When we found out that we were having a baby boy (as discussed in a previous post here), it was time to makeover our office into a nursery!
Here is what our ‘office’ looked like before. This was probably one of the least used rooms in the house… mostly we used it for storing bills, books, camera gear, and for printing/scanning.
As soon as I saw the nursery that the Young House Love folks created for their baby girl I was in love! You can check out their complete nursery reveal here. The fresh and cheery green colour on the walls and the art wall were definitely elements I wanted to think about when planning our nursery decor.
With this inspiration in mind, I knew I wanted to paint the nursery green (bonus – it would be neutral enough that if the ultrasound happened to be wrong about the gender of the baby, the room would also work for a little girl). Next up, I began the search for crib bedding. After spending endless hours searching online I finally purchased the crib set that was my initial favourite – Carter’s Tall Tales. The colourful bedding, with its cheery stripes and circles and the adorable momma & baby giraffes was perfect!
After purchasing the bedding, I thought it would be fun to create a little ‘mood-board’ of all of furniture and ideas I wanted to incorporate into the space. This also allowed me to compare using white furniture to using black/brown furniture. We ultimately decided to go with the white because the Ikea furniture we purchased was more durable and kid-friendly in the white finish.
I took the bedding over to Benjamin Moore to select a paint colour. I wanted to go bold with the colour choice, since this is a kids room and the first room I’ve actually gotten to paint in our home Jamie sanded and mudded up the walls and we got ready to paint!
We went with Stem Green, which seemed a little bit bold at first but, once we got all the furniture in and some things on the walls, it was perfect. Super cheery and fun, the perfect room for our little boy to grow up in!
Here are some of the final after photos (well, final for now… I have some other art projects ideas in the works for the walls!):
Now… to explain some of the elements of the room. My amazing mother sewed up the curtains, a pillow for the rocking chair, and a diaper sack (hanging on the door handle in the 3rd photo). It took us a while to pick out a fabric for the accent on the curtains, but we choose the fun zebra print – keeping with the jungle theme, and not too matchy-matchy with the crib bedding. I love how it turned out, and was happy we had enough extra after Mom made the curtains to make the pillow and diaper sac!
I’m all about organization… while waiting for baby to arrive, I bought bins and sorted through all of the clothing and baby things that we had already been gifted and/or had purchased ourselves. What a difference an organized closet makes! (Ignore the different paint colours in these photos!)
And finally, the art wall! I loved what YHL created for their nursery, specifically the idea of adding mine and Jamie’s baby photos to the wall. I picked up frames whereever I saw them on sale, and made a trip to our local MCC for a couple of frames as well. I made sure all of the frames were paintable, and painted them with the same white paint we used on the closet doors and baseboards in the nursery.
Here is a close up of the art wall I created, and an explanation of each piece of ‘art’!
- Picture of a giraffe that Noah’s cousin Alex drew
- Baby picture of me
- Scrapbook paper from Noah’s Aunt Jackie
- One of the maternity photos our friend Tanis took for us
- Photo of one of Noah’s stuffed giraffes (also taken by Tanis)
- Photo of Jamie holding a pair of Noah’s baby shoes (also taken by Tanis!)
- Scrapbook paper
- Photo of a Jamie as a newborn, with his mom and 2 older siblings
- Adorable wrapping paper from one of Noah’s gifts
In case you are interested, here is a breakdown of the cost of the ‘make-over’:
- Benjamin Moore paint/painting supplies: $85
- Crib (hand-me-down from our nieces): $50
- Crib bedding – Carter’s Tall Tales 4-Piece Crib Set: $140
- Crib mattress – Safety First from Costco: $77
- Hemnes 3-drawer chest from Ikea: $170
- Expedit shelving unit from Ikea: $40
- Glider/Rocking chair (hand-me-down from our nieces): $0
- Storage bins from Canadian Tire: $33
- Fabric/misc other supplies for curtains/pillow/diaper sack (courtesy of Noah’s Nana) : $0
- Throw blanket for the rocking chairs (courtesy of Noah’s Nana too!): $0
- TOTAL: $607
And there you have it! Noah’s Nursery revealed… he seemed to like the space so far He is sleeping soundly in his crib already (you know, for a few hours at a time!), and you can often find him staring at the stripes on the bumper pads
Photo Credit: www.younghouselove.com/, www.carters.kidslineinc.com/,
all other images by Kim Norcross.