35 Weeks: Baby Girl Nursery

Once we learned that we were having a little girl, I thought to myself, “Finally! Now I can begin imaging what the nursery will look like!”

Up until this point, I had refrained from looking at baby nursery decor. Now that we knew, I started by looking at Pinterest and various design blogs to see what would catch my eye and inspire me. Here are some of the photos that I particularly liked.

Baby Girl Nursery Room Inspiration

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Baby Girl Nursery Room Inspiration

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As you can see, I gravitated towards a grey and pink color palette. I also really liked a paper pom pom centerpiece above the crib. Another decor element that I really liked was having some sort of visual interest on a wall (like a vinyl tree decal or a polka dot explosion that originated near the paper pom pom and spanned out across the walls). I found some great polka dot vinyl decals at Walls Need Love, and ended up integrating them into our nursery decor.

Before

Since Pete and I really value “being green” and bringing new life into old or used things, we decided that we’d try and buy as many nursery items as made sense secondhand. We treated it almost like a game, and had fun searching Craigslist for nursery furniture. We found a crib, a glider, a dresser/changing table, and bookshelf on Craigslist, all for under $250! Once we were done buying paint and paint supplies (for the walls and furniture), I think we figured our total cost on nursery furniture was under $400. (Pretty great, right?) Out of all these pieces, the dresser was in the worst shape; it was missing two knobs, and there were plenty of nicks, stains, and scrapes adorning the drawer fronts and dresser top (nothing that a little sanding and TLC couldn’t fix).

Baby Girl Nursery Before

Before: Baby Girl Nursery

Baby Girl Nursery Dresser and Changing Table

Before: Baby Dresser & Changing Table

Baby Girl Nursery Dresser and Changing Table

Before: Baby Dresser & Changing Table Scuffs

Baby Girl Nursery Dresser and Changing Table

Before: Baby Dresser & Changing Table Stains and Crayon Marks

Baby Girl Nursery Glider

Before: Baby Glider

After

After looking at tons of inspirational photos, here’s where we ended up in terms of a color palette.

Baby Girl Nursery Color Palette Pink Gold Grey Teal White

Baby Girl Nursery Color Palette: Pink, Gold, Grey, Teal, and White

All of the pieces we purchased are in great condition, and this was our first time refinishing furniture together as a couple. Normally, I don’t have the patience to do DIY-type projects, but since we worked on these projects together it was a great opportunity to spend quality time together bonding over our baby’s nursery. Pete did a fantastic job flexing his muscles and did most of the sanding, refinishing, and painting.

Baby Girl Nursery Dresser and Changing Table

Sanded Baby Dresser & Changing Table

Baby Girl Nursery Dresser and Changing Table

Sanded Baby Dresser & Changing Table

Baby Nursery Crib

Painting crib

Once all of the paint dried, and we placed the furniture in the room, it was time to add all of the decor and finishing touches. We are so thankful to our family and friends for many of the wonderful baby shower gifts that help make this baby’s room so sweet! When I look into this room, I smile because it feels like there’s a little party happening in there. Doesn’t it look like a fun, cheerful room?

Take a peek at the finished product!

Baby Girl Nursery Pink Teal Gold Grey

After: Baby Girl Nursery

Baby Girl Nursery Pink Teal Gold Grey

After: Crib

Baby Girl Nursery Pink Teal Gold Grey

Baby Girl Nursery Paper Pom Poms

Baby Girl Nursery Pink Teal Gold Grey

Baby Girl Crib and Quilts

Baby Girl Nursery Pink Teal Gold Grey

After: Baby Glider & Mirror Side Table

Baby Girl Nursery Pink Teal Gold Grey

Handmade sign from Pete’s Grandpa Cousin

Baby Girl Nursery Pink Teal Gold Grey

After: Baby Dresser & Changing Table

Baby Girl Nursery Pink Teal Gold Grey

After: Baby Dresser and Changing Table

Baby Girl Nursery Pink Teal Gold Grey

DIY Baby Girl Mobile

Pregnancy Q&A

35 Weeks Pregnant

How far along? 35 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 26 pounds gained

Maternity clothes? Of course

Stretch marks? No

Best moment this week: Finishing up the nursery! We are stocked up on diapers and wipes, and all of the baby’s clothes are washed and put away. We’re ready for Baby Girl’s big debut!

Miss anything? I miss being able to breathe comfortably. Right now it’s hard to take big, full breaths, or catch my breath while working out, because the baby is getting so large and squishing my lungs a bit.

Movement: Yes; now, instead of just feeling the erratic movements, I also feel slower movements that make me think she’s starting to feel a bit cramped in there (and thus can’t move as quickly). Pete will feel my belly and the movements while laying in bed and ask me, “How can you sleep through that?!” Strangely enough, the movement isn’t what keeps me awake — it’s the general pregnancy discomfort that does! 🙂

Food cravings: Nothing noteworthy

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope

Have you started to show yet? Clearly, yes

Gender: Girl!

Labor signs: Nope

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? Engagement ring on, wedding ring off.

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy

Looking forward to: Meeting our little girl! With all of the prep and work that we’ve done to get ready for her arrival, we’re both ready to finally meet her.

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9 thoughts on “35 Weeks: Baby Girl Nursery

  1. Mary…I LOVE the nursery!! It is colorful but also organized and fresh looking!! The pom pom décor and the vinyl dots are terrific!! It is one of the most unique and beautiful nurseries I have seen in a long time….I love this blog. What a fun time!!! You could be on an HGTV show!!

  2. Your nursery is simply fantastic! Awesome DIY furniture refacing, I think you and Pete are on to something! That’s awesome that you were able to paint! I can’t wait to see your precious baby girl!!

    • Thanks, Annalee! Refinishing the furniture was a fun learning experience — more intensive than we thought it would be, but totally worth it!

  3. Mary, was so pleased to get this update!!!! Haven`t he a rd from yr mom and have been wondering how it is going. Loved seeing the furniture u redid. It turned out so cute and u look already. So happy for you. Happy birthday on the 14th! Hugs, N

  4. Oh wow, your nursery looks amazing!! Wish I could say the same for mine, but I don’t really have an artistic flair. We do have a light green feature wall though, which is kinda cool. 🙂 All the best!

  5. Pingback: Dekoracje do pokoju dziecka – inspiracje | Colleco

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