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: Nursery Art

A few weeks ago, I said that we’d done nothing to prepare the nursery for Baby #3, who is now only twelve weeks from his entrance into outside life.  That’s no longer true!

Today’s mini project is some wall art for the nursery, and is inspired by some adorable onesies that I couldn’t stop myself from buying when we learned that we were expecting another boy.

My painting skills are rudimentary at best…at least when it doesn’t involve walls or furniture.  No one will ever call me artistic but I think these canvases look pretty darn cute anyway.  Sorry for the iPhone picture, but my camera is throwing a fit right now and isn’t working 😦


This project cost me about eight dollars for the canvases.  I love that Dollarama carries canvases now…I don’t need good quality ones, given my limited skills.

I’m slowly chipping away at the nursery but haven’t painted or installed the board and batten trim that I want to do.  That’s a last minute type project anyway, right?

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Mini Project Monday: Navy Lamp

Mini Project Monday is back and today, I transformed a straight-from-the-eighties table lamp into something that will fit into Baby#3’s bedroom.

I’m not really sure how the nursery got left off the list of big projects that need to be finished before Baby#3 arrives.  Maybe I thought it was so obvious that it didn’t need to included in the list?  Baby brain strikes again.

Back to the lamp…here is a lovely before picture of the 80’s lamp:

I was attracted to the shape of the lamp, not the brass and pink flowered hideousness, and for $6, I knew I could make it shine in a much better way.  A quick two coats of Rustoleum Dark Navy gloss spray paint and the lamp had a new life:


It doesn’t really look blue in the picture, but it does in person and I love how the shine of the glossy finish highlights the shape of the lamp. 

The nursery colour scheme is going to be white and navy with an accent colour of either raspberry pink or teal, depending on if Baby#3 is a girl or boy…and we get to find that out soon!