Well, while we are working on getting the nursery ready for a baby again, the new, main project was turning the guest room/study into a room for Madeleine. (Firstborns really get a sweet deal in this scenario!) As I mentioned in my pregnancy post, the nesting bug hit early, and Cason helped me to wait/pace myself until July and August to really get going on her room. For many months, the room looked like this:
Painting of the ceiling and the headboard got done early, but for a long time, it was just a mess and a temporary CFP study room for Cason. Drove me crazy, but we had a lot going on, and Cason gave me the right advice! I was able to slowly collect pieces of the room over time (which helped with the cost) but I did most of the work in July with lots of help from Madeleine.
Let me back up a bit. A few components I wanted in the room were:
- gray walls - I fell in love with gray when I re-did my laundry room about a year and a half ago. I used Valspar Cathedral Stone in there, so I went one shade lighter and used Rocky Bluffs. Maybe it's an optical illusion, but they seem like the same color! I also wanted gray to make a room of bright colors pop.
- black accents - We had a black leather reading chair in the room when it was a study. I love the chair because it was my late Grandad Mike's and it is super comfortable. At first I thought it was too adult for a little girl's room, or the black might not work, but I have been so pleased with how the black accents work in the room. It also allowed me to pull a black and white Madeleine banner in that I'd had since her baby shower in Dallas!
- bright colors that weren't overly girly - When I began the brainstorming for this room, we didn't know if Baby #2 was a girl or boy, so I wanted some flexibility if Madeleine and her potentially boy sibling needed to share this room someday. I also wanted a fun and spunky room to match her personality. It came together well, and I think it is still undeniably feminine.
- re-purpose and re-use as much as possible - Like I said, it helped the bottom line that purchases were made for this room over a period of almost 5 months, but I still didn't want it to be super expensive. I loved what we were able to use and the relatively low price of some of the things we did need to purchase. For example, of the whole corner of the turquoise bookshelf, the reading chair and the yellow dresser, the only purchased items were the pink lamp (< $20 at Target) a quart of turquoise paint to re-paint the shelf (< $10) and the turquoise pom poms (< $10 at Party City.) The dresser was actually mine when I was a little girl, and my sister had already re-painted it yellow and added cute knobs for a room of hers a few years ago! The flower painting in the reading corner was one I made at a girls' night painting party a couple years ago. Even the small fake rosebush on her dresser was left over from my freshman dorm decor!
- The tall Ikea shelf in the opposite corner was pulled from the playroom and added to the short Expedit one to create the look of a shelving unit. The bulletin board was a cast-off, and so was the "beanstalk lamp" (the fun 90s tornado lamp that was also in my sister's room when she was little!) Madeleine thought it looked like a beanstalk.
- I also wanted to preserve many special mementos from her nursery. I think they are all so sweet while not looking too babyish.
All in all, it was about $500 over 5 months which isn't horrible for an entire room, I don't think. Without the rug, we would have done much better - it was a big portion of our cost, but it really cozies up the huge play area that previously was hardwood flooring.
I love this room, and I have so much fun spending time in there with Madeleine. I think it will be a nice space for Clara to join her for lots of adventures too. Now, on to the rest of the to-do list... :)