You saw on Monday the pallet wall we added to solve our little window situation. But I have yet to show you the finished product. So without further ado, let the grand tour begin!
This room was a big challenge because it had three major purposes: nursery, home office for Mr. P, and the occasional guest room. Without much space to work with, I literally sat down and sketched room layout options. This ended up being the most spacious and functional.
All the things in the room aside, the big changes to the space itself: a pallet wall (that simultaneously fixed the gaping hole left by the window), a brand new carpet, and a fresh coat of paint (belvedere cream by Behr). When we stripped the absolutely disgusting carpet that was in this room when we bought the house, we found gorgeous hardwood floors underneath. They were SO tempting to leave exposed, but we ultimately decided for fresh carpet for a few reasons: sound proofing (hello, a newborn will be sleeping in this room), cushioning for baby and toddler falls (I’m pretty sure the carpet in the girls’ room has literally prevented head injuries), and aesthetics (the floor and pallet wall clashed horribly in color).
Mr. P’s workspace! For those who are wondering, he is an MD/Phd (doctor scientist) in training. While the lighting does not allow for a great view of this, we opted to frost this window. Much like the bathroom window we frosted, this window has a perfect view of our neighbor’s porch that they spend a ton of time on and that is only 20-30 feet from our house. Even though it’s not a bathroom where privacy is required, there is nothing more awkward than trying to work at your desk when feeling like you’re supposed to be waving or making conversation with the person right outside.
Unlike the bathroom window, I applied a frosted sheet instead of using the spray-on frosting. The spray is a cheaper option, but it stinks something awful and is very difficult to apply evenly. If you can spend a touch more on the sheets, go for it! They are worth every penny.
The curtains you see here are an upholstery fabric sewed to a blackout curtain. Don’t get me wrong, I want allll the sunlight; but when baby’s napping, I need darkness like before the dawn of time. I loved this fabric because the color scheme was spot on with what I was going for and it looked kind of natural, almost tribal.
The crib, changing table, and futon were all different colors when used by the girls, so I tackled some furniture projects on this one. Mr. P’s desk, on the other hand, was built by his father and is far too sentimental to paint. I wasn’t sure how to handle the stain clash between the desk and the wall at first, but having the desk away from the wall seems to take attention away from the color difference. To see the crib and changing table in their original glory, take a walk down memory lane here.
I love love love macrame wall hangings and really wanted one to hang over this crib, but budget living calls for working with what you have in most scenarios, so I dug up this fishnet shall that I remember wearing back in 2003 (seriously) and displayed it on an oak branch, courtesy of the giant oak in our backyard. I’m so pleased with it! Although if I ever do run into some pocket money for macrame, I’m going to snag it up from local artist, Bonnybee Designs because wow, she is so talented and equally sweet in person!
All of you sweet friends who follow me on Instagram may remember when I was debating whether or not to distress this crib after I painted it white. I decided to lightly distress it. As much as I love a modern, clean look, this crib is not shaped in a simple, modern way. Also, I’ve found that if I drip or don’t do a perfect paint job (as is easy to do when dealing with slats), distressing can be a very forgiving method for fixing those drips. It also accents the lovely curves of the crib. When I went about painting this crib, I looked into whether or not it was safe to paint a crib or not. Here’s what I found: It’s ok if you use the right materials (low or no-VOC paint sealed with polycrylic) and do a good job (sand before painting so that flaking and peeling is unlikely). The more time that passes between when you paint and when the crib will be occupied, the better. Feel free to enlighten me if I’m wrong, but that’s the conclusion I came to after doing some intensive research (googling, that is).
Oh, and has anyone noticed the quilt draped over the edge of the crib? Hehe, this is one of my latest creations that will soon be featured in the shop (Poppy Cloth Co). It’s a dip dye quilt and I’m a big fan! You can find a few more pictures of it on my Instagram (including the gorgeous geometric flannel on the back).
For anyone who missed the post on the pallet wall, this stain is a mix of 1/8 Jacobean and 7/8 Classic Gray. Also, every time I look at it I hear Anderson Paak singing because apparently that’s what I listened to while staining (if you click the link, music may not be suitable for all ears).
As for the little gallery overhead, that bass is 100% real and was caught by Mr. P when he was a kid. While I’m not all about decorating with taxidermy, there is almost a sense of legacy that this portrays and I love that.
It was almost sad to paint over the sunshine yellow that was this changing table. Almost. But this natural, earthy green made the goodbye not so tough. I love it, especially with the pallet wall behind it. I have two soft bins for diapers (yeah, one for the toddler and one for the newborn #ALLTHEDIAPERS), a little wire organizer to corral the soundmaker and monitor, a little glass cloche to display pacifiers because why not, and a vintage wire basket for baby blankets and swaddles.
This futon was stained and scuffed before this room makeover. Painting it white (no distressing this time) breathed new life into it. The little ram head table is a hand-me-down from Mr. P’s grandparents that I love. The lamp is a yard sale find spray painted a lovely mint with a simple, huge lampshade. Over the futon is, of course, Steve Prefontaine inspiring us to all do our best.
The two striped pillowcases I made out of drop cloths and painted with fabric paint to attempt a mudcloth look. Initially I sewed a pillowcase for the little pillow that turned out looking pretty horrific, which is when it occurred to me to wrap it in a favorite scarf. Cannot believe how much I love the look! How’s that for affordable decorating?
Beside the desk is this closet. Given how tight on space this room is, this little closet has to store everything of baby boy’s, from clothes to toys to the pack n play.
Mr. P found this cubby organizer on the side of the road and snagged it for us. It’s not the standard cube size, so finding baskets to fit inside each cubby was very difficult. I finally found these on Wayfair for somewhere around $3/basket.
Sorry for the horrible picture quality here. Struggling with a dark closet with no overhead lighting. You get the idea, though. There’s space to fit a few things beside it, above it, and clothes and toys are divied between the baskets. For now we have a highly functional system. Once Christmas or his first birthday hit and we have more toys to deal with, things could get complicated, but when that happens, I’ll update you on how we cope. I currently have three different sizes of clothes in here. As he gets older we may transition a lot of that to toy and book space.
Thanks for coming to take a look at the nursery! I’ve been excited to show you what we did in here. I think it’s come quite a long way!
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