When Doug and I first started planning the nursery, I went to the source for all things beautiful. I started a pinterest board. The nurseries that I was drawn were vintage style and had an aqua and yellow color scheme with pops of pink like this one:
The first decision that we had to make was whether or not to paint the walls. Since we live in an apartment and would have to repaint before we moved out, we decided to add color to the room by painting the furniture rather than the walls.
Our first project was a baby wardrobe that has been in Doug's family since before he was born. It even has a little hanging area in it which was essential for us because the closet in the bedroom is completely full with diva Doug's clothing collection. Ok...and a few select articles of mine in the back... The inside of this wardrobe is my favorite part of the room, so we'll start there. And yes. That is her shoe collection on in the little cubby hole.
Since the wardrobe was, obviously, free, I figured that I could splurge a little bit on the hardware. If you don't know where the best knobs on the planet are found, you need to go to anthro. It is a treasure trove of the cutest vintage style hardware ever!
Doug and I went back and forth on whether to purchase a changing table or just get a dresser and put a changing pad on top of it. I found a changing table that I loved on craigslist for $20 and decided to go for it. I figure, we can use it for multiple kids, (hah.haha. this might be it for us) and I can probably sell it for the same price when we're finished with it.
When I picked up the changing table, I discovered that it had been painted sparkly gold by it's previous owner. I mean, I love gold, but this was not going to work. Doug spray painted it yellow to add some more color to the room, and my mom and I made a changing pad cover for it. (P.S. Making a contoured changing pad cover is SUPER HARD. I tried following a tutorial that I found online, but we ended up just winging it.)
The prints above the changing table were made by me. My girlfriend, Sarah, gave me a bunch of silver frames that we spray painted pink and yellow. The pictures were made using scrap book paper.
The room is filled with sweet gifts from friends and family that already love little K Birdy so much. The bunting was made by Leigha (aw man, how I love bunting), the cradle by her Grandpa Hulse, and the quilt by my Aunt Beth. I know that our baby could live in a cardboard box and be perfectly content, but when she grows up and sees pictures of her room, I hope she realizes how excited we were for her!
Oh, in case you were wondering, we don't have a crib. There is just no room at this point. Once she outgrows the cradle, one of our friends has a hand-me-down that we can use.