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Wednesday, May 02 2012 21:45

Buying Baby Furniture Part II: Nursery Under-Construction

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Since I'd written a piece last month about the adventure of buying baby furniture, I figured it was time for a follow-up: The crib and changing table have been purchased. After hunting around and flip-flopping between Babies R Us and buybuyBaby, we ended up over at Cribs.com (a Hayneedle store), but since they declined my application for their affiliate program, I'm not hyperlinking that text. I can be a jerk like that.

Indeed, the deal was good and we wound up with the DaVinci Emily II Crib and 3-drawer dresser by Million Dollar Baby. With the new nursery being smaller than our daughter's room, we opted not to get the third piece (a combo dresser) in favor of something a little more special. While it will likely be tucked in the closet to save space for now, I'm refinishing my childhood dresser with a drastically different look. The dark, 1970's piece of Bassett Furniture is in the process of becoming an antique white piece with brushed bronze hardware. After 35+ years, it was time for an overhaul, but more on that later.

For the new crib and dresser, the total bill was right around $450, and we picked up a Munchkin Matress on-sale at target right around the $50 mark. Not bad to come in right around the alotted $500 (thanks, Grandma Cindy!) so things were right on-track.

Shipping was FREE, and the parcels arrived on two separate FedEx trucks. Not easy for me to haul upstairs, but the job was done. 


Now fully-assembled, I've got the room sitting at about 85-90% completion.


Artwork on the walls, lights, shelving, curtains, shade, fancy switchplate... it looks pretty good. But you'll have to wait another week or so to see the finished project. Stay tuned...


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James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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