We've been working on the nursery off and on for months now. And finally, what used to be a spare bedroom is now Abby Kate's! We are thrilled with the way it turned out. I wish the photos did it justice. Here's how the project unfolded:
Step 1: The Illustration
Being a designer, I had to put my ideas on paper before we started. This was my original vision for the nursery's decor.
Step 2: Chair Rail and Paint
We taped off where we wanted the chair rail, then painted the top portion of the wall a celery green. (This is before we knew what we were having. We got too anxious to start the nursery, so we chose green!) We then taped thick vertical stripes on the bottom portion and alternated beige and cream paints.
Mike worked hard on putting up the chair railing. He cut the pieces using a handsaw, painted the slats and then nailed them up. Junah enjoyed overseeing the project. As you can see he doesn't like to sit down on bare concrete. He prefers a seat cushion - so we accommodate. Ha, ha.
Step 3: Selecting the Furniture
We had originally wanted white furniture, but after we saw this black set, we both quickly agreed it was the one. We brought the crib home the day we bought it, but had to wait six weeks for the chest of drawers and changing table to arrive.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
As we purchased a few more baby things and received gifts, I began to stock the nursery with clothing, toys, bedding, frames, blankets, etc. On Monday Sommer and I traveled to Babies "R" Us (in Mobile, AL - 1 hour away) to pick up the bedding we chose. It was a long drive, but I'm so happy that I snagged the last set they had!
Mike and I picked up some diapers, wipes and medication for the baby this week. As far as I know, the only thing missing now is the chair/ottoman Mike's parents bought for us. And it should be here in a few weeks. So I think we're ready for her to come now! Of course we still (hopefully) have more than two months to go, but I'm glad we're prepared just in case. I'm so anxious to see Abby Kate in her nursery!