39 Weeks: Snapshots

August 25, 2012

Nursery Progress Through 9 Months

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Matt’s birthday present to the baby – a hand-painted bike canvas!! I found a few on Etsy and nearly bought one when I realized I could make one myself that would be more special and a lot less expensive. But then I realized that Matt is SO much more artistic than I am and asked him if he would like to take on the project. We bought a 20×20 canvas at Michael’s for $14 and used our leftover bathroom paint for the backdrop. Some white acrylic paint, bowls for wheel tracing and a steady hand turned out into a really fun nursery addition! We might paint his name under the bike when he’s here : )

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Molly @ RDexposed August 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

It’s never to early to start training for Le Tour! Great inspiration for him!

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2 Simply Life August 25, 2012 at 8:26 am

what a great painting! very impressive!

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3 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) August 25, 2012 at 8:36 am

What a great idea to take pictures of the nursery progress. I wish I would have done that. . . maybe next time!

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4 chiara August 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

Lovely! Thanks for sharing. You may want to lower the book racks as the baby gets a bit older so he can access the books himself. Same with some of the artwork–more at his eye level so he can really appreciate/notice them. Good luck! Hoping for labor and/or a baby on the 26th!

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5 Abby August 25, 2012 at 9:27 am

Love, love, love the bike painting! The nursery is beautfiul! I love your style! :)

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6 Reghan August 25, 2012 at 9:46 am

love the nursery! the bike print looks fantastic and would be so cute with his name printed underneath :)

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7 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

Love the transformation and progress pics!

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8 Allison K August 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

The bike picture really goes well with the nursery, much better with the design aesthetic you have been trying to achieve.

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9 Natasha August 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

Awesome bike canvas!

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10 tiffany August 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

Where did you get those bookshelves?

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11 KERF August 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

IKEA Ribba

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12 Angel7 August 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

Matt is so artistic! That is a cool painting!

With many artistic & creative people in both of your families, your baby boy is bound to be a great mix! Wonder what he will be? … A chef? An artist? An athlete? An Olympian? :)

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13 Becca August 25, 2012 at 10:35 am

Oh, I love, love, love the painting. Beautiful job, Matt! Also love the cute Etsy bike pillow (!).

Now, where have to decided to hang the Adam & Eve painting?

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14 KERF August 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

It’s now downstairs above our little brown desk and I actually LOVE it there!

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15 Danielle August 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

My sister put Pooh Bear decals on the nursery wall right by the crib. The cutest thing happened when her son got a little older. In the morning after he woke up he would sit or stand in his crib and talk (mostly gibberish) to the decals while he waited for someone to come get him. As his abilities developed you could tell that he was telling them stories (perhaps about his dreams?) He would make elaborate hand/arm gestures and say things like “aan POW!!!” throwing his arms up.

He’s 4 now and they live in a different home, so no more Pooh decals. We joke that my sister was just trying to decorate a nursery one day while she was pregnant and she ended up giving her son his first little friends.

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16 KERF August 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

Aww!

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17 Jennifer August 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

We had a mirror in our son’s room that he could see himself from his crib. We would hear him talking when he was supposed to be napping. When we could crack open the door we would see him talking to himself in the mirror. So funny!

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18 Kristin August 25, 2012 at 11:30 am

Love the art!! Homemade makes it so much more special. The nursery looks fabulous!

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19 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde August 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

Wow, Matt did such a great job on the bicycle canvas!! How sweet – I love it. The nursery looks great!

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20 Jennifer August 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

You guys are ready!

I love the bike print. Matt did a great job! Definitely add the baby’s name once he is here. :)

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21 Tracy August 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm

What happened to the cute quilt in the first photos? So cute and I loved the colors…

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22 KERF August 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Tucked away.. It was a bit to feminine for the look I wanted

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23 Michelle August 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Does that bike painting allude to his name????? Just a thought!!! Love the nursery!

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24 KERF August 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Good guess, but no : )

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25 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I love your nursery! It’s so simple yet absolutely adorable!

