The Nursery Reveal!

Before Charlotte actually out-grows her cot I thought I’d better finish off her room! Well, for that reason and also cause it’s about time I finally shared it on my blog!

Of course it would have been completed four months ago, before she actually arrived in the world, if it hadn’t been for my pesky eight week hospital sojourn (giving it a sweet name derived from old French makes it sound so much more appealing!).

The nursery is predominately neutral with nothing too flashy or poppy so for those who have been waiting (far too patiently!) for the reveal, I hope its simplicity doesn’t disappoint.

Here it is before….

The nursery was originally our unfinished study/junk space/I-collect-too-much-furniture-and-have-nowhere-else-to-put-it room. It’s teeny tiny, which made it a tricky little space to decorate (and photograph!).

If you’re new here and feel so inclined you can catch-up with all the previous nursery posts here.

To give the room some dimension, charm and crispness we dressed the walls with simple white board and batten. I didn’t do a tutorial on this (mainly because there are already a squillion out there though also because we kinda just made it up as we went along). I will say however, that if you’re considering a similar treatment it’s actually pretty straight forward – especially if you’re willing to make spak your new best friend.

To save extra painting (and because it’s already nice and neutral) we decided to retain the original colour on the upper walls. It is Dulux Chalk USA as per the rest of our house.

The generic old wardrobe doors had to go though rather than trash ’em we decided to rehash ’em, offering salvation in the form of chalkboard paint and custom alphabet decals.

The process was similar to how I transformed the built-in doors in my master bedroom here.

We just removed the doors, bottom rail and fascia (which simply unscrewed) took them all outside and painted the metal beige areas with black enamel spray paint. Once dry, we gave the doors two coats of chalkboard paint. After a few days curing time I attached alphabet decals which I had custom made in Poor Richard font by Leen the Graphics Queen. They remind me of a classroom blackboard – I really love them!

I picked up the cot (crib) off eBay for just $40.

I was umming and ahhring for ages about what colour to re-finish it in though eventually settled on a warm grey.

I used organic acrylic (so it’s safe when Charlotte decides to start munching on it) and mixed up the colour myself. I finished the cot with a subtle glaze and light distressing.

I also replaced the plastic castor wheels with antique porcelain ones taken from an old Edwardian chair.

For some weird reason the window in the room sits slightly to the right so I hung curtains centrally, covering the frame to create the illusion of symmetry.

I needed a blackout solution (for obvious reasons) though the linen drapes from IKEA were merely light filtering so I also used a textured blockout roller blind.

I knew from the get-go that I wanted an original antique chest of drawers to use as the change table and with some patience eventually found a reasonably priced set on eBay. I adore the patina and proportions. We keep all the change-time paraphernalia in the top drawers so it’s completely accessible when needed though otherwise kept neatly hidden away.

I have previously posted about my eBay rocking chair mini makeover here. I decided to enhance it a little further with some subtle burgundy grain sack stripes.

The light fixture is a repurposed old zinc basket. You can read the full post and tutorial for that here.

The gallery wall was basically free. I wanted it to have a slightly quirky, vintage feel so used a mish-mash of frames (some I already owned and others are from charity stores).

The art is made up entirely of free printables I found on The Graphics Fairy, Vintage Printables and the NYPL Digital Library.

The lamp stand is actually a repurposed brake fluid drum! You can read about it in this previous post.

I made the mobile using hand-carved timber birds, laser-cut metal leaves and some twigs from my backyard. You can read my previous post about it here. I think it adds a lovely organic feel to the room.

To finish, here are a few side-by-side before and afters just for comparisons sake.





Linen Curtains (IKEA Aina $79)
Textured Blackout Roller Blind (Lincraft $80 on sale)
Antique Chest of Drawers (eBay $300)
Cot (eBay $40)
Rocking Chair (eBay $100)
Lamp Stand Drum (DIY Project $5)
Lamp (Sokol $110 wholesale)
Cane Storage Baskets (Kmart $14)
Wire Basket Ceiling Light (DIY Project $15)
Wicker Waste Basket (The Reject Shop $10)
Fitted Ticking Cot Sheet (Target $15)
Damask Throw Blanket (Spotlight $20 on clearance)
Bird and Twig Mobile (DIY Project $15)
Custom Alphabet Decals (Leen the Graphics Queen $14)
Sheepskin Rug (Gift)
Sunburst Mirror (Repurposed from Master Bedroom – originally from Oz Design $60)
Wire Basket Ceiling Light
Bird and Twig Mobile
Faux Pressed Tin Lamp Stand
Rocking Chair Mini Makeover
For details relating to the Cot Makeover, Gallery Wall, Wardrobe Door Makeover and Board and Batten Treatment please refer to the post above.
Wall Art: The Graphics Fairy, Vintage Printables, NYPL Digital Gallery

  1. Liz Marie says:

    this nursery is stunning!!!!!! I love everything about it.. every detail is amazing. I love it..

    xx liz

  2. NanaDiana says:

    Kristine- You did an absolutely marvelous job on her room. No wonder she sleeps so peacefully! xo Diana

  3. Oh it’s absolutely beautiful. So charming. So many amazing touches that only you would pull off. I just adore the mobile and the crib. The light fixture is fantastic as well. Charlotte is a lucky little one!

  4. Julie-Ann says:

    I love it – it looks fabulous. You have gone to so much trouble with every little detail. What little one wouldn’t want this as a nursery. I especially love the mobile. Off to read that tutorial:)

  5. Girl! What a wonderful, marvelous, astounding job! No disappointment here…I especially love the color for the crib. Oh and the light fixture. :)

  6. kim says:

    oh my goodness! what an upgrade! this is amazing. that is the cutest crib i’ve ever seen, especially knowing you bought it for a steal and painted it yourself. the whole room is beautiful.

