Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Girls' Room

 Finally some nursery pictures. Sorry it's taken so long! This post has been written for a while but I finally took some pictures today with my real camera. I'm patiently (or not-so-patiently) awaiting the arrival of my 2 big kids, who have been at the Compound since Friday. I canNOT wait to hug their necks and kiss their faces! I have missed them and boy has our house been quiet. It's been a wonderful few days and has been great for my recovery and I know they've been having a blast with my family in north Alabama.

Ok, so the girls' room/nursery details...

I was excited to be able to put together a room for sisters. I had already made plans for both the girl nursery and the boy nursery so when we found out Emma Kate was a 'she' I just had to mark things off my list one by one. I wondered whether or not to put the crib up early (I think we did it right after Christmas) because these rooms are already so small and I didn't want to cramp Mary Ella, but I'm glad I did it now because I at the end of my pregnancy I didn't feel like doing ANYTHING. Well, except for eating and watching American Idol. Ya know. The important stuff.
The main thing that Mary Ella had to get used to was the fact that we just don't have a lot of room for her toys in her actual bedroom anymore. The closet floor has space for her dress up clothes and a few baby doll strollers and small toys but most everything else, including her kitchen and all its accessories, was moved to the playroom. Which is fine by me, because I don't have to look at it and clean it every single day. Our playroom is an ever-changing disaster zone. Enter at your own risk.

Anywho... here's the lowdown and some pictures.





Furniture: 
We ended up moving some things around a bit... Sam's crib (the white Jenny Lind) became Emma Kate's crib; Mary Ella's antique white crib became Sam's crib... which is great because it converts to a toddler bed. We also moved the antique white changing table/dresser into Sam's room so that the furniture would match each other. I needed a changing table for EK too so I copied my friend Sara and went straight to Christmas Tree Shops and bought this cheap little white dresser (pictured below) for $60. It has 6 drawers and in addition to the chest of drawers between their beds, will give me plenty of storage. It's not the best height - I'd add some ball feet if I knew how and had the energy - but it will do for now. (And I'll add that the price tag said $120 at the store but being pregnant and all, I begged and pleaded with them to let me have the floor model that was already put together; even offered to pay them MORE than $120 just so I wouldn't have to put anything together; but they happily obliged and gave it to me anyway, and knocked 50% off the price. And they carried it out and loaded it into my car for me. Just another reason to love that store.) So that's the furniture list. The white chest between their beds is from Target.

Bedding:
I had always planned to re-use Mary Ella's Javis Davis bedding, which I love. But when I pulled it out of the attic and started putting it into her room, it looked orange/salmon/coral colored with the light pink walls. (Her walls were more of hot pink when she was a baby.) And it did NOT go with Mary Ella's twin quilt at all. And I'm not just being picky here; they clashed big time. So I decided I'd just go a different route.
I had a few owl things in M.E.'s room already and I still love the owl and birdie trends for girls so I went with that. I actually chose the PB Kids Brooke bedding, found here, but you know I won't pay retail for anything except an 8-pack of nuggets from Chick Fil A. So off to eBay and Craigslist I went. I searched for a good few weeks for both the twin quilt and the crib stuff and finally scored on both. Bought the crib bumper from Craigslist (West Virginia craigslist) and the seller was nice enough to ship it to me. I was not a fan of the Brooke crib skirt anyway (because it was made of tulle and I knew that wouldn't last 2 days in my house) and I didn't really need the crib sheet so I just bought the bumper and then got a pink crib sheet from Target.
Then I hit the jackpot on eBay and used my blog designing money to get a brand new twin quilt, twin sham, decorative sham, and the 2 PB stuffed owls for less than $160 including shipping. (That may sound like a lot but the twin quilt alone is $164 on their website; sham $32.50; decorative sham $24.50; owls are $26 and $29 each; with the grand retail total being close to $300. Ummm NO.) They were all new with tags, never used, so that was a good online junkin' day. I did not get the sheets or bedskirt (sheets will never show anyway and she already had a white bedskirt).





Wall Decor:
The wall over the changing dresser looks like this. (That's the Christmas Tree Shops dresser below.)
And sorry there is no cute cover on the changing pad. You can chalk that up to a poop explosion yesterday afternoon.




The lime green shelf is from Hobby Lobby ($11.99 and used a 40% off coupon.) It was in the unfinished wood aisle and I just painted it with acrylic paint and a foam brush. Most of the rest of it we already had; little plush Jellycat piggy and rabbit from Aunt Sara; Mary Ella's birth info sheet that I made on Picnik; cupcake keepsake box from Memama; owl frame from ChristmasTree Shops; I painted the canvas with EK's name on it. The mirror below is from Old Time Pottery ($10) and I painted the frame light blue. The prints on either side as well as the plates are from Hobby Lobby.

Over the chest of drawers is another unfinished HL shelf that I painted blue. The bird house is also from the HL unfinished aisle and I just painted it the same way. Hot pink bird cage also from Hobby Lobby. The owl inside the cage and on the shelf are from America's Thrift Store and I spray painted them. Made the paper bunting with scrapbook paper and a piece of ribbon. I put Mary Ella's baby picture and Emma Kate's 4D photo in the owl frames. The cross stitched alphabet was done by my mother and was in my nursery when I was little. And Mom also painted the 'word search' flat canvas. I made the "Sisters" print on Picnik and framed it.





The letters and frames over their beds were a cheap Hobby Lobby project. Bought 16x16" unfinished frames ($9.99 each but the unfinished stuff goes on a 50% sale every other week or so, so wait until they are $5 each.) Used painters' tape to make stripes and painted green and white stripes using regular acrylic paint. Hot glued a piece of baby blue scrapbook paper to the backing that came in the frame, and then hot glued a painted MDF letter ($1.99 each) to the blue paper. Simple as that!
I also made the tissue poms above their beds. I use the Martha Stewart tutorial, found here, and I use fishing line and those screw-in ceiling hooks to hang them.


I think that's it!
We've also made some changes to Sam's room which I will post about tomorrow.
Hope everyone is having a good week!


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14 comments:

A said...

Love love LOVE how your mind works! What a dream room for little girls to grow up in. :)

Kathryn said...

I know you just had a baby and all, but I really need for you to come to my house and decorate it. You are so talented!

jessica said...

Seriously the cutest girls' room i've ever seen. i love it! when you're done at kathryn's house, you have an appointment with me! =)

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