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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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