Finally, I am back! In case, you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook (gasp!), I gave birth to a GIRL, Lucy, on January 28th. The gender was a surprise and we were fully convinced we were going to have a boy. We were wrong, and the surprise was even more exciting than I could have anticipated! Not finding out the gender was so worth it (aside from the small inconvenience of having to design a gender-neutral nursery…bleh!), and we wouldn’t change a thing, if we had to do it all over again.
I can finally say the nursery is finished and I am so happy to get this blog post done! It has been hanging over my head for quite some time. Between ‘designers’ block’ and taking care of a newborn, finishing the nursery AND putting together this post, it has taken much longer than I anticipated. Did I mention we also traveled to Minnesota and Colorado with our little nugget before she was 7 weeks old? It’s been a busy 10 weeks since she was born!
I’ve previewed some of my design progress already, but now I can share the finished product…at least for now. Some of the DIY design elements have already been highlighted in separate DIY posts, (for example, the DIY Nursery Light Fixture and the Wood Plank Wall), but I have a handful mini-DIY projects, below, as well.
Once Lucy was born (and we finally knew her gender), my goal was to build on the existing gender-neutral design to have a not-so-girly nursery. I really wanted the room to feel understated, yet still be bright and fun. Whatever that means! Plus, this room is TINY, so I needed to include all of the necessary elements, without over crowding. I don’t know if it fits the bill, but either way, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, how it turned out!
Here are some of the mini-DIY elements:
- DIY Shelf: Simply made with an unfinished 1×6 and ready-made corbels painted the same color as the wall. I have these all over my house!
2. DIY Drawer Pulls: I took an old, outdated dresser that has been in my older daughter’s room for 10 years, and updated it with fresh paint and these DIY wooden drawer pulls to match the design theme. These easy DIY drawer pulls were made using square wooden dowels from Home Depot and a few screws!
3. DIY Wood Tripod Lamp: This project was born out of desperation. I knew I wanted a wooden tripod lamp, but I could not find a TABLE size anywhere!! The tripod floor lamps are everywhere, but no such luck with a table version. This was my first homemade lamp project using a light kit. I came up with the design, but my husband gets all the credit for the build since I had my hands full with a newborn.
– Square wooden dowel: Lamp legs
– Round wooden dowel: Lamp base
– Light kit: purchased on Amazon for a mere $10
4. DIY Wooden Wall Pegs: Again, this design came out of desperation. I wanted a modern wall hook that would protrude from the wall far enough to allow my mini-macrame plant hangers to hang right. I had a hard time finding anything I really liked, so my husband and I came up with this cute idea, made once again from (you guessed it!), wooden dowels. Wooden dowels come in several shapes, and all sizes, and are so inexpensive!
5. Wood Accent Table: I really wanted one of the “tree stump” end tables that you see at places like West Elm, but they are upwards of $200. This easy table was made out of one 2×12 and cost UNDER $10!
There you have it! Our “Not-So-Girl Nursery”! Thanks for reading!
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