19 May 2012

Nursery DIY: Final Photos

 The 'Barn Door' we built from scratch an this is what it looked like raw.  

Then we thought maybe we'd like some metal brackets like our inspiration photo.  I can't tell you how many doors I looked at over and over again so it's not like this is the one door I saw and said, "Yup, that's the one!"  I share this picture, because the wood tone and worn look is what we liked.  We decided we wanted a bit more 'interior' look to our door than the 'outdoor' barn door with the diagonals or z design.

The other DIY that I had planed was a "Wall o' Shelves."  This was based on a photo of reclaimed wood planks laid across braces hung on tracking.  A little more rugged and industrial than a regular bookcase or floating shelves.
  We ended up deciding to put them a little higher off the ground so they're not as accessible to climb early on and then decided I didn't need them to go all the way to ceiling so we stopped about doorway height.

We originally bought cedar planks because of the neat ombre coloring on them for the shelves, but when we finally got down to it, we returned them and bought the regular douglas fir or whatever is at the lumber  yard.  Cheaper and they'd match our door staining exactly.

 Here's the mounting board we stained first as a tester.  It is what we screwed into the studs on the wall and then mounted the door track to this.  Bryce picked out a grey/blue stain that mimics that of the Ikea crib but I knew we wanted a natural wood tone so I bought Miniwax's Special Walnut and rubbed it on with a cloth.  We then went immediately back over it with a wet rag of the grey and rubbed it in/off with a dry one.  The walnut color is GREAT and the gray doesn't really show, but sure did a lot for making the wood look older.  I really love the outcome of the staining!  It's interesting to see how each piece of wood takes the stain differently and gives you a unique look each time.

The stained door!

door track mounted to the wood.  The wood has already been predrilled and marked for hanging on the studs.

up on the wall...getting so close...getting so excited for the final product...

Wa LA!  Finished, hung, balanced, and brackets and handle are on!

Stained shelves - I didn't take before pictures, but it's the same pale wood as the door was.

Thanks Mom and Dad for coming to visit and working so hard while you were here!  I love the door and shelves and Bryce loves that you were here to help do it so he didn't have to.  After all, he did make the door - I really couldn't expect him to hang it too. :)

Here's a little sneak peak of the nursery decor.  We went to Ikea to buy the rug I wanted after their next shipment came in.  They came in on Wednesday but we planned to go Saturday morning, so I called Saturday morning and asked if they had some (before we took the hour drive there) and they said, yes, we have 8.  We found them after some looking, but they were down to 3.  Good thing we went when we did!  While we were there, Bryce, because he loves Ikea so much, decided that while still kind of early for putting a nursery together (I was 16 weeks I think) we better get whatever else we wanted from Ikea because there would be no second trips. :)  Smart man.

We got a little bored one night a few weeks later and decided we wanted to put the chair and crib together so we did.  Here's a sneak peak of what we added to the mix since then as well.

I bought our first bit of clothing for Dash - a little something for next spring and a zip up jacket and pants for this fall and winter.

while at TJ Maxx I spotted these two options for wood side tables.  Long story short:  I found this one at West Elm on line for $153 on sale and loved it.  It looks awesome in the picture!  Couldn't commit to it because of the price and then finally saw one in person and was not impressed.  So I could let my heart move on.  I was looking at using old barrels as a side table and spent a couple days looking around on eBay.  Then I found these.  I had to have.  Big decision to choose between the two styles.

Here's the side table with the chair and ottoman and little sheep rug stationed, ready to be put in the nursery.  At this point we're still waiting for the room to be cleared out, painted, and the sliding door to be hung.

1 comment:

Jenifer said...

It fun to hear the stories behind the shopping. :)