Nursery: Boring Before

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One of my favorite parts of being pregnant is creating a beautiful and cozy nursery.

With my daughter, everything was coordinated and adorable. I painted wooden letters of her name to put on the wall and even did little watercolor images of birds to match her sheets. Unfortunately, for my two babies since then it’s been a different story. Life has definitely gotten in the way, and I’m sad to say that the nursery you’re seeing below is already on its second baby! But have no fear, things are about to change. I have a plan.

Nursery: Boring Before

No personality. No personalization. No interest.

Boring Nursery Before

I’m seriously getting depressed looking at these pictures, and as you can see from his bookshelf, he’s an avid reader. (Most of our books are currently in our toddlers room. I swear, we read to our kids!) :)

When I decorate a room, I always try to find an inspiration piece to build the room around. There are a lot of cute bumper and sheet sets out there, but we don’t use a bumper (the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against them, and while I know tons of people who do use them and have never had a problem, if something did happen I could never forgive myself). I wasn’t able to find a sheet set that I really liked either.

After months and months of searching with no luck, I finally decided to look for some cute fabric and make them myself. When I stumbled upon these I finally felt inspired. I bought enough fabric to make my own fitted sheets, curtains, and changing pad covers.

Nursery Fabrics

There’s only one tiny hiccup in that plan… I don’t know how to sew. (This is a typical “Emily idea.” Extremely ambitious and greatly underestimating everything involved. As I’ve said before, I’m thankful to have a patient husband.)

I took a sewing class six years ago where I made a pair of pajama pants under heavy supervision and with a lot of help, but I watch Project Runway so I’ve got this, right? Um… not so much. Thankfully, there is Craftsy to the rescue.

Craftsy is an online classroom where you can take video classes on a ton of different topics. The classes are available 24/7 and are yours forever, which I love because I hate having to pay to retake classes after forgetting some details. I was also able to rewatch scenes, rewind, quit in the middle of lessons and pick up later right where I left off. It was great. I took my first Craftsy class recently, which you can see in my Creating Gum Paste People post.

This time I’m taking the Sew Little Nursery class, which is all about creating pieces for a nursery. Exactly what I need!

I’m going to be honest and let you know that I have no idea when I’ll actually get this done. Unfortunately, I don’t live on an HGTV show, and I’m still working on the dining room makeover I shared before Thanksgiving. (I know, I’m reeeeeeally slow.) I’m struggling with my word of the year for 2014 {Balance} to say the least, but I feel like I’ve already made a lot of progress in this room in simply finding a jumping off point. Sounds like nap time to me!

Things I plan to do:

  • Paint walls
  • Paint trim (maybe. I love white trim, but the wood might work well in this nature themed nursery.)
  • Sew curtains, fitted sheets, changing pad covers
  • Make wall art

It all looks so easy in list form.

Are there any areas you’ve been working on forever? (Please tell me I’m not the only one.)

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  1. says

    Ha ha, as a fellow beginner sewist, I totally can relate to tackling ambitious projects and hoping that all the things I’ve learned from watching hours and hours of Project Runway will power me through to “make it work.” But seriously, that fabric is so adorable, I know it will cover a multitude of sewing ills. Can’t wait to see the finished nursery, Emily!

    • Emily says

      I’m glad to hear I’m not alone, Lauren! I think I might teach my 2 year old to say, “Make it work” to keep me motivated. :)

  2. says

    LOVE the fabric choices! I think they’ll definitely add a bit of spunk to the room. And no, you’re most definitely not the only one to have ambitious lists.. then wind up scratching your head trying to figure out how to do it at the end. Keep going! Can’t wait to see how the room turns out.

    • Emily says

      I’m the worst. I posted this over a year ago, and his room hasn’t changed a bit. Poor kid. *If* I ever finish it I’ll definitely post an update! :)

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