It’s a Nursery, no it’s a Guest Room, no it’s a …

Almost as soon as we’d started working on the new nursery, we decided to put the brakes on that plan and keep our guest room a little longer. We have so many visitors coming between now and when baby number two arrives that it made sense to purchase a queen bed for the room (which will eventually have a home in a guest room in the basement) and put a little effort into making the room comfortable for our visitors.

When we moved in, this room was an empty green box…

Guest Room Before1Which we painted and spruced a bit for visitors over Memorial Day. Guest Room During1

The first of our fall visitors arrived last week, so we scurried around beforehand and pulled together a nicer guest room. Here’s the room now with the addition of new curtains (which will stay when this becomes the baby’s room), a new bed and bedding, a secondhand chair, and art.

Guest Room AfterGuest Room After2

We found the turquoise chair at a random yard sale one Saturday for $5. It was missing the center button, which I replaced by stealing a swatch of fabric from the underside of the chair skirt and using it to cover a new button. I’m particularly excited about this chair because I want to convert it to a rocker when this room becomes the nursery.

Guest Room ChairI fell in love with these prints from Rifle Paper Co and was so happy when they arrived for this room. I hung them a bit high to account for guests sitting up in bed, but they will also be staying on this wall when the guest room becomes a nursery… Guest Room Art

Because… It’s a GIRL!

Yep, we’re having another baby girl and we couldn’t be more excited! Some of you may remember when we announced we were expecting Libby (funny photo alert!). This time around we shared this photo series with the caption “A three year tradition of picking pumpkins and growing baby girls!”

Pumpkins 2013-15

So that’s the news from Heardmont. Our second nursery is staying a guest room for the time being, but we’re looking forward to turning it into a proper baby girl’s room by January!

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Libby’s Nursery Reveal

All of my DIY projects for Libby’s room finally came together, and today I’m back to share her finished nursery! Here’s how her room looked the day we bought our house.

Libby's Room BeforeLibby's Closet Wall Before

This is the only photo I’ve found of how the room looked once we moved in. We basically brought in her crib, dresser, two chairs, and curtains and that was it. No art, no paint, just the bare necessities. The yellow and blue walls with the gold curtains and pink accessories drove me nuts, but it took a few months for Stephen and I to tackle painting.

Libby's Room Just Moved InFinally, here’s how her room looks today! Libby's Room Left Side

Libby's Room Right SideThe Michelle Armas painting above the dresser was the inspiration for the color scheme of the room. Dresser Wall

Once the walls were gray, I decided to swap out the dark gold curtains with a champagne pair I’ve had forever.

Left CornerI added blackout lining and about 12 inches of fabric (leftover from recovering the mint gingham chairs) to make them long enough. Luckily we didn’t have to purchase new window hardware. I just spray painted the existing rod gold! Art CornerAll of the art pieces in her room traveled with us from Arkansas except the bird painting, which was a treasure we found at the beach last year. It’s so nice to finally get art out of the basement and up on the walls.

DIY Chair Pillow CurtainsThe bird pillow was another DIY project. I found this fabric when I was looking for upholstery material for the slipper chairs and fell in love. DIY Bird PillowThe reverse side of the pillow is the mint gingham fabric, and I found tiny pink pom pom trim at Hobby Lobby for the edges. Isn’t it adorable?

Reupholstered ChairsEven though the room is small, I really wanted to have a pair of chairs in there so both parents would have a place to sit for bedtime. Luckily there was just enough room for an old end table of ours between the two chairs. It serves as a surface for our little owl lamp and storage for small toys and bedtime stories. Book NightstandAbove the crib, we hung a shadowbox with a collection of starfish my grandma found at the beach decades ago, a paper heart Stephen made for our first wedding anniversary, and a print I gave him that says “Home is wherever I’m with you.”

Crib WallThis wall is also home to our DIY guitar shelf (the guitar dates back to the early days of our relationship). It’s fun to swap out the stuffed animals who get to sit on it – today it was pink bunny’s turn! Guitar ShelfHere’s another look at the crib with our new chandelier peeking out above it.

