Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Becoming Monkey-Ville: Part Two

Yesterday I shared a bit about the process of transforming the nursery from being an office/spare room/craft room/everything room to being a cozy place for our Little Monkey to rest his/her head. Today you get the real good stuff and get to see what it looks like now that the transformation is complete.

By now, you all know that I love all things monkey for my Little Monkey. I am so happy with the way that the room turned out. Please keep in mind that I'm not much of a photographer and the shape, angles and lighting of the room made this a little difficult but I did my best!

Looking into the room (the room has double doors that still need to be put back on since FD replaced the carpet. The crib will be tucked behind one door which won't open and the other door will open into the room.

The Crib. Originally, this crib was dark brown but was painted white to match the rest of the furniture. The wall decal was ordered from Etsy and was not nearly as easy to put on the wall as it was made out to be. Thankfully, I have a patient, wonderful husband. Bless his heart.

The Changing Area. Remember that old crappy table that I showed you yesterday? Yes - this change table is one and the same. We've got the diaper stacker on the left, the hamper on the right, a bin for toys underneath, and a set of plastic drawers that will house all of my cloth diapering supplies.

The Armoire. The Dude did a fantastic job transforming the top section of the armoire from drawers into a makeshift "closet". He also replaced the base of it and put new hardware on to make it look just like new. The top of it is decorated with a Monkey basket full of books, a maternity photo (which will be switched for a newborn photo once he/she arrives) and a lamp. I also have a super cute pair of cowboy books that belonged to the dude when he was a wee one that are sitting in the basket that need to be incorporated somehow. Just not sure how. Inside the drawers of the armoire you will find all sorts of teeny tiny onesies, sleepers, socks, hats and bibs, just waiting for baby.

The Nursing Nook. If you remember, yesterday I mentioned that we had to get rid of my black chair and find something else a little smaller. I am so happy with our find! This chair is very comfortable and fits in well. The Dude said that during the winter he's going to try to find some time to paint the frame of both the chair and the ottoman white because not only do they not match the other furniture in the room, but they also don't match each other. But, for now ... they work just great! The cute Monkey sitting on the chair was a gift from the Baby's Auntie Katie (formerly known as the BFF) and came straight from FAO Schwarz in NYC. I'd still like to get a little side table to set beside the chair for the phone, my drink, or whatever I need if I'm using the chair to nurse (perhaps a good place to display the cowboy boots as well?) but for now, it's good the way it is.

Above the chair, there is a little display of wall hangings that I made with cheap Wal-mart frames and coordinating scrapbook paper. They look kind of funny and off balance right now but the space in the middle was left there on purpose and will be filled with a wooden letter once the baby is born and has a name. Both of the letters (baby girl's first initial and baby boy's first initial) are painted and waiting so the appropriate one will just need to be hung once he/she arrives.

The last thing to show in the room is a sweet little wall hanging that was made for Baby by a very special woman. In the first photo, you may be able to see that there is a door between the crib and the armoire. This door leads to the "cool room" where we have all of the Dude's tools and our canning shelves and so on. I decided to hang the wall hanging on that door. It's super duper special because there is a similar plaque that hangs in the Dude's room at his parents house that says "Evan's Pad" with a frog on it that was painted by this same woman when he was a wee lad.

Every so often, I find myself wandering into the room, sitting down on the chair, rocking a bit and daydreaming about the child that this room will belong to. I am anxiously anticipating the day that I get to meet him/her and I am so excited that we have a room that is ready for his/her arrival!

32 comments:

CycleGirlGman said...

You're going to SO LOVE that chair! When we upgraded from our college furniture to "grown up" furniture, my husband's only request was that we keep the "IKEA Chair". Which is sad, because we have a very expensive sofa, but he loves that darn chair.

KatiePerk said...

ADORABLE!! I love it!

Shannon Vine said...

I'm so super jealous! I can't wait till we get a bigger house and I can decorate all the rooms to their specific gender.
The theme is just adorable.

Thanks for sharing.

