I so wanted to make a special nursery space for baby James.
Nesting is such a special time for me during pregnancy.
Since our beach cottage is small, we didn’t have a separate bedroom for a nursery. I played around with different ideas. I considered having Wynn and James together in one room, but Wynn’s room could barely accommodate his bed plus a crib. I considered setting up the crib in our bedroom, but I just wasn’t too excited about the idea . . .
Then one afternoon, during a crazy nesting/purging phase, I was cleaning out clutter from a walk-in closet off our upstairs landing and I thought that maybe, just maybe, it would be large enough for a crib. I pulled out my tape measure and found that a crib would fit perfectly. I pulled back a corner of the old linoleum that covered the floor and saw old hardwood floor. The idea for a “nursery nook” was officially born.
This is what the closet, which measures six feet square, looked like before. Sorry for the poor quality cell phone picture.
And here is a progress picture, after the clutter was removed and the linoleum pulled out.
And here is my little helper hard at work.
and here is the after!
The major changes I made were:
1. Painting the old wood floor with a soft white porch and floor paint. I then stenciled large stars on the floor, using a silver metallic specialty paint by Martha Stewart (Home Depot), and a white-wash top coat.
2. Painting the green walls with white Kilz primer and then covering everything with beadboard wallpaper.
I used a white-wash on top of the silver paint to give the stars a worn-in patina. I used 1 part porch and floor paint to 5 parts water and brushed on lightly. I wanted the stars to look like they were a part of the wood floor and not something that was painted on top of it. The white wash helped to accomplish that.
The butter-yellow crib was mine as a baby. My two sisters and I each slept in it. (It is updated for current safety standards.)
Crocheted star pennant by Etsy shop HeloiseV .
I removed the closet door and made simple white curtain panels with pom-pom trim.
Crib bedding, mobile and vintage quilt pennant banner all by Wynnbaby
Personalized baby shirt by Tiny Sprouts.
A tiny little nursery for our tiny little wonder.
Sweet dreams, baby James.