It's funny how much things can change in just a short amount of time.
Just over four years ago, I was planning a nursery for Brantley. I wanted bold colors and a modern style. I wanted dark furniture. And despite my baby boy on the way, I wanted nothing to do with the color blue.
Fast forward four years and my opinions have done a 180. For weeks now, I've been slowly scheming how to convince Craig to let me re-do our nursery. You see, when Holden was born, we plopped him down in the same room we had spent days designing for Brantley. Same furniture, same colors, same decor, and same bedding. We literally changed the name on the wall and that's it. My husband is incredibly cheap and he didn't believe in "wasting" money on a new nursery just 21 months after planning our first. (Instead, Brantley got a new "big boy" room.)
When we found out Baby 3.0 was a boy and I mentioned wanting to change "a few things", it was obvious Craig was not on board. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out how to move furniture, but keep all the baby stuff together, and get rid of all the lime green decor that I'm soooooo over!! Keep in mind, our changing table is black and our glider is gray with black piping...but I'm also over the black! I even sent Craig a "proposal email" with a few ideas. ;)
But this weekend, that all changed and I am so excited to report - we bought a new GRAY crib! Which obviously means, we have no choice but to redo the nursery. Hallelujah!
It may seem ridiculous to some that we bought a third crib, given we already have two cribs (both have been converted to full-sized beds), but we came across a deal too good to be true! As we were browsing the clearance room at Nebraska Furniture Mart (where we never find anything), I walked past this beauty.
Half joking, but totally serious, I said to my hubby, "Can we please just buy this for the baby??" And to my surprise, he was on board!! I mean, our options were either 1) buy a new set for the baby or 2) buy a new set for one of the boys and do a whole lot of rearranging because I refused to use our black furniture for Baby 3.0. But like I said, this was too great of a deal to pass up, given the quality of this 4-in-1 convertible crib, and after going to lunch to weigh our options, we both decided this was a good idea.
Our next plan of attack--find a used dresser or chest of drawers that we could paint to match the crib. You know, because the coordinating dresser on Amazon is $820 (no thanks)! 24 hours later, we have one in our possession and hubby has plans to sand it, while I'm already excited to paint this bad boy and pick out new hardware.
So naturally, I have been browsing Internet sites all weekend for nursery ideas and decor. I went from negative 10% inspired and excited to 110% inspired and excited--and I can't wait to watch this space morph into our new baby's room.
First order of business, the colors. I tried as best I could to match the crib color to a paint sample at Sherwin Williams. Dorian Gray seems to be the best match. We will also be painting the above chest of drawers to match.
I want to accent with blue. Maybe a blue wall. And I want to paint our old changing and end tables blue, as well. (Mainly to cover the black but also for the pops of color.) After bringing home eight samples, we have it narrowed down to two blues: Smoky Blue and Inky Blue. Smoky blue (options 1 and 2 below) definitely has more gray in it, while inky blue (options 3 and 4) is blue-er. Note: I think I like Inky Blue better, but since I'll be painting a couple of pieces of small furniture (changing + end tables), I don't want to overdo it!
Finally, I may or may not want to paint the walls from the neutral color they are now (Amazing Gray) to an off-white or cream color. I haven't picked exact colors, but I could do something with more white (options 1 and 3 below), or something a little creamier (options 2 and 4).
Option 1: Dorian gray, smoky blue, and off-white
Option 2: Dorian gray, smoky blue, and cream
Option 3: Dorian gray, inky blue, and off-white
Option 4: Dorian gray, inky blue, and cream
And of course, I couldn't start planning without putting together an inspiration board. In addition to the gray and blue, I want to add in some black and white and touches of gold. This nursery board is definitely giving me all the heart eyes!
Crib | Glider (already have)
And finally, I want to make a DIY mobile, similar to this only in the above colors. It's been a hot minute since I've completed any sort of DIY project and I'm already excited to get my hands on this one!
So...tell me what you think! Which blue is your favorite? Whiter walls or creamier walls...or keep the walls their current shade of neutral (SW Amazing Gray)? Paint one wall blue (it would be the wall the crib is on) or keep all of the walls consistent? Or....Vanessa (who I would trust wholeheartedly to decorate my entire house!!) threw out a super crazy idea - temporary wall paper on the crib wall!!! Send me your ideas!