The Nursery Reveal

29 Jan

With only 5 days until my due date, it’s time to share the completed nursery! The room turned out even better than expected and is probably my favorite space in the whole house. We put a lot of love into this room and DIY’d most of it.

So without further ado, here is the grand tour….





Thanks to building out some shelves and buying some baskets, we have a beautifully organized closet with tons of storage.

Nursery Closet Revised


I was able to fit so much in here that the dresser/changing table is less than half full. I labeled each of the baskets with chalkboard tags, so they are easily changeable.


Now for a little more detail on all the different items in the room.

I shared here how we painted the stripes and built the crib. The two paint colors are Behr’s Powdered Snow and Perfect Taupe (lightened by 20%).

IMG_3853The changing table is a dresser we already had and we painted it with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in Pure White. The dresser hardware we refinished using Rub-N-Buff (spanish copper mixed with ebony).

IMG_4249Hanging over the changing table is a musical sheep mobile from Pottery Barn. There are quite a few sheep in here as a nod to Ben’s childhood growing up on a sheep property in New Zealand. I’ll show you my favorite sheep soon.

IMG_4247I tried to include lots of other animals too including this adorable elephant laundry hamper from Home Decorators.

IMG_4256The art over the crib is homemade of course. For those non-New Zealanders, you may not recognize the animal, but it is a kiwi bird, the national symbol of New Zealand.

IMG_4241Ben built the wood sign out of some leftover barn wood that we used on the ceiling beams in the living room. I tried to freehand draw the bird but we agreed to just get a large copy made to use as a stencil. Then I painted it with white trim paint.


Next to the crib is a shelf with some framed baby shower cards, baby blocks, a Harrod’s puppy from a Welsh friend, and a sock monkey which started in my hometown, Rockford IL.


We installed a ceiling fan in the room to create some circulation and help prevent SIDS.IMG_4259The white Ikea Ektrop chair we already owned, except we retrofitted it so that it is now a rocker. We purchased a swivelling rocker base off of this website and then Ben created a plywood bottom and screwed it into that.


I see lots of hours in this chair in my future.


Above the chair are three wire baskets from World Market which hold a few books in quick reach.


Next to the nursing chair is a distressed-wood floor lamp we already owned from Target and a new nightstand from Kirkland’s.

IMG_4275On the gallery wall are a few items off Etsy, a small mirror, clock and childhood pictures of both Ben and I.


Can you spot my favorite sheep? On the right is 8-year-old Ben and his winning sheep, Lizzy.


Also I love this hook on the back of the door from World Market to hang a towel or jacket. It’s the little things!


And last but not least is the amazingly soft rug which came from Lowe’s. Seriously this is the the softest rug I’ve ever felt. Can’t wait to play on the floor with our little one.


Here is a full source list:

Wall paint: Behr’s Powdered Snow and Perfect Taupe (lightened by 20%); Rug: Lowe’s; Rocker base:‎; Chair: Ikea Ektorp already owned; Chair ottoman: Ikea Sandby; Nightstand: Kirkland’s; Ceiling Fan: Menards; Floor lamp: Target– already owned; Wire baskets: World Market; White shelf: Home Decorators Standard Cornice Shelf; Crib: Toy’s R Us Nursery Basics Crib; Changing table/Dresser: Already owned off Craigslist; Crib sheet and crib skirt: Oilo Taupe Modern Berries; Wood kiwi art: DIY; Bamboo blinds: Home Depot; Curtains and clips: Target; Changing pad cover: Carousel Designs; Giraffe art: Etsy; Alphabet art: Etsy; Frames: Target and Home Goods, most already owned; Baskets: Target; Chalkboard tags: World Market; Elephant laundry hamper: Home Decorators; Sheep mobile: Pottery Barn Harper Lamb Mobile; Closet shelving material: Menards

I can’t believe there will be a baby boy or girl living in here soon. Now we wait!

45 Responses to “The Nursery Reveal”

  1. Mom January 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    It’s a beautiful room. The baby will be very happy there. Love, Mom

  2. lilbee38 January 29, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Everything looks amazing! I can’t believe the baby will be here so soon! Love you guys!

