Our smallest bedroom has undergone a total transformation in the last few months. We started it before we found out I was pregnant and it was going to be my craft room, but that all changed the day we saw two lines on a pregnancy test.
The room itself was totally unloved. It was the last room in the house to be redecorated and we kind of hadn’t bothered as instead it became an easy dumping ground for all sorts of things we didn’t want to get rid of but didn’t know where else to put.
The Big Facelift
After a severe spell of decluttering (not just in that room but in our whole house) we emptied it out and were ready to get going.
Years upon years of paint and wallpaper made the room a nightmare to get ready. We stripped so much but were halted by lining paper that had been painted bright blue (which was one old sticky mess when we tried to take it down).
In the end we decided to do the best we could and then get the room replastered and reboarded in a couple of areas. We also took up the manky carpet and ordered a new one.
Let there be White
As the room was so small (and with a craft room in mind at this point), to maximise the light we painted it brilliant white, with white skirting boards. Immediately the whole thing looked a lot more spacious than it ever did, although being rammed full of old furniture probably didn’t help!
We were going to save a bit and paint the floorboards but in the end we decided that a carpet would be cosier, and now it’s going to be our nursery I’m glad we made that decision.
Decking out the Nursery
With the room done we just had to buy the furniture and bits we needed for the nursery. Or the fun bit!
I think the thing I love the most about our nursery is that it’s simple and will grow with our baby as he gets older.
Here’s a few photos and if you’re wondering where we got anything from, then there’s a list of links below.
A few more details and handmade touches:
Our changing station is just outside of the nursery and filled with everything needed for a quick change in easy to access baskets. I also love the porcelain dog night light on top which is going to be great for night time changes. We’ve called him Norman and he’s already a firm favourite!
The hospital bags are already packed too – one for me and one for baby. It’s getting so close now!
- Padstow Cotbed – Mothercare
- Koppang chest of drawers – IKEA
- Oxford Check blue curtains (blackout) – Laura Ashley
- Shelves – IKEA Ribba picture ledge
- Crochet blanket – handmade by me
- White basket – gift from a friend
- Under cot storage – IKEA
- Baby Changing Storage unit – Gift from Wayne’s mum (and painted white using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Original)
- Dog night light – Lighting Styles
- Lampshade – eBay
- Mobile – Clair de Lune
- Toy Bear – Friends in the Leaves
- White bear – Mamas and Papas (similar here)
- Bertie Bear – Red Kite
- Wooden stacker on windowsill – IKEA
- Animal nesting dolls – gift from a friend
- You are so loved mini print – Little Maldod
- Rob Ryan mini print – Yorkshire Sculpture Park
- Little Star Pennant – Handmade using this DIY
I hope you enjoyed this room makeover. Have you ever given a room a big facelift? If so which bits did you like the least and love the most about the process?
Lots of nursery love,