in the plans and after some discussion with the mom and sister, we figured white trim would be a bit less busy👌🏻
The mom and sister were then recruited for the ‘mural’ painting 🙈
I loved the look of the wallpaper on the idea board but it and any similar to it, were pricier than I wanted to invest in.
So thankfully, I had willing and talented family members on hand 😉💗
After an ENTIRE, muggy day, spent mostly on our knees/bent over/stretching upwards, we nearly completed the art installation and I’m so happy with how it turned out 😄
We were all a bit sore that evening and my sister texted me to tell me that I’d probably overdone it and should try to take it easy… the concern was appreciated and turned out to be accurate, as later that evening my hands, legs and hips felt a tad more swollen/stiff than was their current ‘usual’ 🙈
Mike did have time to install the board and batten wall and I LOVE how it turned out 🤩👌🏻
(I’ll do a detailed post on the process some other time/place 😉)
A crib was ordered from IKEA and of course the ONE time you don’t actually want a piece to come assembled, it does 🤪
I’d been planning on painting the spindles chartreuse and thought it would be pretty simple to paint them, pre-building but instead I had to tape around every single one…pre-painting🙈
Until of course the mumsie came over and TOOK OVER… using her naturally perfectionistic ways and steady hand, to paint the spindles on the remaining sides that I’d yet to do, sans tape 🤪
I love how it turned out!
Mike said he thought I’d have changed my mind about what I wanted done to the crib, when I seen the work involved and though it did cross my mind, I really wanted the crib to be ‘fun’… and it proved the husband wrong at the same time so I mean, bonus 😜
We also sprayed the whole thing with ‘Rust-oleum Painters Touch, Ultra Cover, Paint-Primer’ in matte/clear, since the wood didn’t seem to have any kind of finishing and I didn’t want any of the little persons bodily fluids to stain it.
Once the crib was actually built, the arrangement of the room needed to be shifted around a bit, as I didn’t anticipate a crib for a small infant, being so large.
I usually go for the clean, white look with dressers but since we didn’t know if we’d hit an IKEA and everything else was more than I wanted to spend, we went to Jysk and actually found a wood look one that I felt would help bring the ‘tropical vibe’ a little more to life ☺️
And now… the finished product of months of accumulation and preparation!
The rocking chair was purchased from Best Buy with some gifted funds from family, to be used for purchasing just such an item ☺️
It had to be small enough to fit in the room and it reclines as well, which I’m sure will be a big plus on some upcoming nights.
I sprayed it down with fabric protector as a precautionary step as spilled coffees, bottles, blowouts, spit ups etc. seem highly likely in this poor, particular chair 🤪
Some narrow, open shelving was considered for books/art but then I found this gold rack at Michaels, 60% off.
I figured it was more functional than narrow open shelving, as well as being a good price and not another item the husband needed to build from scratch, during his few free hours and growing list of pre-little person ‘to-do’s’ 😬
(I would already recommend ‘Tiny T. Rex And The Impossible Hug’ as a humorous book. The niece and I both got a good chuckle out of it and the colours of the illustrations are pretty perfect too 😉 )
The rope basket was a Winners find (amazingly enough with how drastically their stock was depleted within days of repoing after their covid shut downs) and is currently being used for toy holding.
Tropical greenery was of course a must, so thanks to the mumsie and sisters for my birthday gift, it was placed in this corner for now.
A little ships wheel & bottle was found at our local antique store and filled with art via ‘Grams’ ☺️⚓️⛵️
The accompanying narwhale art was also created by her and the driftwood is possibly from Costa Rica… or maybe from a slough side area in Sask… I can’t remember where all my sticks come from ok? 😂
(I looked after writing this and it’s indeed from Costa Rica 😉)
If Baby becomes attached to a toy, I sincerely hope it’s to one of these adorable ocean creatures 😉
Drawers are now filled, window washed, room vacuumed and mopped and all other necessities attempted to be procured and placed…
Black out blinds from IKEA will be hung, as everything I’ve heard/read, points to as much darkness as possible being beneficial to sleep induction 🤪
‘Flight attendants, you are now semi more prepared for the landing of Baby H 🛩 Expected forcast upon arrival is balmy, filled with new sights, sounds and smells, some turbulence is expected but followed by a high chance of sunshine 😎’
If you got this far, you get a name hint/tidbit! 😎
When we had three names on the ‘first name contender’ list, I realized they could all be considered water related/themed, to a certain degree. Not on purpose or for any reason and also not a reason for the room taking on a water/tropical feel…
Now that we have it down to two names, the same is still true.
Any guesses? 🤓