We are less than a month out from baby boy’s due date and the nursery is ready to go! The room used to be our bedroom in this 2-bedroom-turned-3-bedroom home. When we added the third bedroom, we really struggled to find a layout that made sense. Do we add a hallway somewhere that only leads to one room? Do we have the master suite connect directly to a common room, like the kitchen? It was quite a puzzle to figure out. What we landed on was having a semi-hall (more of a small space) that housed a new exterior door (leading to the new porch) on one side and the door to our master suite on the other. This put a wall of the new bedroom right up against a wall of the old bedroom, though they don’t actually connect (does that make sense?). Let’s take a look. Here is the room back when it was our bedroom:
While I think we nailed our new layout, there was one major downside: this room suffered the loss of a window, leaving it with a grand total of one, small window. So sad. As we’ve had a lot of trouble with water damage in this house (the roof was built without any overhang and the existing windows were installed incorrectly), Mr. P was not willing to add more windows to the space, at least not any time soon.
So you see the tragic situation. But no worries! We’re pros at making that metaphorical homeowners lemonade! So this is what we did, as you might have seen on Instagram:
We added a pallet wall! We talked about doing this before, but when we had that window to fill, we thought, ah heck with it, let’s just add our pallet wall now instead of patching sheetrock. Another reason we were big fans of this idea was that we wanted this space to be particularly masculine to accommodate its many purposes: boy nursery, Mr. P’s home office, and a guest room. That’s a LOT to ask from one room (especially one without great natural lighting) and we didn’t want it to feel hokey (like it was a room for “the boys” that was overly themed). The pallet wall (made from thin cuts of pine and not pallets, ha) totally did that for us.
Once we added the pallet wall, we knew we wanted to stain it, but how to do that without making this dark room darker? I knew I wanted a brown that was on the colder side–no cherry undertones–but when I got to Lowes, they didn’t have anything remotely close to what I wanted. As you Instagram friends might have noticed, I decided to mix my own stain:
I liked the Jacobean stain, but I needed it just a touch colder, so I added some Classic Gray. And then some more. And then some more. The mix I actually ended up with (not pictured) is 7/8 Classic Gray and 1/8 Jacobean. I’m not kidding. You would not believe how little of that finished stain was actually brown.
I am totally in love with how the stain came out! It’s sophisticated, cool, modern, and rustic.
Want to see what the whole room looks like? Click here for the room tour!