Nursery

I think we’re ready to have a baby!

Today I am 33 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and according to my doctor given due date (July 1st) and my handy little pregnancy tracking app, we have 46 days to go.

Finally, I am finished with the nursery. If miss Kinsley June decided to come tomorrow, we would be ready for her.

I love this room, and I am so proud of all the work that went into making it look the way it does. I got almost all the furniture from second hand shops and refinished all the pieces except the crib, which we bought new. Everything was hand picked and thought out for the theme we chose and I am so happy with the way it turned out.

She is more precious than rubies, and we are so incredibly blessed.

xoxo

DIY Changing Table

Hi guys, today I’m going to be sharing the steps that I took to make Kinsley’s changing table.

Right now we live in a beautiful two bedroom apartment that is part of a nice association less than one mile from each of our places of employment, and for those reasons and several others, we have no plans to purchase a house or move any time soon. That being said, when we found out we were pregnant there was some conversation about what we might and might not be able to do with our nursery. Initially I was worried that not being able to paint would really hinder our experience in making the baby’s room exactly like we wanted it, but we chose to do a few things instead to sort of make up for not being able to paint.

Instead of painting the walls, we decided that we would buy [most of] our furniture for the nursery from resale shops, and we would refinish each piece to fit the nursery theme we chose. In doing that, we got to spend time together on fun projects and make each piece in the nursery our own- this has been, in my opinion, even more rewarding than painting the walls would have proven to be.

We bought a dresser and a rocking chair from one local resale store, and I was able to re-paint a bookshelf and vanity table I’d used in my room when I was younger. In addition to those pieces, I bought a sink base cabinet from Lowe’s for $30 [originally $250] that had been returned due to a broken vanity top, and I repurposed it into what is now our changing table.

Here’s a step by step guide on how we did it:

  1. I started with the vanity. Because the top was broken we left the top at Lowe’s, and instead I bought wood to make a top that would better suit our needs [we needed something flat without a sink anyways]. 
  2. When I got the base cabinet home I laid down a sheet of painters plastic and I took a sanding sponge to the entire cabinet. Sanding the wood gives it a rougher surface that paint sticks much better to.
  3. After sanding, I bought a quart of primer. Using a cabinet and door roller kit, I primed the cabinet with zinsser bullseye primer. I let it dry, and for kicks and giggles I applied a second coat of primer. Typically you would only need one coat of primer, but because I had so much of it, combined with the fact that the wood was really dark to begin with and the color we were going to paint it wasn’t super dark, I chose to give it a second coat. It did no harm.
  4. After priming and allowing it to dry, I used the same roller kit to apply the paint. We used Valspar Signature, which is a zero VOC paint [it doesn’t have harsh chemicals or fumes and is safe to use in a baby room] in the color morning fog. Morning Fog is a sherwin williams color, but I work at Lowe’s and run the paint department, so we worked our magic and made it valspar compatible. Actually, this particular can was an oops paint, originally mixed as a lighter gray, but, again, we threw it under the tinter and adjusted the tint to match the color that best suited us- even better as an oops paint because it only costed me $9 when originally a gallon of Valspar Signature hovers around $32 at the lowest.
  5. I recommend using a satin or semigloss paint, because those sheens are more resistant to scratching, chipping, and wear and tear in general. Our paint was mixed as a flat, so I bought a clear gloss to go over it once it dried for extra protection. If you do that, use a water based gloss, and a note that a little goes a long way. 
  6. Once all that was dry, the cabinet was basically done, and now we started on the top. I paid around 40 dollars for the supplies I needed to make the top, and I had a friend build it for us because he had the tools required. I bought pine because its a much sturdier wood, but even a sheet of OSB would work. I bought one long piece to cut for the three sides and I left the right end open. 
  7. Our cabinet was 18 3/4 inches wide by 32 inches long, so I had the board cut to 18 3/4 by 36 inches so we could have an overlap for hooks to hang things on the bottom and a part for bottles of baby powder/lotion/hand sanitizer/diaper rash cream/ etc on top.
  8. Jim cut the wood to size and screwed the boards together, and I bought corner brackets to fasten the top onto the base cabinet. Once it was all together, I sanded the boards, and then primed it just like I did the cabinet.
  9. Following the primer I applied paint, and then I added personal touches like the flowers on the corners and the wooden letters on the top. Throw on a changing pad and you’re ready to change your baby. 

The only other thing I need to do is attach the hooks to the open left side, and add the knobs to the doors if I feel like it. Berlin likes it just the way it is though 😉

Next time I’ll make a post about the other pieces in the nursery that we refinished. So stay tuned for that.

Project ‘Pregnancy’: Time Lapse

In another post I talked about ways to document pregnancy, hence the creation of this blog. I’ve decided I’m going to document my pregnancy another way as well.

What I’ve begun doing is taking a photo in the nursery every single day, and when I’m all done, I’m going to take all the photos and put them into a slide show of sorts that will play as a time lapse video of me, the growing baby, and our nursery. Here are 7 photos that belong to week 20, and the first photo belonging to week 21, so you can get a taste of what this will look like over the course of the next 20 weeks.

 

I haven’t decided yet if I want to  post these photos weekly, or if I’m going to make you guys wait until the end to see the full time lapse. Maybe if I get enough requests I’ll do both.

Week 19 (Feb 4-10)

Week 19 has been super productive for me, Nick, and baby H. The nice part of this week has been that we’ve been off work together for four days of it. Almost all four days I’ve been busting my butt in the nursery getting everything painted and put together and moved where we want it.

The rest of the time I’ve been resting while the baby kicks away, or I’ve been online reading reviews, checking consumer reports and browsing through pages and pages of cribs. The crib is the last thing we have to get for the nursery, and we want to make sure it’s perfect, so we’re spending a little more time picking one out.

This week I got a much needed pedicure, we took a trip to Turtle Creek Casino and stayed in their beautiful hotel for a fun getaway, and almost finished the changing table I’ve been working so hard on. I can’t wait to post pictures of it, and maybe even a DIY tutorial, but that will have to wait until Sunday after the gender reveal.

In addition to those accomplishments, we also hit a milestone with the baby. We can feel him/her kicking like crazy; they’re these little taps that come and go, and I even got a couple little movements on video while we were staying at Turtle Creek and nick was downstairs in the casino winning a bunch of money.


So in my last post I talked about two surprises for you all, and the first one is that I’ve got a winter maternity shoot scheduled. Originally it was supposed to be today, but the weather is absolutely horrid, so it’s rescheduled for this coming Saturday. If the weather is better then, we’ll be able to do the shoot, and I’ll be posting a few photos shortly after. I can’t wait for you guys to see them.
The second surprise I talked about in my last post is one that I started working on yesterday, and I’ll be able to announce it Sunday with the gender reveal. Six days and counting until I’ll really be able to share everything I want to on this blog.

Other than that, some things to note for week 19 are:

•more movement than ever

•increased heartburn

•higher level of exhaustion/insomnia

•cravings for cantaloupe

In my next post I’m going to address about a popular pregnancy topic/concern: stretch marks…so stay tuned for that!