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After painting the room, I went to work painting a few pieces of furniture (which is totally safe by the way as long as you use zero fume paint, which is easily available at paint stores). My Mother-in-Law (along with my Sister-in-Law and a family friend) actually found a cute corner table on the side of the road in Winter Park one day back in January. At the time, I wasn't sure where I would use the table, knowing it needed a bit of love, but eventually I realized it would make a great changing table because I'd be able to change the baby facing forward, not sideways. I never understood why all the changing tables were sideways facing anyway. Is it easier to change a baby if they are sideways? Time will tell... Anyway, I painted the table a classic fire engine red and added new hardware (which as my Dad pointed out is WAY too sharp and will need to be changed when Elliott is taller and moving around).
The too-cute-for-words tricycle that my Mother-in-Law found sits on the floor currently, just being perfect.
Then we added a few shelves on the walls to hold the "retro" toys. Matt contributed a Cabbage Patch Kid from his childhood (seriously, too cute!) and there are other retro things (E.T. toy, rubix cube, Snoopy Snowcone Machine, etc).
One of the gifts from my baby shower was the wooden toy train spelling out Elliott from my friend Tina, which you can see on this shelf below. Of course, I also have two vintage Star Wars pop-up books and a homemade Carebear from my childhood up there.
We went with a white crib because I wanted something neutral that could be used again (if we are lucky enough to have more than one child). Above the crib is a print showcasing bicycles throughout the years.
And finally, we decided on the most comfortable rocker/swivel chair from Buy Buy Baby and were able to choose the fabric. Winston (the dog, in case you forgot) has claimed that chair as his new favorite spot, it should be interesting when he has to share it with his brother!
And, that's it. Nursery is all ready for the baby - if only he would come out and meet us!