Saturday, June 30, 2012

Davis's Nursery!

I must be suffering from 3rd trimester insomnia because I can't sleep.  I think God's preparing me for the sleepless nights to come!  Here are some pictures of Davis's (finally finished!) nursery.  :)  
The lighting in some of these pictures makes the grey look weird.
But the walls are light grey.  :)
The crib Aunt Lynne found
with all the bedding my mom helped me sew!
Uncle Aaron & Aunt Stacy brought Davis this adorable
elephant from Thailand!  Love his bowtie.  :)
The built-ins that Aaron & Grandaddy Rick built.
Sweet book from Sarah Beth & Susan  :)
And the owl is from Dunlap Love, an organization that helps orphans.
Shoes from Emily 
Uncle Josh picked out this elephant for Davis
A Tarheel born & bred!!  :)
Aaron is pretty sure Davis is gonna be a soccer player like his daddy.  :)
This book was given to Davis from his O'Hare grandparents on Valentine's day. 
This giraffe piggy bank was from Hudson & Cambree
and the owl was mine when I was little.
Davis's dresser, from Vance & Renate!
I love these number knobs!  They were red so I just painted them to match. 
This plane used to be Uncle Josh's.
The jumbo wooden ruler growth chart that I made.
The swivel rocker that Aaron rigged up to swivel & rock.  :)
Lots of fun books to read!
OK little one... you can hurry up now!  :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Aaron's Shed

Our house didn't have a shed or a garage when we moved in so Aaron's just been storing his tools in random places around our house or in my dad's garage.  So (one of) our projects for this spring was to get Aaron a shed!  We found a good deal on a shed kit from Costco that we really liked, so we recruited some help & got busy building.  (And by we, I mean they... I didn't do any of it!)  :)  Last week, while Aaron was at Mars Hill, I got some help from Matt & Isaac and we finished up all the small shed details (landscaping, ramp, & peg board) for Aaron's birthday (which is today, by the way!).  So happy that it's done!
Back corner, pre-shed.
Matt using the tamper to level the ground.
My Dad & Daniel helping level.  Not a fun job!
This was how the kit came... precut wood.
Isaac helping with a wall.
And Garrett working on the floor.
Done with the floor!
Putting up wall #1.
Aaron & Ike working on wall #2.
Starting on the roof.
Riddle Men.  
Working on the roof.
Paint crew!
I didn't get a picture of the shingle process.
But here is the final product!
New landscaping & ramp, compliments of Matt, Isaac, & my dad!
And Isaac helped me put up this peg board.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Making a Swivel Rocker

I really wanted a swivel rocker in the nursery BUT they were not cheap.  All the ones I liked were like $700 (or more!) and I just couldn't justify spending that much $mula$ on a chair.  So that's where my handy husband came into play (he's so great!).  I got the idea here for making a regular chair into a swivel rocker.  I found a white chair at Ikea for only $199 that I really liked so Isaac & I took a little road trip down to Charlotte to get it.  
The Ektorp Jennylund chair from Ikea.
Then Aaron added a swivel rocker attachment to the bottom for me so now it swivels & rocks!  I ordered the swivel rocker attachment from this website for $81 so overall it only cost about $300.  It's a fairly small chair which I like because it doesn't take up tons of room in the nursery but it's still comfortable. 
Step 1: Aaron cut out the bottom liner.
Step 2: Add a 1x2 board to the back of the chair.
(This made the front & back level for when he attached the plywood.) 
Step 3: Add scrap plywood to the bottom of the chair.
Step 4: Add 2x6's to the bottom.  
Step 5: Attach the swivel rocker attachment to the 2x6's (centered). 
And now my chair rocks & swivels!  :)  
Luckily, we had all the scrap wood leftover from other projects so it didn't take long at all to fix up.  I heart my chair!  :)