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An Easy Nursery DIY

Yesterday was a successful day in the Ringl house. Since I am now in the ‘waiting’ stage of our new family member, I am trying to keep myself busy and active. One of the projects I have been wanting to accomplish for the nursery was a DIY bedding set. Well, I am flip-floppy on the need for a crib bumper, but with the strorage capabilities under the crib, I was still hoping to get a crib skirt made. Primarily to hide the giant box we’ve got stashed under there.

I was pretty sure this was going to be a time consuming and detailed task, but it turned out to be super easy. Seriously, even if you think you are the worst craft or project person, you could complete this with hardly any effort!

This is what the crib looked like yesterday morning. You can definitely see the box stashed under there.

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Remember this fabric from a post I did about 2 months ago…

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A simple online search resulted in a 40% off JoAnns coupon, so the fun fabric quickly joined our humble abode.

Next, with the help of my mom, some awesome sticky back velcro attachments, and no-sew heat-n-bond, we went to work.

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We laid the fabric out and cut the 4 pieces we needed. With the simple help of an iron we went to town.

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We did one side at a time, just to make sure we had the measurements correct.  The sticky adhesive also makes it crazy easy to change out the skirt, if I ever desire too (which I won’t, because I LOVE the fabric)!!

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See how awesome it looks!!  It’s so light and soft. Follows right in line with my whimsical woodlands theme I was going for.

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Now, for a “dramatic” before and after.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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While we were originally going to sew the skirt from some online tutorials I found, we went the ‘quick and easy’ route. We finished our first-ever crib skirt project in about half-an-hour! It was amazingly easy, and ridiculously satisfying.

It may seem silly, but I feel like it really gives the room a completed feel. Plus, we did it all for under $15, which is one-thousand times better than the $160 price tag for the bedding set I was originally looking at.

Just another successful DIY project that shows how much $$ you can save with a simple online tutorial, and a little elbow work.

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The Nursery Reveal

After a lot of work we have finally completed our biggest house project so far. I’ve shown you several posts along the way, but I’m excited to finally present the finished product. Without further ado, Sarah’s Nursery!

Here is the Before:

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Here we go with a picture-full post of the big baby-room transformation:

(Sorry the lighting isn’t the best, I’m still learning how to pick the best time of day for this room.)

Next up is an angle from if you are standing next to the crib. You can see the open-faced closet & future sitting/nap area.

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This is the view from the closet wall. I think it does a decent job of showing the small amount of space we had to work with. The room is 10 x 9, so it’s nice and snug. I think everything fits just right. Not too crowded and not under-used either.

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Here is the completed closet. We moved the rack up higher so that there would be ample storage/stacking space on top of the dresser, but enough room to stash things up top as well. Right now it’s hosting the Bumbo, an embroidered ’Sarah’ tote bag, and a recycle bag that I will probably find use for real quick.

We removed the door from the closet because I didn’t like the idea of having to open and shut it multiple times per day, especially if my arms are full with 1) a baby, 2) laundry, and/or 3) both. Removing the door was simple. I painted the inside of the closet one day while Stephen was at work, and the dresser fit inside perfectly. I had originally planned on hanging a curtain in front of the closet (a matching one to the window), but decided I like how open it makes the room feel. Who knew removing a simple door could make such a big difference.

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All 3 drawers are currently packed full of clothes aging from infant-6 months. Once she grows out of those I have a box stored under the crib with larger sizes. The bottom drawer is actually a holding place for shoes, hair bands, socks, and bibs. Laundry is fixing to get crazy!.

Some of the frames above the glider…

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These are the two outfits hanging on the wall next to the crib. I got the onesie for Stephen for Christmas, and our friend/realtor that sold us our house got us that cute little dress from Hawaii.

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This will be Sarah’s view, once she can sit up and stand on her own.

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If she has any desire to look up at the hanging lanters and cute Nature print, this is what she’ll see…(minus the shiny flash on the wall print).

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I scored these “outside” lanters on clearance at Target for like $4. I had a gift card so they actually didn’t cost me a dime. I really like what they add to the room. They remind me of a combination of scenes from Fern Gully, LOTR (in Lothlórien), and living in the trees like in Swiss Family Robinson. I think I may have a thing for living in the outdoors…

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This is a shelf that was my younger brother Jason’s all throughout childhood. He recently got married and after moving into a new apartment he decided he didn’t want it. I quickly snatched it up and painted it white. I’ll actually have a post up about it’s crazy color change next week :)

 

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I love this cute calendar I got from my friend Kelly. She did a perfect job at picking it out because it carries the ‘feel’ I was going for with the room. A whimsical nature scene, if you can follow that idea. I love animals, soft colors, and more recently the feel of walking into a purple-walled bedroom. It’s amazing how a baby can change your idea’s on color.