Kristin said...

It's so cute! I can't wait to see it in person. I'm so excited to meet little one!

C-Bisquit said...

love love love it! It looks great! Can't wait to get some intense cuddles and play with your little Monkey in the room!
So excited that Baby C is almost here! For some reason with the room being done it makes seem even more real (as if the expansive baby belly wasn't enough!)

Brooke said...

a big ^5 to the FB dude - great job on the changing table. your little monkey will be right at home in his/her cozy new room!!

Kyle said...

Love it! Also, great idea for your cloth diaper supplies ... I had been thinking about what to do since our dresser is kinda small. It looks like a plastic organizer is the way to go!

Holly said...

It's so cute! You guys did a great job.
I sent something home with Laurie for you, so don't let her forget to give it to you.

Lisa said...

Oh, I can't wait to "meet" your baby too. The room is adorable! I love all of the baby clothes piled and waiting.

Lucky in Love said...

I think you both did such a fantastic job :) Everything looks fabulous!! Now all it needs is a little baby :)

Heather said...

This is SOOO cute!!!

Gina said...

You did a really good job. I love the polka dots. We got a polka dot changing cover too.

Taryn said...

Looks great! I can't wait either!

d.a.r. said...

Oh my gosh. It is so cute!! I love it!

Nicole said...

WAY CUTE! Can't wait to see your little monkey in there!!!

Laura said...

I love love love your nursery! That decal above the crib is super cute by the way. You guys did such a great job. :)

Jackie said...

It is absolutely darling! I love the way it turned out--you guys are so ready! :)

Meg said...

You did an amazing job. I love it! The wall art from etsy - Adorable! ;)

Joanna said...

I love it! Looks great and now all you need is a precious little one to complete it! :)

Emily said...

The nursery is precious! Your husband did an amazing job on the furniture!!! Please send him my way to paint my Granny's old furniture we want to use for Kenadie's room. I don't even know where to start!

You are going to make a wonderful little mommy! I wanted to breastfeed Kenadie, but I couldn't get her to latch on.. and I gave up. And you are a greater woman than I for wanting to do cloth diapers.. I don't think I could. Do you plan to make your own baby food? I never tried that.

A Wedding Story said...

So unbelievably cute!!

SnoWhite said...

so cute!! I love it, my friend. Your little one sure has a great place to lay his/her head :)

the wall hangings are cute!!

Jackie said...

so cute!! love that you re-purposed pieces!

Shaina said...

Everything looks SO fabulous, and is a definite change from when I was there! Too bad Evs can't sleep on the crib mattress anymore.

p.s. my WV is "boings" and I just can't handle that.

Carey said...

LOVE IT!!! Looks just like our nursery!! You are making me want to do a post about our nursery now haha :)

Can't wait for your little one to get here!!

COUNTRY MOM said...

Great job on the nursery. Such a beautiful room, Love the colors.

Tricia said...

Ooh, that little monkey needs to come home soon (but not tooo soon ;) and enjoy that lovely room! You guys did such a great job! Now to cuddle in your new chair with that itty bitty.

XO*T

CAC muffin said...

WOW the nursey looks GREAT! its really come together!!! You did amazing job!

This Texas Momma said...

It is BEAUTIFUL!! How awesome that you didn't have to spend a ton of money on all the furniture. Amazing! :) And I think all waiting to be moms sit in the rocker of the nursery and dream. I did it. My mom did it. It's a rite of passage.

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Such a sweet space. I love all of the white furniture - and the stories that go behind each piece and the many hands who helped create your child's special room. I really like your scrapbook paper frame idea too! You did an awesome job on the nurery. It just looks so great.

Risley said...

So cute!! you guys did such a great job!

Gwen said...

You did such a great job and I love the theme!!! It will not only grow with him but will be something you'll get to share with him forever. My niece is my monkey. I've called her that from the beginning and now everytime I buy something for her it either has monkeys on it or is a monkey. She's even getting monkey earrings for her birthday. :) XOXO