Nursery Design: Curtains and Flooring

Thanks to all you brave souls who chimed in with your DIY fails.  Did you know right after I wrote that post, Vintage Revivals posted about a contest where you share your DIY fails to win gift cards?!  You should go enter it if you’re interested, since we were on the topic.

The room we’re using for the nursery is as bright as the Christmas tree lit up on Rockefeller Plaza… but actually, a lot brighter, especially in day time.  The bay window catches so much light.  It’s one of the reasons I love the room so much.  But naps next to the surface of the sun are less than ideal.  Aaron and I agreed some sort of black out curtains were necessary for the nursery.

We found the MARJUN curtains at IKEA.  Those sisters are heavy duty to say the least.  No messing around there.  They also act as thermal curtains which is an added bonus.  They aren’t the cheapest of IKEA curtains.  One package was $60.  But luckily the 2 panels included in the package were enough to cover the area of the bay window.  However, not without modification.

I needed to cut each panel in half, ending up with 4 panels.  Not too hard.  I’m not the best seamstress.  Sewing a straight line for a hem isn’t so bad.

Ikea Marjun Curtains

Ikea Marjun Curtains

And when I hung them up, I had major mixed feelings.  Something was just off about them.  They were so thick and heavy that they wouldn’t draw open all the way.  I decided to reserve all judgement until everything was in the nursery.

Gray and Gold Nursery Curtains

We had so much extra flooring left over from the Great Room that continuing it into the nursery was the most logical decision.

Laying the flooring was a breeze (follow this tutorial if you need one!).  On a day I was feeling particularly good, it took me a few hours.  As always, if I can do it, you can do it!

Beautiful Laminate Flooring

Beautiful Laminate Flooring

Junky cell phone picture alert:  But see how heavy duty (and wrinkly) the curtains are?!

Beautiful Laminate Flooring

And with the help of my super dad, the baseboards went up without a hitch.  (Also, now would be a good time to note “surface of the sun.”)

Gray and Gold Nursery

Which means the next step is to fill this room up with FURNITURE!  Friends, I think we’re close to being ready for this baby!

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  • Cassie Bustamante

    it looks so cozy glam and i love it!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Cassie! I’m getting really excited 🙂

  • Henriette

    Oh, I am so happy for you – being almost done! All we have done is to tear down the old wallpaper on one wall. Thats it. We haven’t even removed the old wallpaper glue.

    Anyways, Evelyns rooms looks wonderful! I am so jealous of the gold wall!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Henriette! You should sent me a picture of the nursery you have so far! I’m so excited for you and your little gent!

  • Nancy

    I so love all your projects. They do inspire me. In regard to curtains maybe if you put a trim on the sides it might not look as heavy. I have seen where they put ribbon on and turns out great.

    • Kenz

      Hi Nancy! Thank you! I think ribbon or trim would definitely look lovely!

  • It’s hard to tell about the curtains. So often things look different in real life than we can capture with our cameras. (Well, that’s true of my photography skills at least!) I’m wondering if it might work better to install some kind of blinds/shades. And then maybe just hang some sheers to soften the look of the window? It’s such a nice window, and even when pulled back the curtains cover much of it. The only thing I DO know is that you are going to want something to block that lovely light. Because nap time is not something to be trifled with!

    • Kenz

      Oh man, my camera skills are not that great! It’s really hard for me to photograph that room correctly. There is so much light that the windows are blown out, and everything else is dark. I need to do some googling on how to fix this problem 🙂 You’re great Rita!

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    I assume with your theme of nesting dolls there will be pops of color when you are done and the curtains won’t bother you as much. You could always get fabric to sew over the front so you have blackout and pretty.

    • Kenz

      That is a really good idea Anne! I was even thinking of maybe just doing a block of color on the bottoms. We’ll see how it looks once we have everything up in there 🙂

  • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    Gah! Curtains make such a difference! I think you’ll find that they don’t feel bulky when you get all the other elements together in the room. It’s going to be so cheerful and gorgeous in there!

    • Kenz

      You are very right! The more furniture we add, the better the curtains look. It’s quickly becoming my favorite room in the house.

  • Gretchen

    yay! It’s coming together! I see what you mean about the curtains, but I think waiting until everything’s in there to decide is the right strategy. A sleeping baby is worth a lot…even heavy-looking curtains 😉

    • Kenz

      hahaha YES! I love that advice. I would gladly take one for the team if it means the baby stays asleep 🙂

  • Maggie Rust

    Wow, wow, wow! Tres gorge!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Maggie! I’m falling more and more in love with it!

  • Anu

    It’s really starting to come together! The room looks so nice.
    Have you considered using some rings for the curtains? They may help them drape better. You can get clip-on ones or even get some of those pleating hooks (single pronged) and hang them from the back and this would hide the rings if you don’t want to see them.

    • Kenz

      That’s a good idea! My biggest peeve with curtain rings are the clips. So if there’s a way to hide them, I very well might consider it.

  • PersiaLou

    I LOVE the wall and I really wanted that chair for my nursery too! It’s looking good! And I agree with the comment about trying rings for the curtains…

    • Kenz

      Thanks PersiaLou! The chair is my favorite thing. It’s soooo comfortable. I’m definitely thinking about trying rings if they don’t loosen up.

  • EEEEk – I thinks it’s looking so good. In my humble opinion, you will want some heavy duty curtains in the nursery. IT’s the thing I’m most pleased with in our nursery. Henry sleeps wonderfully with the dark room.

    • Kenz

      Oh good! I’m glad to hear that. The curtains are really growing on me. They do such a good job… <> Want to take a nap in there 🙂

  • They look so great!!! I can’t wait to see all of the furniture in it! i am still oohing and ahhing over that wall

    • Kenz

      Thanks Kelly! It’s really starting to feel real now!

  • Your room looks too good and beautiful. I am really impress by your flooring. You have done a great work.

    • Kenz

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy with the way it’s turning out 🙂

  • jannybean

    Sometimes a heavier fabric in a simple curtain style like that just won’t gather well on a rod. It is too heavy. What I have done is added tabs on the back of the curtain using either extra fabric or even heavy weight ribbon that will allow the fabric to fold instead and open up all the way.

    • Kenz

      That is a great idea Jannybean! I am going to have to try it. Thank you 🙂

  • Hope

    So unbelievable that before finding your site, my husband and I bought both this chair AND these curtains, same colors, from IKEA last week. I was pondering away as to how I could make this chair into a rocker for the nursery when I found glider bottoms on Amazon. I bought one with hesitation, still sitting in box 9thank goodness) when I found your amazing IKEA hack for the chair. Such a Blessing!!! Excited to see how our nursery turns out over the next 5 months!

    • kenz

      Hi Hope! I’m glad you were able to stumble upon this. Congrats on your little one 🙂 I’m sure the nursery will be fab. I’d love to see pictures!