  3. Paula Loos January 31, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Awww. Very sweet room Amanda and Ben! I love it! We’re looking forward to meeting baby soon. Can you wait just a few extra days though; Dad and I have colds. : < { Love Paula

  4. Lindsay January 31, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    Absolutely adorable!! We had a gender neutral nursery as well and I haven’t changed a thing since our little GIRL was born almost 18 months ago! I love it so much! Congratulations early! I love watching you and your husband transform your home and now I can’t wait to watch as your beautiful baby transforms your lives! 🙂 Congratulations early! Best wishes for a quick, safe delivery and a healthy baby and Mommy.

    • 12oaksblog January 31, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

  5. SKeys February 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    I just found your blog and am so inspired. I hope you and baby are happy and resting. I look forward to reading more in the future!!

  6. liverinserepeat March 4, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Love the kiwi!!

  7. Samantha August 7, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    I love it!! So beautiful. Would you mind sharing where you found the baskets in the closet? I’m looking for some just like that!

    • 12oaksblog August 7, 2014 at 7:00 am #

      Thanks Samantha. I got them at Target. They might not have them any more though. Good luck!

      • Nicole September 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

        Hi there! Which base did you use from the website for the Ektorp chair? Trying to figure out which one to buy!

      • 12oaksblog September 24, 2014 at 7:30 am #

        I forget exactly but it was a rocker base around $80-$100 I believe.

  8. Alyssa November 20, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Is the elephant hamper the small, medium or large one?

  9. Lalo January 13, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Am soo loving it!!!!!!!!

  10. Laura February 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    Love the rug from Lowe’s! What brand/style is it?

  11. kaycie February 5, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    I love how the cchanging table turned out…I am going to be painting a dresser white but was conxwrned about seeimg paint streaks. Yours looks le it turned out great! Any tips or tutorial you followed to make it work?

    • 12oaksblog February 5, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

      I use a small roller I think that helps hide streaks. Good luck!

  12. Bridget May 16, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    Very cute! Would you mind sharing how you did the closet system?

    • 12oaksblog May 16, 2015 at 9:59 am #

      We built it from scratch using white MDF.

  13. Kandra Waters June 6, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    Your nursery is gorgeous! I want that same style rug for our nursery. I saw that you bought it from Lowes. Do you remember the brand/style. I just checked the Lowes Website and there are so many ivory/white rugs to choose from. I want to make sure I’m getting the right one.

    Thanks and congratulations on your new addition!

  14. jackie June 7, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    What brand is the rug from Lowe’s? Love it!

  15. audrey jordan September 6, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

    Your nursery is adorable. I am
    Expecting my first in November and trying to get the closet organized. I LOVE your baskets you used but can’t seem
    To find them on target website or any other websites. Any help would be much appreciated!

    • 12oaksblog September 6, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

      I don’t think Target carries them anymore. It has been a couple years now. I’m sure you can find something similar at Target, Pottery Barn, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.

  16. Brittany Leonard November 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

    Your nursery is beautiful! Would you mind sending me the direct link or name of your rug? I’m looking for something exactly like that! Thank you!

  17. Eric Gomez January 5, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

    Do you happen to have the Etsy seller you got your elephant and owl from? Thanks!

    • 12oaksblog January 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

      Actually those weren’t Etsy, they are baby flash cards that I framed. Here it is (or similar) on Amazon:

  18. tmay April 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    I stumbled across this page and wanted to ask how that chair has held up for you. Rockers are SO DANG EXPENSIVE and I love that you created your own. I’m looking into it as well, but I wanted to ask–does it rock well? Is it fairly easy to get it to sway or does it require a bit of exertion? Also, has that iKEA chair been comfortable for you? I’m curious to know how this has passed the test of time and if it’s something I should look into.

    Thanks for your wisdom and help!

    • 12oaksblog April 10, 2016 at 8:36 am #

      It’s comfy but the rocking part isn’t great. It tilts forward. I might invest in a new one for any subsequent babies.

      • Natasha Weedmark January 23, 2017 at 10:58 am #

        I LOVE your nursery closet and want to try to replicate it somewhat, I can’t seem to find baskets anywhere like these, what size were they? I live In Canada so no target 🙁


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