Friday, August 29, 2014

Master Closet turned Tiny Nursery

Our master closet has been anything but a master closet since we moved in almost 5 years ago. It has held Robb's books and tried to be an office. Then it held all my dishes and tried to be a studio.  Then it became the perfect hiding spot to hold all the vintage items in my Etsy shop, The Classic Butterfly. Finally, it has become a tiny space to hold our new tiny human. Situated just off our master bathroom and across the hall from the laundry room, I am happy to have her little room close by and not banished to the upstairs where the three bigs battle for the conch and sole posession of the bathroom.

I love how much love and care has gone into making her room ready, not just from us, but from our dear friends, family and community.  From the hard labor of cutting the door to the soft sweet things for her to wear, she already has a little village of people who love her.

Before: mosaic studio
before: vintage storage

during: removed shelves
during: cut a new door and walled off the old entrance

New door, new gray paint, new light fixture

After: accent wall, shelves, furniture
Dresser : The Velvet Otter Changing pad cover: Land of Nod via Gingiber herself!

We opted for a mini crib: or as they call them in Europe, a crib.

Rocking Chair from an antique store in Prairie Grove

Sheep pillow via Land of Nod, Gingiber design  with some other Etsy finds!

This gorgeous mobile was a gift from the wonderful Kara of  Arch + Craft

A little vintage reading card from Vintage Market Days

Amazing board books from Nightbird Books
And let's not forget, our stash of cloth diapers from Terra Tots!
And finally, this mobile I made of our family: It plays "You are my sunshine."

Just Nine Months

How amazing that a person who weighs just 7 or 8 pounds could incite a household into so much change and activity!  These past nine months have been spent arranging and rearranging to absorb all that a tiny human could possibly require.  As I wait for her arrival, I am finally taking the time to look back over these crazy months and show what got accomplished.

note: carpet on the floor, tiny little belly, and my hair still red

First glimpses

morning sickness and weird food cravings and aversions

a real belly shot

And did I mention, morning sickness?  Gah.
Finally feeling better so it was out on a date to eat a gigantic steak at Hermans!     

The projects start: Job one...this burned up dryer needs attention quickly!

These two are on the job! 

And now the dryer is safe and functional!

Now it's time to work in the garden: I finally feel well enough to tackle last year's pampas grass.

Tomatoes and peppers tucked into their beds

Patio clean and ready to use.

19 weeks...aka, "the cute stage."
My guys remove this too-small linen closet, patch the holes, paint and....

add wall to wall shelves to hold my vintage Etsy store stock. 

Robb assembles the pool
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The rotten gates finally get some attention

I add bead-board paneling to the bar

and hit the 6 month mark

Our 14 year old Dodge Caravan bites the dust to be replaced by this Honda Odyssey  
the gates are finally finished

so we can stop chasing the dogs.

I finally try out Annie Sloane Chalk Paint and fall in love

I use "Graphite" on the bottom and "Old White" on the top cabinets, plus two coats of wax.

I cleaned and rearranged all of the kids rooms

This does not look like this now, but it was nice while it lasted.

Bright and sunshiny, just like her.

And I was tired. 
Our dear friends Donny and Matthew spent the 4th of July cutting a door in this wall for the nursery

They built a wall to create a new closet and added an electrical outlet and fixed the light switch

Meanwhile, I added a mosaic to my backsplash made from the leftover white dishes from various projects

And I made a lemon pie from scratch. Matthew was outside blowing things up with my children at this point of the night.

I paint the kids bathroom, and hang towel racks, but they still live like cavemen up there.

Robb puts in a heroic effort, laying the flooring in our room, which has been stripped of carpet since he put up the pool back in May

We celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary
Our bedroom turns out great!

The kitchen is mostly done (still have half a backsplash to finish...shhhh!)

And the nursery is painted, stocked, decorated and ready.

Now, if I could just get this kid out....