Evangeline's Perfectly Portable Nursery

Evangeline's Perfectly Portable Nursery

Katie Steuernagle
May 10, 2012

Name: Evangeline Joy (2 weeks)
Location: near Washington, D.C.

We live in a two-bedroom rental apartment, but our landlords were kind enough to let us paint the walls. I wanted to make my favorite parts of Evangeline's room portable so we can take them with us when we move!

One challenge in setting up the room was that the bookshelves had to stay; we have a lot of old books and no other place to put them. So we left them, and now I love that the baby will have grown-up books to look at from the crib.

There was also no closet space for Evangeline's clothes. So we painted an old bookshelf that we already had glossy white, and I used wrapping paper from Paper Source to wallpaper the inside. Adding a cheap curtain rod from Target transformed it into a makeshift wardrobe. I love how it turned out! All of her current clothes are stored in labeled little boxes on the wardrobe (bigger sizes are in storage bins under the crib).

My husband and I made whatever we could to save money. I DIYed the baby mobile using a tutorial I found and bookmarked on Ohdeedoh months ago. I also made the crib skirt and pillow, and recovered the table lamp shade in the same fabric. The "You are Getting Very Sleepy" print is from Etsy, and it made me laugh! The Paris & London prints were $3.95 each at Paper Source.

The rocker and glider was our biggest splurge, but it's wonderfully comfortable, and I love that it will work as grown-up furniture later as well.

I set out to make this room happy and peaceful, a place that makes even adults want to stay and play for a bit.

Source List:
• Paint: Embellished Blue by Behr
• Crib: Babies R' Us
• Glider & Ottoman: Babies R' Us
• Wardrobe: DIY
• Rug: Urban Outfitters
• Yellow lamp: Urban Outfitters
• Gray lamp: DIY
• Art: Etsy & Paper Source
• Mobile: DIY
• Crib skirt: DIY using Riley Blake Sweet Nothings Dots Multi fabric
• Bookshelves: Ikea

Thanks, Raynel! Well done!

(Images: Raynel K.)


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