Our little baby isn’t so little anymore and has started to climb out of her crib. It was time to finally make some changes in her bedroom. I picked out a toddler bed that was perfect for her room and next week we’ll be making the trek to Ikea to pick it up. It’s the Minnen bed and extends so the bed can grow with the child. How cool is that?! And isn’t it cute?
So before I show you the nursery makeover, let’s start at the beginning.
This is the listing photo. Cute, huh? We then ripped the room down to the studs.
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Nursery Makeover: Before
It’s basically taken us two years to finally finish this room. We had basically everything finished within two to three months but I never really took the time to finish off the small details or style it to my exact liking. We never painted the closets, there is a hole in the wall where we need to insert a door for access to the attic, and I hated the dark walnut shiplap that was on the wall. Sure, it might have been cute for a little boy’s nursery but it didn’t fit the girly vibe I was trying to go for in here. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what I was thinking two years ago when I styled this room!
Nursery Makeover: After
It took me one night and one morning to paint all the shiplap in Sherwin Williams “Marshmallow”. I really didn’t want to spend any money on this nursery makeover so I shopped decor around my home and rearranged all of her furniture and decor. I also had been keeping the canopy cornice my grandmother had gotten me when I was just a girl. I thought it would look so cute above her new toddler bed but wasn’t a fan of the bronze color. With some chalk paint I had on hand, I quickly gave it a single coat, let it dry and sanded, and it was ready to hang within a half hour!
Everything pictured above was already in her room. The only thing I added here was the canopy and I borrowed those drapes from my craft room. I loved the blue pom pom edge and knew they belonged in here! The pink deer hooks I had hanging behind the door but wanted them in the open and on display. I found that large mirror when I was pregnant and knew I had to have it for my baby’s nursery. It’s painted in Annie Sloan Duck Egg and I’m obsessed with it!
The metal flowers are from Hobby Lobby, as are the white cactus flowers, and used to hang above her desk which was located on this wall. I moved the desk back over to inbetween the windows. I have a really fun project planned for there so I’m not showing you that area jusssst yet!
If you watched my Instagram stories, I walked you through my step by step decision making process when working on this nursery makeover. I also showed you the small hole that was in the wall where we eventually need to install an attic access door. I hid that for the time being with a black shelf I had purchased but never used and some of Ryan’s favorite books. I also wanted to spice up here dresser but because we purchased it for such a high price, I’m just not quite ready to take a paint brush to it. Hobby Lobby had all their knobs and pulls half off so I purchased some mismatched ones and just swapped out the old ones for these to add a more girly and eclectic feel.
I just love how versatile this shelf is. It makes it so easy to swap our her books as new ones become her favorites.
We opted to keep the lockers in the same place they have been. They’re situated perfectly in this little nook, and because there is a wall there on the side of them, it helps them not seem so big and bulky. I would recommend lockers to anyone creating a fun kids room. You seriously cannot find better storage than these!
The only change I made next to the lockers was swapping out some letters that spelled “BABY” (because she’s no longer a baby *cue tears*) and a few signs with these adorable watercolor framed prints. If you purchase them when Hobby Lobby’s wall decor is half off you can score them for $8 or less each!
I am seriously so thrilled at how budget friendly this quick room makeover was. So far I have not spent even a single $1 on this makeover, that is until we purchase the bed! If you’re looking for a room refresh but don’t have the funds, just shop your house and switch things up. You’d be surprised at what you can do with using only items in your house.
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