*As I wrote this out, I realized that there are lots of extraneous details about the shopping trips and my strange emotional attachments to furniture, etc... I apologize somewhat for the tangents, but hey, it's my blog.
Evolution of a Room
I left off with the mess and the big job ahead. By March I had cleaned and purged. A lot. The room looked like a room again.
On the way out of the store we walked past the "As Is" section and saw two of our cribs sitting there. As we were discussing if saving $50 was worth having to disassemble to get it home an employee heard us and asked if we would take it for $50. This was now a billion % off or $90. We went for it. I think Rob got a little frustrated in the taking apart process. And I think it was partly my fault, but I'm not a mind reader, and wasn't very good at anticipating what help he actually needed. We got it though and the crib was assembled in the room.
What happened to the utility cabinet you ask? Well while in the store we ran into some friends who had recently moved into a house and were shopping for shelving for basement storage. We asked if they wanted a cabinet, and DONE! The cabinet had a new home. So we now had to deal with all of the stuff that had been in there. For now we put some of it in the crib and a lot in the bathtub (more on that in another post) and some of it on the new shelves we put up. And quite a bit was trashed. We are getting good at purging.
|old drawer liner, likely pre-me getting the dresser 18 years ago|
|cute new scented liner I replaced it with|
|oh the mess in the crib...|
My Dad came to visit in April and helped with lots of little home improvement tasks that we needed to get done. (On this visit Rob learned about the "honey-do" list, ask him to tell that story sometime.) One of the things was to fix the drywall on the formerly leaky window and to repaint.
We also insulated the AC box in the wall below the window and hung additional shelving over and behind the door.
I just love how it always seems to be one step forward, two steps back with the stuff and the mess.
crazy pregnant brain
Once the room was ready I really had to think about decor. Unfortunately for me (and Rob who had to listen) pregnancy brain made me a little crazy when it came to making decisions about things that don't really matter. Like baby bedding. I found this bedding and thought it was cute. My sister who is the absolute best bought it for me, not knowing I was having second thoughts.
It is super cute with deer walking through the grass. However, it doesn't really match the rug or lamp. And I was ok with that. And white bedding with a white crib I wasn't sure about. It also didn't match the artwork we already own and should use because we are out of wall space and are storing lots as is. But Rob said it was fine, and he didn't care so much about matching and we were going to go with it. BUT, because of the solid sides on the crib, the bumper didn't tie right. (I was going to use bumpers, I know there is lots of controversy about this, whatever.) And the style of the platform for holding the mattress, it fits into a box rather than sitting on slats, didn't allow for the skirt, so I would have had to heavily modify. And you can't use the quilt until they are toddlers. So really I had a really expensive sheet. Oh, the agony and anxiety I suffered over this. It really made me crazy. I think because I really do love this bedding. It just wasn't working for us.
Then I went to New Orleans with my Mom. And I was telling her about the crazy. And she really didn't get it. But I was wanting to work with what we had. And Emily said it was fine if I returned the bedding.
We have this pinball machine, turned table. I've always thought it would make a great play table someday if we lower the legs. Because someday Rob's desk will probably have to move out and there will be room for a play table.
And we have the Robots Fighting painting in the third photo of this post. And the blue and orange look nice, and work with the room color. And we have the Monko animation cells form the living room that Rob did and would match. So I was thinking a robot room could be fun. And in NOLA we found this.
And how could I now not do a robot room?