Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nursery Tour: Blakely's Neutral & Cozy Nest

Sometimes you meet people and you just know they are "do-ers".  That's the Wright family.  And they just happen to be the owner's of Lullaby Lane Baby Boutique!

Ryan & Lauren Wright decided to be surprised on the gender of their 2nd child.   But as we anxiously waited…and waited…and waited even more, I knew the whole package was going to deliver (literally!).  From her name, Blakely Rose, to the subtle nursery colors and textures, mama Lauren gets it done.

Let's get right to it!
Bam! How about that dresser/changing table, hoop wall, and ermmmm….hello, sweet little lady!

Can't you just hear those newborn baby sleep sounds?

Proud Big Sister, Addison, in front of  DIY shelves by Lauren!

Folks, take note: This crib was FOUND for FREE on the side of the road.  Read on for details!

And a word from Lauren:

General feeling for the room:  Not knowing whether Baby #2 was a boy or girl--I primarily wanted a neutral nursery that felt very warm and inviting; it had to have a sense of coziness as soon as you walked into the room

What (if any) items did you DIY?  I will start with the dresser which doubled as a changing table. I
found this dresser at a local furniture consignment shop on clearance--it looked hideous before, but I saw past the paint and finish and am super impressed with the results that i was able to achieve!! I absolutely love the lines of the dresser and how I was able to easily play up the shabby chic look of it. Now, all of credit for this dresser transformation must go to Annie Sloan chalk paint! This stuff is awesome! It was my first time using this and I will never go back to normal paint when redoing furniture. You choose your color--and just start painting--no need to prime the surface! No
sanding, no stripping--just your Annie Sloan paint! Its awesome!

Annie Sloan also transformed a beautiful spindle crib that i found for the nursery. The crib was quite a find--that's an understatement. I snagged the crib from someone who was putting it out to the curb. It
had a few minor issues, but nothing that me or my handy dad couldn't figure out. With a little glue and reinforcement brackets and a new mattress, the crib was up to my safety standards! Then, a little Annie
Sloan chalk paint in Old White, some distressing and several coats of wax later, I was very happy with the final product! I am probably partial since the crib was quite a time investment (with each single
spindle. yikes.), but I think it turned out great!

Also, i bought embroidery hoops in all sizes for no more than $1-2 each, then bought material remnants in coordinating color scheme-grays, creams, taupes--and just fastened the fabric in each
hoop and cut off excess material. So easy peasy, and such a great touch!

The final DIY in Baby B's nursery was a crate shelf which was composed of 6 raw wood crates which were stained with a dark finish and then stacked and fastened together with zip ties. Yep, zip ties--you can't even see them :) I found the crates at Michaels and used multiple 40% off coupons (1 at a time, since they limit you). It adds a great touch to the room at such an affordable cost.

Favorite sources:  So, you heard me mention Annie Sloan Chalk paint 1 too many times, and the only local place that sells this great paint is Pottsies in Levis Commons--Craig and Kris gave me a TON of great tips and tricks so that my pieces would turn out as perfect as they did. They are very sweet people! And also, I must credit Pinterest for helping me brainstorm. I will say, I dont usually copy ideas directly from Pinterest but it gets my wheels turning.

General tips, specifically for planning for baby #2:  My advice would be to start your 2nd childs nursery earlier than later, just plugging away at part of it when you get spare time (which is hard to come by with your firstborn keeping you busy). I was down to the wire in trying to complete the nursery as we were approaching #2's arrival; I even did a few things after she was here.  My 2nd tip, always be looking for a deal--visit local antique and consignment stores for a neat dresser or decor. TJMaxx and Hobby Lobby are great for wall decor and other shelf decor to accent the room!

Shwew.  That's a lot of work and a whole lotta awesomeness for baby Blakely to grow into! Thanks for sharing, Lauren!  I can't decide if my favorite part is the crib or the hoop decor!  What's your favorite element?

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