When we moved into our house, just over a year ago, the very first thing I did was paint Cooper’s room. I was determined to get it set up first thing. Hahaha. I think we can all take a guess as to whether that happened or not.
I’ll give you a hint, not.
I just finished it about 3 weeks ago! Good grief. While his bed and dresser remained the same (as the old house), almost everything else is new.
And here it is:
I had a special helper that is obsessed with being both in front of, and behind the camera. He had to run over and see each and every picture after I took it :)
So. Here is his bed. Obviously. Only it’s not a crib anymore :( Wahhhh. The letters are the same ones I made when I was pregnant. His bedding is fairly new. I bought the quilt and pillowcase from this Etsy shop a couple of months ago. He needed a real blanket and pillow instead of just his little swaddling blankets he had been sleeping with. The lady that made his bedding was awesome. In true Ashley fashion, I didn’t want any of the fabrics she had so I found this green fabric that matched his (apparently difficult to match) existing stripes and dots, and she was SO nice to special order it for me. And the quality is great! It has minky dots on the other side, and Cooper loves his “sofe blanket”.
This wall came together in bits and pieces. I have had the book slings up for quite some time, but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted above them. I tried a floating shelf like the Ohdeedo-featured nurdery in the tutorial for the book slings, but I wasn’t digging it in real life. Lee was really happy to hear that I had changed my mind. He loves hanging things for me only to hear that I don’t like it and he has to take it back down. Finally, after Coop’s birthday, I decided to do the little 3D-ish pictures. Yes, he sleeps with the humidifier and fan every night, so they are always on display. They are a lovely addition to the decor.
I followed this tutorial for these, except I used two different fabrics. I am NOT an experienced sew-er. I think I have used a sewing machine like 2 times before in my life. But, these are seriously just straight lines. Mine are by NO means perfect. And you can hide your imperfections in the back. Not that I would know about that…
Here are close ups of the pictures. I ordered the animals from Etsy, and made the other things with my silhouette. They aren’t perfect, but I was happy with how they turned out, and more importantly, Cooper loves them. You can see the anchors from the floating shelf. Clearly I still have some spackling and painting to do. I may do that in the next year :)
I made the curtains following this tutorial, and Lee made the cornice box for the window with this tutorial. I love it because it’s enclosed at the top, so no light comes through at the ceiling, and the curtains are lined with blackout fabric. The one on the right bothers me because it’s a smidge too long, and won’t drape well because of the heavy blackout lining. Oh well.
Yep, that’s his birthday wreath. I’m telling you he loves it.
Close up of what’s on the wall with his dresser. His newborn keepsakes. I may have made Cooper hold up that onesie to see how small he used to be. And then I may have cried multiple times while making this.
I made the growth chart out of a scrap piece of wood and leftover paint and stain, so it was free! I have his heights at various ages written down, but I haven’t taken the plunge and marked on his chart. It make some nervous for some reason. Cooper ran over real fast, and stood stiff as a board while I took this, haha! So funny.
For purposes of full disclosure, his room rarely looks like this. His bed has a pool noodle under the fitted sheet (because he initially fell out on his face several times), there is sometimes a pallet on the floor because yes, we occasionally sleep on his floor. Those books you see in the game room in the last picture are usually strewn all over his room, and his curtains are always drawn, with an extra blackout shade hung up behind the blinds. But, it’s fun to pretend this is what it looks like on a daily basis :)