Phase 1 of the Big Girl Room

We have finally cleaned out the guest room and started setting it up to be DJ’s “Big Girl Room”. She still isn’t crawling out of her crib but she is tall enough to get her leg up on the side. This room is a lot bigger and quieter. Since her nursery was painted teal, J wanted to give her something more girly this time and so we went for the pink on the walls. Pink does seem to be her favorite color these days so hopefully it works out well.


Because my parents come to visit us a lot, this room will still probably be used as a guest room. Plus, I love that she will be able to have sleep overs with friends really easily!

The two bed frames are actually bunk beds so when she gets a little older we will probably bunk them. For now, the rail around the top bed will serve great to help for transitioning!

Here is where we are at for phase 1:
– Paint walls light shade of pink
– Buy white bed frames
– Buy bedding
– Arrange furniture

Still needed for phase 2:


– Paint knobs on both dressers
– Wall art
– clean out closet
– toy and clothes storage


I just realized we never did a real nursery reveal. These are some bad quality pictures (cell phone at night). But I thought I would post for now. I hope I can get my good camera on her room soon and do a better job documenting.




Nursery Storage

Now that we have had our showers and gotten the rest of the nursery set up, I thought I would share pictures of the storage!

First of all, my mom purchased us this changing table.  She picked out a great one that matches the crib perfectly!

We got these great little green bins to help store extra wipes and things underneath.  Also, on the middle shelf, you can see the diaper caddy we received.  This will probably end up staying in our room with the pack and play so we don’t have to go all the way to the nursery for diaper changes in the middle of the night!

Here is the closet:

There are still a few things on the top shelf that don’t belong in the nursery.  The bookshelf on the bottom is the Expedit from Ikea.  It can lay horizontal or stand vertical and was only like $80.  We love that later on it will make a great book shelf!  Again, we got more green baskets (just from Target) to help with storage of little things like baby toys and socks.

We do have a few items of clothing hanging up in the closet.  It has been good that we don’t know the gender of the baby because otherwise this closet would be full!  Everything hanging there is either gender neutral or hand me downs!

We also were very fortunate to have friends that understand the importance of diapers!  You can see on the left hand side we have a nice little stash of size N-2.  I also was able to score a big box of 252 size 1-2 on Amazon for only $24! That is less than $0.10 per diaper!

I think between the changing table, the closet, and the dresser we should be set on storage for this little one!

The Crib!

We were very fortunate that one of our family friends decided to gift us our crib. I had told my mom that I just wanted any white, non sleigh, type of crib. I had heard good reviews about the Graco cribs that were carried at WalMart and other various super stores.

Just as we (really meaning J) finishing the paint touches on the room, we got a surprise in the mail! A crib and mattress! J thought I had ordered but I swore I didn’t and upon further inspection of the package we found the mystery sender! She sent us the Graco Lauren crib in white along with the mattress.

One night last week we had an early dinner and got the nursery cleaned up and started putting together the crib. It was actually lots of fun, even though I wasn’t too much of a help because getting up and down from the floor is getting harder and harder!

First we took all the pieces out of the box:
(He was moving too fast to stop and smile for the camera)

Then we actually read some of the directions. It was very important that we got this right!

It really didn’t take long before it started to take shape and really look like a crib!

Finally we were all set with the crib! We are still not sure on placement in the room. Currently in this location, any light from the hallway shines right into the crib which isn’t ideal, but any other location puts part of the crib under a window.

We have since also gotten the green breathable bumper which matches perfectly to the crib sheet with the bedding set! Obviously the pillows won’t stay there, just for now until we get a good rocker!

It is really starting to come together! I am so excited!

Nursery Paint Complete

I am so excited!!!

We have finally made a lot of progress on the nursery. It started with the last post where I had picked out some curtains from a bedding set I liked (Bananafish Joshua). Once we saw the curtains in person and decided to keep them as the foundation of the room we were set!

First was Easter weekend when my parents and sister came to visit. In preparation, J pulled up the baseboards and gave the walls a 2 good coats of paint. We selected Valsapar Firmament (5003-8C) in an eggshell. I wish we had done a flat paint because the texture of the walls makes it seem a bit shiny, but hopefully this will hold up well. At first it seemed very dark and very turquoise. The Saturday that my parents were here, they all helped to paint the baseboards, crown molding, and the closet doors. By Saturday night we had made huge progress and got it all hung.

This week J has been busy doing the touch up work on the paint. Finally last night when I got home he had hung the curtains again finally! They looked great against the teal walls!

BananaFish Joshua Curtains are up!

Last week we ordered the BananaFish Joshua curtains to see what they would look like in our nursery. We wanted to see the actual fabric and the colors before picking a paint color. Online, I wasn’t too sure if these would be too "boyish" but the top green is a very cute polka dot pattern that I think makes it a bit feminine. I can’t wait to start actually adding items to the nursery now that we have a starting point!


I am still thinking we are going to go with the teal/turquoise walls. I think it will make the curtains show up a little bit better. We also are hoping to paint the trim white and add new baseboards and crown molding. For bedding, we are going to try to find a white crib and use either green or white bedding to make it simple. I am hoping to be able to copy the animal shapes in the curtains and maybe make some wall decor too!

The start of nursery inspiration

Since we aren’t finding out the sex of our little one, I’m finding it hard to find a nursery that I like that fits our style and would be appropriate for a boy or girl. I am not into pastel colors so that knocks out about two thirds of the gender neutral nursery sets. Additionally, since most sets come with a bumper and a quilt (which we don’t really need) I am having trouble piecing together ideas that we could do a la carte or on our own.

I had been playing with the idea of dark teal walls for a while (love the color) when Young House Love did a post about their guest room that they painted almost the exact color I am looking for. I love the way fresh white furniture and trim pops against the dark fun walls.

The one pattern that I like is the Bananafish Joshua bedding set (also called the modern zoo or 3D zoo fabric). It pulls in the teal color that I would like as well as the soft lime green that makes it pretty neutral.

So, here is the rough idea of what we are wanting to go for. The teal wall picture is from Young House Love.

Teal Nursery Inspiration