You may remember that last year, when I was expecting our youngest, I started working on various projects to turn our small second bedroom from a room for one toddler to a shared room for a baby and toddler. Well, I accomplished the most important goals on my list such as repainting the room, setting up the crib with our DIY adjustable crib skirt, and making a baby quilt, but ran out of steam and didn’t quite finish every project I had hoped to do before Elsie arrived.
Now that our baby girl is a year old and I feel like I’m finally starting to come up for air, I really want to finish this room! Most of the room is fine, but it’s the decorative elements that are lacking, and there’s a lot of blank walls. We can’t have that! Here’s my remaining to do list of projects and some inspiration for each.
1. Curtains! Right now, I have black out fabric cut to the size of curtains I need, and hanging from ring clips at the windows. It does the job, and most people don’t even realize they’re not white drapes, but they don’t hang nicely, and I really want to make something. Actually, I’d really just like to buy something, but the ones I want are of course, rather expensive, so DIY is a better option. I’m thinking white and ruffles. Here’s what I have in mind…
I love these simple white drapes from Pottery Barn. The ruffle around the edge would be an easy project.
I also love all the versions I’ve seen of these ruffle curtains, originally from Anthropologie, but since knocked off by half the blogs on the internet. But there’s a good reason for that: those ruffles are awesome! Here’s a version from DIY Til We Die:
2. Make Elsie’s name wall hanging just like I did for Violet. I plan on doing a tutorial for this project too. It’s one of my favorite things I made back when this room was Violet’s nursery.
3. Make a gallery wall on this blank wall. It will have both the girls’ names, plus various pictures and artwork that I’ve been setting aside for them. I may need to get a few frames, but I think I mostly have everything I need for this project.
4. Find a different end table for between the two beds. The one that’s there now is super rickety, and I only ever planned for it to be temporary. Elsie loves grabbing the handle and shaking the whole thing, so we definitely need to find a safer (and hopefully still cute) solution. The heating vent is right there beneath the window, so it also needs to be something that doesn’t obstruct the vent.
None of these projects are huge, so I’m hoping I can check them off little by little over the next few weeks. Let me know if you have any inspiring ideas for this room. I’m all ears!