May 14, 2013 by Decorum DIYer
There once was a room’s theme – Nantucket
Using neutral paints from a bucket
A coastal scene that’s quaint
A dear mother did paint
‘Tis now for her son – still Nantucket
By now you are familiar with my dorky sense of humor, so my little limerick (Thanks “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”‘s Peter Sagal for the inspiration) should be no surprise to you.
Since moving into our ranch style home in 2007, one of our four bedrooms has served as a storage area, office, a girl’s nursery, and now a boy’s nursery. Would you believe that I, the paint everything guru, has only painted the room once?
That’s right. Despite my eagerness to paint almost anything, I refused to paint the office (one of our four bedrooms) after painting it in two neutral-toned stripes. It was only a mere two months after painting that I discovered I was pregnant with my second child, our little Clairisse.
As a recap, here is Clairisse’s nursery post as well as a photo to remind you of what Clairisse’s room looked like just two years ago.
Of course, upon the arrival of Ascher, Clairisse was moved to her ‘big girl’ room, or toddler room, as Ascher would take over the nursery. Both room versions have a loose, nautical/coastal theme, so many of the items were shared for the transition.
It only took a few little tweaks to reinvent the same girl’s nursery, former office, to create a nursery suitable for our little boy.
- First and foremost, I removed all traces of the coral accent color and replaced it with red. This was primarily done with the addition of painted wall accents. You can see those tutorial posts here and here.
- I switched out the ivory and black toile bedding for something more geometric in brown, cream, and red.
3. I also opted to replace the vertical, striped, and neutral curtains for curtains that included the accent color (red) and that are horizontally striped. In addition, I covered the footrest/ottoman in a red check fabric.
4. The changing table area got a new look, too. By now, you are aware of the artwork change. I also spray-painted the weathered baskets black and switched out the green gingham liners for ivory canvas ones. (I already owned both, so it was just a swith-er-roo.)
Here is a brief tour of the room as it is today:
Here’s the budget breakdown of the changes:
- Paint and contact paper for wall ‘decals’ and accents: FREE (already owned all supplies)
- Bedding – crib skirt ($10), plaid sheet ($7), and cream crib bumper (FREE, already owned): $17
- Drapes – Craigslist find ($20) for four panels (uncanny how well they match)
- Changing table baskets – (FREE, already owned all supplies)
- Bookcases – FREE, already owned (my husband made them in college [future painting project, perhaps?])
- New red and tan bins for bookcases – $1 each from Dollar Tree ($4)
- Fabric for ottoman – (FREE, already owned a euro sham and retro-fitted it for the ottoman)
- Little red chairs – Craigslist find ($5 for the pair)
- Table – (FREE, already owned [another future painting project])
TOTAL SPENT TO CREATE ASCHER’S NURSERY: $46.00
Sure, it isn’t perfect, but it does the job and Ascher seems to enjoy it.
So, before, Clairisse’s Nursery:
And, now, Ascher’s nursery:
I hope you have enjoyed my little nursery tweaking.
Until next time…, happy decorating!