Crib and ChandySpeaking of which, how cute is that chandelier?? I was so excited when a local mom posted it for sale on facebook. It’s from Pottery Barn and no longer available, but I was able to get it for 20% of the original price and I think it MAKES the room! Libby's Chandelier

The gold-trimmed closet doors don’t look so out of place with the new color scheme, and Libby loves the mirrors. I don’t know how many dozens of pictures I have of her dancing or making faces at herself in those mirrors! I have a feeling she’ll appreciate them as she gets older and starts picking out her own clothes, too.

Closet WallSo there’s a peek at our little girl’s room. I’m so happy with how it came together! What do you think? Libby's Room Left Side

TDC Before and After

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Two New Nurseries

Today is a big day here at Heardmont. It’s my birthday, and I’m officially leaving one decade for another!

As part of my present this year, I got the green light to decorate two rooms in our house, Libby’s nursery and … another nursery! That’s right, we’re expecting the second little bedroom at our new place to officially be occupied in January or February of next year.

I’m almost 20 weeks along, and here’s how things are looking lately.

18 weeksProgress at our new house had been slow until recently, but I’m finally feeling better and getting the urge to finish some projects before baby #2 shows up. If you’ll recall, Libby’s room looked something like this when we moved in. Nursery BeforeHere’s a progress shot from Labor Day weekend. We rolled a fresh coat of white on the ceiling and two coats of Silver Drop by Behr on the walls. Libby's Room Painted

The guest bedroom/future second nursery was actually the first room we painted. You might remember from this post that it went from this:

Guest Room BeforeTo this: Guest Room During1

It’s been fun working on both rooms at the same time! Amazingly we’re going two completely different directions for such similar starting points. The inspiration for Libby’s room is this Michelle Armas piece that hung in her nursery back in Arkansas. Changing TableWe’ll keep her dresser and crib (she won’t be ready for a big kid bed before the new baby arrives), and I’m working on some sewing projects for the rest of the room. First up, recovering one or both (we have a pair) of these slipper chairs. Here’s the first chair before: Slipper Chair BeforeAnd here it is now! Slipper Chair AfterThe new fabric is a mint gingham upholstery fabric I found at a local fabric store on clearance. It only cost about $15 to recover this bad boy! In the new nursery, I found this pair of curtains and the rest of the room design sort of took off from there. Syssan CurtainsWe’re 99% sure we know baby #2’s gender, but that will be confirmed in October. Until then, we’ll focus on getting Libby’s room ready. Hopefully soon I’ll have a few more sneak peeks to share! Stay tuned…

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Quick Baby Shower Gift – Burp Cloths

Hi all! I hope your Labor Day weekend was relaxing or productive, or both! Ours was a good mix of the two, and I’m happy to say I should have some projects to share soon.

Before Libby was born, one of the items I felt we were missing in baby prep was enough burp cloths. After some pinning and googling, I came up with a quick tutorial for burp cloths which I shared here. Those puppies got a ton of use in the first six months!

Easy Burp ClothsKnowing that one can never have too many burp cloths, I recently made another set, this time for a friend having a baby boy. My favorite part about this project (aside from how quickly it came together) was picking out the fabrics!

Burp Cloths in Progress

I purchased 1/3 yard of each pattern, 2/3 of turquoise flannel and 1/3 of white flannel, which was enough for six burp cloths. Aren’t those cottons cute? Baby Boy Fabrics

Here’s the finished product, all wrapped up and ready to gift. Quick, easy, and handmade: my kind of baby gift! Finished Burp Cloths

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Semi-Homemade Outdoor Baby Gate

Hi all! I’m back to share an outdoor project Stephen and I tackled a few weekends ago during Libby’s nap time. We love the deck at our new house, but were always hesitant to spend time there when Libby was awake because of this wide set of stairs that lead down to the yard.

Deck Stairs no Gate

Our toddler tends to make a beeline for those stairs but hasn’t quite mastered them yet. We decided it was time to make a baby gate for the deck so we could enjoy this space as a family. On a trip to Home Depot, we came across these pre-made fence sections. One was all we needed, and it was almost exactly the same style as our existing deck railing.   Pre-Built Railing

We also picked up two extra 2×2 slats for reinforcement, wood screws, a pack of four corner braces, two heavy duty black hinges, a black gate latch, and a caster wheel.

Additional Gate SuppliesThe first step was to cut down one side of the fence right up to the first vertical slat.

