Nov 16, 2017

One Room Challenge: Study to Nursery (Week Seven)

Finally - and to Jon's great relief - the transformation of this room from studio to nursery is finished! I feel like we kept everything pretty simple with the classic white furniture, but my heart skips a beat at the long gray wall (which is painted with Behr's Dark Ash) and gold star decals behind the crib every time I open the door and peer in . I'm also super proud of my DIY mobile, which looks slightly less arts-and-crafts-y now that it's hung properly, and I'm so happy we were able to find celestial curtains on Land of Nod that compliment the accent wall and framed art opposite as well. (The curtains are no longer available in the 63" and 84" inch lengths but are on sale at 96". The salesman I chatted to said that the Deep Space line is being discontinued, so get them now if you want them!) While there are still a few items on our registry that we do need - like bedding for the crib - and we're looking forward to filling the shelves and the chest with books and toys and stuffed animals, this space is done!

Well, actually, there are two major things that will need to be completed in the next few months to ensure the nursery is safe for the baby. First, we'll need to shorten the curtains; at the moment, because they reach the floor and are hung from a tension rod, they're very likely to get pulled down by a curious tactile mobile infant. And second, we need to secure all of the furniture to the walls, both in the nursery and through the rest of the apartment; because many of our walls are concrete, we're probably going to hire someone to do this for us throughout our whole home just to be extra careful.

As I think I've mentioned before, though, the baby will be sleeping in our room in a Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages until he transitions to his real crib, so we do have a little time to check those tasks off the list. Also, my shower isn't until next weekend, so I think I'll have some fun items to add to the room thanks to our lovely friends and family after that! This is the official reveal post for the One Room Challenge link-up, but I have a sneaking suspicion that another nursery post or two might end up on the blog before the baby arrives at the end of December...








Direct costs:
- crafts for mobile: $2 plus items already owned
- curtains: $100
- tension rod: already owned
- hamper: $25
- ladder bookcase: $60
- dresser: $175
- changer: $40
- white wicker baskets: $40
- lamp: already owned
- crib: gift
- rocking chair: hand-me-down
- toy chest: hand-me-down
- bookcases: already owned; doors and extensions $320
- gold star decals: $16
- celestial prints: $16
- plexiglass for frames: $16
- gold frames: already owned
- wall/door installation: $700

Other budgetary items:
- sold the 5x5 Expedit that had been in the study for $80
- bought two Ikea Besta storage units for about $300 to serve as a sideboard to house most of the kitchen/dining items from the Expedit
- sold the console table that had lived in the hallway outside the kitchen on Craigslist for $40
- bought a wine rack from Target for $70 to hold the wine that had lived in the Expedit but doesn't fit in the sideboard
- sold the desk that had been in the study for $40

Total net cost: $1,720

Check out the other One Room Challenge participants' room reveals here!

Nov 8, 2017

One Room Challenge: Study to Nursery (Week Six)

We're almost done with the nursery! I'm so proud of how we've transformed this room in just a few short months. Honestly, the most challenging (and most expensive) part of it all was de-studyifying the study; specifically, sorting through everything in the 5x5 Expedit that served as the primary storage unit in our apartment, researching sideboard-style options that would work as a replacement outside of the kitchen, and then finding new homes that made sense for all the items that needed them. The fun part, of course, has been nursifying the nursery: sourcing furniture, putting up decor, and imagining the time we'll spend with our baby in the space.

Since last week's post, we have:
- found and purchased the perfect wicker hamper from Craigslist (why are these things so stupidly expensive when bought new?)
- bought and assembled this five-shelf ladder-style bookcase from Target (after receiving an email notifying us of a one-time 15% discount on a single item from our registry, I added this piece and then immediately bought it myself)
- agreed to keep the toy chest at the end of the crib (despite my original misgivings, it does it fit perfectly there and will be really useful)
- ordered super cute curtains from The Land of Nod (the style's being discontinued and we must have gotten the last in stock as I can't find them online anymore!)

So what's left, you ask?
- hang the curtains
- finish the mobile I started making a while ago but have ignored for the past week and a half
- organize the dresser drawers
- secure all furniture to the walls

That's it! That's all we have to do, and hopefully both the curtains and the mobile will be in place for the final One Room Challenge reveal post next week. My baby shower is Thanksgiving weekend so, because my friends and family are so unbelievably generous, I'm sure I'll have another update to share after that. But otherwise... we're ready for you, baby!

Just kidding. We're not ready. We haven't bought a carseat or taken the childrearing/breastfeeding classes or packed our hospital bag or... So stay put, baby, and keep cooking for at least another six weeks, please!





