Nursery Reveal

The nursery is finally ready for the little man who will move in next week!  A few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure that we would make it but I finally got myself motivated enough to finish the “board” and batten trim and do all the little projects that were on my list.  I must be in full nesting mode…I sewed ten pillow covers yesterday for our living room, boys bedrooms and front porch.

I can’t find the “before” pictures that I took before we moved in last summer so I’m just going to dive right in to the “after” pictures.


I decided on a grey, white and navy theme before we knew this baby was a boy, adding the teal as an accent colour (instead of pink had it been a girl).  I bought the sheer curtains for $5 each at my local Goodwill store.  I couldn’t believe that they had six of them…and I bought them all!

Hubby and I learned a very valuable lesson about working on a 120+ year old house when we were installing the horizontal trim…”level” doesn’t exist in houses that old!  We went with “eye-level” instead and it looks much better than the first attempt.

I installed the vertical trim all by myself and mastered the air-compressor powered nail gun (on the first try) at 37.5weeks pregnant!  The mobile was a Mini Project Monday feature that cost me absolutely no money…love that!


I don’t have a full picture of it, but we’ve fit a single bed into this room.  A necessity, given that our first two boys liked to be held as they fall asleep and refused the crib for several weeks after their arrival at home.

My limited fine art skills got some exercising to make the helicopter, car and plane art.  It’s cute, and covers up a few spots where the wall will never be completely flat…that 120+ year old house thing again!


A very exciting picture of our change table…but look at the shelves underneath.  More space for storage, which is a miracle since we couldn’t fit our tall shelving unit we’d used in the nursery in our old house.


This is the quilt made by someone far more talented than I when it comes to sewing, my mother.  She’s made quilts for both our older boys but I think this one is my favourite.  I love how the navy and teal play off each other…so sharp looking!

That’s it for the nursery…which is now officially the most finished room in the house!  Luckily Baby#3’s older brothers don’t know/care that their rooms have been put on the backburner!

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Mini Project Monday: Ombre Mobile

The countdown to Boy#3’s arrival is down to single digits and the nursery is FINALLY coming together.  Other than a few small sewing projects, the room is all set up!  The “board” and batten trim is installed and painted, furniture is in place…just a few accent pillows and a changing pad still need to be finished.

More pictures of the completed nursery will come later in the week but today, I’m focusing on a mini project, since it is Monday after all!  This project cost me absolutely nothing (thanks for the embroidery hoop, Grandma!) except a little bit of time.

I used my 1.5 inch circle cutter to make a bunch of circles and made eight strands with fishing wire so the circles seem to “float”.  I tied the strands to the embroidery hoop and hung the whole contraption to the wall on a wall shelf bracket from IKEA that I found kicking around in the garage.  I realized it hangs down pretty low over the crib so once Boy#3 can pull himself up, it’ll have to get a bit of a trim!


Sorry for the bad iPhone picture…I finally got my Canon working again so better pictures will be coming!  Stay tuned for pictures of the fully completed nursery!

Mini Project Monday: Numbered Bar Stools

Today’s project is the very definition of a Mini Project Monday.  It literally took less than five minutes and cost me nothing.  That includes the time it took to reapply the vinyl numbers after Boy #2 ripped them off when I wasn’t watching.


I love things that occur in multiples that are numbered and the bar stools are no exception.  A few minutes with my Cricut machine and some grey vinyl were all it took!  The real challenge will be to get Boys 1, 2, and 3 to sit in their respective chairs all the time!

Home Goals Progress: Kitchen Update

Hi everyone…it’s been ages since I blogged but I’m on maternity leave now and I have all this spare time on my hands that I don’t know what to do with!  (Is there a “sarcastic” font?  I feel like there should be!)

I’ve been busy for the past two and a half days, starting to get the house in order for when Boy #3 makes his entry into the world…which will be hopefully not a day sooner than my scheduled surgery date!  Having said that, the only thing I’ve done that actually related to the new baby is retrieving all the baby clothes from storage, sorting and unpacking for the laundry.  There’s quite a bit of work still to do in his room, but at least we’ve covered the basic food, clothes and shelter requirement.

Anyway, on to the kitchen, being as how that’s the title of this post.  As I wrote in my post about our home goals for 2015, I wanted the kitchen to be absolutely finished by baby’s arrival.  Hubby said it had be functional.  And looking at where we are and what still needs to be done, hubby wins this round.

We’ve come a long way, there’s no doubt about that.  As a reminder, here’s what it looked like when we moved in…


Yeah.  Awesome.

But, thanks in HUGE part to my father for all his hard work, here is what it looks like today…


Much better.  We have appliances, almost all of the lighting installed, a functional (if not beautiful) countertop and tons of cabinet storage.  Granted, we haven’t unpacked all the kitchen stuff yet, but I’m thinking we’re going to be weeding out a lot of things that we haven’t really missed since we moved.  And here I thought I’d been pretty ruthless as I purged and packed in the first place!

I love how massive the island is…it’s literally four times the size of the small kitchen cart we used as an island in our old house.  I love having the bar stools there for breakfast and after school snack times.


This part of the kitchen is my favourite so far, and the reason why we have so much cabinet space left over in the “L” part of the kitchen.  Except for baking supplies and cooking oils/spices, all of our food goes here.  I don’t even have to move my feet to put groceries away.

The next steps are finishing the lighting installation and countertops.  We’re going to attempt to DIY concrete countertops, so there will be a post upcoming about that in the future.  After that, it’s trim work and details to make it as stunning as I planned in my head!