Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I thought it was the perfect time to share our complete nursery renovation! This was probably the most grueling project we’ve done yet and definitely the most expensive. As most of you may not know, we bought an 1800’s farmhouse last June of 2015. It is a two story, with the second floor including two bedrooms. We hadn’t planned on renovating this for a long while as our main focus was on the main floor but we found out we were expecting in June of 2016 so renovate we must! In order to truly make the bedroom a livable nursery for a baby, it was going to take a full renovation. Since our house was built in the 1800’s, the wall’s were not drywall, but plaster and lath. My husband spent several weeks gutting the room down to the studs and completely demolishing the closet. The renovation started in February and didn’t get finished until May when I was 8 months pregnant (Yikes! We were cutting it close).
Nursery Renovation Before:
I am terrible at remembering to take before pictures, so here is a few pictures of the demolished room (Side Note: Some of these pictures are sideways and refuse to change, arg)
You can probably imagine my reaction walking upstairs to see this mess. I couldn’t even keep a positive mindset, let alone imagine the finished project. But my husband reminded me that everything would be alright.
We ripped all the plaster and lath down. Most of the room had been left uninsulated so we had to replace most of this. The studs you see above for the closet were ripped down and we redesigned the width of the closet. All new drywall was put up and electrical was fixed. Some of the cool things we found hidden beneath the walls were an old brick fireplace and a HUGE wasp nest.
Nursery Renovation During:
Here’s some pictures of the in-between stage of the room, when the big picture started to become visible to me:
Obviously I had began shopping for this room long before it was started (nesting problems) and it killed me to wait three LONG months for this to be finished.
Nursery Renovation After:
And FINALLY, the part you’ve been waiting for, the finished room and my favorite room in the whole house (and the newest):
I scored these lockers on Craigslist for $75! They are my favorite piece of furniture in the room. Check out how I gave them a makeover here.
I salvaged this window from the Kalamazoo Heritage Company. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw they have a basement filled with old windows and doors. The owner gave it to me for free. It must have been the baby bump that convinced him ha! My mother-in-law and I collaborated on the handmade flower mobile and I designed all my own bedding online!
I found this gorgeous detailed mirror at an antique shop in Portage called TroVe. This store has become an absolute favorite of mine. If you’re ever in town, you’ll always find something to take home with you.
Sources are below for most of the things you see in baby girl’s new room. Comment and let me know what you love most about this transformation!
Glider: Was from Wayfair but is no longer available, but they sell the same one at Walmart
Crib: Bertini Pembrooke Crib
Dresser: Bertini Pembrooke Dresser
Overhead Light: Kichler Light
Rug: Safavieh brand from Overstock
Lockers: Craigslist find for $75 (Such a STEAL)
Bedding: Carousel Designs (Design Your Own)
Pillows: TJ Maxx
Table Lamp: Hobby Lobby
Decor: Most was from local antique shops or my personal favorite, Hobby Lobby!
As for the actual construction items, we favor Lowes and bought everything including stud replacements, drywall, insulation, electrical and shiplap wood. Their customer service is AWESOME when you need help picking out the right items or just loading it in your truck!
Thanks for checking out our nursery renovation, stay tuned for our next big reno!