First the finished product...then the how!
The first thing I picked out was the bedding (from Pottery Barn). It was more than I'd ever want to spend on bedding (but I love it soooo much), so Travis and I decided to make it our anniversary present to ourselves. The quilt has elephants, giraffes, rhinos and pandas on it - too cute. I decided Owen needed funky giraffes for his wall, so I found a really fun picture on pinterest to paint! We went to Michaels to get a canvas, I printed out my guide, and got to work. I drew the giraffes using patterns that were found elsewhere in the room - stripes from the baskets and bed, chevron on the rug, circles on the fitted sheet. Turned out pretty cute, huh?
Next up - the bookshelf! We bought an 8-cubby "Expidit" from IKEA and 4 accompanying baskets. I like the white, but thought it needed a little something else, so we spiced it up with blue and green stripes. Since these baskets have a nice weave, it's really easy to do - just paint along the weaves as you go and you're golden. Even better...you only have to paint the stripes on the front since the sides are hidden. Much better!
Poor Travis had to put together all of the furniture by himself, since I was completely immobilized with a broken leg. The Expidit was a piece of cake to assemble. The crib was a little more difficult, and the dresser/changing table took foreverrrrrrr. Before the dresser was assembled, we had our neighbor help us cut a few inches from the legs so it would be the appropriate height for changing a baby.
It was fun bargain hunting for everything in the room, and I'm proud to say that almost everything in that room was found at a discount (either from a store like TJ Maxx/IKEA or on sale).
Only thing sweeter is the baby in the room!