Nursery Reveal- Finally!



We finally have a nursery for the Bubs!  Here’s the story of how we went from this….



To an idea….


Aidens Nursery Mood Board


To this….



For those of you that are new here, Bubs was a sudden addition to our little family last summer.  He came with a week’s notice.  So I didn’t exactly have nine months to pull a nursery together for him.  At first I thought Bubs would just room in with me until he was old enough to share with Charming but he was the noisiest sleeper EVER.  Seriously.  I’ve never heard anything like it.  Because there’s a pocket door separating the foyer from the living room, I used that as a nursery for a few weeks until I gave up my master and moved myself downstairs.  Sigh.

I was excited to get my foyer back (read all about that here) and so began the process of pulling together the second nursery in a year.  But it’s finally finished and I’m so thrilled to be able to do the big reveal.

I wanted something a bit different then Charming’s room (posted here) and decided on gray, turquoise, and orange with white accents.  Initially I’d hoped to do sort of a beach theme but struggled to find any bedding to base the room on.  You can read all about that crazy experience here.

The entire nursery took off when I found this bedding from Dwell Studios.  Loved it!



The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Seahaze.  Oh, how I love this color!  It’s such a beautiful warm gray. Then I tried to make a feature wall behind the crib.  Epic fail.  After trying stripes….



And Chevron…



I just gave up.

I re-painted the wall to match the rest of the room and decided to put Bubs’ name above his crib and framed the spray painted letters to make them pop.




I spray painted some old end tables I found on Kijiji and one of them holds Bubs’ lamp (also spray painted), a few books, and the coaster I made because I was paranoid about the formula dribbling all over my paint job.  I don’t have enough experience with spray paint to know if the finish would survive formula sitting on it for any length of time.  The coaster is made from a tile from Home Depot (already on hand from previous projects) and some matching scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.



Mod Podged coaster to catch bottle dribbles.


Beside the end table is the glider I picked up from Walmart.  Huge indulgence.  Both boys have gliders in their rooms and I love being able to rock them at bedtime.



The art above the glider is some re-purposed thrift store frames, spray painted white and filled with the similar scrapbook paper that matched the transportation theme and color of the room.

Across from the crib is the dresser I found at Bible’s For Missions Thrift Store and painted in Benjamin Moore’s Peacock Blue.  More about that here.  I love this dresser! It smelled a bit funky but I cleaned it up with Murphy’s Oil Soap and rubbed it with a soap bar.  Yup.  That really worked.



Then I photocopied the sections of the bumper pad and made some art for above the dresser (and wrote about it here).  Bonus points if you can spot which two are hanging upside down….Since I attached the pics with double sided adhesive they can just stay that way for now.  Thanks goodness I’m not OCD.  Much.




diy nursery art 1


Shortly after that I found the cutest printable from J&A and Company and made it for the wall by the change table. Since Bubs is the most affectionate guy I’ve ever met, this little art piece really, really suits him.



I also made a mobile for above the change table (tutorial here)…..

And then I made another piece of art by gluing some scrap book paper to a blank art canvas.  All things I had on hand so basically free.


scrapbook paper


The DIY drapes are twin bed sheets that I picked up at Jysk.  They’re held in place with drapery clips that were from a previous window treatment at my old house.  Hurray for no sew projects! I spray painted the rod that used to hold up my black velvet drapes (sigh) to make it blend with the colors in the room.

And in the corner I’ve hung two shelves from Home Depot that I had from my last house (therefore free, I think).  I spray painted the owl, the turtle, and wooden car that I found at a thrift store to match the colors in the room.


nursery shelves


And Bubs has himself a comfy, cozy space of his own. Finally!


Aidens nursery1

Here’s the sources and budget break down for the room

  • Crib and mattress-  Purchased by the foster/adopt agency, set up and delivered.  I had no idea what it would look like.  (I would not have picked this but I’m super happy to have it!  Thanks to Bubs’ social worker for requesting this for him!)
  • Bedding set- Dwell Studios, $360 (gulp).  The major splurge in the room.
  • Area rug- Re-purposed from my master bedroom.  Left it behind when I moved downstairs (more sighing).
  • Lamp- $6 from the thrift store, spray painted orange.
  • End tables- $20 for two, spray painted white
  • Glider- Walmart.  I think it cost around $160.  I had a $75 store credit so I can’t remember the actual price.
  • Change Table- $20 from Kijiji
  • Dresser $32.50 from Bibles For Missions
  • Art above the dresser- $12 for 6 frames from the Dollar Store
  • Art above the crib- $10 for 5 frames from the Dollar Store (but already hoarded in my frame collection)
  • Art above the glider- On hand from the craft room scraps
  • Window Treatment- Shade was from the previous owners.  $10 for the twin sheets from Jysk clearance section.  Drapery rod was re-purposed and spray painted and therefore free. I think it was actually here when we moved in but I can’t remember.
  • Wall shelves were from my old house so free (yay!) and the collections on the shelves were re-purposed from other rooms.  The spray painted car was $1. I think the owl was 50 cents and the turtle probably around the same price.  I spray painted them both.
Relief that the nursery is finally completed? Priceless.

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  1. What a great nursery!!! I love the bedding! Definitely worth the splurge! 🙂
    Visiting you from the Blooming Homestead Link Party
    Jamie @ Keep Calm and Plan a Party

    • Thanks so much. I still choke when I think how much it cost but the delivery time was almost worth it…got here in 2 days!

      PS….Love the name of your blog!

  2. Good morning Jenna,

    Just stopping by to let you know that we featured and pinned your adorable nursery makeover today on our blog. {goes live at 3:30 Est} Feel free to stop by and grab our feature button. Thanks again for linking up. We can't wait to see what you link up next week.


  3. This is amazing! I almost wish I weren't done with kids 😉 I would love it if you'd come by and share this at our Much Ado About Monday link party that's open until Thursday!

  4. Super cute! I just love the colors you chose and that bumper pad is amazing inspiration for everything in the room. I can't believe your painting debacles-no fun. But well worth the effort for such a lovely end result!

  5. I love your original but "easy-peasy" framed art. Great idea to photocopy the crib-bedding, sheer genius, actually. It's a lovely nursery and I am so happy you decided to splurge and get that glider/rocker to rock to sleep or when fussy the newest addition to your lovely household. Congrats, and here's to hoping you won't have to give up TOO much sleep for the next six months or so!

  6. Love the color combination that you used! What a great idea to frame scrapbook paper! And I adore that amazing dresser that you painted! Fantastic job! Thanks for sharing at Much Ado About Monday!

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