I was so sure that we were having a boy, we walked into the maternity ward, saying, "So, if it's a girl, what are we naming her??" And we walked out saying, "Good thing we popped out a boy!" Thinking of some girl names while having contractions wasn't exactly happening.
We had decided on the boys name very early on, so as it played out, I got to use my last name for his first name. I added some whimsy to the ceiling with some painted twigs and pine cones tied up there with fishing line, for a floating effect. Keenan thinks it rocks. I do too.
We bought this leaf from Ikea before Keenan was born, just because its cool. I had a sneaking suspicion that we were having a boy, and even if it was a girl, I'm not the girly type so she wouldn't have been getting a pink frilly room, by any means. The leaf was going in, no matter what gender.
Once again the leaf was inspiration for Keenan's dresser. Originally it was Adam's, and it was perfect for Keenan to work as his dresser and change table. Keenan has a fairly small room so having pieces work as double duty is key. I painted it with Beautitone Cabinet Paint in Sqeezed Limes. If I could go back, I would definitely use a different type of paint. I even sanded and primed this sucker, and it still took me 4 or 5 coats of paint! I lost track after two, and it could probably use one more coat, for good luck. But it does look good, and it's a durable finish, the drawers aren't sticking and peeling off paint, so I guess I can't complain too much. But one coat would have been awesome. Just sayin!
Lastly, we made a growth chart out of our left over wood from the fence. It's nothing fancy, just wood and a sharpie! But it sure is cute, and it's something we can take with us if we ever move. And no marking up walls. I just never could see the point of the writing on the walls.
Adam also made these little boxes with the left over wood from the fence too. All we have in his room is the crib, the dresser and a chair, so it's pretty basic in there. These are nice to add a few decorations on the wall, as there isn't much floor area, and there isn't much space for little things like this anywhere
other than on the wall.
Obviously, I am sure this is a room that will be in constant change, as Keenan grows and tastes change, but for now, I am happy with the way it has turned out. Hope you like it too!
Thanks for reading!
5/7/2013 09:45:26 am
Love the dresser we did the same thing in Odette' s room except in bright cherry red.....it also took us five or six coats......but the end result like Keenan's dresser is awesome!
5/13/2013 11:29:32 am
Thank you Kale and Sam! It's a pretty fun colour, that's for sure! The bright red sounds awesome too; I love colour. I really do.
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By Jena Keenan