Super quick nursery update!

The nursery is almost complete!  We haven’t gotten a mattress yet, but that is pretty much the only thing missing.  We plan to fill those little bookshelves with more books and other adorable things we find when we are out and about. 
I am also going to post more details with better photos once we get the mattress and bedding complete.
But for now…here is our baby girl’s beautiful, calm, sophisticated room.

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DIY Crib Skirt {tutorial}

With Addilyn’s arrival growing ever closer(*insert squeal here!*), I knew it was time I started getting serious about finding some bedding that I liked.  Honestly?  I was pretty disappointed in the options out there.  I really wanted something more classy and sophisticated.  Not something covered in loud butterflies or hyper ‘themed’.  Know what I mean?  Plus, let’s face it, the people who make those bedding sets are making a killing!  They are SO expensive in my opinion!

So, what does any good DIY-lovin’ gal do?  

…make her own, of course!  And I’m going to show you how–just in case you are particular and on a budget(read: cheap!) like me!

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Tutorial

Start by finding some inspiration online.  My crib skirt was inspired by this beauty!
Measure your crib from where the mattress sits to the floor on all 3 sides(or 4 if you choose).  Then measure the front and 2 sides horizontally.  Every crib is different, figure out how long you want it and be sure to add several inches for a hem.
You will need:
(1)Fabric
(2)Stich Witchery or something similar
(3)Small, stick on velcro dots
(4)Scissors
(5)Sewing Machine(optional)
 Measure and cut the fabric according to the crib dimensions, like below.  You can see my front panel and both side pieces.
I really loved that the crib skirt had small slits in it for added interest and an added pop of color.  Decide where you want to slits and cut them with scissors:
Then measure and mark the backside of your fabric for your hem.  Iron the hem with the adhesive as directed on the package.
 I wasn’t thrilled with how the adhesive was holding together once I was done, so I decided to go ahead and sew along all the seams.  Plus it gives it a more polished look(in my opinion).  And It does sound like double the work to iron the adhesive AND sew, but it makes sewing go SO MUCH faster and more even and beautiful.
Sew around all the edges to give a nice, beautiful hem.
Cut your trim fabric.  Fold and iron adhesive.  I then sewed the bottom hem(3/4 of the way down), not the top hem(you will see why in a sec)
 Iron & adhere trim onto main piece of crib skirt, leaving excess on ends to fold over and sew.
See the excess of pink fabric on the right?  The photo below has it tucked and sewn under.
 Sew the top of the trim to the main piece of crib skirt.
Cut your “peek-a-boo” fabric to the desired width.
Iron a small amount of adhesive closest to the edge as possible.

Sew around the edges of the slit.  If your ‘peek-a-boo’ fabric(the gray) shows through the other fabric, you can trim off the excess.  Apply the sticky velcro dots to the very top of the crib skirt and then attach them to the metal mattress frame on the crib.

In the end you should have 3 separate pieces, I liked that look better than one continuous skirt all the way around.

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I love the way it turned out!  I plan to use a white crib sheet with a very light pink geometric pattern on it and a white breathable bumper.

Also!  I wasn’t thrilled with the pink options in the fabric store, so here is what I did for the trim:

We have 2 windows in the nursery, one is full size and the other is about half the size.  We bought 2 of these panels from ikea for the windows and pulled them to one side of the window.  Obviously, we didn’t need all that excess fabric on the smaller window so I just cut 4 inches off the length and width of the curtain and sewed it back up with a nice hem.  You can’t even tell–and now the crib skirt matches our curtains PERFECTLY!  Love it!

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Nursery Progress

Since we live on the east coast, we had the pleasure of meeting Sandy a couple weekends ago.  She wasn’t nearly as bad as they had originally thought, it was just a bit of rain and wind–no big deal.  However, the schools were closed and so was our work so we had 2 full days(Sunday and Monday) to stay in the house and begin work on the nursery.

The plans changed minimally, I like the chevron, but I think we are going for a bit less modern and more classic, so it will be pink, white and grey still–just minus the chevron.

But we began our work on Sunday with painting the top portion of the walls ‘porpoise’ grey by be.hr.  Then we cut all the board and batten wood and nailed those to the wall.  While I was painting the board and batten, Scott hung the crown moulding…here are a few photos:

Before.  Blank white walls since our house was built.  That black monster is a hideous lazy boy(w/a sheet over it) that will get a nice makeover if it stays in the nursery.

Before.  I love the little cutout on the left.  Perfect for a rocker and side table!

Before.

Getting ready to paint.

First coat of grey going on.

Daddy hard at work cutting the moulding.  That was a LOT of work!  WHEW!

There are a lot of edges to edge.

We still have some filling, sanding and touch ups to do…but it’s looking pretty good!

I will be sure our little girl knows how hard her Daddy worked to give her the best looking room in the house!

Next up, we just have to touch up a few things, clear out all the junk and start decorating–the fun part!

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Baby Girl’s Nursery

I have this thought, that I will try to accomplish all of the “feathering of my nest” during the 2nd trimester while I have *some* energy and am not huge yet.  We have been making good progress.  We stayed up late a few weeks ago making lists of all the projects and organizing that needs to be done in each room of the house–because I know our girl will care a lot about if our medicine shelf in the linen closet is organized–right? 🙂  I didn’t really expect the whole “nesting” thing to come about for a long time, but I feel like I want to reorganize my entire house.  I have never felt that way before, haha, so I blame the baby.  While I did have energy, I can feel myself slowing down again–I read in my pregnancy book that the baby literally doubles in size and weight in the next 2-3 weeks, a huge growth spurt and I might experience some fatigue.  Well, as of yesterday, I’m feeling that fatigue.  I’m hoping I get some energy back because I have finally decided on a design for the nursery.

If you happen to follow me on Pinterest then you will already know what I’m thinking for the nursery, but for those that don’t…

We are going with pink, grey and chevron.  here is the link to my nursery board.

This was the picture that sparked my interest and then it took off from there.
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I love the high board and batten in this room, we are definitely thinking we will do that.
And this is the fabric I plan to use for the curtains and bedskirt.
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What do you think?  I think I’m in love ❤  You can see the rest of my inspiration and ideas on my pinterest board.

In true DIY-lover fashion, I plan to make my own crib sheets, crib skirt, curtains and adding a decorative border to the breathable bumpers!  That is just the list I have going right now, I’m sure I’ll make some nursery artwork, pillows, a quilt….etc.  We will see, but you can be sure I will post it all right here!

Thanks for reading!
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