Friday, November 22, 2013

Nursery to Toddler Room Redo

When planning Lizzie's nursery I wanted to make it as neutral as possible. I knew that anything pink and fluffy was out. It ended up being safari green with elephants and monkeys. I liked it at the time, but for the past six months it's been getting on my nerves. It was very blah, and my little baby was getting a little too old for cutesy, boring elephants. 

My mom gave me her old sewing machine back when I was on the vacation-that-would-never-end so I was excited for the opportunity to do some room redo myself. Good fabric makes everything better right?

I managed to snag all the fabric I used for around $25.

The window was in desperate need of curtains. I despise the cheap plastic shades that are standard equipped in every new place. I call them "renters' paradise" shades and normally they are the first thing to go. Unfortunately I didn't have a sewing machine handy or they would have been gone a year ago. I found some cute fabric for a window cushion that I thought would make a nice addition. I love how this area turned out! 

For the bed/dresser area, I ditched the elephant blanket and replaced it with a cute gray knit blanket. Luckily the sheets that went with the elephant were the same dark green that matched everything else so they were allowed to stay. 

The chevron rug from Pottery Barn was generously supplied by grandma, so I didn't have to spend money there. I used the same fabric from the window cushion and sewed a new changing pad cover using this tutorial. I ditched the diaper caddy and am putting all her changing stuff on that green shelf so she no longer squirms and wiggles trying to grab it. And I get kicked in the face less often. 

The picture frame was something I had hanging around. I just used some leftover paint from the window bench to make it match. I even made a READ sign for above her bookshelf that also matches. 

Unfortunately, we still have this ugly side rail on the bed. I will definitely be replacing that with the right type to make it less of an eye sore ASAP. 

My next project is also to redo her reading shelf. Unfortunately it looks something like this. 

We read a ton of books every day and I'd much rather pick up books for her at the store than more stupid toys. So this $5 ugly painted bookshelf isn't cutting it. (Look, it leans!) I'm not sure if I'm going to DIY this yet or bite the bullet and buy a nice new shelf. But either way, we need one that will hold all her books. 

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