20 Weeks: Rearranged!

As I hinted at in my KERF post last week, I spent a day putting together IKEA furniture and rearranging the nursery last week. Backbreaking I tell ya!


When I decided to purchase the smaller Hemnes dresser from IKEA, the room arrangement options opened up since the smaller dresser fits well where the crib was. The crib is also in a better location, according to all you experts, and now away from heating vents, windows and curtains. I am SO GLAD I did this because I like the nursery a million times more now!!

Particularly the view from the hallway. The bed looks so much prettier from the side than from the foot:



This little nightstand was a perfect small addition beside the bed. I repurposed the lamp from the basement. Lucky me that it’s grey already! Same with my little clock.


I love that all of the Hemnes furniture is lined with yellow + white already! Saves me lots of time : )


I did have one major snafu – I put this screw in from the wrong side and the crappy IKEA screws strip SO easily that I could not get it back out with a screwdriver, drill or pliers. Luckily the drawer still opens and closes, it just sticks a tiny bit. But also luckily this is not a drawer I will be using all that much.


New in the closet is this $99 Brimnes chest. I’m glad I went with this instead of that big vintage yellow one because it fits better than I think that one would have (and was half the price!). Also really glad I didn’t get that vintage dresser in that same post – I think it would have been too short.


I plan to store extra clothes and things in this guy


Building it took longer than the dresser! And the bottom handle cracked when I screwed it in. Sadness. But that’s Ok.

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I’m not quite sure how I will use this hanging shelf system, but I added some boxes that fit well inside:


The closet is ready for things! [Still also SO glad we took the door off! I cannot imagine the room with that door to open.]


Building the Hemnes dresser came next. I was proud of myself for doing this solo!


I followed the directions SO closely, but IKEA pictures are still not easy to interpret, and I have no idea how these screws ended up on the outside instead of the inside! Not worth taking the dresser apart for though. I will just paint them white.


I also made a mistake when building the drawers and got a little too self confident and found myself with drawers with holes on the inside instead of the outside so the tracks could attach! I had pounded the plastic nail-screws in already, so there wasn’t really an easy way to fix this.


But I finally had the bright idea to drill through from the other side and fixed the problem! Whew.



I filled the big drawers with 2 sets of cloth Skubb boxes – lots of organization ready for tiny socks and diapers!


I bought these blue chevron-like boxes for the top of the dresser. Love!


Door-side of the room [wall décor TBD]


Bed view:


And relocated crib!



I bought this little yellow table…not sure if it will stay, but I liked the color. Beaker like it too.


HAD to have these cloth veggies! I saw a similar product for $40 online recently and these were just $7!


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I moved the rug so it’s tucked under the bed and JUST clears the entry door. Much happier with the rug location now too!


So happy with these big changes. Now we just have a bunch of small things to do! Things like more wall décor, a few book shelves (I bought some Ribba shelves), possible curtain change, new shades for the ceiling fan, all the baby stuff (!), etc.


And hopefully someday, we will get to add the baby too!


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78 thoughts on “20 Weeks: Rearranged!”

  1. This is really lovely! I love the color choices, and that pop of yellow with the little table by the crib is just darling!

    Bravo for putting together the pieces yourself!

    We have a similar set of cloth veggies. But it is grocery bag. It is one of Baby Eli’s favorite toys. 🙂

  2. Wow- it looks amazing! I love your taste. This must have taken you a long time- way to go! Ikea has such nice looking things and you can’t beat the prices. I think my favorite things you showed are the boxes on top of the dresser and the yellow and white striped lining- beautiful!

  3. I haaaate putting together furniture. I always wish for a magic wand half way through! Also what kind of vegetable is that long green one? Next to the carrots under the bears hand in the second picture. I am apparently twelve ….because it just looks phallic to me. 🙂

  4. The nursery looks great Kath! I absolutely love your style. Ikea furniture is both a blessing and a curse, as it’s stylish and relatively inexpensive but always a bit of a headache to put together. I wonder, are you planning on getting a change table, or do you think you’ll just use a changing pad on the floor? Just curious 🙂

      1. After 3 children, I think it’s easiest to change in the same place all the time. Having everything you need handy, and easy to grab quickly is essential with both boy and girl babies. They can be messy during the process!

