home decor: transition into a toddler space

I mentioned in this post that I recently did a bit of dumpster diving. Check it out because there’s a really adorable photo of Graycen but I digress. Anyhow to summarize – apparently it was my lucky day, after all it was my birthday, and chance was on my side. I had been talking for weeks about wanting a play kitchen for our son but grumbling about how expensive those suckers are. Then low and behold, I find a wooden play kitchen stove in a pile of New York City trash.

insert image of clouds lifting, angels singing and pretty gold shoes

My friend Stacie asked if I would share some images of our find. So, if you recall, I also mentioned that we picked up a child’s table that was also being trashed. It was old school vintage and I couldn’t dare pass it up. The bigger problem was that I had just purchased a small table for Graycens room like 2 weeks prior to this find which has left us over run with kid stuff. Our living quarters are now cramped with things while I figure out our next steps but here’s where things stand as of this weekend.

You can see the before nursery photos here but basically what I ended up having to do was to move Graycen’s crib so that it’s parallel to his closet doors rather then against the wall. Not ideal but it’s working and the changes are slowly growing on me.


Graycen's nursery, crib against wall


the rescued table and stove

Graycen's new (to him) stove

The stove shows some wear and tear but it’s definitely lovely, no? And tell me you love the painters tape as wall adhesive. I think it’s pretty clever.

And just for reference, here is what the table looked like when we found it. I was scared of what I might find under the 80’s wallpaper but apparently it was nothing scary.

the had to have kids table

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5 Responses to “home decor: transition into a toddler space”

  1. Stacie Says:

    Adorable stove and table. I can see why you could not pass on either of them. I’m taking notes from you on organizing toys. I’m drowning over here.

  2. Charissa - The Gifted Blog Says:

    Ah, so beautiful! And more importantly, something that a toddler would use and enjoy.

    I realized we never touched base about your guest post about Graycen’s birthday gift. Are you still interested in writing it? I’d love to have your voice on The Gifted Blog!

  3. Charissa - The Gifted Blog Says:

    Hi again – Thanks for your comment! I’m so glad you liked the catalog gift wrap. Sometimes you’ve just got to take advantage of someone else’s good taste (in this case, Anthropologie’s!).

    With your time constraints, I want you to feel free to do what makes most sense. A few options:
    – Send me pictures and text for a guest post
    – Send me pictures with brief, caption-style descriptions
    – Submit the photos (of Graycen’s gift or any others) to the Flickr reader gallery: http://www.flickr.com/groups/giftedbloggallery. I am featuring reader photos on a regular basis as they come in!

    I hope this frees you up! I look forward to hearing from you.

  4. Megan Says:

    Love love LOVE the stove…awesome find!!! It’s retro, it’s small, it’s perfect. And nice work on the table!!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog…I’ve missed chatting with ya! It really has felt like ages since we caught up…boo.

  5. ramada Says:

    the stove is awesome.. its nice and compact and wood! wow!

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