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!