Only a few weeks left until baby makes it’s arrival, and we finished the nursery! We are being surprised by the sex of the baby, so this nursery had to be gender neutral. Once we bring the baby home, I’ll most likely add some accent colors depending on if it’s a boy or a girl!
What was once a shockingly bright turquoise room, is now my favorite room in the house. I’ve been sneaking away to this room for the last couple of weeks to dream and pray for baby. It’s so peaceful here! First things first: let me show you what the room looked like when we bought this house 8 weeks ago. Like I said, VERY turquoise and NOT my thing….
I wanted this room to be bright and airy, and wanted to maximize the light from the one window that looks over the backyard. We could have easily just painted the room to give it an updated look, but adding trim detail will make any space feel more charming and cozy. I chose to do board and batten on all walls and went with a clean white paint (I’ll list all source details below). We have 9 foot ceilings, so we chose to go with 1×6 craftsman style trim for the baseboards and crown, and the vertical strips are 1×3 MDF. We spaced all the vertical boards 16″ apart, because that’s where the studs were and made the project easier!
We also decided to have new carpet installed, which made a huge difference. There’s something so nice about having carpet in the bedrooms, especially a nursery. The room is large enough that the space still felt like it needed something in the center, so I ordered a rug from my favorite online rug shop – www.boutiquerugs.com. I have ordered SO many rugs from this company, and I’ve never been disappointed. My husband makes fun of me for putting a rug on top of carpet….but it’s exactly what the room needed! Oh, and I can’t forget to show my first born, Wheatley, who’s always lingering around me while I’m taking photos.
One of my favorite parts of this room is the custom sign I had built for over the crib. I designed it myself, and had my incredibly talented friend, Jaime, build it. Jaime is a teacher, but she took up carpentry as a hobby. Let me tell you…she should be doing carpentry full time, she is SO gifted! The sign over the crib that says “fully known, deeply loved” is about 4′ wide and 2′ tall. Jaime also built the rails for my books. I love this clever way of displaying books, and after baby is born, I’ll probably mix in some photos. The good news for all of you: Jaime takes custom orders! Follow her on Instagram: @tamarackcustomcollection
You’ll also notice in these photos that my doors are gray – this might be one of my favorite details yet. It was such an easy thing to do, and it adds so much interest to the house. I love the pop of gray next to my white walls! My sweet friends from Pittsburgh had this sign made for me which I’m in love with as well. If one thing is true, it’s that we have prayed and prayed for this child, and I love that while I’ll be rocking baby, I can stare at this sign!
The dresser I ordered was the one thing I wasn’t crazy about when it arrived. It was a kid’s dresser, but it was MUCH shorter than I realized. (Shout out to my dad for putting this thing together….it came in a million pieces!!) I toyed with the idea of having Jake build a base for it to make it higher, but he’s so busy renovating my kitchen that I didn’t want to add another task to his list! So I ordered new gold hardware for it to give it new life, and I purchased a tall mirror that helped balance out the height issue.
I felt like this room was too much gray and white, so I looked for ways to add some natural elements to the room. I switched out the ceiling fan for this cool Ikea light. It is oversized and AMAZING! The nice thing about this fixture was 1) the price point and 2) it can be hung either as a flushmount or a chandelier.
I’m sourcing all the items in my nursery below. Leave a comment if you have more questions!
Paint Colors: Doors: Behr “Still Gray” | Walls: Behr “Bit of Sugar”