Please welcome Tabatha of Turn Right at Lake Michigan. She and her husband own an old home that needs some extra TLC but her blog is a bit of a twist: she is renovating with an eye to sell and move away in a few years! Today she is sharing the transformation of her spare room litter box into bold baby space.
I’m more than excited to be guest posting for Mrs. Limestone! I’ve loved her blog since I figured out what Google Reader was, and I’m so flattered that she decided to let me share my little before and after with you.
When my then-fiancé and I bought our 1898 home, this is what the smaller of the two upstairs bedroom looked like:
The existing shag carpet was lovingly referred to as Chewbacca. And no, we don’t know what caused that stain. We pretty quickly and easily transformed the room into a guest bedroom, complete with new carpet I laid myself:
However, my cats decided that the guest room was the same as a giant litter box. We were told the previous owners didn’t have pets, but somehow in not taking up the previous padding, a smell my fur babies couldn’t stand permeated through to their little noses and rear ends. Despite our best efforts (and due to a door that never quite latched correctly), we couldn’t keep them out of the room, making it not very visitor-friendly, if you catch my drift.
Eight short months later, we found ourselves expecting again – our daughter. And we had to face facts – we needed that spare room, and we needed it cat-smell and clutter free. So in the middle of a humid Midwest summer without air conditioning, my husband, his friend from work, and myself went about transforming the spare bedroom into a space fit for our sweet baby girl.
We thought we might be in luck because we could probably sand and paint the subfloor … until the rest of the pressboard was removed and we found this little gem:
I should let you know my husband is a high school social studies teacher, and not the most handy, so this effort was nothing sort of astounding. Usually I’m the one hanging drywall, tearing up floors, tiling things, etc, but being in my third trimester kept me from simple things like bending at the waist, so it was up to him to pick up the hammer in my stead.
However, after a night of furniture building and decorating that was dangerously close to my due date, my daughter finally had her nursery:
The rocker and zebra carpet were items previously located in my son’s room, but with his approaching toddlerhood we felt safe in moving them out of his space and into another. (They’re both now discontinued, but the chair was Amy Coe for Babies R Us and the carpet was Dwell Studio for Target.) The shades are old Ikea that were already in the room; the valences are MiGi we found at Target, and the curtain covering the closet is Liberty of London for Target.
Baby’s first calendar and Liberty for London curtain, both from Target.
Green doorknob tie back from Urban Outfitters. There was a purple one, but shockingly I thought that might be overboard. I’m glad I went with the green.
So there you have it – the room in my house that’s gone through the most changes in the three short years that we’ve been here, and which now is the sweetest bedroom for my much-loved daughter. I hope you enjoyed my little before-and-after, and if you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking with me until the end!