Cottage Nursery Reveal 

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Cottage Nursery Reveal

Today I am finally sharing our cottage nursery reveal with you! DIY room renovations are not always finished as quickly as we hope, but that is completely okay! We are so happy with the end result. 

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A year ago now, I painted and added wallpaper to our boy’s shared nursery space. I also shared my design ideas and inspiration for the room. I never imagined it would take an entire year to finish, but it is finally complete and here are all of the details that brought this shared cottage nursery room together. 

Boys shared cottage nursery reveal
Cottage Nursery and Shared Bedroom Space

Before I begin, I hope the fact that it took over a year to finish this space is an encouragement to you. DIY projects in your home on top of everyday life aren’t always easy, and they aren’t always finished in an hour like it seems when you watch them on YouTube or TV. 

With my husband working full time, raising four boys, and everything in between – this space took a long time and that is okay. Taking our time helped me not rush the design, and I truly love every aspect of this nursery down to the very last detail. 

Cottage Nursery Reveal – Wallpaper and Paint Choices 

I shared the wallpaper and paint choices we chose for this space in my Nursery Update post, but wanted to share them again quickly with you as a reference. The wallpaper is a beautiful blue and white print with bunnies that you can find here

Boy's shared nursery design blue and beige

Fun fact about me – I have always loved bunnies, ever since I was a little girl. My mom read us books like Peter Rabbit and Rabbit Hill and as soon as I saw this wallpaper, I was in love.

After I found the wallpaper, I found a vintage bunny at a thrift store and it just confirmed for me even more that this was the right direction for this space.

Thrifted toys for animal themed bedroom space

Now came the task of deciding on paint for the nursery that worked well with the wallpaper and the beautiful curtains. I already had installed board and batten on the walls previously which you can read about here, when the previous wall color was a gray-blue.

I decided to use blue again, and tried to color match the blue in the curtains and wall paper. I picked up several samples and the blue that matched was just too bold on the walls for me.

I went with a calming tan shade of paint called Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore for the board and batten. I love how complimentary this color is against the bold and beautiful patterns on the wallpaper and curtains.

Calming Nursery Decor Paint Colors

I still really wanted to continue the beautiful blue shades in this space and decided to paint both the twin bed and the crib Philipsburg Blue by Benjamin Moore.

Nursery Room Bedding and Furniture Details 

The nursery is going to be a shared space between our two youngest boys and the two main furniture pieces are the crib and a twin bed. 

After finding a headboard at a garage sale for only $15, I asked my husband Mike to build a simple twin frame to attach to it for this space. I was so thankful he was able to do this because this beautiful headboard matches the crib I already had in this space perfectly.

Shared cottage nursery space for boys
Boys shared cottage nursery reveal

I knew I wanted to keep the crib, it was actually mine as a little girl! My Mom kept it all these years and I decided to take it and give it a makeover for this room design.

Painting both beds with a brush was a lot harder than I anticipated with all of the detailed spindles! But after I completed them I loved this shade of blue against the tan walls, wallpaper and curtains. It was the perfect pop of color and the blue coordinated so well in this room.

Boy's shared nursery design blue and beige

The bedding may have been the most difficult task for me. I loved the blue gingham curtains and the wallpaper and finding something that complimented both patterns was challenging. 


I ended up going with a tan gingham pattern which was actually a tablecloth originally! Thankfully my mom taught me to sew and after a few simple stitches I was able to create a duvet cover out of tablecloths and have the perfect bedding for this nursery space. 

I already found the blue gingham sheets thrifting and the accents on the crib and twin bed are all thrifted as well!

Boy's shared room bedding details
Boy's blue checkered patterned bedding

Cottage Nursery Decor Details

Once the cottage nursery was painted, wallpapered and curtains hung, we were ready for all of the final decor details. 

This may be my favorite part of a finishing a room – being able to find the perfect spot for all of the decor I have collected for the space. Like I said above, a vintage bunny was part of my initial inspiration for this cottage nursery, and I have collected other odds and ends thrifting as well.