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Right here we have our little door holder. Isn’t he sweet? He actually probably needs a bath. I got him from a yard sale for $0.25


Last here is the exit. You can see we have the diaper bag packed and ready. It has actually made a move from the nursery to near the front door, and in the car if we are going out (just in case). We like to be prepared!

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Well that sums up our nursery makeover. For now on when people visit they will be next door in the new-guest -bedroom-that-was-once-the-office. It’s bigger with more closet space and more windows, so I guess you could say it’s a nice little upgrade.

So what do you think? I hope the pictures do the room justice. It’s hard getting good angles when you are propping you 38-week pregnant belly in tiny corners with a camera.

We are done people. Sarah can arrive at any time and will have a place to eat, sleep, poop, and whatever else babies do.

 

 

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My New Favorite Room

With only one more thing left to hang in the nursery I wanted to give you a little teaser… a little “peek through the window”. Of course the picture is from the inside, and the blinds are closed, but you get the idea.

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Be on the lookout for the “Nursery Reveal”! It should [finally] be popping up later this week!

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A Very Unexpected Surprise

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. On Friday I dropped Stephen off at work and ran a bunch of errands I’ve been putting off since before Christmas. It always feels good to scratch items off my to-do list. After Stephen got off work we visited a few stores and headed to our friends Brandon and Nicoles to hangout. We ate some chili, played some cards and enjoyed our favorite dessert, Krusteaz Cinnamon Crumb Cake. It is soo delicious!!

I had a huge surprise happen that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share until I posted pictures of the “Nursery Reveal”, but I just can’t hold it in anymore. On Saturday Stephen had a few appointments, so while he was out I cleaned and put away our Christmas decorations. Well, when he got home I was surprised to see his mom follow him inside. I had just talked to him and he didn’t mention anything, but since dad now works on Saturdays I figured she was coming over for some fun company. We were chatting when I was quickly distracted by the bag of Chick-fil-A she handed me. Then, while I was unloading some delicious lunch Stephen handed me a piece of railing that looked like a ladder. I was wondering why he gave me this ladder-looking thing and then mom got all smiley and they told me it was 1 piece of our new crib for baby Ringl. We immediately went out to the car and unloaded the rest of the materials. Stephen then closed the door to the nursery to put the bed together while I demolished my lunch. Less than an hour later he came out to get us and we walked into the nursery to find this:

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( it’s this crib here from Target )

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My mother-in-law found this Carter 4-in-1 Crib on super awesome clearance and snagged it up right away. It is actually a step up from the one we registered for, and she got it for a better deal. Good work mom, you know I love a sweet bargain!!

Now for a snapshot of the happy, exciting, now-I-can-start-decorating realization, moment:

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I honestly didn’t think we would be getting a crib as a gift. I’ve been searching craigslist almost daily to find a good deal on something that was a) affordable, b) clean & had ALL the pieces, and c) safe with really good reviews (which is not an easy task on craigslist). I think that is why I was SO incredibly surprised that we were gifted the crib. I guess this means I don’t have to plan on a crib makeover, which will be nice. I was thinking we would be cleaning, sanding, and painting a used online find. That, or baby Ringl would be sleeping in a dresser drawer for a little while like a lot of people did back in the day ;)

So there ya have it. A fun weekend surprise. We have received a few other things for the nursery, but I don’t want to share everything at once. I gotta save up some good material to share over the next 8 weeks before baby Ringl gets here!

I am especially excited for my first baby shower this weekend! That, and my brother Matt is coming in town from St. Augustine. It’s gonna be a great weekend filled with friends and family!

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Dresser Reveal

After enlisting your help for the dresser re-do I am proud to let you know that I finally finished it!  It took quite a bit of sanding, but after some priming and just 1 coat of paint the look is complete!

Here is the before for a reminder:

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Here are some pictures from the during and after.

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The Closet: Before.


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The Complete, Dresser Filled, After:

(the awkward hanging rack has been fixed!)

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There ya have it. A solid DIY transformation. What was once a junk closet is now a cute & functional nursery storage space!!  That brings my count up to 2 items I can cross off our baby room project list !!

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Color Splash

I’m proud to announce that we have successfully completed Task #2 for the nursery: Painting. After color deliberation, and  a few samples, we decided to paint the nursery a light purple.

We started our paint color decision making one Sunday when we went and looked at all the color strips. I’m pretty sure Stephen’s “decision making” was more of a ‘go with what Cassie says’ process. Clever guy.

