And so it begins... now that we know the gender of our little one I - uh, we - can finally get started on figuring out what her room will look like! Our goal is to do the whole nursery for $1500 (there are a couple of smaller things we're registering for like crib sheets and a changing pad, but the vast majority we're planning to get ourselves.) Here's a little idea of what we're starting with:
The nursery is pretty small (I'd estimate 7x10 ft) so having a built in dresser is a nice plus. What the closet lacks in height it makes up for in depth, which means lots of hidden storage in the back of the closet for seasonal items, bigger toys, and all the other stuff I'm told babies accumulate in droves. The wall to the left is where the changing table will go. We opted for more of a multitasker dresser instead of a traditional changing table in hopes that we can use it in her room long after she's in diapers.
To the left of this window is where the glider/rocker will go. Despite how great and comfortable they're supposed to be, I just can't get past the look of traditional gliders. So I'm going to try to use one of the two Ikea Poangs we already have. I'm planning to paint the wood on the chair the same color as the trim and add padded arm rests for additional comfort while nursing. I've heard mixed things about using Poangs as gliders, but since we already have one I figure I might as well give it a shot. If you see me driving around town with a newborn this summer frantically trying to find the holy grail that is the affordable, modern, comfortable glider, you'll know the Poang was a bust.
This is the wall where the crib will go (parallel to the short wall.) And that is the door that we will sadly be replacing. I love the little glass window, but the door itself is old and loud (not great for middle of the night check-ins) and the knob and lock are totally busted. I could replace the knob and lock, but then I'm back to the same polished brass mortise lock issue from last year and since I can't be using stripping agents and spray paint while pregnant, it's just a whole lot easier to replace the door with a new one and a standard knob. We plan to donate the door to the Rebuilding Center so hopefully someone else will give it the love it deserves.
Up next... the design plan!