I am SO excited to finally show you the baby’s nursery! Venturing into boy territory is a whole new world and the nursery was kind of my first run at it. The hands down best part though is how involved Court was on everything. You guys. He has literally no opinion about decor ever. But this room? This room is apparently wayyy more important than anything else we’ve done in our house to date.
The space itself was sort of a hodge podge of crap. It had 3 different paint colors on the walls (its like America’s Test Kitchen for my house apparently) it had no flooring, no closet doors, was the catch all for project contraband, AND had a giant recliner in it. This room is seriously embarrassing but I didn’t want to just decorate it to decorate it. It needed a higher purpose.
I wanted the room to feel boy-ish and fun, with some really heavy childlike elements without making you feel like you stepped into a Fisher-Price catalog. Ya know? I had a really hard time deciding on a color scheme and ultimately went with a really great rust, mustard yellow, olive green and navy. It still feels classic, but is an updated version.
So do you want to see what it looks like now?
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There are just so many things to talk about!
Lets start with the wall color. For this room I teamed up with my family (we’ve moved past the friendship phase, we are full on blood related at this point) at Sherwin-Williams to announce their 2016 Color of the Year (you can see my 2015 announcement here!)
The 2016 Color of the Year is SW-7008 Alabaster and is the most perfect slightly warm white. I think sometimes people feel like if they love color, then they need a bold color on the walls, but that is so not the case! If you love color, white walls give you freedom to use it WAY more than you would be able to if you committed to something dramatic.
The floor got a major upgrade when we decided to continue the engineered hardwood from the main living areas into this space (its something that you’ll see in the future in the other bedrooms too).
There are so many things in the little gremlin’s room that play nicely together its hard to pick a stand out star.
The jumping off point was the stacked animal block wall. I love a good plywood project and when I was trying to come up with something babyish without being cheesy or too trendy. Animal blocks just seemed like the perfect answer. It frustrates me to no end how hard it is to get the size of the room to translate into photos. This wall is 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide, just for reference.
Everyone in the fam has their favorite critter (mine are the porcupines). Aren’t they just the cutest?! We’ll delve pretty deep into this project, so stay tuned! The hardest part designwise was to make sure that none of our wooden friends found themselves in um… compromising positions?
One of my favorite elements in the room is the crib. We had big plans and actually built new sides to upgrade a basic IKEA crib, but when we finished, it just wasn’t special enough. So we scrapped it and decided to do something else. The house frame is completely removable (when he starts getting big enough to use it like a jungle gym). We can just move it to a different part of the room and have an adorable little playhouse, so it grows with him! Tutorial coming on that! (Don’t worry, we are still using the hanging cradle, its just going to be in my room)
The sock sloth was a quick 30 minute sewing project that just melts my heart! Don’t you just love him?!
Speaking of sewing, it would not be a true Vintage Revivals room without a cactus right?! Well obviously that wasn’t going to happen, especially the giant floor cactus of my dreams. I took the path of least resistance and and most huggablitliy and made a giant plush cactus, complete with stackable squishy stones to fill the pot. (Psst, that little bear cub in the bottom corner is Court’s favorite animal because it reminds him of the old school Cubs logo. Adorable.)
The boy scout giraffe just kills me. I fiercely love his weirdness.
On the other side of this little room we have the changing station.
Remember last week when I hinted about the Himmeli Letters? We are just finishing up all of the video tutorials and they should be ready in the next week and 1/2 (hopefully!!) The little guy’s name is still undecided, though we do have a front runner (I love it more than Court does so we’ll see…) so I need to come up with something that wasn’t the baby’s undecided name. And I didn’t want normal nursery stuff (like Sleep, or Dream, or Baby) Wee Boy just has such a cute ring to it.
The hanging diaper holder is an awesome way to clear up more space on the dresser (and it only took 15 minutes!)
The triangle shelves are just so good. I had them staged all adorable with little plants and vases and Court vetoed it immediately. He then proceeded to go to his mom’s and find all of his old baseball cards and stage it himself. While it might not be the most pinterest-worthy vignette it just makes me grin like a fool every time I see it, so it stays just the way it is. Obviously there are no expectations for the kids future.
I LOVE how this room turned out. I cant wait to start sharing the tutorials with you guys, hang on tight cause there are a lot! (Source List, Crib, Wall Treatment, Cactus, Sloth, Crib Sheet, Triangle Shelf, Changing Tray, Closet Doors, Installing Hardwood, Himmeli Letters, Hanging Diaper Caddy, Rope Fringe Pillow)
So now lets chat a little bit more about paint. After I did a ton of research about the safest/best paint to use in a nursery I ended up using Sherwin-Williams Harmony on the walls and ProClassic on the doors, trim, and house structure on the crib. If your wondering about why I chose the paint formulas that I did, read that post and educate yourself.
So what do you think? Are we ready to have a baby?!
Need more kiddie room ideas? Check out Dylan’s Dream Room!