Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Nursery Decorating Woes
Now that it's been a week and a half since we moved Katie into her big girl room, I finally felt like I could go into the nursery and work on switching out the bedding. I felt ill removing the perfect flower bedding that I had used for both Ellie and Katie. I love this set and I was desperately hoping that this baby would be a girl so I could look at it for another two or three years. So right off the bat I was setting myself up for an underwhelming experience.
Once I had all the girly bedding stripped away, I started to open up the boy alphabet bedding. I put the pillow sham on our small Pottery Barn Kids pillow and was upset to see that it was huge on the pillow. So I went and checked the girly sham from PBK and saw that the dimensions on the tag were exactly the same as the new sham. Odd. The old one is a snug fit and this one is way too big. Not a good start, but I told myself I could try to shrink it.
Then I pulled out the crib skirt. I wasn't sure if I'd have to wash it first or not, but I knew either way, I'd have to iron it. But first, I wanted to see how it fit on the crib. I thought it was odd that the skirt was pooling on the floor so I checked to make sure I had it on properly and took a step back. On the crib's lowest setting about 3-4 inches of fabric were on the floor on all three sides. Seriously, how can this be?! At this point I was on the verge of tears.
I went searching for a navy blue crib skirt that I have for my nephew's crib set and pulled that out. I noticed the package said it had a 12 inch drop for the skirt. So then I checked out the PBK one and see that it has a 16 inch drop. I suspect it's just the perfect length for a Pottery Barn crib on the lowest mattress setting. Had I been able to buy the crib skirt for Ellie's set 9 years ago (I believe it was either sold out or backordered.) I might have already known from experience that the skirt was going to be too long. But since my mom made the skirt for that set I was blissfully unaware.
I'm tired and exhausted. Naps don't happen for me at all thanks to a dog who barks when I try to sleep and a few other factors like me having to pick Ellie up at school when I would like to be sleeping. I don't have the desire or the energy to alter a crib skirt for this new bedding set.
I sat on the nursery floor and cried for a bit. Bryan offered to buy a new crib if that would solve the problem but I told him I didn't want it. Then I decided to try the crib skirt from the girly set with the boy sheeting to see if I could live with it. I thought it was a possibility until I added the baby blue mesh bumper. I really dislike baby blue for boys and this was just too much. I sent Bryan another text with a picture of that combination. He suggested finding somethign that works, as in another bedding set. No, I already brought wall decor that worked with this and my chances of finding something I like that goes with the wall color are slim to none. I'm picky, and when it comes to decorating a nursery I have to have everything just so or I'll fixate on everything that is wrong.
I started to wonder what I'd have to do to make the crib skirt work. I can't hem it from the bottom since it has a design and applique work at the bottom. My only choice would be to hem it from the top. After I had my little pity party and cried again about the bedding situation I put the skirt back on the bed and tucked about three or four inches under the mattress on one side. That gave me the look I wanted. So now I know what has to be done. I either need to alter the crib skirt myself, or take it to a seamstress. I'm not sure which option I'm going to go with at the moment. I really don't want to get into a sewing project.
I talked to my mom and she suggested running it through the washer and dryer to see if it shrinks up a bit so that if I take on the alterations myself I don't find myself having to alter the crib skirt twice. The bedding is in the wash right now and will be going in the dryer soon. Here's hoping that it shrinks a bit. If not, I will probably cry a bit more.
On the bright side, I do like the way the bedding looks and I think it goes nicely with the color of the room and the wall art I picked for the nursery.