Tuesday, January 22, 2013

the nursery reveal.
Jane @ urbanejane.7:14 AM 68 comments

I thought I could hold off until the end of the week to share the final before & after of the nursery, but let's just say I'm not the most patient of people ;)

Let's jump right in, shall we?
So, when we moved into our new home, this is the room I had to work with:



It had terrible wallpaper, and the previous owners left us with a really sketchy massage bed (which we never used... or touched, for that matter).


And the door-less closet was nothing to write home about.


After many grueling hours of spraying & scraping while 8+ months preggo (here's some of the painful process), it received repairs to the walls, many coats of paint, and a lot of TLC.
You've probably seen a lot of pictures here and there, but I thought I'd compile them all.




{repurposing an unused utensil tray for itsy-bitsy baby products}








{a lot of ear'd hats. Our kid might wonder if we wanted an animal instead}





{so our kiddo isn't confused - he'll be representing Korean, British, Dutch, Indian, and of course Canadian descent. Kind of reminds me of this. Crass, but hilarious.}


I realized how my childhood days of playing Tetris had paid off because it was tough finding a space-effective solution for the big pieces of furniture (including the bed) in our tiny 100 square foot room!

And in total, this project set us back a little over $400, which is fan-diddly-tastic to me (we got a lot of the costly items made, refinished for cheap, or bought discounted). All of the furniture was bought off CL, and I tried to keep things as simple & classic as possible.

the complete list of our nursery:
PALI crib - CL purchase
crib bedding - custom made by MIL
change table - CL
change mattress - CL, covers custom made by MIL
bamboo dresser in closet - CL
floating shelves - Home Depot & IKEA (RIBBA picture ledges)
nursing chair - free off CL, slipcover from Sure Fit
cream shag rug - CL
baskets - IKEA (in closet), personal one from ages ago (large hamper)
frames - IKEA (50% off frames sale)
artwork - trafalgar square on Etsy, Children Inspire Design, & diy
alphabet frame - diy
bamboo side table - Goodwill find
glass lamp - Home Sense
faux sheepskin throw - IKEA
custom window drapes & rod - IKEA
bamboo blinds - wicker emporium
light - Home Depot
mama & baby giraffe figurine - a souvenir from a trip to S. Africa

As for the paint colours, we went with Behr's Irish Mist for the walls, and the closet in Behr's Aqua Breeze.

So yes, let me save you the scrolling, and remind you of where this thang began (sort of a before & after & before):


whew, after all of that work, maybe I should've kept that ratty massage bed! ;)

Have a great Tuesday!!
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About The Author Urbane Jane I'm Jane and I'm glad you stopped by! I live in Ontario, Canada, and teach in a middle school by day & blog about my life & hobbies by night.

68 comments:

  1. This is such an amazing transformation. This nursery looks as if it belongs in a magazine. So beautiful!!

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  2. WHOA! That can't be the same room! Your nursery is gorgeous, soothing, serene, and sweet! I love it and all your pretty details. Those dressers rock! Your baby will love it!

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  3. Holy Moly!! Beautiful transformation! Such a calming space too!

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  4. adorable! i love all the floating shelves! the colors are so soothing

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  5. Um.... amazing. First, I don't know that I've ever seen a massage bed like that... so weird! You absolutely transformed that horrible room into something beautiful. I'm obsessed with everything... the colors, the furniture, the bedding, the little closet. It's all so perfect. Thanks so much for sharing!!! Such great inspiration!

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  6. What a transformation...I laughed out loud at your massage mattress comments! What a beautiful nursery...lucky baby. thanx for sharing...my castle doors are always open over at my "royal blog" for browsing. Tiff

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  7. I love your nursery. It's beautiful. I'm pinning. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/01/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-blog-hop_22.html
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Debi and Charly

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  8. Beautiful nursery!! Your mil did an amazing job on that bedding; adorable.

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  9. What a beautiful nursery! Seeing the before makes it all the more impressive, and that you did for $400... awesome. I love the colors you chose, it's so soothing.

