I am thrilled to announce that it’s a… NURSERY! After five weeks of hard work, our One Room Challenge nursery is finally looking like a room that a child could actually live in. You know, a room not littered with the detritus of sanding, painting, glueing, and refinishing. A room without a floor completely covered in cardboard. A room with actual, baby-related furniture in it.
If you are joining me today for the first time, then you might be interested in catching up on our Harry Potter-themed nursery plans. Back in week one, I explained our vision for the room. Our inspiration looked something like this…
And I think things are shaping up pretty well! We’ve decided on an accent colour, and I can’t wait to add the little pops of it this week.
For now, here’s an update on week five’s progress.
I finished painting the dresser!! Yahoo!! Twenty million points to Ravenclaw! (Because let’s be honest, that’s my Hogwarts house.)
If you remember week four’s post, I was madly painting away at this antique dresser.
I’m beyond thrilled with how it turned out. I decided to keep the original hardware, but shone them up with some Brasso. I could not be more pleased with the results!
Another major victory was getting most of the furniture more-or-less in place. Erick assembled our crib (which I talked about back in week two), and I was in charge of the absolutely gruelling task of removing the foldable ottoman from its box and putting the lid on it. Don’t applaud, just throw money!
As you can see, I spent hours ironing the cushion cover and curtains. Ha! I still have to hem the curtains (although I’m thinking of transforming them into the hidden-tab variety and getting rid of the grommets), and iron all those little creases out of everything.
The curtain rod was a great budget find. It was already inexpensive, at $34.00 from HomeSense, but I had a $20 gift card, so that gorgeous gilded lady cost me a grand total of $14. Ya to the hoo!
The lamp came from my favourite second-hand store. You know the one! That’s right, the Garage of Mom and Dad. Best. Place. Ever.
This little bookcase needed some TLC, so I gave it a fresh coat of white paint. It actually belonged to my grandparents, and came with their Encyclopaedia Britannica set. You’ll never see Wikipedia give away a free bookcase, let me tell you.
I think we’ll end up using it mostly for toys or smaller books, because the picture ledges that you see beside the bookcase are going to house most of our children’s book collection (which, since I’m a teacher, is already pretty extensive).
All in all, it’s been a great week for us. Putting together the crib was a beautiful moment, and we are beyond excited that our little girl will be sleeping in this room in just about twelve weeks!
I have a great round-up post of some ORC reveals to watch for coming your way early next week, along with a few special posts featuring my ORC sponsors. I can’t wait to share those details with you!
Our to-do list is looking a little better as we head into the final week of the challenge.
Nursery To-Do List
Prep the room (including filling holes and an old cable outlet) Prime the room Paint three walls “Snowfall White” Paint the focal wall
- Decorate the focal wall
Paint the ceiling Paint the closet Paint the trim and doors Shop for a crib and mattress Shop for an area rug Buy or make curtains (bought them) Prep and sand the dresser Paint the dresser Hardware for the dresser(using the original hardware) Repaint the rocking chair
- Throws and cushions for the rocking chair (started!)
Buy frames for art Buy shelves or ledges for books
- Hang shelves/ledges
Assemble crib Install curtain rod and hang curtains
- Hem curtains
- Artwork (started!)
- Paint rocking horse
Sand bookcase Paint bookcase
- Accessories (almost done!)
- Organize the closet
- And about a million things I have forgotten due to baby brain
I hope you’ll join me for BIG REVEAL next Thursday! I’m off to work on a few accessories, as I type this. If you missed any of my previous nursery ORC posts, you can catch up here:
Fall 2015 One Room Challenge | Reveal