Hi D + F friends! I’m Molly, Katie’s little sister and soon-to-be mama from Kentucky. With my first baby due in two short weeks, Katie and I thought it would be fun to share the baby’s nursery and my new favorite room in our house. This 9 month journey has been an amazing experience… I’ve been blessed with a fairly easy pregnancy (I’m assuming based on what other mothers have shared and what I’ve read) and one of my favorite things during this time was creating this calm, serene and playful space for our little peanut. My husband and I decided to let the gender be a surprise (I CANNOT WAIT!) so all of the colors and items were designed to relate to either a boy or a girl. I’m also a huge fan of DIY so several items in the room I handmade myself. I see things online that I love and think, “I could totally make that” and while it may not be perfect or identical to what I was envisioning, I love it a million times more knowing I put the love and hard work into it for our baby. I hope you all enjoy the nursery as much as I do!
When searching for a dresser that would also serve as a changing table, it seemed as if the Hemnes Dresser from Ikea was the way to go. It has a ton of drawer storage and fits a changing pad perfectly. I wanted to spruce up the hardware a bit and found these adorable drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby. Such an easy update! One thing that made me nervous was having the changing pad move freely on top of the dresser. Only one problem… changing pad trays are ridiculously expensive for a wood rectangle (!). I found this one on clearance at Babies R’ Us for $19!!! My husband and I cut it down to size, painted it this minty green and voila!
This mobile is one of my favorite DIYs from the nursery. It’s made from an embroidery hoop, felt balls, beads and string. It’s hanging in the corner of the room because we have a fear of hanging anything above our peanut’s head. This was so much fun to create. I highly recommend giving it a try!
I can’t take full credit on this DIY Light Pendant. I basically purchased the items and my husband did all the work – I’m glad I married a handyman! I bought the sphere at HomeGoods, spray painted it gray, and hung it from the twine light pendant kit from World Market. We had to screw a large hole in the top so the light bulb would sit flush against the sphere. I’ve seen very similar lights in high end decor stores (for lots of $$$!) and it makes me proud of our little project. I love how it turned out and it’ll be perfect for story time or those late night feedings. 🙂
Pictured above: I found a super easy tutorial on Pinterest on how to make a crib skirt that adjusts with the height of the mattress. It was inexpensive and easy! And no, you do not need to be a designer seamstress to pull any of these off. I would classify myself as a beginner or even pre-beginner seamstress, if that even exists 🙂
My husband bought the bulletin board for my office pre-pregnancy and I thought the colors fit with the nursery perfectly. We decided to hang 3×3 B&W prints of our family from twine and mini clothes hangers so when the baby gets a little older they’ll have pictures of Auntie Katie, cousin Kai, grandparents, etc. It’s a sweet reminder of all the people that love him/her so much already!
One thing several of my mom-friends told me they didn’t realize they would use a ton of were burp cloths. I registered for a few and in true Molly fashion, decided I’d make some instead. I used the cutest prints from JoAnn Fabrics for the top and a real soft minky material for the bottom. Super easy and when paired with a matching bib, it creates a great baby shower gift for new mamas!
The headbands are in the baby’s hospital bag just in case we have a little girl. I’m not a fan of the huge bows that cover the majority of a baby’s face so I bought some soft, stretchy jersey fabric and glued flowers and handmade bows to it. I like the unfinished edges and again… super easy, cheap and so sweet!
Side Note: That’s our sweet dog, Moose, laying in the middle of the floor. I caught her napping in there one day. I think she’s ready to be a big sister!
Last but not least, I made this embroidery hoop with one of my favorite lyrics from Coldplay’s “Yellow”. Music and lyrics speak to me and for whatever reason, (other than being a huge Coldplay fan) this song meant a lot to me and is my song for the babe. I wouldn’t say this project was “easy” but once you get the hang of it, it starts to come along. Just don’t ask to see the back of it 🙂 I also made one for Katie (the Pisces constellation since not only are we sisters and BFFs, but also Pisces sisters) and I made one for my mom that says “Home is where Mom is”. I used navy linen fabric, an embroidery hoop and white embroidery floss.
Thanks for checking out our nursery and all the fun DIYs! If you have any questions regarding any of the projects or items, leave a comment below! Most of the pictures my best friend Lindsey from Lindsey Heringer Photography captured for us so check her blog out while you’re at it! ❤