The nursery is finally finished!!! After months of working on it and collecting inspiration (from Pinterest of course!) it’s open and ready for baby business. After finishing the board and batten project, I really didn’t think I could love this little room any more, but oh was I wrong. It’s officially my favorite room in the house and for the past couple weeks that comfy lookin’ glider has been home to all my morning coffee drinking and even a little blogging. However, I’m of course most excited for it’s main purpose – rockin’ that sweet little baby boy we’ve got cookin’
So when furniture shopping online I had a total “AH HA” moment that I just have to share with all you future mamas. So I started my hunt at simplybabyfurniture.com because I really liked their brands and the quality of the furniture – the free shipping and returns also had me hooked. That was until I started using Google Shopping and found the exact same furniture for about a $100 cheaper at stores like Walmart. And when I say “exact same furniture” I truly mean it. You just have to practice your “google-fu” a little and get creative with your search terms. I learned that some Brands even market the furniture slightly different on certain sites, using parent company names instead of the actual product name. Clever, huh? I’m all about quality furniture but if you can save a Benjamin here and there… why not girl!
- Oars: I’m uber excited about my oars! Are you guessing Pottery Barn Kids? Well, I actually snagged these puppies for less than $10 bucks each from Walmart and yes from the boating/sporting dept. It’s simply amazing what a little white Krylon primer and high gloss spay paint can do!
Convertible Crib: Status Milcroft (I found for a little cheaper on Amazon.com, but it’s also sold at simplybabyfurniture.com)
Bedding: “Row Your Boat” from Pottery Barn Kids
Glider: I was really proud of this find! I fell in love with this glider at Toys R Us but found it significantly cheaper on walmart.com. Thank you Google Shopping. I heart you big time.
Table: A Delaware antique store find!
Letters: Hobby Lobby
Dresser/Changer: Status Milcroft (I found for a little cheaper on Amazon.com, but it’s also sold at simplybabyfurniture.com
Bookshelf: Canwood from walmart.com (I literally almost paid double for the exact same bookcase somewhere else! Crazytown!)
Artwork: Etsy, of course!
I also snagged some snazzy closet organizers from walmart.com as well!
So… whatcha think? Is Dylan going to totally dig it or what? Yeah… he’s probably just going to sleep in it but at least it will be super soothing and peaceful. If that’s truly the case… mission accomplished.
Did anyone happen to catch this article in BHG last year? Well I did and have been dreaming about creating my very own wrapping station since. All of my wrapping paper supplies used to be shoved into the corner of the guest room closet and every time I wanted to wrap a present, I had to fight through the clutter. What’s worse is in order to dodge the mess, I often just went to Target and bought new paper, bags, tags, etc. Can you say super duper wasteful? I can and I was.
So after seeing this article again on Pinterest, I felt inspired to create my very own wrapping station! After all, I LOVE giving and wrapping gifts, so why not dedicate a little space to them.
The secret for this station is definitely the over the door rack, which is actually a Panty Door Rack. You can find it at chefscatalog.com for $35!
Here’s my take on this super smart space saving idea:
Usually I like to tweak ideas I find online or in magazines to make them my own a little, but I loved everything that about this idea, so I copied it to a T:
- - Top two shelves are dedicated to ribbon and I also added a jar to hold gift tags. The ribbon is lined up so it’s super easy to unwind and snip.
- - Third shelf houses easy to access tape and scissors. I also really liked the idea of draping tissue paper over the ledge to ensure it doesn’t get ruined while tucked away in bags.
- - Finally the fourth shelf houses everyday wrapping baby and gift bags. To secure the bags, I took a tip from the BHG article and wrapped a strong rubber band around the rack. I also added a little section at the bottom for upcoming birthday cards.
What tips do you have for organizing gift wrap? I’m all ears!!!!
Ok, so it definitely wasn’t the first thought that came to my mind when I found out we were having a baby, but it might have been in the top 5. Yes, I’m talking about designing the nursery. For years, I’ve thought about this space and for the past couple months, I’ve been day dreaming about a particular feature that I’ve always envied in other houses… board & batten. It just makes a room feel so clean and soothing while also adding some nice architectural interest to boring drywall. So after collecting some inspiration and convincing my wingman that Dylan just won’t be the same without it, we successfully tackled our very first board & batten project and are absolutely 100% in love with the outcome:
No clue why, but I honestly thought this project would only take 2 days max to finish… haha boy was I wrong. Although we didn’t spend full weekends working on it, it took about 4 days to complete BUT I am soooooooo very pleased with how it looks. It’s clean, it’s soothing and it’s going to make the most perfect nursery for our sweet baby boy.
Here’s what we used and how we did it:
- - 1 gallon semi-gloss ultra bright white paint, for bottom of wall (we used every last drop!)
- - 1 gallon satin paint for top of wall (we used “Silver Dusk” by Valspar)
- - Paint supplies: The works… (tape, rollers, brushes, etc.)
