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. PeggyJean says:

    this is such a beautiful nursery! very inspiring!!

  2. I am soo in love with this nursery!! from the color scheme, to the furniture, to the accessories…….I’m pinning as we speak!!!!!

  3. P.S….i’m your newest follower!

  4. Katie says:

    One of my favorite nurseries ever!!!

  5. shesnomartha says:

    absolutely the best nursery ever! So practical yet stunning. Deffo a room that will stand the test of time!

  6. Shelley says:

    Oh my. Oh my. Oh my… this is a stunner!!! What a breathtaking nursery! I love literally e v e r y t h i n g in here. I’d even love for my room to look like this :D Thanks for sharing!


  7. It’s simply stunning – I just love it! Such a warm, serene space for your daughter. My daughter will be 1 next week, and I still haven’t finished her room (I don’t think I can refer to it as a nursery anymore). I can’t believe this is the 1st time I’ve come across your blog – it’s beautiful. I’m a new follower! Thanks for sharing this beautiful room!

  8. Found you through the DIY Showoff – love your blog. You have a gorgeous home & some great projects. I’m a new follower!

  9. Hi, I just found you and following. This is so pretty and unique! I’d love for you to link up at Tuesday’s Nursery – I hope you can make it. Have a great day, Nan

  10. KAT says:

    amazing ! I love the bird mobile the best !

    – KAT –

  11. Wowzers! Super classy! A few of my faves: the flower over the chest, the bird mobile, and the lampstand! Color scheme is great. Thanks for linking up on Kammy’s Korner!

  12. Heather says:

    I love all of the elements you put into this room. I think the simplicity of it all is what makes it so beautiful!

  13. Its beautiful!

  14. Beautiful! I’m a new follower :)

  15. Stephanie says:

    Gorgeous! Job well done!!!!

  16. ~Kristine~ says:

    Gorgeous! I love every.single.detail in this room! It’s so lovely!!

  17. it’s so you and so gorgeous- sweet and rustic!

  18. AMAZING! I love everything about this nursery! The crib is just perfect (love that cute blanket hanging on the side). The light is awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  19. MommaHen says:

    I feel like I’m looking at images in a magazine-absolutely amazing!

  20. Geneva says:

    That is possibly one of the most beautiful nurseries I’ve ever seen, and I love the way you’ve photographed it! It’s definitely magazine worthy! Great Job!

  21. Aaron says:

    Looks amazing! What a lucky little girl!

  22. Judy says:

    This nursery is really stunning. I saw you featured over at At The Picket Fence. This room is filled with so much inspiration. So many clever ideas…I especially love the closet doors. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to stop by and say hi and consider following me back. Thanks so much.

  23. JC says:

    Just found your blog from Transformation Thurs. and I’m so in love! Your nursery is gorgeous, you are so very creative!!!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing so thoroughly how you made it all come together and for linking the bird print images!
    Looking forward to exploring your blog further, thanks!

  24. Jenna says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I am SO in love with it. It. Is. Amazing. :)

  25. Such a beautiful space and I love the neutral colours, so soothing! I’ve got this linked to my nurseries post as well today, nice job!

  26. I am in the midst of planning my little peanut’s nursery, and this is so inspiring! I featured you today in my Friday I’m in Love favorites!!

    – Jenn @ Social Salutations

  27. I am doing a SPECIAL feature about your nursery. It will be publish next Wednesday… Thank you so much for visiting my party!

  28. BeingBrook says:

    Gorgeous nursery! Love the closet doors and light fixture-so creative!

  29. ~april says:

    what a wonderful nursery! i love the chalkboard closet doors. great idea! i love the calming colors and the linen curtains!

  30. Katie says:
  31. Kerry says:

    I don’t think that I could love a nursery any more than i love yours!… Like, i think I love it even more than ours! It’s so incredibly sweet! :)

  32. Beth@A to Z says:

    Kristine, I always love your work and this is no exception! Fantastic job! Thanks for linking up to the party. I’ll be featuring you later today :).

  33. So pretty… Love it all. You’re featured this week! Stop by and grab a button! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  34. Absolutely gorgeous. So sophisticated for a nursery! And really love all your clever DIYs!

  35. julie says:

    Oh my goodness! I am in awe of your nursery! It’s absolutely perfect! I can’t stop peeking at it! You did a fab job!

  36. Wow! You really did an amazing job! So inspiring! I am so glad you are back blogging!

  37. Kristine – the nursery is just beautiful. I adore the neutrals you used in there. It’s such a calm, restful room. And your new Tolix chairs are ammmmaaaazing!!! LUV them!! What a difference they made in your dining room. Such a splash of sparkle! I do want to ask you though, where you bought that sweet double topiary in the first photo of this post? I just love it! :)

    xoxo laurie

  38. Aimee Darby xoxo says:

    I love this nursery!! It’s perfect!! You did a fabulous job! What color/brand paint did you use for the crib?

  39. Thanks Aimee. As mentioned in the post I actually made the colour up so can’t divulge the colour sorry.

  40. I’m in love! It’s gorgeous!

  41. Doris says:

    I’ve been following your blog for months and never commented, but I had to today because WOW! I love that nursery!

  42. Alexis says:

    Such an original mobile, I love that idea!Beautiful room!

  43. I’m a new follower of yours! The nursery is absolutely beautiful. You’re very talented!

  44. I am absolutely in awe at how beautiful this nursery is. I found myself oooing and aweing out loud as I saw each picture. You did a fabulous job. Almost makes me wanna have another baby just so I can do a nursery. hehe. Almost. ;)

  45. Esther says:

    I saved your blog post from months back because I’d love to copy some of your ideas for my own twin girls’ nursery. You wrote that you bought organic safe paint. Can you please tell me which brand/s you used? I understand you mixed a few colors, so I am not asking about the color, but want to know which brands are safe to use for a baby’s crib.


    Esther Du

  46. Esther
    I used Colours By Nature ( It is an Australian based on-line store. I’m not sure where you live though just try Googling “organic paint”.
    My understanding is that most acrylic paints are reasonably safe.

  47. Carrie says:

    I was just wondering if you can remember what paint color you used on the crib. I know you said warm grey, but I was just wondering what brand and color.

    Thanks!! Such a beautiful room!

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Hi Carrie
      Sorry, I made the colour up using left-overs I had.
      Thanks for your comment.

  48. Camilla Braithwaite says:

    I really like this decor for your nursery. It really bucks the trend of all those bright pink/yellow/blue rooms and looks really beautiful.

  49. amy says:

    This is perfect! Do you happen to remember the color of white you used for the board and batter?
    Thanks so much for any help!!

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Hi Amy
      Thanks so much :-)
      It was a Dulux colour called White Watsonia.

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