While I was deciding between all the different greens, yellows, tans, I finally ended on the good in-between: purple. It’s a girl color, but not too too girly (since I’m not a girly girl myself, and I’ll probably be the main adult in that room between 8pm – 6am, that mattered).We decided on a few samples and took them home to try ‘em out. We painted each wall with a big stripe and let it sit for a few days. While at first I wasn’t a fan of the ‘lets wait a few days before deciding’, I’m SO glad we did. Seeing the colors in the different lighting between dawn and dusk & bright and overcast, made a HUGE difference in the color we chose. One day we were laying on the nursery floor talking, and when looking at the walls and we both stated that we liked the same color. That made things real easy! We actually went with the sample color that Stephen chose: Twilight Pearl. Even the name is sweet and soft.

With our decision made we bought the paint and watched the color transform the space from a room to our little girls nursery. It’s amazing what paint can do!

One Saturday when Stephen was out with our church youth group I finished it off by painting the inside of the closet. Yes, I painted the closet and it actually made a big difference in the feel of the room. Since we took the closet door off the different colors broke up the flow of the walls.

Let me show you the Closet Makeover.

Closet Before:

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Mid-Way
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The Color-Splashed After
(it’s the same color, it was still drying at this point)

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What do you think? It actually was the perfect space to finish off the gallon of paint we had. Awesome Bonus: now I don’t have to store an ‘almost empty’ paint can in our house!

Now we just have to put up the closet organizer and start hanging clothes! Is it March yet??  :)

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Baby Bedding

I decided on an additional project that should help keep our nursery makeover on the thrifty side. With some motivation from online tutorials, and the help of my sewing machine, I am going to make the bedding for Sarah’s crib. I don’t yet have the crib/mattress, so I can’t start yet, but I have been browsing a few craft stores for the fabric I’d like to use.

Here are my top contenders:

I like the playfulness of the leaves & polkadot

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How cute is this swirly print?
While I like it I don’t know if it’ll go well with the purple walls…

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I think I may have a thing for leaves…

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This one is my absolute FAVORITE
I especially like the blue & green hues that are mixed in

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These were all the ones I liked best


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When I google “baby bedding” there are an endless amount of pages to view, it’s strangely overwhelming. Heck, I don’t even know how many different pieces are required for bedding… are bumpers good or bad? Is a crib skirt necessary?  Are there 2 mattresses, a boxspring and mattress, or is it just one?!  I think I have more researching to do…

On the bright side, I found myself a lovely 40% off coupon to use at Jo-Anns, so that should help keep the cost down even more! What do you think? I love hearing other peoples thoughts & opinions.

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Dresser Up-Do

For some reason when I wrote “up-do” in the title I pictured a beauty salon with women sitting in those chairs with the hair dryers over their heads while they read magazines. Weird.

I have a project I’m working on and I’ve completed the first step, but due to rain I can’t move on to step two just yet.

I’m taking this dresser we have had in the nursery closet and giving it a much needed update. It started as a not quite honey color, and it needs that something special.

The dresser fits perfectly inside the closet, so I will be putting it back in there for baby-item storage, and since that room is now going to be the nursery I want it to fit in. We are using white furniture, but because this piece won’t be as out in the open I’m wondering if I can get away with adding some color. I was leaning heavily towards painting it grey, but I’m just not positive. I’m sure it would look great stained, but I’m trying to through this project without buying any new materials. We have white primer, grey paint, yellow paint, and an abundance of paint samples.

I’ve sanded the dresser down, so now I just need to decide how I’m going to beautify it.

Here is what we’ve got:

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I guess this is a “before” post without the completed after. What to do, what to do…

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Step 1 of a Nursery

To begin the exciting adventure of turning our junk room, I mean guest room, into the nursery, I decided to tackle the first task: Empty everything out!  While this should have been an easy task, since the room was our designated guest room, it wasn’t so simple. Somehow over the past 8-9 months Stephen and I had this unspoken mutual agreement that we could put anything we weren’t using into the “guest room” because we keep the door & vent closed when it’s not hosting friends or family. The last time we had visitors was in May, and we had built up quite a collection of junk in a few short months. Yesterday, with my mom’s help, we tackled the first step and got this room cleared out.

After a few solid trips of filling the car with stuff I decided we should just donate to my parent’s church, the room was looking good. While we aren’t going to start decorating until we know if we’re having a boy or girl, it’s nice to know that the room is ready and waiting for a great paint job and some furniture additions.

Sadly I forgot to take a before picture. If you really wanted to get an idea of the “before” I could show you a picture of what the office looks like now. However, I won’t blow your mind with that current tragedy, especially since the “office” is now being converted into the guest room! We have so many exciting projects that I can now tackle since I’m at home and not gone from 7-6 most days!

Now, so you can have a visual of what the beginning stage looks like, here is the nursery as of October 1st !

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My mom made this sweet little setup by arranging all the items we’ve received and putting them out for display. With the help of friends and family we are slowly building a fun collection for baby Ringl :)

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