Our Nursery Playroom Part 1 {Between You and Me Signs}

Welcome to Sweet Home Carolina.

Where in years worth of remodeling . . .

I started in the nursery.

I couldn’t help myself.

After many years of moving around, I couldn’t wait to build a nest for my little ones that would be permanent.


I love to design children’s spaces and I crave a special place to rock my babies . . .

So in a house with many rooms, I will look back and remember that it all started in the nursery . . . and in the nursery, it all started with an antique chandelier and a bit of art.

Let’s start with Part 1, the special bit of art.


Between You and Me Designs

This handmade sign is by Between You and Me Signs on Etsy:

“You have my whole heart for my whole life.”

Such a perfectly simple sentiment, I fell in love with this sign when I first came across it on Tara’s blog and I knew it would be the perfect piece around which to build a gallery wall in the nursery.  That gallery wall now includes photos and some special baby clothes and a cross-stitched birth sampler.   I’m looking forward to adding to it in the coming weeks and months.


This nursery, which will also double as a playroom for both boys, is still a work in progress.  It has come a long way in a few short weeks.  All of the upstairs bedrooms, including the nursery, looked like this when we moved in:

brushy mountain front guest room


The house was built in 1940 with beautiful narrow-plank hardwood floors.  The wood floors were carpeted in 1988 and that old carpeting was removed 25 years later by yours truly.  We have had most of the wood in the house refinished but the nursery floor I painted with white porch and floor paint.  I love the look of painted wood floors in a child’s room and the cost savings is tremendous.  I used oil-based floor paint.  The fumes were strong, so please exercise caution when working with this type of paint, but the finished product is hard-as-nails and worth the extra effort.




Stop by Wednesday for Part 2 of the Nursery Playroom, staring a vintage chandelier I found on Ebay and a big chalkboard wall.

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  1. So sweet! You have such a touch! Looking forward to Part 2.

  2. This is beautiful! Any other tips on painting a floor? We are moving in a month but we will have a month to do some home projects before moving in. The flooring in one room we would like to have painted for our children. I am so afraid of fumes! Does it take a week or maybe more to air out?

    • Hi Molly! I painted both my nursery nook and kitchen floor in our beach cottage with Latex paint. It really went well and the fumes weren’t bad at all. I wouldn’t rule out latex. I decided to try oil-based in our Carolina house because I knew this nursery/playroom floor would be getting so much wear and tear and I wanted it to hold up as well as it possibly could. The fumes were terrible. We actually spent the night with my in-laws that first day and I didn’t move James into the room for at least 10 days, maybe 2 weeks. The oil based paint also takes 2-4 weeks to fully cure, although you can walk on it and gently use it within 24-48 hours I found.

  3. A beautiful start! Your home reminds me of our new (to us) old home. I ripped up the carpet in the 2 upstairs rooms, too. Sanded and painted them, too. And love the way they look.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the loving touches you put in your new, old home.

  4. it’s BEAUTIFUL.
    I love every single detail….you are gifted at making a house a home, sweet friend.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing that information! I think we will tackle that project first then. You just saved me a big headache of finding out my children had no rooms for 2 weeks. We probably would have done that a lot later closer to moving and their bedrooms are right next to that room.

  6. You, my dear…make me fall in love with being a mom. You have helped me treasure the late nights and the early mornings. Thank you for helping me reflect and embrace this precious time.


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