It was adorable and Jenny Lind inspired. I even started to work on some of the pieces since I scored everything for so little that it all DESPERATELY needed to be refinished.
It had already taken us so long that we figured we just knew what we wanted- then we switched from the bird theme for the Where the Wild Things Are theme- mostly out of me having a pregnant moment with OMG NATE THIS FABRIC IS SO CUTE.
Well, then, while pregnant, I discovered it was much harder to find the energy to redo these pieces of furniture. Then, once I finally started feeling better, the weather started changing which meant spray painting was out. Then by the time spray painting was out I had this slight frontal obstruction that made it difficult to bend over and paint and strip all this crap.
So...my husband threw a fit and said we needed to just buy some nursery furniture.
BUY FURNITURE?! HOW DARE YOU.
He had logical arguments for all the pieces but one.
1.) After like a zillion things of spray paint the crib still didn't have the coverage that we wanted and the weather wasn't really cooperating to finish it. We thought we'd have a year of it being filled with stuffed animals getting the stink off of it, but we need a crib in February, so we had to give this one up.
I thought I'd be more upset about this than I actually am. The painting was a pain in the ass- I could only do a small section at a time, and honestly, I was just frustrated. We are keeping the crib to turn into a bench or something. Plus, the crib springs have already proved useful as a dog barrier for projects! (no, not kidding) It will be turning into our command center, but for now we on a random trip to IKEA the cribs were like, half off, so we scored a nice crib and mattress for about $100. Boom. Done. No more painting looming over my head.
2.) This changing table.... Oye this changing table.
I'll put this one simply for ya. After Nate put it back together after getting it off craigslist it just didn't feel...sturdy anymore? Add that with the fact that it is veneer and I'd have to use oil based primer on it and I was over it. Since we weren't using the Jenny Lind crib anymore, we didn't really need the Jenny Lind changing table. We ended up selling it on craigslist for the same amount as we spent on it so it ended up just being one of those bad purchases. I'm more happy than anything that I didn't stress myself out over it by trying to start it. We ended up getting a really basic dresser from IKEA to use for our changing table. We'll be customizing it and whatnot but again, my husband had a "I just want stuff to be DONE." fit. Honestly, I agreed with him on this one.
3.) This rocking chair...
I take full blame for this one. When I wasn't pregnant and I sat in it I thought, "hey, this is really nice!" so we bought it. Now that I am pregnant the balance in this thing is off just enough that I feel like I'm going to tip out of it. When we would get out of it the chair would keep going and you'd almost have to catch yourself to get up. I think the problem was the wood treads with the wood floors...I was worried about either falling out of it with the baby or, more likely, waking the baby up when I would try to finagle my way out of it. It'd probably work great for a carpeted nursery, but not in ours. Again, we sold it on Craigslist for what we paid for it, so it was a wash other than the footstool that we bought as-is at Home Goods to go with it (I think we paid like $20 for the footstool?) I may have already replaced this with an awesome retro recliner that I'm trying to air the stuffy-ness out of (it was covered in that plastic covers so it just smells stuffy)
4.) This dresser
WE ARE KEEPING.
I know, I had you worried right? We decided to keep this one because I hadn't finished what I started with it and with it being wood I can easily paint it. I'm actually on my last coat of paint for it and we should have some pictures for you by the end of the week.
I do feel kind of ridiculous that we bought all of this furniture and ended up keeping one piece of it- but at the end of the day, I just didn't know what I wanted when I started. I don't regret buying them because they would have been really cute if I'd had the energy to finish them- but I don't. I'm trying to work on forgiving myself for not getting done everything that I thought I would and this has been one of the big steps in that.
I'm actually dying to finish painting the bead board so I can get furniture put together and start getting stuff put away (my dining room looks like a baby bomb went off). I want to see it all together!
Have you guys ever preemptively started a room and then went way off course half way through? You feel me?