  5. I love it! You’re inspiring me to think about how my closet is set up in the nursery. I’m for sure going to be painting it, but I now want to do a curtain too.

    I LOVE your colors so much. Bright and beautiful.

  6. Love the updated room! It looks really good. I have the Hemnes dresser, and I love it, but sometimes the drawers sag in the middle–just something to be aware of! I’m sure with little light weight baby clothes it’ll be different 🙂

  7. Aww, I absolutely love that little yellow table and the veggies! That little side table is cute too!

    I like the crib in the new area, too. Have you picked out bedding yet? There are so many options right!?

  8. It looks great! We have the same Hemnes dresser – a changing pad fits beautifully on top (although I ended up changing on a bed more often than not.) 3 years later it’s still holding up (minus the bottom of one drawer that’s sagging.)

    IKEA keeps lots of extra parts on hand – maybe they could replace that cracked handle on the Brimens?

  9. LOVE this room! Good for you for putting furniture together, yuck.
    I would strongly recommend getting some black-out curtains or shades. They were a lifesaver in our house.

  10. Beautiful!! You know I love your taste in decor. 🙂

    I think the nursery looks so clean and organized, bright and cheery. That little guy is going to just love his room. 🙂

  11. The rooms in your house seem to get SO MUCH light! That is soooo nice. I can’t remember – are you planning on having a chair (glider or otherwise) in the room?

      1. [Sorry I didn’t mean to sound so curt! I just mean I’ve debated it for about a month and made the final decision that I’m going to stop worrying about it because bed > glider to me]

  12. Kath the room turned out beautifully and I can only imagine!!! how much work it was! I do love Ikea for their prices and their selection and quality for the price, but the assembly…..eek, it drives me bonkers. Great job for you for doing this all…yourself! Major props!

  13. Looks beautiful! We got 10 years and still going out of my kids bedroom sets. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money because I know they’d take a beating! And they did. At first they’re hard to put together but then you get the hang of it 🙂 4 dressers, a nightstand, a cube thing and 2 beds. I think I may have used some bad words at the time.

  14. Great job with assembly! Is the dresser serving as merely a dresser or a changing table also? Just wondering. Had a few wall art ideas, if it isn’t a changing table also 🙂

  15. The room looks awesome!! So cute! The baby will make a perfect addition;). I also have those veggies from IKEA! Every RD needs them! 🙂

  16. We used/use the hanging shelf system for all of the blankets, changing pad covers, sheets, hooded towels, swaddles, etc. It’s amazing how many of these things you receive, and how many of them you use.

  17. I recently purchased the same rug! I am also expecting (but a baby girl!) and am doing a chevron/elephant theme for her space. What size did you order? I couldn’t make up my mind as to what would look best in her room so I ordered both but once they get here, one will be going back!

      1. will remember that. thanks!

        .. you should try Etsy for nursery wall decor. There are tons of sellers with unique baby art. One seller makes custom button monograms that would look great in your baby’s space. Good luck with the rest of your preparations. We haven’t gotten any furniture yet and it’s killing me! my husband insists on waiting until after the shower but I have still been purchasing things here and there 🙂

  18. The room looks so pretty now! Great job on the furniture assembly – something I have never been able to master. 🙂

  19. It looks wonderful! Everything is coming together nicely. I really want to get some of those Ikea drawer organizers too, they look so handy.
    We are at the same point, all the big stuff is in place and now it’s just adding the finishing touches over the next few months 🙂 So fun!

  20. The nursery is absolutely gorgeous and the ikea furniture looks so nice in the room! Super impressed you managed to put all those piece together. The last time I tried to assemble a piece of ikea furniture, well let’s just say that table still wobbles. 🙂

  21. I LOVE the idea of a bed in the nursery!!! What made you guys pick bed over glider? I’m also all about the big fluffy living-room recliner instead of a glider.

    1. The bed was already in there and bought 5 years ago, so that influenced the decision. But I also think it will be very helpful for reading stories, changing outfits, nursing lying down and as a workspace (like for laundry folding)

        1. Agreed – I wish I would have done that with our first. Our second came along pretty quickly after the first (even though I was exclusively breast-feeding!!), so being able to basically sleep through the night with the second was AMAZING. We just slathered her little butt with diaper cream before going to bed and didn’t worry about changing the diaper every time she woke up. With our first, we changed him every time he woke up during the night. Crazy.

