Well Hello Sunshine to you too!!
I can’t even tell you how excited I am to share this nursery with you!!
This project was very close to my heart as I adore the mommy to be as if she were my own daughter!
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And because I am so close to her….she has allowed me to give you the details of this “real life” experience of creating a special place for her little girl on a shoestring budget in a rental home with a last-minute move….AND combining the space with a sibling!!!
I think it is CRAZY important to share this story! So many of us become discouraged after scouring Pinterest and Instagram and Facebook….comparing our less than perfect reality with those perfectly portrayed lives posted on social media. Don’t let this happen to you!!!
ANY space can be transformed! I promise!!! All you need is a vision….and a little grit!
Let me introduce you to Matti and Tyler! A hard-working, fun-loving, attractive young couple expecting their first baby together! They moved from a studio apartment into this two-bedroom rental home ON THE FLY!!! They literally decided at the last minute (meaning baby is due in four weeks) that they needed more space….and jumped on this rental that became available in a family-oriented….wooded….deer-roaming neighborhood so they might eventually want to look at a website like feedthatgame.com if they’re wanting to feed and research information about the deer that pass through their land in the future. The home is solid and quaint…..however, some of the aesthetics are a bit out-dated (pretty sure the house was built in the 1950s).
Here is a VERY short video I made to share with you…showing you the room that will be the nursery….and the design challenges we had to overcome. PLEASE watch it so you get the FULL before and after experience!!!!
Now that you’ve had the tour and heard the whole story……feast your eyes on the room now!!!
It’s mind-blowing isn’t it???? I mean, honestly…..I’m not tooting my own horn here! I am just so excited to show you….and tell you….that it CAN BE DONE!!! Even in a rent home where you have very little freedom with decor…..even with carpet that you wish you didn’t have…..even with a window that just didn’t make sense…..and even when you need to combine both a boy and a girl in one room…..it CAN BE DONE!!!
So let’s talk about that WINDOW!!! Wait….what window??? LOLOLOL! Yep! We just covered that annoying window right up! We floated a faux barn door right over it! It took only a few hours to install…with the help of Tyler and my husband. It offers the most dramatic transformation in the entire room! It sets a true Farmhouse vibe…..and the perfect backdrop for the featured DIY Heart Wall Art (full blog on this piece HERE) above the Bratt Decor crib. (and a big thank you to preggo Matti and her precious mom for covering those awful sea-foam green walls with a fresh coat of SW Repose Gray before we got there)!
I love Farmhouse (and did I mention the bedding is called Fletcher’s Farmhouse by Caden Lane….how perfect is that?)…..and I certainly appreciate the beauty of raw wood…..but no little girl’s space is complete without a chandelier….so how about TWO?? We flanked the bed with mini chandy’s hanging from weathered corbels….and I can’t decide what I like better…..the lights or the wall?!?!?! To be honest with you, my first instinct was to have the lighting on the wall, as I loved the way it lights up the room and I’m not sure if they’ll have the same impact if they were on the ceiling. It was also easy to install them, but that was because we had trained electricians like those at Aardvark Electric, (more info here) on speed dial in case something went wrong with the wiring or fixtures. If you’re going to do it, it’s best to make sure that it gets done properly, right? But ultimately, I was still debating about whether I had made the right decision placing them on the wall. (Do you love chandeliers too? I have an entire article about decorating with these beauties here.)
Notice the simple gray and white wall art at one end of the crib is completely gender neutral as that wall is shared with Tucker’s space….so I wanted to begin the blend of the “two-in-one room” there.
The wall at the other end of the crib is the closet that I mentioned in the video that still had the wooden doors. We removed them for the dresser. This is baby Georgie’s changing station (so in love with that chicken feeder as an organizer) and dresser AND closet….all in one! It’s a great way to use much needed square footage for multiple needs. AND….it’s cute and cozy!
The dresser was another SUPER easy DIY!! And I’m not holding back! I’m even showing you the ad from Craigslist!!!
Seriously!!! $79??? And the guy accepted the offer of $60!! So for $60 and LESS than a quart of paint…..this super sturdy, well-built but very UGLY dresser was transformed into this beauty in just a couple of hours time!
And look how cute it looks! I didn’t even take the hardware off to paint it! I went all in for that shabby look and painted hardware and all! And I used a fabulous paint called ALL in ONE by Heirloom Traditions that is so easy to work with and doesn’t require a sealer. I chose the color Colosseum for the dresser AND the barn wall and have it listed in my Amazon Influencer shop here. AND….if you are wanting to paint a dresser for your nursery…check out my blog here with very helpful tips on when to prime before painting.
I am thrilled with the entry into this nursery. I love that the layout offered this little “nook” area that we were able to set the tone before you really fully entered the room. The little shabby chic bookshelf was Matti’s grandmothers. I gave it one quick coat of paint just to freshen it up!
So can we talk about those adorable DIY steer and pig prints now???? These were totally Matti’s idea….and I just built on it a bit. Matti ordered the prints online and had them printed at Office Depot. I threw together two wood signs with cedar fence boards….and we had a craft hour! We used One-Gel to decoupage the prints onto the plank signs….let it dry…..cut the paper between the boards….sanded and distressed….and gave a final coat of One-Gel! I honestly think they are Matti’s favorite thing in the room!!!
So are you ready to see Tucker’s side of the room????
Check it out!!!
It is a perfect space for a 6-yr-old boy to retreat for the night!! Tucker is a “man’s man”…LOL! He prefers to be in the garage or out in the yard working with his dad. He spends very little time in his room. And remember…..he visits every other weekend and one night per week. He is very happy with his new BIG BOY bed….as we chose to upgrade his twin to a full….and this made his day! His daddy hung the old salvage rodeo sign as his headboard….and the “trash to treasure” Kendall county sign for him. Both of these I found in their GARAGE!!! LOL! I used some of the same wall art cedar fence boards to build a topper for the window. And Matti found the perfect sized wooden crates to hold some of his toys on the shelf. And how about that dreamy tepee in the corner????? And then to be completely honest….as I dug through Tucker’s toy box to find props….I found that coonskin cap….boots….belt & buckle…..and toy gun! This room design is obviously COMPLETELY fitting for this little dude!
As Tucker lies on his bed at night….this is his view of his new baby sister Georgie’s bed. It is my hope that he will feel close to her…and want to protect her….for all their lives as siblings.
I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed this story as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you!
I cannot say it enough…..I am always so honored to be included in the process of planning a nursery with mommas and families! I really try to keep the experience light and stress free. It should be a fun time! No matter the budget…..the situation……the space……the timing…….there is ALWAYS a way to carve out a special place to welcome a new baby into this world!
One last look at the before & after pics before we say goodbye!
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