Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Nursery Room : Love is Blind

I was hoping to have the final front door post to you guys today, but keeping up with work, my two mile daily walks, and everything else is getting a little rough these days with being 1 week and 5 days from my due date.  Hopefully by Friday we'll have it completely done.

Just a reminder from last week, tomorrow I'm taking an early lunch break and hosting Gevalia Coffee's Bean Chat on facebook at 10 a.m. EST.  They're giving away three bags of coffee during the chat, so if you want to pop over and chat with me about any of my latest projects, or just like coffee, come join me!  I'll post another reminder again tomorrow.

Today though, another nursery post...

One of the finishing things left to do in Kalia's nursery was put up blinds.  Unfortunately, the ones we wanted came either 1.5 inches too short, or about 20 inches too long.  So, rather than have Kalia's window look like it was wearing pants on that were just a little too short, we went with the longer option.  (Side note : My D. Mom used to make my sister and I wear 'tall socks' when we started to outgrow our pants.  Maybe that's why I'm not a big fan of pants that are too short!  Haha!)

We didn't really want the longer version to bunch up at the bottom though, so we did a little DIYing to make them fit to our window.  Which is a standard window by the way...we bought and installed it from the big orange that made the fact that there wasn't blinds to fit the actual window that much more annoying!

I really love the look / feel of textured bamboo blinds.  I love that they bring outdoor elements in, and I also thought they would tie in nicely to the baskets that we already have in Kalia's daybed.

I really am going to fix the basket liners soon...really, I am. 
To shorten our blinds, first we measured up how far we wanted the bottom of the blinds to hang.

Then Chris took the craft knife and cut along one of the thick bamboo slats.  We looked at how the bottom of the blinds were initially put together, and then mimicked it.  We wanted to make sure we had enough extra to not lose any of the smaller bamboo pieces, so we cut below where we actually wanted to cut (which was the dark brown big slat), so that we could glue up the excess string.

Like this.  It doesn't matter that the glue isn't pretty, this part is getting folded over anyways!

And then we added more glue and folded our bottom piece over top of the brown piece to give a nice clean finished look.  It mimics what was previously there perfectly!

FYI, the glue we use is quick grip.  I'm too impatient to use much else...that stuff has a super strong hold and dries really quickly too!

Here she is hung in her new home.

I was actually really impressed by how dark they are when they're all the way down too.  This picture is horrible because only the overhead light is on, but you can tell the difference that the blinds actually make!

And thankfully, you can see that we still have a little ledge left at the there's not a bunch of excess blinds getting in the way!  Woo Hoo!

Anyone else have to modify their 'standard' blinds to fit their standard sized windows or did we get a defective window / blind?  What do you think of the bamboo blinds to finish off the window treatments in the nursery?  I had initially really wanted to build a valance to go over top of all of this, and maybe one day we'll get back to it, but it was one of the few projects that Chris insisted get crossed off the list for the nursery.  The other project was painting stripes on the ceiling!  At this rate though, we need to start on nursery #2 before too long!!  Oiy!

Hope everyone is having a great week.  If you're available, pop over to the Gevalia Bean Chat tomorrow on Facebook from 10-11 a.m. EST to chat along with me.  Happy Wednesday!
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  1. The nursery has all come together so nicely! It's gorgeous. Kalia will be here before you know it!!!

  2. can i just tell you how much i love this space? i can't believe she's almost here, too. the whole window treatment looks great, i always want to try bamboo shades. we DID modify some shades, actually, the ones in our front bow window behind the couch (the ones i really can't get a good pic of). we wanted the binds to go on each window, and some i leave up for the cat, while the main two i leave down for privacy.

  3. Your nursery is absolutely beautiful!!! Did you and your husband make the Ana White day bed/bench? What a great idea for a nursery - I'm LOVING it!!! Also, where'd you get the great alphabet to frame and hang???

  4. What a gorgeous nursery!! I love the framed alphabet above the daybed!! Sooo cute!!

  5. Hi Kara, I love your wall of books! I write a children's book blog called you mind if I shared one image and a link back to you with my readers? Let me know. Thanks!

    P.S. I also love all the other details of your nursery--it's simply beautiful.


  6. I can't believe you're so close to your due date now! And you're still running around like you aren't even PG! Blinds look great : )

  7. Kara, Gorgeous nursery! I love it!
    One suggestion, maybe a footrest for your chair.

  8. Great blog!
    I'm a new follower from the hop!
    Come check me out when you get the chance:
    Carolina Summer

  9. Thanks everyone!! We've definitely put a lot of hard work and love into this nursery!

    Kari - I wrote a post about the alphabet wall here : (It has a link to where I got them from!) and yep, I made that daybed, that post is here : awhile back and decided to use this one in the nursery.

    Silly Eagle Books - absolutely! Thanks!

    Anonymous - I actually already have one :-), I just have to take pictures and post of it with the new footrest!

    Lisa - oh, I'm for sure running around like I'm's go-go-go, then nap-nap-nap!! Haha!

  10. What an adorable nursery! You did a fantastic job!

  11. The nursery looks amazing! I like the new blinds and that white chair in front of the window is beautiful. I love how the room is coming together!

  12. ok i freaken love that room! can i copy u lol! i have those alphabet cards.....and i love the book shelves! im following! im at

  13. DARLING!!!! love the room. turned out so great:)

  14. looks great! i love those shades... will have to look for some for my kitchen. i also love the color on the inside of the closet. i didn't think of that. we opened up my son's closet too because the doors we very "pinch-able" stop by and look at my little man's room post. andiejaye @ crayonfreckles

  15. Mother Hen here-Is the blind cord (the one you use to pull it up and down) cut in half so it won't be a strangulation hazard? I bought some bamboo blinds and had to modify my cord. Beautfiul room! I pray that your labor is swift and painless. ( a girl can hope : ) )

  16. LOVE the nursery! Great job!! The wall ABC's project was one of my favorites!! Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites -Free For ALL party! If you have a second, would you come by and see what we've created for the American Crafters competition... and maybe even put in a vote for us! ;)

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  17. Thanks again ladies!

    Oh yes Robin...we did fix that, but thanks so much for popping in and suggesting it! And thanks for the well wishes with labor, I can definitely use it!

  18. very cute room!! love everything about it, expecially the shelving! the blinds came out great :) found you over at the girl creative, come by for a visit sometime


  19. Haven't been over in a while . . . Ack!! I am lovin' EVERYTHING!! Great job!!

  20. I love the book shelves! Did you make them or buy them?

  21. Made them :-). Here's that post : , and a full post of everything from the nursery is here :

    Thanks for the compliment!


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