First, please send any prayers and positive thoughts our way! We are making attempts now at consenting the birthfather, so I am praying that things go smoothly. I think it will, but of course this is a big step.
In other news, we've made great progress on our nursery. First, let me share a before picture of a dresser. This dresser belonged to E when he was little and he took it as he moved into his own place. Last year, we bought new furniture for our bedroom and I was so glad to see this dresser out of there. We didn't get rid of it then, though, mostly because we were too lazy to dump it. His parents are quite fond of this dresser. I've always hated it. The drawers were always broken and even when they weren't broken, they were hard to slide in and out. The finish was bad and the handles on the drawers were ugly. I was glad to see it go. Here is how it looked as it was stored upstairs. As you can see, the top drawer was broken completely.
And then one day I was upstairs with a friend and we were talking about how much I hated the dresser. And a thought occurred to me. What if we took out the drawers altogether? It did have a nice border around the top that makes it seem like a changing table. If it wasn't for the drawers, maybe we could salvage it.
So we took the drawers out and figured out a plan to create a solid base for each drawer space. Basically, we bought some plywood and fit one piece on each side of the drawer glide that was in the middle. Then we sanded down the old finish and did a new coat of stain that matched the dresser we refinished. And here is our final product:
Beautiful! It really turned out well. We just need to get a changing pad to go on top and a few more baskets to put on the shelves. But I really like it now. Of course, I don't like the gloating my ILs are doing about this. But to be fair, this is an antique piece of furniture that is getting a new life. And it is nice that our son will use the same furniture that his dad used.
As you can see from the "after" picture, we also painted the nursery. I really like this green color. We bought a tree mural that will go on the wall above the crib. I would like feedback on what to do about one piece of the nursery. You might not be able to tell from the "after" picture, but the walls and ceilings in this room are not normal. The upstairs used to be an attic, so the ceiling is a few feet narrower than the room and so there is a slanted wall that joins the ceiling to the vertical wall. Here is another picture that shows what I am talking about (and the color here is actually more what the room looks like than the one above).
We are wondering about what to do with this section. Should we treat it more like a wall or more like a ceiling? The tree mural will probably extend onto the slanted piece about 10 inches or so. I was thinking of painting this section a lighter shade of the green that is on the walls to serve as a transition to the white ceiling. What do you think?
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