When I started working on Baby A’s nursery I had NO IDEA it would eventually lead to me taking on sewing projects ( I mean, I didn’t even own a sewing machine at the time). Even if you had told me on the day I got my sewing machine that I would be brave enough in a few short weeks to open a shop , tackle recovering a glider, and sew a fitted sheet and crib skirt from scratch I would have looked at you as if you were crazy.
Truth be told I’ve always been REAL scared of sewing machines. I’m not sure why but this is one DIY skill that always left me feeling nervous, and I never wanted to even give it a shot because I was pretty certain I would fail big time at it. Crazy enough, I was wrong. Over the past few months, I’ve really gotten the hang of this thing and I’m SO enjoying all the doors this new skill has opened up for me! If you’re like me and currently on the fence about if you should or shouldn’t give sewing a try- DO IT. It’s hard work, but it’s super rewarding when you see a project you worked really hard on come together.
Of course, this didn’t all start with sewing a crib sheet. First we had to work on getting a crib in the room and thanks to the kindness of a friend of my Mom’s we got one for $free.99. Which just so happens to be my favorite price to pay for anything. My vision for her nursery called for a white crib, No exceptions, No way was I budging, and the crib we were given was as brown as they come. Fortunately, we were given the ok by the previous owners to paint the crib white and while it was a TON of work, (We’re talking about 5 coats of paint to cover all that brown) it was also mega rewarding to see the finished product. Unfortunately, I totally forgot to get a before shot but I do have this stock photo from Graco’s website. For curious minds, this is the Graco Sarah 4 in 1 crib in Cherry, although I don’t think that info will do a whole lot of good as they’re no longer manufacturing this one!
So, That’s what I started with. And after HOURS AND HOURS of painting the third coat was still looking something like this-
Honestly, I thought I was NEVER going to finish painting this thing, but a few
days coats of paint later I finally got it done! In case you’re planning on taking on a similar project, I have a few “learn from my mistakes” points for you.
1.) Consider doing a coat of Killz first. Better yet, make your husband do a coat of Killz first! I just didn’t feel good about inhaling all those Killz-like fumes and decided to tough it out, but really and truly I wish I would have planned a little better in the beginning and had someone to take care of those parts of the process.
2.) Do one coat a day. It’s SO HARD to stop a project when you start to see that you’re finally making progress and it’s coming together, but If I could do it again I would for sure take my time and limit myself to one coat a day. A] It’s better for the old back and B] there’s a few drips and marks I would have avoided if I had been a little more patient.
Now, for the big question that I am SURE you’re thinking…
How safe is this paint for baby? I know, kids put their mouths on EVERYTHING, and when those little boogers start teething they will try to chew on anything they can get their mouths on. I GET IT. That’s why I was super careful to use NO VOC, Non Toxic paint for this project. (And possibly another reason I was a little leary on using Killz) Not only did I do my research to make sure I was using the safest paint possible for Baby Girl Atkinson, I also took things a step further with the sealant we selected to go over the paint. I ordered Safecoat Acrylacq which is a Doctor Recommended, Not Toxic, Water based sealant. Basically, this is the type of stuff you put on things to make them food safe. Countertops, tables, etc. Anything you would want to paint, put food on, and then eat off of needs a good coat of this stuff. This gives me peace of mind as well because I know that when our little one does get to the age where she’s biting and slobbering all over everything her crib will still be safe for her.
sidenote: I still plan on getting some teething rail guards to go on her crib rails even with all the extra precautions we’ve taken. There’s just nothing more important than peace of mind when it comes to the health and well-being of your baby!
I LOVE how it turned out. Seriously, couldn’t be much happier at all. It’s everything I wanted out of a crib for our little girl and I think it fits the room PERFECTLY. The only thing that could make it better was some awesome bedding! So, I found some fabric that I fell in love with for the crib sheet and got to work one Thursday night while Wes spent time with a friend writing some songs in the other room. I frantically measured, stitched, and threaded until I ended up with something that surprisingly enough, TOTALLY looked like a fitted crib sheet! This was only my second sewing project ever so I was really excited to see that it actually worked!
When all was said and done this is what we ended up with- ta-da! I love the simplicity of the tiny polka dots, and the fact that they don’t follow a certain pattern. Aesthetically this is exactly what I wanted for the Nursery and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it worked out!
Up next was the crib skirt. This part was a little more tricky because A) I knew I wanted to use chiffon and B) That is some TOUGH material to work with, ESPECIALLY for a N00B like me. I loosely followed this tutorial I found on pinterest to create the look I knew I wanted for my project.
So… Are you ready for the big reveal?
I’m super excited to share this labor of love with you guys and I honestly CAN NOT WAIT to see how she looks in it! (is that weird?)
crib sheet // DIY
crib skirt // DIY
white ruffle blanket // made by my great grandmother for me as a baby
black and white polka dot swaddle blanket // wit + wayfare No, we aren’t naming her after me. And YES, this pillow is staying. I’m incorporating several pieces I still have from my childhood in her room. I honestly can’t think of anything more fitting for a room styled like this.
Pillow // made by a family friend for me as a baby
Stuffed Bambi // darling clementine
sheepskin rug // tjmaxx
I’m sure we’ll add/change some things around before she gets here, and we’ve got lots of artwork and a mobile to hang over the crib, but I’m really in love with what it looks like so far! What do you guys think? Are you loving her sleeping space as much as we are? Leave your thoughts and any questions in the comments section!