Baby H's Labor of Love

Baby H's Labor of Love

Lauren Hufnagl
Apr 9, 2013

Name: Baby H
Location: Roanoke, VA

When we found out we were going to have a baby I started trolling the internet for nursery ideas and found myself overwhelmed with too many ideas and possibilities! But, then we came across the "ABC123" piece at an antique store and that became the official jumping off point.

After playing around a bit we decided on a robin’s egg blue for the walls. It seemed to work best with the colors in the "ABC123" piece (which has been securely screwed to the wall over the crib). Since my husband and I had decided not to find out the gender of the baby, I also felt like I could work with that color and make the room bright and happy while still keeping it gender neutral. The bulk of the room was finished before the baby arrived and outfitted with books and mementos from our childhood. After the baby arrived (a boy!) a few additional pieces were added for the walls along with some other items we received as gifts. 

The nursery was previously an office and is both small (approx 8 ‘ x 10’) and very limited in wall space. With window, door, and radiator placement what you see in the pictures is just about the only way the furniture could get placed in the room and still allow for good, useable floor space. This sent me on a hunt for a tall narrow dresser and an equally small scale-changing table. The dresser was discovered at an antique store and I painted it to coordinate with the other furniture in the room. The changing table is from IKEA. I’ll admit being pleased with the pull out shelf I made and installed to make for easier access to diaper changing accessories. 

The chair is actually a platform rocking chair and was a Craigslist find for $40! It was in sorry (and smelly…) shape when I found it, but I loved its lines and knew that refinished and reupholstered it would be great. I did the refinishing, but had a professional do the reupholstery. We opted for a solid fabric that could easily move to other rooms in the house when it’s no longer needed in the nursery. 

We had a local carpenter build the radiator cover/bookshelf piece. It is one of my favorite things we added to the room. The wall area remaining between the radiator and closet was an awkward space that would otherwise have been unusable and in this small room we needed to make use of every inch! The radiator cover provides much needed surface and storage space and camouflages the fact that the radiator actually is placed rather oddly on that length of wall. The front grill panel is hinged and can be opened up for access to the radiator knobs.

The room is definitely a labor of DIY love. We repainted the walls and trim, and I did the curtains, little valances for the carriage windows, shades, crib skirt, lampshades (both the dresser lamp and the blue starburst lamp), and switch plate cover. The shades are just basic room darkening shades dressed up with ribbon. I made the pull out shelf on the changing table from some scrap wood we had on hand and a set of drawer slides from Home Depot. The switch plate cover is made from a card we received when the baby was born and some plexiglas I cut. 

Source List:

  • Paint: Valspar Gossamer Sky 
  • Crib: Pottery Barn KendallChanging Table: Ikea Gulliver 
  • Dresser, rocking chair, ABC123 wall piece: antique stores/Craigslist finds
  • Storage bins on changing table: Container Store 
  • Fabric for lampshades, crib skirt: Hawthorne Threads 
  • Lampshade supplies for luminary lamp: The Lamp Shop 
  • Crib skirt: inspiration from this tutorial. I modified mine somewhat from what is described, but it’s the same idea. Three separate panels that can be adjusted over time.
  • Window shade: inspiration from HGTV
  • Duck in hat picture: Elizabeth Soule Photography
  • Gentleman bear: Berkley Illustration
  • Bookworm illustration: Minted
  • VA state print: One Canoe Two

Thanks, Kate!

(Images: Reader Kate)


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