|The bed for guests|
|The dresser that will sometime in the future double as a changing table, the chair I bought last fall, and the bookshelves I made and wrote about in my last post|
|Progress, but still needs curtains and the table and lamp are stand ins|
|The desk that needs a new home. This is where the crib will go someday.|
I made a list of the things I can do for our future nursery/current guestroom:
Anyway, the first thing I was able to cross off my list was the headboard. I found out a couple years ago that upholstering a headboard is super easy (as I showed in this hyperactive-Dani-wrote-a-blog-post post.), so I decided just to do that again. Where the bed is situated, it is in front of the window just a little. When I made the bed the pillow would hang back onto the window sill and sleeping on a bed with no headboard means your pillow always slides back into the crack between the top of the mattress and the wall. Annoying! Because a headboard would block part of the window, I decided to make it low enough to be functional, but not really visible. So it is only 28 inches tall and a lot of that is behind the box spring and mattress.
I ironed the fabric, laid out a layer of batting, centered the plywood on it and left a couple inches in every direction and cut off the excess. Then I stapled it at 12, 6, 3, and 9 o'clock.
Then I just went around the rest making sure the batting was tight, but not stretched out. On the corners I was very careful to make them as flat as possible. To do this I just tucked it like this:
Next I just did the same thing for the second layer of batting and the fabric.
I probably will secure it to the wall at some point but for now it just rests on the frame and is smashed against the wall by the box spring and mattress. I used a scrap of 1x2 from the bookshelves to keep it even on the back, since the windowsill pushes it out from the wall on one side
It is just high enough to hold up the pillows when the bed it made, so you can't really see it much.
For the rest of the break, I worked on some other things on the list. We had a little side table already as you can see in the previous pictures. But black doesn't really go, so I thought about painting it white or orange. I found some material online at fabric.com for curtains and it's quite orange and will be right behind the table, so I decided white would be better.
|The first coat always makes me nervous.|
|Okay, it wasn't quite done in this pic, but I have a completed picture of it later in the post.|
So I got on Pinterest, looked up some things and ended up making my own using Word and Paint mostly, although I did copy ideas from some things I saw. I have GIMP which is like the open source version of Photoshop, but I'm not so good at it, but I am like a savant with Paint ha ha ha. Here's what I ended up with:
|I just painted the mats of Ikea frames with a sponge brush and acrylic paint. It turned out pretty well, I think, although the color isn't true in either of these pictures.|
I had been looking for a mirror for a long time. We checked places like Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Ross, and I was searching Craigslist everyday for something suitable. I wanted something round to soften all the straight lines in there, and the crib I'm eying has a curved top, so a round mirror would work nicely with that too. Finally we decided to get a mirror that was a little more than I wanted to spend at Ikea, but it was perfect, so we headed over and it wasn't there! But there was this fantastic silver one. I thought about painting it white, but after holding it up I decided I love the silver, so I hung it up. The back only had hardware for one screw, so I put a 143 lb. anchor in the wall and hung the mirror with that, and then used some heavy-duty 3M command strips at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock so it doesn't shift around. It's solid, so someday when we put a changing pad on top of that dresser, I'm not worried about the mirror flattening our baby mid-diaper change.
Halfway through spring break we went to Richmond, VA to check it out. Since moving to Baltimore we've been trying to visit most of the big sites along the east coast. Richmond wasn't really what we thought, but our hotel was great and we ate at a surprisingly good restaurant called the Strawberry Cafe. The next morning we checked out the Museum of the Confederacy and the Confederate White House. Don't worry, it's not run by the KKK or anything. It was actually an interesting museum focusing on the South during the Civil War without condoning slavery or starting your own country. And the white house was super interesting and the tour guide was awesome! I wish I caught his name, but apparently he was an extra in the movie Lincoln, so I'll have to see if I can spot him. That evening we drove home and it was a nice tiny getaway.
|Confederate White House--ssomehow I only took one picture during the whole trip.|
On the way home we stopped at Ross where we'd previously seen an orange lamp when we bought a curtain rod. I was eh about the lamp at first and Kelly lurved it right away, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted it, so we got it and crossed bedside lamp off the list (I got the lamp shade from IKEA because it matches the wall-mounted lamp by the dresser).
On Friday the fabric I ordered online arrived via UPS and I spent that evening making curtains. I do own a sewing machine, but I'm not so good at using it, so I ended up using iron-on hem tape and it made the hems look a lot crisper and cleaner than I could have with a sewing machine. I hung them "high and wide" as Sherry Petersik of Young House Love likes to say to make a statement on that wall and to let in the maximum amount of light. And yes, I won the chevron debate with Kelly. I mean, he DID pick the colors for the room after all; it's only fair I get to pick pretty much everything else, right?
|The space behind the headboard worked perfectly for tucking the curtains back.|
So far I love this room. Now I just need to move the desk somewhere else. In the meantime, my list is looking like this:
Now we need some guests to come stay...Mom? Dad? Cami and Robbie sometime after your wedding? Friends with whom I am terrible about keeping in touch? Come on guys, we're just an expensive plane ticket away!