Well, my mom and I have finally pulled together the nursery almost two weeks after the birth of the new baby.

As promised, here is the tour starting with before snaps:

This was formerly our guest room. Inherited antique furniture, white and navy bedding and sage green walls were serene enough for guests, but not quite right for baby.

Our first order of business was to paint the upper half of the room in the chosen shade of tangerine. We then installed 4-foot bead board with decorative molding on every wall. And by “we,” I mean my mom did the installing while I held materials and fetched tools for her. Note the nasty carpet that lived through two other babies with reflux issues. Yuck!

Next we installed new electrical plates and painted all the baseboards and woodwork. You’ll notice how much woodwork there was to be painted – no easy (or quick) task. I also rewired a new wall sconce all by myself!

Once the dirty work was complete, it was time to rip up the disgusting carpet and carpet pad. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize how hard it was to sand and refinish wood floors. That ended up being an expense we hadn’t bargained for. But in the end, we were ecstatic with the result of hiring professionals to do the job.

It was finally time for the fun part. I chose the most adorable fabrics for custom bedding – also made by my talented mother. I had to promise that I would never again ask her to make bumper pads. But she did an amazing job on all the bedding, the accent items and the valances.

I hated the glider I used with my first two babies, but I couldn’t justify spending another $400 to $700 on a new rocking chair. A friend found this little beauty on Craigslist for $100. I promptly bought it and picked up a white “pleather” foot stool from Mrs. B’s for $10. My mom made throw pillows and a slip cover for the foot stool to pull it all together. The antique telephone table was my grandmother’s and I picked up the mod turquoise lamp at Target.

I reused the dresser that I had purchased when my second baby was born. It’s the perfect size for diaper-changing essentials and a changing pad. It even has a space underneath for storing diapers within reach. The rug was a $50 score from Tuesday Morning.

Next, we reworked the closet that used to house much of my special occasion clothing. Luckily, the closet is deep so we were able to install a short bar that still gave me room to use the back of the closet for dresses, suits and other things I don’t wear as often. The new install gave me more space for baby’s things while providing a shelf for baskets, which we filled with hats and baby shoes.

Finally, we hung a shelf for some special trinkets. We also hung a painting that reminds me of my two older boys, but the colors were perfect for the new baby’s room. My absolute favorite part of this room though, is the art that was created by my six-year-old son over a year ago. It was hanging on the refrigerator for months, and I framed it so it could be appreciated for many years to come.

Even my older boys love this space. I often find my oldest son sitting in the rocking chair reading. The light pours in from three sides and the colors make it bright and cheery. I should also mention that having the wood floors redone in this room officially makes it the nicest room in our entire house.

We’ve spoiled this baby already!

Amy Grace is a part-time working mom with three children.

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