Nursery Reveal

 I know, I kind of tricked you with the title.

No, I’m not pregnant.

But when I started writing this post, my toddler was a newborn.

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We are still figuring out this whole smiling thing….

 

I know, I’m kind of a procrastinator.  

I get the important stuff done. My child is never hungry & my house only looks like a bomb went off 75% of the time.  But sometimes the extra stuff gets pushed to the back burner.

Like this post about my boy’s nursery.  

Is it still considered a nursery if he’s 2?

We’re gonna say that it is.

I think that should probably be my first decorating tip: create a space that can transition with your child.  

When I started daydreaming about this room, I knew that I wanted a space that would be comforting for my newborn, but not be so primary that he would quickly outgrow it. 

I started with a neutral, gray-blue paint color…..which I can’t remember the name of, but it’s pretty similar to this.

 

Then I gathered the furniture. 

My aunt passed her daughter’s crib down to us, which has since been converted into a toddler bed.  Truth is, the boy has never actually slept a night in this bed.  

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It turns out we would rather have him snuggled up with us.  So we usually just pile pillows up on floor, & let him jump off of it.  

It a versatile piece of furniture.

I had all intentions of doing a barn wood accent wall over the crib, but thought that rough, splintery wood wouldn’t be a good idea to put in a baby’s room.  So I bought barn wood wallpaper….which is still under his bed.  

I told you I’m a procrastinator!   

Speaking of under the bed, I chose to use a neutral burlap table runner instead of a bed skirt because I couldn’t find one that I liked & didn’t want to sew one.  This way it was already trimmed, I just tucked it in under the mattress.

The curtains were purchased from Target on clearance.  I couldn’t find a curtain rod that I liked, so we used a crepe myrtle branch from the grove beside our house (they come in handy for lots of my projects).  We mounted a set of antlers that we had from a deer Dustin killed to the wall & the branch fit perfectly in the tines!

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For his dresser, I used the base of a china hutch that we had in our dining room before we moved into a smaller house & had no room for it.

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Don’t mind that missing knob, it’s on my to-do list.

It’s perfect for storing everything from blankets to diapers to cute little socks.  

I just love little baby socks.

Ok, back to the room….

One of my favorite baby shower gifts was this amazingly comfortable glider chair & footrest.  I was pretty nervous about registering for a cream colored chair, but I applied Scotchgard when we first got it & it has stayed pretty fresh.

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I’ve spent many hours in this chair- staring into the perfect face of my sleeping baby, reading stories, rocking him when he was sick, & sleeping myself during those early days of crazy hours & no rest.  

This chair has served us well.

Another one of my favorite things about this room is the gallery wall we created. 

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In the center is a graphic that my cousin designed of Creek’s name.

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To the left of it is the canvas we used as a sign-in for Creek’s baby shower.  Everyone wrote his name in different colors & added little doodles.  I loved how it turned out & we had a great time guessing who each one belonged to.

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To the right of center is a piece that I painted.  It’s one of my favorite quotes & so perfectly describes this wild child I am raising.

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For all 4 corners of the gallery wall, I found an old, yellowed copy of black beauty at a thrift store & tore out pages.  I then found 4 images that I liked online & printed them straight onto the page.  

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When Creek was little he loved to laugh & coo at the little bunny over his changing table.

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The images above & below center were prints that I found at an antique store for $2 a piece!

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On another wall we hung Creek’s first fish.  Dustin had it mounted & it is the cutest, tiniest little thing.  

Don’t let the picture fool ya, it’s so small it fits in the palm of my hand.

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The last feature we added was something every little boy needs….a gun rack!

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Ok, maybe it’s not on every nursery must-have list, but it belonged to my husband’s grandfather & it was his little project to restore it for our son.  I added a canvas back & letters that my mother-in-law painted for our baby shower.  

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I love that we were able to take something with such sentimental value & use it for extra storage.

We also use baskets to store toys out of sight in the closet.

You know, when they aren’t all over the floor.

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Because let’s just be honest….this is what the room really looks like.  

It is a little boy’s room after all. 

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