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26 efd August 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm

i know you mentioned that the sheets on the twin bed are from target. they are so cute! are they soft?

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27 KERF August 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I wouldn’t call them soft, but they aren’t too rough

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28 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles August 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I love how the bike print turned out! I don’t have a steady enough hand to attempt something like that, haha. I am also loving the chevron boppy cover. I am going to attempt to sew my own with some leftover chevron material…hopefully it works out.

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29 Bonnie August 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm

It looks so amazing, Kath! Great work! Absolutely love how all of the pieces are so different yet work so well together. A sweet little baby boy will complete it for sure!

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30 Christena August 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I love what you’ve done with the nursery. I know you thought about painting the walls early on, but I think the green works and that it was the right decision to leave it. So cute. Matt did a great job with the canvas also — can’t believe his hand is that steady!

I check the blog every day hoping he’s here!

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31 Andrea August 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I really LOVE the bike painting! It’s awesome! Good job on the nursery guys!

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32 Kelly August 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Love the nursery, especially the bike painting! I would hang the beautiful bunting flags in more of a single line, I think they look a bit like a big, scary mouth!! Or maybe it’s just me??

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33 Haily Foytik August 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thank you so much for posting the picture with all the boxes everywhere / craziness. I feel so much better about my nursery with all the stuff all over the place! You’re giving me some hope – it looks great!

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34 Kelly August 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm

LOVE, Love, love the canvas! So Matt and Kath! You guys are so talented. Cannot wait to hear you introduce your little guy.

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35 Andrea August 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Cute! Reminds me of getting ready for my baby boy….who is now 12 and almost as tall as me! Sigh. Loved the whole process of getting ready or baby. Will let you know how I am on the process of getting ready for teenager!

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36 Pam August 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I LOVE that bicycle painting, very cool! Matt did a great job, it’s great when you can create something your own, such a personal touch.
The nursery looks great and I love the addition of a twin bed, I’m sure it will come in handy!
So excited for you!!

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37 Kristine August 26, 2012 at 12:24 am

I love those bookshelves! What a neat idea to display the books, rather than having them on a regular shelf only to have the title showing. I will have to hit up Ikea soon!

Great job on the bicycle..smart thinking to do it yourselves! :)

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38 Kathy W. August 26, 2012 at 2:41 am

Nursery looks great!

(Matt could have a second business on Etsy. I would totally buy that.)

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39 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 26, 2012 at 8:35 am

I love that bike canvas! So cute!

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40 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family August 26, 2012 at 8:37 am

Love matts painting! I wish i was slightly artistic. I can sew really well and am creative but can draw a subpar stick figure at best

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41 Kathie August 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

You have left me blushing- my toddler’s room (which she is going to share with her soon to be baby brother) is still pretty much undecorated. I have no eye for detail :( I love that Adam and Eve print- do you mind sharing where you bought it?

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42 KERF August 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

It’s an original done by my grandmother so unfortunately one of a kind!

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43 Tonya August 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I can’t believe your grandmother painted that Adam & Eve pic! So awesome. And wow girly you are about ready to pop! I was surprised when I saw your pic on katheats. I’m always amazed at how pregnant bellies go from “yeah she looks kinda pregnant” to “boing!!!” overnight! LOL

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44 Gauri August 27, 2012 at 2:09 am

Very cute nursery Kath! I had a suggestion that might be helpful for later. If you removed the twin bed and just had the mattress on the floor that would give you + baby more floor space for when he started crawling around (and no fear of him falling off the bed if he ever happened to be up there with you) and would still leave the sleeping space for you.

I’m impressed with Matt’s artistic skills!

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45 kim August 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

Love the bike picture! Also, I was wondering where you got that white rocking chair? I love those but dont know where to get one!

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46 KERF August 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

It’s from Amazon – only $110 and a STEAL! I love it so much! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HX36MI/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00

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47 kim August 28, 2012 at 11:51 am

Oh my gosh! you made my day :)

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