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Nursery Reveal

The nursery is finally feeling done...even though it isn't. There are still a few things missing: the rug, the remaining fabric to complete the curtain panels, and, of course, the baby! I haven't found the right rug yet so that is going to take some time and the fabric won't be here until September. As for the baby, well, it's anyone's guess when she will arrive but this is the space that is waiting for her!


One of my favorite things in the room is this painting that Riley made for her little sister. Is it bad that I am jealous of my 3 year old's abstract painting skills? She is so much freer with the brush than I am. I hope she never loses that ability.

The first thing we bought for the new baby was this Jellycat Giraffe that we named Rafa. Jellycat Cow has meant so much to Riley that we knew her little sister needed her own version to love. 

This will be the baby's view of her mobile looking up from the crib.

 I am sure some of you will notice that there isn't a changing pad in here. We actually keep the changing pad in the sunroom downstairs since that is where we are most of the day. At night, we always just laid Riley on the bed to change her diaper so I am sure we will do the same this time around. 

This room came together piece by piece rather than starting with a fully thought-out plan. While I wasn't always sure what direction I was heading in, I did my best to create a nursery that will grow with the baby. I think the artwork and furniture work for a nursery, but can also be used in an older child's room. The nursery feels peaceful and soothing to me. Hopefully the baby will think so too! I would love to hear your thoughts so please feel free to comment!

For those of you that are interested, I provided sourcing info below.


Wall Color: Decorators White - Benjamin Moore

Crib: I bought the crib 3 years ago for Riley from Babies R' us. I honestly don't even remember the manufacturer. It used to be black so I painted it gray and whitewashed it to match the twin bed.

Crib Bedding: The crib sheet is from Target. I made the box pleated crib skirt and the bunting. The bunting is made from leftover fabric from Riley's old nursery and remnants from other projects.

Mirror and wood frame: The mirror was my grandmother's. It was a little on the small side for this location but I really wanted to use it for sentimental reasons so I hung a wooden frame that I found at a thrift store around the mirror to increase the overall scale.

Chair: The cane backed chair was also my grandmother's. I had the caning replaced, painted the frame Farrow and Ball's Dix Blue and reupholstered the seat in a raspberry pink velvet. The gray Greek key trim was leftover from another project and is from M&J Trimming.

Birdcage Mobile: I found the birdcage at TJ Maxx. I painted it yellow and made a mini-version of the crib bunting to hang inside. The little birds are from Michael's.

 Silver Dresser: This was a thrift store find that we painted silver and used in Riley's old nursery.

Metal Piggy Bank, Glass Jar and Mirrored Tray: All thrift store finds.

Gourd Lamp: Barbara Barry

Twin Bed: I bought 2 of these beds from Lucketts about a year ago. Riley uses the other one as her big girl bed. They were originally white so I painted them gray and whitewashed them.

Twin Bed Quilt: Target

Bookshelf: Windowbox by Smith and Hawken from Target

Curtain Panels: I bought the white panels from Target and sewed a pink velvet band on the bottom to make them feel a little more custom. I haven't finished all 4 panels yet since the velvet fabric is on backorder.

 Artwork: Abstract watercolor by Riley; Confetti dot collage by me; Marbled art by me in a TJ Maxx frame; Baby print - thrift store find; Silverleafed "B" by me

Salvaged Leaded Window: Thrifted

Blue metal box: Thrifted

Pom Pom Lamp and lumbar pillows: Posted about here

Painted Chest: Posted about here

Globe: Thrifted

 I think that covers everything. If I left something off feel free to send me an email or leave a comment!

Reader Comments (24)

Rachel, looks beautiful! I love how everything is virtually thrifted or DIY! Great job!

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFran

Wow. I don't even know where to begin. I LOVE IT. It's so "real" and not pretentious or overly put together. I love how it all just came together. Um, you should sell Riley's paintings. ;-) GREAT JOB! Also, I'd love to know your tips on whitewashing. The crib looks great!

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKacey @ Shes.No.Martha

It's beautiful Rachel! Congratulations!

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

You made mini-bunting. What else is there to say?
Except: you're amazing.
Love you.

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuz

Oh, it's so beautiful!!! If you have time (ha!) can you do a tutorial on how to whitewash?

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Rach..the room looks great! I love what you did, as always!!!

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Rachel, Congrats on the soon arrival of your little one!!!! I'm sure she is going to love this room. It is so beautiful and peaceful. Please let me know where you found the bamboo shades. They are the exact color I have been looking for.


July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmara

I love everything about it....very relaxing and sophisticated, but works perfectly for a nursery too. I am in LOVE with the homemade artwork (want to do a confetti project now too) and the bunting. Also, may have to borrow your birdcage idea if I have another girl. I have a cage just waiting to be hung like that! Great room!

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaara

The room is very pretty and so unique! I have never seen a familiar one in Germany. Everything here is way too much "IKEA"!

Greetings from Hamburg (Germany)

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMareike

The room looks fantastic, you have done such an amazing job again!!

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Rachel, I love it! And I can't wait to meet her!

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

Thanks for your nice comments everyone!

I don't really have a "technique" for whitewashing - I just sort of play around with the paint until it looks right. I will try to come up with a post with some tips. Unfortunately I didn't think to take pictures along the way when I was doing any of these projects. Oops!

Amara - the bamboo shades are from Lowes. I think they are by Levolor and I think the color is mahogany but I am not positive about that. Hope that helps!

July 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterRachel

so soft and pretty, especially love what you did to the crib!

July 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershannon sinn

What a fantastic room! Those colors are so special together....beautiful and soothing. I'd love to copy this color scheme for my own bedroom. The crib and cage photo made me swoon. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

July 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Another lovely job, Rachel. A perfectly peaceful setting for the sweet new baby girl. Can't wait to meet her! We'll miss you all next week.

July 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan W.

as you said, blog land can get repiticious at times. this is one of those days, i ran into something inspiring and beautiful. thanks! i second white washing technique ;)

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterashley

It looks beautiful! Now I want to paint my crib, which will be in use in a few months - any tips?

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbeki

Wow - this is really beautiful. So many creative and wonderful details! I will remember the mirror inside the frame idea - very clever. Love all of it!!

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

Do you have a tutorial on painting furniture? We have a baby boy due in November and are going to reuse his oldest sister's crib which is a nice off white but is a well loved. I would LOVE to give the room a splash of color by painting it blue or green or something. Thanks.


July 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlana Powers

This is absolutely stunning, great job! LOVE the paint treatment you did on the crib-so soft and subtle...what a lucky girl to have such a beautiful nursery!

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly@Bungalow Blue

What a fabulous nursery! You are truly talented!

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Love this room! Do you remember where you got the turquoise and white dresser?

February 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

First off, I'm absolutely obsessed with the crib!!! Do you happen to remember what color gray that you used? I want to paint the crib for my christmas baby

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdelisha

Hi just wondering how you done the whitewashing? It's looks fab. We're using your pics as inspiration 😀

November 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCameron

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