The Plan for Jack’s Room

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  March 21, 2012 — 12 Comments

I’ve been working on my plan for Jack’s nursery ever since we first found out we were expecting back in October, but until now it’s all been just in my head. Little by little it’s come together, and I finally feel like I’ve got a pretty good idea of where I want to go with it.

  1. Jenny Lind crib – $170
  2. DIY Ombre You Are My Sunshine Canvas
  3. Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
  4. Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad – $16
  5. Double Dresser in True Blue – $1179 (!)
  6. Bentwood Rocker – $15 secondhand (image from here)
  7. Pier 1 Teal Honeycomb Lamp – $55
  8. Geometric Retro Cushion Cover – $25
  9. Schumacher Zenyatta Mondatta Peacock Fabric – $128 (!)

Some of these things I’m pretty set on, like the crib, wall art, and rocking chair. Others are just inspiration. I definitely want to have a low, wide dresser double as a changing table, but I will definitely not be shelling out 1200 bucks for the one pictured here. I hope to spend at least 1100 fewer dollars on something secondhand and then paint it navy blue. Same goes for that chevron fabric. At over $100/yd it will definitely be serving more of an inspirational role in the real-life nursery. I’ve already got the rocker, plus I’ll be moving in a wooden side table from the living room to hold books, burp cloths, a colorful lamp, and whatever else I need to keep close at hand while rocking and nursing.

The room currently has a basic light in the ceiling, but I’d like to install a ceiling fan for air circulation and white noise. I can’t decide, though, whether to get one with a light kit or not. The switch is really inconveniently located behind a door and I’ll probably be keeping the room rather dim at night anyway, so I’m tempted to do just-a-fan and keep it on all the time, using the lamp for light. All the fancy bloggers always talk about how fans with light kits are ugly and I guess they’ve gotten in my head a bit. When I imagine selling our house eventually, though, I picture buyers frowning at a fan with no light. And when I think about it, the fans with lights in the living room, office, and guest room don’t bother me in the least. Maybe because we have high ceilings? Decisions, decisions…And as for the daytime light situation, the room gets great natural light so I’m planning to whip up some DIY blackout shades to play a supporting role to the white muslin curtain panels already there. Shades up = awesome natural light. Shades down = naptime perfection.

There are a few things i haven’t totally figured out yet, like a mobile, additional wall art, and extra storage, but I’ve got lots of ideas and am really excited to get started! I’m also happy that the one upside of having four freaking months left of pregnancy is that I’ve got plenty of time to put the room together at my own pace. No last-minute scramble for this girl (hopefully). My plan is to start with the big stuff and then let the rest of the room sort of fall into place. Priority mission: find a dresser.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


12 responses to The Plan for Jack’s Room

  1. I love the navy dresser! And your sign came out adorable. I love the colors of the nursery. I hate when they are too themed but this looks great. What a lucky boy Jack is to have such a creative and crafty momma!!!

  2. You know, the light switch in Stephen’s room is behind a door. I don’t really think about it too much because the only time we turn it on is to change diapers (it helps to associate light with diaper changes during the day so he doesn’t think we are going in his room for a nap).

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap March 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Yeah I figure I won’t be turning on the overhead light much at all. Luckily the windows are so big and bright that during the day (unless it’s an extra extra gloomy day like today) you really don’t need any additional light at all.

  3. I would put the light kit in. They have made prettier ones in recent years. It won’t always be a nursery and you may well want more light eventually.

  4. I like your colors and the adaptability to an older child’s room later on. Mobiles can be changed easily so if you get one that is particularly ugly for a gift, It can be used over a swing or bouncy chair for a while and then be sent on it’s merry way. Be sure to get a picture of Jack playing with it or looking at it for the gift giver. LOL I also agree with Lisa. The light may come in handy if something is dropped, etc. They aren’t all ugly. Or get one with the kit to be added later.

  5. Can I tell you how much I love the name by the way! I love the plan for the nursery! Be on the lookout for a nice, sturdy dresser. I’m beyond sure you could make one just as nice as the $1179 one! All of PB’s furniture (except the crib) was upcycled!

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