  7. Kerry says:

    What a beautifully sophisticated and gentle nursery. I’m not in the least bit surprised that Charlotte sleeps well in her room :)

  8. Alice says:

    Well worth the wait. Looks goergeous…

  9. I love this quiet, peaceful nursery! I hope it helps Charlotte grow up to be a calm, gentle child ;-)

  10. Absolutely lovely! I love the warm tones you chose as well as the simplicity. And that antique dresser is just gorgeous! I love it! A beautiful room for beautiful little Charlotte.

  11. Sarah says:

    Beautiful! We don’t have kids but this is totally my kind of nursery…not babyish at all and no pale pink! I love it!

  12. Melodie says:

    What a beautiful space! The mobile is just lovely.

  13. I just love this!! It is really beautiful! I can not even narrow down a favorite part!

  14. Sarah says:

    uhm…………this is me speechless, not even sure what to type because its so awesome!!! i think my favorite part is the chalkboard closet doors and the alphabet decals…pure genius. in awe, thank you for the wonderful inspiration. enjoy every moment in there with your baby girl:)

  15. LOVE IT!!

    A LOT!!

    It’s so good I want to sleep in there.

  16. Just beautiful! What a great job, I love it!

  17. Wow Kristine, the nursery looks awesome! I love the board & batten walls, and the oil drum table is one of the most creative DIY projects I’ve ever seen! And the mobile is so sweet :-) I’m sure Charlotte loves her brand new room :-)

  18. AAhhhh, when can I move in…

    Love it! especially the closet doors!

  19. MrsDixon says:

    Wow! What a beautiful room! I just adore it!

  20. it looks really good! my favorite would be the doors with the alphabet. really lovely!

  21. Cheryl says:

    The nursery is lovely! You have packed a punch in a small space. It’s got style. I can’t even pick a fave thing. The mobile is lovely and I am loving those blackboard closet sliding doors. So very cool.
    The gallery wall was a great addition. This nursery will be able to easily grow with your child.

  22. SHERRY HART says:

    Kristine it is lovely. So soft and pretty. I’m sure Charlotte is very happy in that space.

  23. rebekahdawn says:

    It’s all beautiful. One of my favorite out of all the nurseries I’ve seen.

  24. Lottie says:

    I have just come across your blog and love it.

    Your nursery looks amazing! my favourite has to be the gallery wall.

  25. Jacquelyn says:

    Stunning! Absolutely stunning!

  26. Magazine worthy! Great job, I just had a baby 2 months ago and it’s been quite and adjustment to get things done now with 2. Way to go!

  27. Carol says:

    Love, love, love every last detail of this nursery. Looks so wonderful!

  28. Pamela says:

    oh my gooodnesss!!!!!!!! Seriously this is the most gorgeous nursery EVER and my number one inspiration for my next one.

    Every detail is gorgeous!

    Pamela @

  29. Lisa says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Looks like it’s right out of a magazine!

  30. Meredith says:

    Your projects never cease to amaze me! I love every thing in this little bitty room! The vignette by the chair is just perfect.

    I linked your nursery in my Friday Five post today:
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont

  31. Mary says:

    Stunning and so serene. Lucky, lucky, baby.


  32. banclothing says:

    Wow, so classy and grown up. It’s a room baby and mom can enjoy withotu flashy colours. I especially love the closet doors. I have similar sliders in my house and I hate them.

  33. Kahli says:

    Wow what a lucky baby! I love it very very unique. Everything is great love the closet doors especially :)

  34. This nursery is sooo beautiful! I just love it!


  35. Deanne says:

    The nursery is so beautiful! Great to see you found chalkboard paint! The doors look fabulous!

  36. Jeanene says:

    Gorgeous! Beautiful design, I love it.

  37. I {adore} this nursery! Definitely a welcoming room for the little one.

  38. Cathy Wall says:

    What a soothing and happy space! So original, so sophisticated, beautiful job Kristine!

    Cathy @ Room Rx

  39. The Moerks says:

    Kristine, it is so pretty. I adore the colour of the cot. Charlotte is one lucky little girl to have such a lovely space to call her own.

  40. This is such a beautiful, calming space. I love every single thing about it! You did an amazing job!

  41. Absolutely gorgeous!! All your details, colors and vignettes are wonderful!! Such a charming space! Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  42. I absolutely adore this nursery. Love the strong contrast of black and white with the antique wood mixed in and some grey. Really lovely.

  43. I love the neutrality of it. It’s so calming and beautiful. The mobile is so sweet!

  44. Wow! It is beautiful! You did a great job. I love the color of the crib, the light fixture, and the rocking chair! Every detail is perfect and the colors are so calming.

  45. Beautiful! Love that it’s in neutral yet still appears to be fun! Enjoy the lovely week ahead, Kellie xx

  46. Ok…this is seriously AMAZING!!! As in my jaw dropped open looking at the incredible photos of this gorgeous nursery. I feel like I am looking at something out of a magazine! I am in awe of how you cleverly repurposed items and transformed them into gorgeous pieces to accent this room. You are one talented gal! We are so thrilled that you linked this up to Inspiration Friday and now I must go and check out more of your beautiful blog. :-)

  47. Holly Austin says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love how calm and serene it looks!

  48. It’s gorgeous! Definitely my most favorite nursery ever. Even if it’s small – you’ve added so much character, it looks so cozy and peaceful. Beautiful job! :)

  49. Cynthia says:

    It’s divine — just love it!! Thanks for sharing all the details. :)

  50. Christina says:

    Absolutely stunning; I just LOVE this room so much.

    Take care,

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