The day I found out we were expecting a girl, my heart was so full and I cried tears of joy. Literally, tears flowed and I was overjoyed!
It has always been a desire of mine to raise a daughter. With that said, I couldn’t wait to get started with all the fun that comes along with nesting in preparation for her arrival. Making this vision of a nursery come to life was a huge outlet for my creativity. I got to decide on colors, a theme, arrangement of the furniture, etc. There were a few challenges, such as figuring out what we could actually fit in that tiny room, keeping the costs low and making the time to complete it before she made her debut.
Prior to becoming a nursery, the room was used as an office/dressing room for me. There was a computer desk in one corner and my favorite IKEA vanity table in another. Also, all my clothes were stored in the closet. The decision to give up my space for my baby girl on the way was a no-brainer and the fact that we had no other bedrooms available. I seriously couldn’t wait to get her nursery all together!
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With my love for decor, DIY, and finding great deals, I got to work right away! The first step for me was choosing a crib bedding set. I went back and forth on the idea of picking out fabrics and sewing my own (with the help of my amazing mom who made her own wedding dress and much more), but I opted to purchase a set online in interest of time. The crib bedding I fell in love with is from Lolli Living’s Sparrow collection, which is available at various stores online, such as Kohls (and it’s on sale right now!). You can also purchase the set on Amazon, here. I loved the soft pinks and greens (as an ode to my beloved sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.), paired with some dark navy and cream. It also has chevron print and other geometric patterns that make it modern yet, the deer and sparrows give it a pacific northwest feel. It was perfect! With that all squared away, I could continue with paint colors, decor for the walls and an area rug.
I knew I wanted to change up the stark white of the walls, so with Mia’s crib comforter in tow, we headed to the Lowe’s to get paint that was a perfect match. We chose three colors in Valspar Reserve: Gravity grey, Tea Rose pink, and Ultra Green green. We went with Valspar Reserve for it’s low odor and paint+primer (saved a bunch of time).
Painting the walls in the room was easy-peasy, but I’ll admit, even though I was a spectator for most of the painting, the crib took the longest to transform into what we wanted. We received a crib from my brother that belonged to one of my twin nephews (who are now 4 years old). It was originally a dark espresso brown and with A LOT of brush strokes and a failed attempt at using a paint-sprayer, we got it done! We finished with a clear coat to prevent the paint from chipping, which also made sure that if our baby girl decided to chew on the rails, she would not ingest any paint.
Once it was all dry, Daddy and Big Brother worked side-by-side to put the crib together. I still had some work to do, clearing out the closets, which from the picture below, you will see, those are my clothes hanging in there still. Bye-bye Mommy’s Dressing Room, Hello Mia’s Nursery!
Here’s the finished crib with the bedding and lots of goodies underneath from the baby shower.
This dresser has some family history to it. It originally belonged to my grandparents on my mom’s side. I know that it is at least 50+ years old, but possibly more. It is a unique piece and handcrafted. I believe it has been painted several times over the years. My mother recalls it being a light pink and blue when she was a child. The last color of the dresser was a mossy green. We gave it a new color for it’s new purpose. It matches the accent wall behind Mia’s crib in the feature photo above. I plan to keep this piece in the family and I can only hope that it will be given new life and purpose by my daughter and so on and so on.
Directly above the changing dresser, we hung an IKEA KNAPPA pendant lamp to provide more lighting options and add a little something more to the space. I also added a lighted foot switch so that I could easily turn the light on and off hands-free. It’s such a help when you have your hands full with a diaper blowout (all you moms know what I’m talking about!)
The original knobs were simple round wood. I wanted to add some glam to my little princess’s room, so I purchased these glass beauties on Amazon. They look like diamonds and when the sun hits the room, they really sparkle!
OTHER DECOR ITEMS
- IKEA Flower Wall Lights: I found these at the thrift store for a steal of a deal at only $3 each, but you can purchase them directly at IKEA or here.
- “MIA” Marquee Wall Letters: American Craft Letter Kit or you can find them at Joann’s Craft Store. These are battery powered and have a switch on the back to operate.
- Grey/White Diamond Area Rug: Fred Meyer
- Canvas Print of Mia at 6 months old was hung above her crib around her 8 month mark
I had to end this post with this darling photo of newborn Mia at just a week old in her crib.
She was sooooo tiny! (okay, baby fever central over here!)