- - 12, 12′ x 1/2” boards for battens (aka the vertical strips)
- - 4, 12′ pieces of molding (we chose a style that would make a nice ledge)
- - Miter saw
- - Caulk gun
- - 2 tubes of construction adhesive
- - 1 tube of window/door caulk
- - Air compressor & brad nailer (You could totally use a plain ol’ hammer & nail too, but it’ll take longer!)
- - Level
- - Tape measure & pencil
Step 1: Measure & Outline Height
Start by determining how high you want the board & batten. In my Crushing on Board & Batten post, you can see how the height can really make a difference. We decided to take ours just below the light switch to meet in the middle.
Using a tape measure, mark your preferred height and then just connect the dots, drawing an even line around the room.
Step 2: Paint OR Install Panel
Although I think it’s totally optional, you could install a smooth white panel along the bottom half of the wall. Personally, I think you can get a very very similar effect by using a semi gloss bright white paint, so that’s the route we took. Below you can see that we painted to just above the desired height of the top molding.
Step 3: Paint Top Half of the Wall & Ceiling (if you haven’t already)
Don’t worry about the paint lines where the top & bottom meet, as the top molding covers this perfectly.
Step 4: Cut & Install Top Molding
Ok… before I explain this step, yes… I’m totally busted as our 1/2 finished bonus room in the background is still under crazy construction but hey, we’ve gotta baby to prepare for, so it’s on a temporary hold.
Using a miter saw, cut the molding the length of your wall, angling the ends as needed.
Generously apply the construction adhesive to the back of the molding…
And then using a level, assemble it to the wall evenly.
Using a brad nailer, nail the molding to the wall every 12 inches or so. It will leave a pretty significant hole, but it’s nothing a little caulk can’t easily fill.
Step 5: Cut & Install Battens
This is by far the most time consuming part of the project because every batten must be individually measured, cut and assembled. We ended up using all 12 boards and cut each 42” inches tall using the miter saw. Although it’s totally a personal preference most battens are placed between 12-16” apart. We placed our 16 inches apart, following the same process as above (1. Measure, 2. Cut, 3. Apply adhesive, 4. Assemble using level & brad nailer)
- - Paint the battens beforehand! You will definitely have to touch up the edges and nail holes once they are assembled but it’s so much easier to get a majority of the painting done first.
- - So that you can reuse your current baseboards, select a board for the batten that’s the same or very close to the width of your baseboards.
Step 6: Apply Caulk to Gaps
No matter how even your walls are, there will likely be gaps between the wall & the top molding, the bottom of the battens and definitely in the corners where the top molding meets.
Since the caulk is white, it also makes a great filler for those ugly nails holes!
Step 7: Paint Touch Ups
We tried to be super clean with our caulk lines but that’s umm… impossible, so just have fun, make a mess and then touch up the paint with another coat. After the caulk in the nail holes was dry, I painted the molding and each batten again. Once that was dry, I also taped off the molding and touched up the blue paint too, to ensure super crisp, clean lines.
TADA! We’re so happy with how it looks and can’t wait to bring our little guy home to this super soothing nursery. The furniture won’t be here for another couple weeks, but check back then to see the finished product, including what I’m doing with those super cute letters I recently got from Home Goods.
No, that’s not a typo in the headline and yes, I’ve not only given the nursery a theme but also it’s own name. My main goal in designing this room is to make it uber soothing… and what color comes to mind when you think of soothing… why, BLUE of course. And when you think of the color blue, you typically think about the ocean, right? Well, I do and I’m instantly relaxed. Ok, Ok.. I know a super relaxing room does not make a relaxing baby, but a sister can dream right?
So before picking out any furniture for a room, it’s critical to know how much space you’re working with. My very first step in this project was to measure the room and map out the furniture size and location using an online room planner. There are a ton of room planners online, but I chose Pottery Barn’s because they have a ton of baby furniture pre-loaded that are very close to the size specs of the furniture we’re planning to buy. It was also super easy to use, so as soon as I determined that I didn’t want the glider beside the changing table/dresser, because it would also have a stinky diaper genie beside it… I just simply drug that sucker across the room with a click of a button. Easy flippin’ peasy.
Although I totally trust the room planner, I decided to do a little physical room planning and tape out the furniture dimensions on the floor. I always like to do this before putting new furniture in a room because the worst is buying furniture online and then it not fitting in the room… honestly, I think if this happened to me right now, I’d probably lay on the floor and kick, scream & cry… and only partially because I’m a crazy pregnant lady. (Jer: this doesn’t give you permission to call me this. I can. You can’t.)
So how is this color for soothing? Makes me want to fall asleep looking at it… Ok, everything these days makes me want to fall asleep. I went back and forth a zillion times before I landed on this color (Silver Dusk by Valspar). It’s actually a little greyer in person and matches perfectly with the Row Your Boat bedding set we just got from PB kids.
Is that baby elephant soothe sailing or what?
We’re installing the board and batten today and I can’t flippin’ wait! Check back next week for the full tutorial.