Today I’m excited to feature our first ever reader home makeover project! Leah, mother of two young boys, is about to kick off a makeover of her sons’ nursery. She decided to take me up on my offer (which I had completely forgotten I even made, because that’s how I roll) to feature the home makeover projects of interested readers.
Because it is so kick-ass, I’m going to share with you Leah’s introductory email to me. This girl rocks and I am excited to see what she does with her space. The plan is for Leah to periodically update us with the status of her project. And with that….
Leah here from Rhode Island. As I type this, we are buried under just over three feet of snow. Good times. Really good times in fact, with my husband sending me jerky text pics of him on his business trip to Anaheim (WHY YOU LITTLE–) while I attempt to entertain our 2 and 1 year old boys in an 850 square foot house. Yup. Shit is REAL over here, Liz.
But it is our tiny house that I want to bring to your attention today. Why? Somewhere between my shameless self-promotion and the fact that I am really overly proud of our tiny nursery, and what it is about to become. Remember that post about how you realized you were holding a little boy instead of a baby? Well, we are getting there with the 1 year old. So, at your invitation in your reno/makeover post, here I am.
Our current nursery was modeled on the boyish version of this nursery on Apartment Therapy (where I could spend hours scrolling on the toilet, captivated by color and thrifted up recycled finds). Because I have lots of time to do those things, despite trying to poop “quietly” so as not to wake the boys. Small house problems, people. So I purposefully set about setting up the perfect nursery for our baby boy. When our “breastfeeding-is-not-birth-control” baby came along, well, we had everything from #1, so we just squished them together in there. Here are some pictures of how it came along…let’s start with the glider and the Jenny Lind crib I bought on Craigslist from what I think were meth addicts. I scrubbed it and sanded it like a mofo. Now we have the glider, yucky, yucky, yucky but has potential, no?
Then my son got ready for a toddler bed, so I set it up…but then with that AND the crib which he still slept in sometimes, we didn’t have room for the behemoth dresser/changing table (which I love so much), so that had to go and a new setup was worked out by taking the doors off the closet.
So that’s the room. It’s teeny. And right now, it is CROWDED. Here it is this very second.
So here is what I am proposing. I want a Waldorf-inspired room. I just love all of those natural, soothing spaces that just make you want to dive into creative and imaginative play. Also, my two year old is wound really super tight, and I think having an uber-relaxing atmosphere, free of synthetic anything (just about….) will help him tone it down a notch. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
I have a few major steps coming:
- Lazure the walls. This is LEGIT Waldorf. Check it out.
- Create built-in shelving to swap out two crapy white fake-wood shelves
- Repaint the two yellow dressers and toddler bed
- Remove synthetic toys (there aren’t many, and they won’t even notice) and sell on Craigslist
- Replace carpet with Waldorf-y rug and curtains with Waldorf-y curtains
- Replaces synthetic toys with Waldorf friendly ones, to encourage more imaginative play. Of course shopping is the easiest part, I already had a spend-gasm on Bella Luna Toys
- Add in natural elements to the space