Last week I gave you a sneak peak of our nursery. Time to see the whole thing!
When I was expecting, I had it all figured out: it would be a boy and his room would be nautical themed with blue, white walls and dark brown furniture. I had decided on which pirate table lamp and which boat bookcase to buy. I knew which toddler bed I’d eventually get (a pirate ship of course). I had added the superman and batman onesies in our registry (plus a cape bib). And then, the ultrasound tech said “it’s a girl“.
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“Are you positive?” I asked, hoping that the tremble in my voice would change the response.
“Oh yes, she is definitely a girl.” the tech replied quite unabashed.
Back to the drawing board I went. I knew one thing: I hate(d) pink. Anything girly has to be pink. I must not cause gender confusion to the baby (<- that’s my mom’s voice). So, I googled for different options and I did find beautiful combinations that had little or no pink in them. However, with the overload of beautiful nurseries, I just couldn’t decide what to pick: yellow and grey, pink and grey, green and brown, pink and white, cream and soft yellow, primary colors, dreamy blues and whites? Too many choices – you know what I mean?
Let’s paint her room first, I thought. It will be easier then.
When we bought the house, the room was yellow. Banana yellow. It was so intense, it virtually slapped my eyes every time I starred at it. And it was so strong, it took exactly three (!) applications of primer and another three of paint, to cover it.
Let me tell you, those walls will be there standing a hundred years from now, held by the sheer amount of paint I have applied to them.
Do Not Do: After trying 16 sample colors (pale yellows, creams, whites, salmon and even greige), I managed to paint the room…pink. You see I did the fundamental mistake of testing the samples in completely different light conditions (outside on a full sun southern wall). Dumb. Which was wrong, especially since the room is eastern (softer sun). The color I chose looked pale beige with a hint of salmon under the bright sun. Applied in her room, it is decisively pink – albeit, when the sun hits the walls juuust right, it looks blush. Not bad actually.
Do: Test your color under the correct and true conditions: In the room to be painted and at least on two walls. That way you can see how the different shadows alter your color and the exact hue it will give you.
It was easier to pick the furniture color: white. Goes with everything, can be painted, is Jack of all trades. We bought a generic set of drawers, a small cheap-o bookcase (in retrospect I should have picked something better but on the other hand, it makes a great base for a future DIY) and we found the girliest white crib!
I wanted curves in all places possible: I am clumsy, babies are clumsy, my baby is bound to be double clumsy – I thought – and bump her head in every corner there is. Therefore, curves for the crib. Secondly, I did not like the “prison look” with bars all around the crib (though, granted, it allows for more visibility).
The crib has engraved bows and is appropriately named Princess (how’s that for girly?) 4-in1 made by Storkcraft.
I painted the front bow pink with a washable marker (very upstyle and classy, lol) and it seems I am not the only one who did that; I read a review and another mom has done the same low-end ‘improvement’. I guess we are both afraid to use a permanent paint on this cute crib.
Our grammy gave us this classic wooden rocker, that helped many a nights:
and we got – as a baby shower gift – these adorable decals that are removable and reusable:
This little bear guards the room and we always greet it good morning when The Cute wakes up (she also likes to touch, talk and smile to it):
And so, the 3rd important color for the room, ended up being brown.
The next item we added was the ceiling light. There was no provision for a ceiling fixture but, hubby is also an electrician and he made it happen. He wired in a ceiling fan box, in case we put a ceiling fan there, in the future. No fan for the time being, as I tend to lift our daughter high and I’d like to avoid gory accidents.
We bought a beautiful ceiling mount light, this one: Flower and Butterflies Ceiling Light by Philips. Love it!
As a parent, there is no limit to what I can do to have my baby laugh and The Cute loves this light. She points at it and wants me to give a turn to the butterflies and then she giggles happily as they twirl. I melt of the cuteness every time. The one thing I will change, is painting the wooden parts in colors that coordinate with the room. The hue of this yellow is too intense against the softness of our walls.
When The Cute grows up and is time to decide on a differently styled room, I will try to steer her towards spacecrafts and airplanes but for now, soft pinks are all over the place.
The ceiling, which was painstakingly painted a custom color with the perfectly calculated tint of pink, looks plain white.
Tip: unless you paint your ceiling a bold color, don’t bother lightly tinting a white base. The reflection of painted walls on a white ceiling, will add a naturally tinted shade and for zero cost.
We received our Diaper Genie Elite as a shower gift (thank you Cindy!) that is also white – and btw, if you are expecting, you really want one of those! Really, really -, was spiced with an exploding flower bouquet and the result was a welcome pop of color:
Generally, for a young infant, soothing colors help with sleep and calm the baby – say the experts. As we progress to toddler years, we can add stronger color palettes. For now, even though our nursery is not too fancy, it is pretty calm and smoothing to the eye.
Wall art is an ongoing process. I am intimidated by the empty walls. The art and pictures I hang, change often in an effort to find the perfect arrangement. The idea is to alternate white and brown frames on the wall above the drawers. It’s a work in progress – as you can see in the following (and final – I promise) photo.
As for the wall right across, it is blank. I think, it will be a full project on its own once I decide what to do with it.
Update: I added a toy kitchen (see how to choose the right one) and now we make all our imaginary omelettes right there.
Well, this is it! Word count: 1385 (wow), three days to finish, a lot of photos taken and discarded but, I am finally done and actually had fun making this post and sharing our nursery with you.
I hope you enjoyed visiting our nursery-in-perpetual-progress room!
Time for our favorite activity:
ps. Check out our DIY bookcase ledges that improved the functionality of the wall behind the door by a mile (and then some).