Direct costs:
- curtains: $100
- hamper: $25
- ladder bookcase: $60
- dresser: $175
- changer: $40
- white wicker baskets: $40
- lamp: already owned
- crib: gift
- rocking chair: hand-me-down
- bookcases: already owned; doors and extensions $320
- gold star decals: $16
- celestial prints: $16
- plexiglass for frames: $16
- gold frames: already owned
- wall/door installation: $700

Other budgetary items:
- sold the 5x5 Expedit that had been in the study for $80
- bought two Ikea Besta storage units for about $300 to serve as a sideboard to house most of the kitchen/dining items from the Expedit
- sold the console table that had lived in the hallway outside the kitchen on Craigslist for $40
- bought a wine rack from Target for $70 to hold the wine that had lived in the Expedit but doesn't fit in the sideboard
- sold the desk that had been in the study for $40

Total net cost so far: $1,718

Check out the other One Room Challenge participants' posts this week here.

Nov 1, 2017

One Room Challenge: Study to Nursery (Week Five)

Two more weeks to go before the One Room Challenge ends! (No, you're not crazy - the project usually only lasts six weeks. It's been extended for a seventh this time to accommodate everyone affected by the natural disasters endured across the States over the last couple of months.) You'll remember from my first entry that my personal deadline to finish the nursery was mid-December in case the baby decides to make his appearance before his due date, but I do want to be able to show off the room to our family at Thanksgiving and so I'm definitely motivated by the link-up's reveal date of November 16.

It might not look like there's been a lot of progress since last week, but that's not the case! The biggest addition to the room is the dresser, as you can see below. I'd given up on finding one second-hand because nothing met our main criteria: it had to be at least 36" tall so we could use the top as a changing table and it had to be white without too many cosmetic issues. (A lot of people doing the ORC are putting in serious DIY work; realistically, I knew I couldn't commit to that.) Also, to make it worth buying used, it had to fit in our car, not be too far away, and cost less than the 8-drawer Hemnes that everyone else has. I'd reconciled myself to the Ikea piece in week two but, lo and behold, I found a second-hand dresser while browsing Craigslist a few days ago that ticked all the boxes!

The dresser is real wood - it's so heavy that it took three of us to get it in and out of our car - and in pretty good shape. It has some dings and scratches from a decade of use by a child, but nothing we can't sand and paint over if we care to make the effort (which, honestly, I don't right now). It's the perfect height and width, with tons of room in the drawers to store bedding and blankets and cloths and other non-clothing items.

I also picked up four white wicker Sabrina baskets from Pottery Barn, two square and two rectangular with handles, that a neighbor was selling for cheap, and put out the Keekaroo changer that I got off Craigslist the other week. (Black wouldn't have been my first choice, but I'll take what I can get at $40 down from the retail price of $130!) I pulled out a little blue lamp that's been hiding in a corner of our linen closet, too, and it looks super cute on the dresser.



Here's what else is in the works:
- gold frames have been re-hung on stronger hooks; glass has been replaced with polystyrene
- mobile crafting is in progress
- curtains should be finished and in place by next week's post
- desk will be picked up by a buyer this weekend
- decision made not to cover the glass in the bookcases
- diaper pail has been generously purchased from our registry; on the hunt for an unobtrusive hamper

In earlier posts, I mentioned a white wooden toy chest currently living at my parents' house that I hoped we might be able to use in the nursery. I brought it to our apartment earlier today and tried it out in three different places - and I don't think any of them work, unfortunately, so it's going to go back to the 'burbs. (I made a fancy gif of the attempts so you can see for yourself.) However, I do think we're going to get some kind of storage piece to go behind the door. The two corner walls there are 21"x26", so there's plenty of room for an option like these leaning shelves from Target  or this tower from The Container Store. Of course, I'd like to buy this second-hand if I can.

I think that's it for now. See you next week, dear readers - and, in the meantime, check out the other ORC participants!


Direct costs:
- dresser: $175
- changer: $40
- white wicker baskets: $40
- lamp: already owned
- crib: gift
- rocking chair: hand-me-down
- bookcases: already owned; doors and extensions $320
- gold star decals: $16
- celestial prints: $16
- plexiglass for frames: $16
- gold frames: already owned
- wall/door installation: $700

Other budgetary items: 
- sold the 5x5 Expedit that had been in the study for $80 
- bought two Ikea Besta storage units for about $300 to serve as a sideboard to house most of the kitchen/dining items from the Expedit
- sold the console table that had lived in the hallway outside the kitchen on Craigslist for $40
- bought a wine rack from Target for $70 to hold the wine that had lived in the Expedit but doesn't fit in the sideboard

Total net cost so far: $1,573