As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I almost immediately started thinking about what I wanted to create in the nursery. Having a mom who was interested and extremely talented in interior design, I too, developed an inclination to create meaningful living spaces.
And when that living space is to be the place you will be bringing your first-born home to: the pressure is on. I wanted to build a haven that we could make lifelong memories in.
After months of planning, my husband embarked on creating the space we’d designed in our heads. We added board & batten to the walls, painted the trim, hung a new light fixture, curtains, and put up meaningful wall hangings. The transformation was amazing, and all-in-all, not a difficult project. Keep scrolling to see the full finished project!
Rowan’s Finished Nursery
We did his entire nursery in grey and white, with pops of very light teal and rustic stained wood. The teepee print we bought off Etsy for about $5 and put it in a thrift store frame that I repainted. I bought the “R” at Michaels for a few dollars and stained it, then taped the zigzag pattern and painted in the gaps white.
The board & batten on the walls was a pretty simple project that added a lot of bang for the buck. It transformed this boring room into the nicest room in our home! My husband and dad installed the entire room in just 2 days. We then painted it with a high gloss paint. This changing table was a thrift store find that was originally a dresser that my husband and I used all through college as a TV stand. We repurposed it into a changing table by adding the rails to the top and painting it a light teal color.
The pieces we found to hang on the walls are a mix of thrift store finds and gifts from relatives. The mirror was a thrift store buy that I painted, as well as the framed picture. The picture in that frame is actually from a coloring book of bible verses that I colored when we were trying to get pregnant.
We took the closet doors off and replaced the original shelf and wooden hanging rod with clean white details. We added a 2-door cabinet for extra storage and a few baskets to keep small items hidden. The whale hanging was a thrift store score! The metal “For This Child I Prayed” sign was a gift my Mom found on Etsy.
We’ve made such wonderful memories in this little corner. This chair is a God-send! We found it on Amazon and it not only rocks, but it reclines and swivels as well. It was great for nursing. The side table and lamp are both from Home Goods. We found a cute clipboard-style picture frame from At Home for $7 that we clipped one of Rowan’s ultrasound photos to.
I found this clock at Target the day after we came home from the hospital because I needed to keep track of nursing times and I didn’t want to keep my phone on me all the time. It matched the light teal we already had in the room perfectly!
My mother-in-law used this crate for a game at my baby shower, which we stained and repurposed into a book box.
Though we ended up moving out of our house when Rowan was 5 months old, our first memories with him are in this room and I will always hold space for it in my heart.
What special projects did you do to prepare your baby’s room?
**All photos courtesy of Captured Glory Photography