Happy Monday, friends! How is everyone doing today? I'm hanging in over here at the Ten June house... finishing up all of the last minute baby stuff and anxiously awaiting our little pea pod's arrival!
This weekend, David and I finished up the changing table area. It rocks my socks off. Well, as much as a changing table should rock anyone's socks off, of course : ) Let's check it out!
It took me awhile, but we finally settled on using the Ikea Hemnes dresser in gray-brown. Originally, I had planned to use the white version of this piece in the room, but once we got to the big ol' Swedish home decor mecca, David decided he really loved the gray-brown version. The white is a tad bit shiny/glossy on the top piece, which is made out of particle board. [Side note: there is nothing wrong with Ikea's particle board in terms of safety for the baby! Check out this amazingly informative article by Rebecca over at The Lil' House That Could to learn more!] In the gray-brown version, the dresser top is the same finish as the rest of the piece and is made out of solid wood. With that said, David's vote went to the gray-brown and I (being the awesomely agreeable wife that I am, duh) went with it.
Once we got it home, panic sunk in. Maybe I shouldn't have been so awesomely agreeable... I didn't love the gray-brown finish in the room. What was supposed to look eclectic and not too matchy with the rest of the furniture looked... well, unmatched. So I panicked and emailed a few of my favorite blogger friends (thank you, Katelyn, Cassie, Courtney and Michaela!) with the below edited pictures (which show the dresser where we originally planned to place it in the room) and a HELP! subject line. White or gray, white or gray?!
Ultimately, the girls told me that either would make a fabulous choice. By then, the gray was growing on me... and let's just be honest- David and I decided to skip the hour-long drive to Ikea and thought of having to put together another dresser, so we just held on to the gray.
I am SO glad I did. I big time love the gray dresser in the space!
I added some adorable navy blue + white knobs (bought on sale at Hobby Lobby) to give the piece a little custom flair.
I love the gray-brown color in there now that I've paired the dresser with a ton of white accessories, like a white changing pad, a gallery of white Ikea Ribba frames (that will eventually be filled with photos of both mine and David's family) and my new prize possessions- the gumball Land of Nod lamps.
The Land of Nod was gracious enough to send a pair of these lamps over for my review. I literally could not be more happy with them! The size, height and style of the lamps are exactly what I was looking for for my little guy's space. The lamps came with not only the crisp, modern white shade, but also energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs, whose environmental friendliness made David a happy camper.
I absolutely love Land of Nod and couldn't speak more highly of them. If you'll remember from this post, we purchased our crib from them and have been thrilled with it so far. The Land of Nod furniture team (who had no clue I have any affiliation with LON as a blogger) even went out of their way to send me a thank you swaddle blanket after purchasing the crib- talk about great service!
The other gumball lamp went to the nesting tables next to our glider. Perfection.
Back to the top of our dresser-turned-changing-table, I also picked up a few of these Ikea baskets for storage. How perfect is the navy gingham print inside?! Matches my gingham curtains perfectly : )
And this dresser does not disappoint with storage- we have plenty of room for not only baby Ten June's adorable clothes, but also diaper extras and accessories!
So there you have it. Our little guy's Ikea dresser changing table station! He'll be so proud to know one day that I broadcasted to the world where his diapers will be changed : )