  22. Looks great! And, I’m impressed with the furniture assembly! Not sure I would even attempt that one without a guy lol – I think a nice decal above the dresser would be super cute!

  23. Do you think you are tempting fate at all? No criticism. I just wouldn’t be comfortable with all this action so relatively early in a pregnancy. This all makes me so so nervous for the three of you. Anyways, it a very pretty nursery and good luck with everything.

      1. Unfortunately, a loss would be considered a stil birth at this point. Maybe the pp meant before you have the anatomy scan to make sure everything is progressing as it should.

    1. I wouldn’t say halfway through a pregnancy is relatively early. I don’t think it’s tempting fate to be prepared and to start getting ready for baby. No pregnant woman is going to want to do all of this at 30+ weeks especially when you could go into labour early and be left unprepared and unready for baby.
      Whatever is meant to be is meant to be. I don’t think getting ready for baby is “tempting fate”

  24. I love the chevron rug, you inspired to look up if Urban Outfitters had the chevron curtains in orange, but they only have the rug in that color. Which I did almost buy anyway. We have carpet though in the nursery so it just seemed silly to add a rug as well. I found a new curtain for the window and decided to paint an old antique table ($6 at Goodwill, SCORE!) a bright orange instead. Almost done! Can’t wait to post the finished nursery! Your little man’s is turning out so great, I love watching the progress!

  25. I know you said early on that you werent sure if you liked the color of the nursery, but seeing all your furniture in there, and watching it come together, I think its super cute! Maybe down the line if your feeling sassy a stencil on one wall might be fun. And I think the little pop of blue in the closet is fun too! Such a bright happy space for a little boy 🙂

  26. I shy away from Ikea . . . too many pieces to put together! I think less expensive furniture is a great option for a child’s room though – a bull in a china shop comes to mind. A mom in my Mommy group was telling me the other day her child chews on the crib! Yikes! It is looking really great in there!! Oh, I don’t remember if the colors matched your nursery or not, but Target has some chevron print lidded baskets that were fairly inexpensive. I know there was a green and white one for sure.

  27. A few things…

    My sister has that same IKEA dresser (the full sized version) and she has a changer on top – she loves it! The drawers are huge and great for storage.

    I’m so happy we took our closet doors off too – it opened our little nursery up so much, and makes the room feel so much bigger.

    I know you said you want the bed instead of the glider/rocker, but perhaps you could be open to the idea without compromising what is obviously a well thought-out floor plan. Have you considered maybe getting one for your cozy basement or wonderful porch? I could see myself rocking on that porch for hours! I only say this because when C was 2 weeks old, I got horrible back pain from trying to nurse in bed in the middle of the night – it’s a big strain, and he was only 8 pounds then. It only gets harder as they get heavier.

    You definitely don’t need a rocker to be IN your nursery if it doesn’t work for the setup, but man – we would not have survived these past few months without one. During teething I literally did nothing but rock him for three days. And now, it’s the only way I can get him down for a nap (not necessarily a good habit, but very effective). Maybe consider one for a different part of the house, so you have that option if needed!

    – written at 1am from the glider. 🙂

    1. Yes! We have really nice rockers on the porch, a small green one I can bring to any room, and big comfy armchairs both 10 steps from the nursery and in the basement.

  28. RE: all the talk of gliders/rockers/armchairs. I put a hand-me-down wooden rocker in my son’s room and never used it once while he was an infant. It was very uncomfortable to sit/nurse in. I found it most comfortable to nurse sitting indian-style, with a Boppy. Basically, you’ll find what works for me.

    There WERE times when he needed bouncing – and for that, we used a big Bosu ball and bounced up and down. He LOVED it – and it was very comfortable for me, too. I had a very traumatic labor/delivery and long recovery…couldn’t sit or walk right for over a year after he was born. Anyway, I highly recommend a giant exercise ball for bouncing 🙂

  29. Beautiful nursery! Are you happy with the quality of the Urban Outfitters Chevron Rug?? I love the look of it, but the reviews on the UO website were very mixed.

  30. I love the nursery. Where did you get the chevron storage boxes on top of the dresser? I love them!!

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