Shared cottage nursery space for boys

Before I add the final nursery room details, I always like to give the room a deep cleaning. I like to dust with my Norwex Enviro-Cloth, vacuum and mop the floors, and make sure any thrifted decor is cleaned up before placed in the space. 

One of my favorite nursery decor details is a beautiful mirror that I got for free! The wood tones are beautiful and it fits perfectly above the sink in this space. 

Gorgeous vintage mirror in boy's bedroom space

There is plenty of space in the nursery closet for clothing and they love to play with this vintage inspired toy kitchen daily, so I got rid of the dresser in this room and left the kitchen against the wall for the boys to enjoy. 

Fun toy kitchen in whimsical nursery space

Another decor detail I have used in several rooms of my home are vintage books! I love decorating with beautiful old books, and especially children’s books in both the boy’s bedroom and this cottage nursery. They add texture and any colors you are looking to add to your space. 

Along with the books, I also added an antique fan on the nightstand that I found at a garage sale for only a dollar and a sweet wooden duck to continue with the animal theme. 

Vintage blue and beige boys bedroom and nursery space

The nightstand was my grandpa’s and has a checkered top that I love. I originally had it in our other boy’s bedroom, but love it in this space as a side table to hold decor and this lamp that I found thrifting. 

On the floor, I have a faux sheepskin rug and a sweet little basket shopping cart that I found on clearance at Home Goods. My boys LOVE using it and playing pretend. I stuck a little thrifted pillow, teddy bear and vintage book inside for the reveal. 

Vintage toys and books nursery decor ideas

For the crib area, I have a couple of cute pillows I already had inside along with some cozy blankets and the thrifted stuffed bunny that helped inspire this room! 

Shared cottage nursery space for boys

The shelves behind the crib in the nursery were a DIY project my husband and I tackled when we moved in. There was a pipe coming down the wall in the middle of the room, so we hid the pipe and added the shelves that have become the perfect little nooks for decor! 

I decorated the shelves with some vintage books and toys that go along with the theme of this cottage nursery, and I love decorating these little shelves! 

Shelving in cottage nursery and boys shared bedroom space
Shelving decor in boys nursery design

The animal heads on the wall were gifted to me several years ago from a sweet friend on Etsy and I love the whimsical, childlike look they bring to this nursery. 

Animal heads as decor ideas for boys bedroom shared space
Boy's shared Nursery Space in cottage style home

I just absolutely love how this shared cottage nursery space came together – from the wallpaper to the adorable curtains, to the colors on both the walls and the beds. This room is so precious to me and makes me smile each time I walk in. What do you think friends? I would love to hear in the comments!

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15 Comments

  1. The room looks lovely and cozy! I LOVE the DIY duvet cover. So crafty! Can you do a you tube tutorial on making one? Cheers♡

  2. I love your style! The room is beautiful for your boys. They are so lucky to have such loving and inspirational parents!

  3. Gorgeous as usual. You are the one blog I keep coming back to. I love your style and have often looked to you for ideas. So cozy and what a dream bedroom for the boys. So pretty and not overdone. Bravo!

  4. Love it all – I’m way past the ” putting together a nursery ” stage but I got so many wonderful ideas from this post – your color pallet is just perfect for my wanna be coastal, sort of craftsman cottage in northern GA. I have looked all over for the perfect shade of buffalo check fabric for a few projects and your curtain panels are just the right shade. I made my gingham shower curtain from a table cloth when we first moved in but never thought of using one for a duvet cover – great idea for a twin guest bed we have in my husbands office – and the khaki and blues are already the color scheme in there . And lastly the bed paint color may be a very good option for our cabinets in the laundry room – Ill surely look into it. You have a very keen eye and have lovingly put it all together . I just love it .

    1. This is so encouraging to read, thank you for sharing this with me. I know nursery reveals are for a very small audience, but I am so happy to read it’s helping others also!

  5. As usual I love this room and every room in your house. I’m intrigued by the sink in the nursery. I’ve never seen this before.

  6. I love your style and your thriftiness, it’s very inspiring! I absolutely love everything about this room, would love to know where you found the rug?

  7. Andrea, Your shared nursery is so sweet and cozy. I love all your color combinations and your finishing touches! Beautiful!

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