Removing Excess

Then Stephen cut and fit one of the extra 2×2 slats to reinforce this end of the gate. Fitting Reinforcement

Then we drilled pilot holes and screwed this new 2×2 into the gate and added corner braces to the top and bottom corners for more stability.

Corner Braces InstalledEnd Reinforced

Next we attached the hinges to the deck and the gate and marked gate for length while it was in place.

Gate HingesLeveling Gate

The width we needed didn’t land on a vertical slat, so we cut the gate to length and then reattached a slat at the very end. This slat was reinforced with another 2×2 like the slat on the other end of the gate.

The last steps were adding the caster wheel (so the gate can easily swing/roll open) and latch.

Gate Caster Wheel Gate Latch

And that’s how, in the course of one nap, we added a baby gate to our deck!

Finished Baby GateWe plan to paint or stain the gate to match the rest of the deck (although it’s pretty close in color already), but we have to wait for the cured wood to weather a bit before painting it. When Libby woke up from her nap, we tested it out. She didn’t necessarily like the new addition, but I’d say that’s some successful baby proofing! Baby Proof!

What do you think of our new gate?

Deck Stairs with Gate

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Quick Baby Shower Gift – Tummy Time Quilt

A great family we met when we moved to Colorado is expecting their second baby boy in September. For the baby shower, I knew I wanted to give something handmade. I was browsing in Hobby Lobby when I came across this pre-quilted navy and white stripe fabric.

Quilt FabricThe front was a cotton stripe with navy fleece on the back. I love quilts that aren’t too precious – ones you don’t feel bad about tossing on the floor for tummy time – and this material just begged to be made into that kind of quilt.

Adding Trim

I grabbed 1 1/2 yards of fabric and some gray quilt binding and got to work. Pinning the binding to the edge of the quilt took longer than anything else! Here’s how it turned out.

Baby Boy QuiltI think second babies sometimes miss out on all the special handmade goodies first babies get, so I added this baby’s initials with some teal embroidery thread. Now there will be no question whose quilt this is!

Baby Boy Quilt with Initials The quilt was a hit at the baby shower, and it was so simple to make. I’ll be keeping this project in mind for the next baby shower that comes along!

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Master Bedroom Progress

We’ve succeeded in painting another room! After the gray fiasco which led to a quick makeover for our guest room, we chose Silver Drop by Behr and got to work painting our master bedroom.

Gray Master Bedroom

If you recall, this room featured two-toned maroon and cream walls before we got out the paint brushes. The headboard wall took about four coats of paint to cover that red!

Master Bed2 Before

Master Bed Before

Several visitors have commented that our bedroom feels like a treehouse; it gets great natural light, is surrounded by greenery, and really is the highest room in our house.  We wanted to accentuate that feeling by making it light and bright with the view taking center stage. We love how the new color just fades into the background.

You might have also noticed our old entry table has a new life as a vanity in this corner of the room.

Vanity Area

I picked up that mirror recently at Goodwill and gave it a quick coat of gold spray paint. Much better than the before, no?

Mirror Before

We sold our old bedroom furniture before we moved, so we’re still on the hunt for the perfect bed. Once we find it, we’ll share the other side of the room. For now, here’s the side by side of our updates so far!

Master Bedroom Before and After

What do you think of the new color?

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Picking the Perfect Gray

It all started with a hunt for the perfect shade of gray for our master bedroom. I wanted a gray that was almost white, not too blue, not too purple, not too tan, and not too green. I knew that finding a color fitting that description might be tricky, but I followed the rules and brought lots of paint chips home before choosing two Sherwin Williams colors to buy as samples: Agreeable Gray and Incredible White.

Buying two samples was kind of a big commitment since they were $7 each and quart-sized! I was so excited to tape those samples up on the wall, but when I saw them in the room, my heart sank.

Two Gray Samples

Incredible White looked identical to our current creamy yellow wall color, and Agreeable Gray looked khaki, not like the barely-there gray I envisioned.

So it was off to the paint store again for a third sample, one I thought was lighter and more blue, SW Crushed Ice.

Three Gray Samples

Once I had the sample up, I knew Crushed Ice was still too tan.

