With Dolphin’s arrival coming WAY TOO FAST, we have to make Landon’s room into a big boy room (see Dolphin’s nursery here). Out with the baby and in with big boy stuff. So here is our starting palette:
Yes, this means the crib has to come out. And YES I am getting a teeny bit emotional about it. I got lucky with a kid that LOVES his crib. Just tonight, he tried to climb INTO it. He has never even attempted to get out. I am really just making this completely selfish though. I like him confined. On a Saturday morning, he may wake at 6:30 but just play in his crib for another 30 minutes. He isn’t roaming around looking for trouble. But this move is inevitable I know. We are also lucky that this is coinciding with potty training. Soon he will be sleeping in big boy underpants and going to potty at night without us (oh heavens the Clorox imma need). But I am still bumming but gonna mask it with the need to nest and decorate.
Fortunately, my woman Laura gave us a sweet ass toddler bed to transition with. Our rooms aren’t huge and I like the smaller furniture for now when we can get away with it. More floor space for him to play. DISCLAIMER: The Catalina Bed in white is not white. It is like an antique white. Just heads up. We just slapped 2 coats of white zero VOC paint on that bad boy and called it a day.
Then we needed a new dresser to replace the changing table/dresser. Enter Target. We decided on the Circo line because a) it looks nice b) ikea was more expensive and c) we could get it in store. I have to say it is pretty dang solid. It was a lot of pieces and the drawers slide effortlessly without slamming. The top drawer is divided so you can make seperate sides (we have night time diapers and socks). The drawers are really deep too. Highly recommend.
Next up was replacing the blue shelves with white ones. The blue set went into the closet for more toy storage, shoes, blankets, etc. Simple shelves for really cheap. Perfect.
Next up was the “theme”. I originally thought i would just roll with our existing stuff. Add a few new elements and call it a day but then on date night, we stumbled into the toddler bedding at Target and thought it would be nice. Give him something new and make it fun. So we got a simple toddler bedding set from the Circo ABC collection. The colors are all over the place and still will match the wall color and brown curtains. My friend Kelly also bought me the matching shower curtain and a cup from the bathroom collection to help tie together.
Now with the glider removed, we need a reading area idea. I am all over the place with this one. Ideally I could like a GINOURMOUS floor pillow but reality is those things cost too much. And don’t tell me to make it. I don’t own a sewing machine. I have looked into papasan chairs but standard sized ones would over power the room. They are GIANT. I still want to check out just getting a papasan cushion and then supplementing with throw pillows. Next idea is a small kid sized chair on the cheap. I see people pay the price for the PB Kids ones but FUCK THAT NOISE. I need cheap. I dunno. I am all over the place here. Any suggestions welcome.
Next up is recovering the cornice boards. Those you see up there are from his crib bumper. Just wrapped around a plywood box and placed on L brackets. Nothing fancy. No sewing…just a staple gun. well as you can see, these won’t match. we also have chocolate brown blackout curtains coming out of the boxes. So I need an idea to recover. I could use the top sheet from the bedding set to recover them since most people say they don’t use a toddler top sheet. OR I could get a solid color from the bedding colors and cover. I am thinking maybe the orange. I have no idea. Any suggestions?
Last on the list is redoing the letters in the frames above his bed. These were a labor of love before he was born. My first attempt at Photoshop but I loved that they matched and I did them myself. Thanks to Guilty Squid, I now have the font used in the new bedding and can replicate something. I probably won’t do the same thing again but I do have these 3 20×20 prints to do something with. If I did the solid cornices, I might could use the same color fabric and do that with a stenciled letter on them. I dunno. Kinda lost again.
O and one other thing…looking for tips on good toys to leave in his room to play with but not make CRAZY noise. we have books, wooden trucks, some blocks and stuffed animals. Other suggestions welcome.
So this weekend is step 1. We are dismantling the crib and bringing in the big boy bed. Maybe once it is in there, I will get a better idea of what to do. Andplusalso? Hold me internets, my little boy is growing up.