One of the most precious parts about having a baby for me has been preparing their rooms. All the anticipation of waiting on that little nugget to cook, at least I had these fun projects to help pass the time. Building a nursery is kind of a funny thing though. I know for myself, I always feel a lot of pressure to get everything done and completed before the baby is born. Mainly because once the baby is born there isn't much time for anything other than feeding, changing and helping baby go to sleep (usually on you). But reality is, this little kiddo isn't going to be spending much time in there anyway in those first couple months. Nevertheless, it can be a really fun process if you make it that way. Plus, to have a finished product feels amazing in any project.
So here is what I have done for both Beau and Ellie's rooms. I am by no means an interior designer or a crafty DIY know it all. They are still in the making with pictures being updated and little touches here and there but I did have a blast putting these kiddos rooms together with lots of love. After all, I will soon have little say on things they want hung on their walls or clothes for back to school.
Beau's Rustic Burnt Orange, Gray & Yellow Nursery
For Beau's room the main focus is obviously on that gorgeous wood finished wall. My husband DJ and my brother-in-law Michael spent about 11 hours one day staining, cutting and playing tetrus to get that wall perfectly put together. It was exactly what I had in mind!
For the wood, we found pallets in a dumpster behind an industrial park and also went to Home Depot and cleared out their clearance wood pile and bought various colors of wood stains to give it the great differentiating color ($70). Add to that, we painted the ceiling and about a foot down the wall gray "Castlerock" and the remaining wall a light (lighter than I liked) "Sheepskin" yellow paint by Dunn-Edwards.
I found the crib (Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib) off of Amazon which was gifted to us by my awesome in-laws, Susan & Don (on-sale for $350). The sheets and crib skirt are also from Amazon by American Baby ($14.99 - $23). The faux sheepskin rug is from IKEA ($12.99). I used the painted "S" from decorations from our wedding. I still need to replace this with a "B" but I figured we could still feature our last name, right?! I eventually found the white bull wall mount at Home Goods to go beside the "S".
I spray painted the burnt orange dresser from my own childhood room which functions great as a changing table. The white tree lamp is from Home Goods (clearance $29). I found the shelf and vintage books at a local thrift store ($15). I also reused some other decorations from our wedding over the white dresser which is tucked into the half closet that had the doors and shelves removed. The tic-tac-toe is made out of clear plastic frames from Walmart and I simply painted the "X's" and "O's" with black paint ($18). Most of the other little decorations, frames or fixtures were found at thrift stores, yard sales or found in other parts of the house. I try very hard to use what we have in designing these rooms.
Ellie's Artsy Coral, Teal & Gold Nursery
Ellie's room had previously been DJ's office and when we moved in to our house he had decided he wanted this teal blue "Fizzle" paint color by Sherwin-Williams. Little did we know it would be perfect now for Ellie's room with the coral and teal accents.
My dad was just in the process of redesigning their master bedroom so he offered to give us the beautiful dresser and nightstand which we repainted in "Desert Coral" by Behr. I also painted the hardware to add to the gold accents in the room. I used Rust-Oleum gold spray paint for the furniture hardware, mason jars, IKEA book shelves and reading lamp. The changing table was found at Kid-to-Kid resale store and painted it in the "Desert Coral" paint.
I found the large black frames ($10 each), tree artwork ($12), artificial flowers ($12 total) and wooden "E" ($2) in the clearance section at Michael's. The silver lamp is from last year's Junk In the Truck festival ($20). The reading lamp is from Good-Will which I repainted and put a new shade on it from Home Goods ($15 total). All artwork above her crib is from Home Goods ($12.99 - $59.99).
Again, I found Ellie's crib on Amazon (Fisher-Price Riley 3-in-1 Convertible Crib - $239). Her sheets and crib skirt are by Oliver B Diamond off of Amazon ($17 - $29). The glider and ottoman was used in Beau's room and now is in Ellie's which is from Babies R Us (KACY Collection Madison Glider & Ottman in Ash - on sale for $500). The black and white striped rug is from Crate & Barrel ($149 -- used wedding gift cards! woohoo!).