By this point, I was totally frustrated that I couldn’t find the right color and that I’d spent $21 on paint I would never use. Luckily Stephen came up with the brilliant idea to use the sample quarts to paint over the bright teal walls in our guest bedroom. You remember this room, right?

Guest Room Before

I wasn’t sure I’d have enough paint to make it work, but I figured at the very least the colors were light enough to use as a primer coat. So I did the unthinkable and (gasp!) mixed all three samples together in an empty gallon paint bucket. On Sunday afternoon, I crossed my fingers and got to work.

Here’s a look at the room again before I started painting.

Guest Room Before1

Guest Room Before2

Would you even believe me if I told you that the 3/4 gallon was enough to paint the entire room and it dried into the most perfect gray? Seriously, I am in love with the color in this room.

Guest Room During1

We sold almost all of our guest bedroom furniture when we moved, so this is a look at our guest room setup over Memorial Day weekend. We’ll eventually get a real bed in here!

Guest Room During2

Happily, I was able to match the wall color to one of the other paint chips I brought home, Silver Drop by Behr.

And that’s where the story comes full circle. We now have the perfect gray to use in our master bedroom! On to the next painting project!

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Hunting for Vintage Furniture

A couple weekends ago, Stephen and I packed up the babe and headed up to Wheat Ridge, CO to check out a vintage dresser we’d spotted on Craigslist the night before. We didn’t know much about Wheat Ridge beforehand, but a quick internet search for “vintage furniture” in the Denver area showed that this unassuming city was a treasure trove for antique and vintage furniture lovers like us!

We hit up four shops on our way: Garage Vintage (in the Denver Arts District), modmood and RETRO Consignment, Mid Mod Vintage Furniture, and Wheat Ridge Used Furniture.

We had a great time soaking up the midcentury goodness even though some of the pieces we found were completely out of the budget. Let me tell you, walking through rows and rows of vintage furniture is my kind of heaven!



What’s even better, our shopping trip was a success! A random stop at Wheat Ridge Used Furniture yielded this rock-solid butcher block kitchen table.

Butcher Block Tbl

Plus, we decided to pull the trigger on this midcentury dresser in excellent condition.

6 Drawer Dresser

We were in desperate need of a kitchen table, and since our master closet is tiny, the dresser has added tons of storage in our room. I snagged the dresser photo from the Craigslist post, but I hope to give you a peek of it in our bedroom soon!

Where do you go for great furniture? I think we might be making more treks to Wheat Ridge in the future!

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DIY Growth Chart

I tackled a quick DIY project a few weekends ago. It was one of those rare times when the weather was nice for working outside, the baby was napping, and I had all my supplies on hand and ready to go as soon as her head hit the pillow.

Up until Libby turned one, we had taken a photo of her sitting in her crib every Saturday. 52 weekly photos are a pretty amazing sight to see all in one place (we displayed them at her first birthday party), but we decided monthly photos were a little more attainable after the first year.

Weekly Photos

Now that Libby’s standing (and walking), I thought a growth chart would be a great background for her monthly photos. I love the more intricate ones I’ve seen online, but this one had to be accomplished during nap time, so I went a bit more simple.

I started with a six foot long 1×6 pine board. I decided to hang it about six inches off the floor, so I marked off every six inches along the board and knew my first line would be one foot above the floor. Then it was just a matter of printing out the numbers 1 through 6 and tracing them onto the board before filling in every other stripe with white paint.

Outlined 2

A quick tip for tracing numbers, use a ball point pen and press down on the number through the paper to make an indention in the wood without actually writing on it. This indention makes it easier to keep the paint inside (or outside) the lines, and there’s no erasing or trying to cover up pen or pencil marks as you go.

Outlined 3

Once the white paint was dry, I sprayed the board with a quick coat of clear matte paint to seal it. Then Stephen drilled two pilot holes through the board and into the stud in the wall in our entryway and hung our height board up!

Growth Chart

Here’s our little love bug at 13 months, showing it off!

13 Month Photo

When we were kids, my parents marked our heights on the kitchen door frame. Eventually they had to transfer the heights to a board so they could put a new coat of paint on the trim. I figured this growth chart would save a few steps down the line, and I love how it turned out!

Have you made something similar?

All photos: © Meredith Heard

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