Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nursery for a Boy

funny story: I spent my whole pregnancy planning this awesome room for the little boy we THOUGHT we were having. For about 5 months we were planning this amazing space and picturing a little baby boy hanging out in there.  I couldn't wait to see our little monkey in this space and then we were told 3 days before I delivered that he was a SHE!!!! Immediate tears were streaming down my face and I thought ..."WTF I already have all boy stuff EVERYWHERE and a room that I designed specifically for a boy, how could that damn technician get it WRONG?" So frustrating to say the least.  Yes, this room could be considered unisex but with my LOVE for design, this would not have been my dream room for a little girl. So I am sure you can see where I am going with this. The room was just not meant to be and most of you know where we stand now with our situation. Unfortunately, our baby girl, Micah, was only with us for a short amount of time {48 days to be exact} because she suffered from Nemaline Myopathy {a deadly muscle disease}. To read about her story click here and to see a pic of our angel click here. I am so glad I blogged about her entire life while she was with us. I will have that blog forever to help me remember every waking moment we spent with her. Although the wound is still fresh and incredibly painful, to say the least, we are doing the best we can.  This blog is keeping me sane. So, because our Micah girl never came home to her fabulous boy room we decided to take everything down and store it for the time being.  I am still so proud of the space and it makes me so happy when I look back at the pictures.

I had posted my mood/design board  on facebook back in March and I ended up using almost everything here except for those blue chevron baskets from Land of Nod and the drawer pulls.  I ended up finding the cutest knobs instead, you'll see them in a minute. 

There were some splurges along the way and some major bargains. I'll try to link everything in case any of you are looking to find the items yourselves.   

TA DA......

 Bedding from Serena and Lily 
I had to have it.  It wasn't too kiddie and it was just modern enough for my taste.

{I know bumpers are dangerous so this was solely for the design aspect}

Jenny Lind Crib for $169 at Amazon 
LOVE LOVE LOVE this crib.  It's so vintage and mixing it with modern fabrics just melts my heart. 

Artwork from Etsy- Grace Hester Designs 

A little homemade action here. 
Our little boy's name was going to be
 Micah William Turner

My Awesome Maternity Pics done by Kristine Ryan Photography

We had these 4 frames just lying around the house but they were all black so I decided spray paint them white. They look much cleaner and the print colors really pop with the all white matting and frames. 

A gift from my mom: 
This GENIUS space saving Corner Changing Table 

Major Major bargain! 
We saved so much money by refinishing this Turner family dresser.  It has been in Bill's family for YEARS!  Bill did an amazing job. Unfortunately he had to put up with my back seat driver attitude, "Ummmmm....you're not gonna do that are you? You missed a spot. Make sure you don't get any on the carpet!"  Let's just say Bill is a SAINT for putting up with me. I would normally be doing all of the painting but the primer was really strong and I was REALLY pregnant. {I wish I would have known about Chalk Paint back then}

He did a GREAT job!

Another Bargain: 
Probably my favorite find of the whole project were these cute knobs that I found on sale at Amazon for 2 bucks!  CHA CHING!  It did add an extra step {filling in the extra holes from the previous pulls} in the refinishing project but it was totally worth it.  These are adorable.

This Luca glider  was purchased from Land of Nod and YES it was a splurge but we knew it was going to be a piece we could eventually use in our family room.  We also had some family members that gifted us some extra cash at my shower to help us make this purchase.  You know who you are and we THANK YOU! The lamp was a Target find and the side table was from HomeGoods.  

This awesome patchwork quilt was made by my Aunt Cindy. I had some extra fabric left over from the bedding set and I sent it to her and she matched it with all of these other prints and made this amazing quilt. It's so Beautiful and FUN!

We decided not to get the gliding ottomon because we wanted to save some money, so instead we got this poof from HomeGoods for $99.  It gives this room such a jolt when you walk in. I love it and it is the perfect height for your feet {not to mention it is so soft}. The gliding ottomon would have cost us $400 after shipping and taxes. We saved $ 300 by making this decision.  SCORE!!!!

I have gotten a lot of questions about these poms because we used some of them at my baby shower and at a friend's baby shower. They are the easiest thing to make and a super cheap way to make a huge impact in a room. Just follow this tutorial and you are golden.  They add such a fun whimsical feel to any space.  And you can group them together to make a bouquet on your ceiling or you can hang them like a mobile, as I did here.....

Window Treatments:
We originally had these white grommet panels from Bed Bath and Beyond and just your typical mini blinds.  I decided I wanted to keep everything to save money, but I wanted to change the look a little. So I got these Bamboo Blinds from Overstock.com which gave the window just enough color and texture. So now we have a whole new look for under $70. {fun trick: I installed the bamboo blinds{outside mount} over top of the mini blinds that way I can still get full light control.} You can't see the mini blinds in this pic because they are rolled all the way up. If you scroll back up to the pic of Bill painting the dresser you can see what the mini blinds look like. 

I got crafty one night and turned this extra piece of fabric {I had lying around the house} into a table runner for the dresser. The edges were all frayed so I got some iron on adhesive to hem all four sides and PRESTO! It looks awesome and if you didn't know I am OBSESSED with the chevron prints right now.  I didn't want the lamp or TV to scratch our freshly painted dresser so this was the perfect solution and it looks so cute.   

Another fun teeny tiny project was taking this $2 tin container I got from Michael's and just adding some scrapbooking paper to the outside of it to give it a fun colorful look.  It's perfect for holding all of the essentials. 

Silver plated cup was perfect for all of those baby Q-tips!   

This basket was purchased from HomeGoods and it is the perfect size for all of those WONDERFUL homemade quilts that Micah William received. {he seriously got 5 different quilts and they all matched his room}  I love how I say "he" as if I had a boy.  I am still pinching myself.  It's hilarious to think about all of the preparation that went into this BOY'S room and we ended up with our little girl ANGEL!  LOL....SMH {shaking my head}

And last but not least the piece that ties EVERYTHING together is this amazing ZEBRA print area rug from Overstock.com  We got this rug for $359 with a -$54 discount + $2.59 for shipping. Final price    $308.94.  Definitely a great deal for an 8 x 10. 

Well that's it!  I know you are all probably thinking, "Man, what are they going to do with that room now?" Don't worry we will slowly transition it back into our workout room and then hopefully transition it back into a baby's room again in the near future...WINK WINK!

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