When I found out I was pregnant, the design wheels started turning in my head (after all the initial excitement, of course!). I honestly had no idea what I would do for a nursery if we were having another girl since I used up my ideas on S, so my thoughts centered around what a boy’s nursery would look like. Cutesy animals and whimsical baby-themed nurseries aren’t really my style. I wanted something that would grow with him from baby to toddler and beyond because, well, I just don’t have the energy or time (or money!) to devote to re-doing a room every few years.
I knew I wanted black furniture, but that’s about as far as I was getting with the ideas in my head. Then I saw this picture in a Home Decorator’s magazine (sorry about the picture quality…took a picture of a magazine page!)
I loved how the black furniture stood out from the light blue walls. And I thought light blue would be perfect in a little boy’s room, so this became my inspiration pic.
Black and blue. Still needed something else. I came across this mobile and these wall hangings, so I decided to incorporate the indigo color and white for some accents.
We didn’t buy a bedding set this time since I couldn’t find one that I really liked. Plus they are kind of pricey and sort of impractical. Who uses those quilts?? And we all know that bumpers are not safe, so why spend $100+ on some sheets and a dust ruffle? I just found some light blue crib sheets and a dust ruffle at Target that matched the wall color.
I loved how S’s wall border turned out in her room, so I knew we were going to do another one in this baby’s room. Here’s how it turned out (with lots of patience on J’s part with the laser level and some help from mommy and S with the taping)…
We found another convertible crib/furniture set (and are now fully aware of the mattress issues we will face in a few years…) in BLACK. This set is from JC Penney and I got a really good deal on it. Yay for good deals!
J and S had fun setting up the crib. S was such a big help!
Once the walls were painted, the border was finished, all furniture pieces delivered and assembled, it was time to add a few accessories. I originally was going to put up some IKEA shelves above the changing table since there really isn’t any space on the table for anything other than a changing pad. But I wasn’t very pleased with the look of shelves above it, so we made a few adjustments to the changing table to meet our needs. Yes, I realize a wipe warmer isn’t a NECESSITY, but I like knowing that nighttime diaper changes aren’t so shocking (for the baby, at least) and it’s nice to have a place to store the wipes with the convenient pop-up feature. The drawers on the changing table open like this…
so J rigged it so we could plug in the wipe warmer and still close the door without the cord being visible (and we tested it to make sure it wasn’t getting too hot under the furniture!).
I bought a black slip cover for the recliner, found this side table at Kohls (got another great deal), and snagged some picture frames, sail cloth curtains, a throw pillow and a table lamp from Target…
I also painted some wall letters (from Michael’s) white to hang above the crib (which will not be displayed in this post until AFTER baby is born…ah, you thought you could trick me into divulging the name that easily, eh?). And then I found this adorable little elephant from Company Kids. I HAD to have him.
A closet stocked with baby clothes (and I’m proud to say I didn’t pay full price for any of them!), a blue hamper on clearance (repackaged) from Target, my diaper score from amazon, and a spot for a pink diaper champ (still need to move that over from S’s room). Yes, it’s pink. They no longer make these pails like they used to apparently and I wasn’t going to spend $30+ on a new pail that was BLUE that would just sit in the closet.
I think one of my favorite parts of setting up this nursery was when S spied the empty basket (which I got from Lucky Clover Trading Co.) under the side table and said, “He needs some toys in there!” and ran off to get some of her toys to share with her brother. (I think he’s going to LOVE The Little Mermaid book, BTW!)
Here’s the other corner of the room with the dresser. I put blue paper fiber baskets in most of the drawers to help keep all those little baby clothes organized.
And there you have it, a room fit for a king. Well, a small one anyway. 😉 Can’t wait ’til you see your new digs, little man!
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