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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: swivelchairparts.com‎; 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!

Nursery Wall Stripes

21 Oct

The nursery is starting to take shape! Over the weekend, we got the wall stripes painted, the crib built, and the first coat of paint on the changing table/dresser.


The stripe colors are Behr’s Powdered Snow and Perfect Taupe (lightened by 20%). For obvious reasons we went with their No VOC, Low Odor paint, and it applied well and was affordable.


It took two coats of the Powdered Snow to cover the previous greenish wall color, but only one coat of the taupe stripe.

The stripes were a little tricky, namely taping them all off, but Ben had a 360° laser level, so that made things much easier I think.


There’s a bunch of tutorials on Pinterest about how to do the stripes but a key thing for us was removing the tape as soon as you were done painting the stripe. We would paint 1-2 stripes at a time and then pull off the tape towards the area you just painted.

IMG_3853Up close the lines are a little jagged, but unless you are eye level staring right at it, it looks pretty darn good.

IMG_3865Once the paint dried, we set up the crib. It is the Nursery Basics Classic Crib in white from Toys-R-Us. After ogling the $500-$1,000+ cribs at places like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn, we decided to go simple and scored this one for $129 on sale. I don’t think it looks cheap though and seems pretty sturdy, so we shall see.

IMG_3877It only took about 30 minutes to assemble and no bickering ensued so I would call it a success.

Next up is finishing the makeover of the changing table/old dresser that lived in this room before. We’re trying out Annie Sloan’s chalk paint for the first time.

Then, my favorite part which will be decorating with curtains, bedding, a plush rug, art, shelves, etc. It’s really happening!