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  10. Thank you for the lovely comments (as well as making me feel like I'm not the only person who finds that massage bed jut a tad nasty). Lol
    :)

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  11. Oh wow what a gorgeous nursery!!! Absolutely beautiful, looks like it's from a magazine! Just beautiful!

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  12. So many good ideas! I'm just starting to work on the nursery so this was great, I like how you seperated the clothes and the baskets!

    Found you on Gingerly Made

    Amber

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  13. This. is. amazing. I love the light color scheme with powder blue and gray. I love LOVE the light fixture.

    Newest follower!!! Would be honored if you followed back at toddlindsey.com

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  14. Wow! What a transformation. Great job. I love the grays with the pale blue. A very beautiful room. I am hosting a new link party. I'd love it if you would link this up.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  15. HOw Beautiful-Turned out Amazing- What a difference-
    Thank you for sharing the before-afters.
    Karryann

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  16. Love it!! Love the white and blue and yellow. So clean and modern. I get to work on our baby girls room soon :) so excited!

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  17. Oh goodness, I love all of this! You did an amazing job and the room looks so cozy and calm. I'm in love with your artwork and your crib bumper and your dressers...see, I love it all!!

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  18. The atmosphere is now so serene. The transformation is amazing!

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  19. Wow...great job on the nursery! Love how light and airy it all is. I especially love that frame with the alphabet cards in it--so cute and creative! Visiting from Frugal Friday:)

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  20. Absolutely stunning!! I love the light and the soft colours, it's so well thought out :)

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  21. This is one of the nicest nursery's I've seen! You did an excellent job!!

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  22. Holy Crap, Jane! This is stinkin awesome, the soothing colors, the closet nook, the book shelves! I would be super excited if you had a chance to share at Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time On My Hands this weekend:)
    xxx
    Kim
    http://too-much-time.com/2013/01/get-schooled-saturday-58-in-ot-out-media-giveaway.html#

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  23. Absolutely beautiful!! I love it all..I especially love the way you displayed the alphabet!

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  24. This is adorable! I love how crisp and bright it looks.

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  25. Oh how beautiful - such a calm and serene room filled with charm!

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  26. WOW!! it is beautiful! i love the soft colors and all the thoughtful details! beautiful work!

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  27. Gorgeous budget friendly redo! I'd love it if you stopped by and linked up at Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. http://ajennuinelife.blogspot.com/2013/01/thrifty-to-nifty-thursdays-4.html

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  28. Could I pay your MIL to make my bedding too? LOL I love this!

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  29. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the wall color. I pulled out my Behr paint fan to see it "for real" and I love it as much as seeing it in your room.

    Super cute room! Great job!

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  30. Absolutely lovely! Thanks for appearing on 'Better After'!

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  31. Beautiful, well thought out, organised, functional. You should be proud of yourself. A DIY very well done. I love every bit of this room, especially the world map print. Genius idea. Our son is a mixed bag between my husband and I. I might follow your lead and do this as a project. What a lucky bub.

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  32. BEAUTIFUL!! I love how light and airy everything looks/feels!! I'm 14 weeks pregnant (yay!) and we're moving into a house in 2 months - and we totally have the nursery in a similar "before" state!! Pinning now so I can come back later to be re-inspired :)

    Found you on Today's Creative Blog BTW :)

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  33. What a sweet nursery for you little one! I can't believe you got so much in this little room, and it still looks roomy! Beautiful! Have a great week!
    Deborah

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  34. Spotted this on apartment therapy and had to get a closer look. Just lovely. Thanks for providing the paint info, that's just the gray I've been searching for. Congratulations on the new arrival.

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  35. Did you make the frame with the abc's or purchase it somewhere? What about the abc tags themselves?

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    1. Hi Alexandria!
      the frame I bought from Ikea's as-is section and I just removed the backing & mat from it (which is all it came with). I then used that, and some alphabet cards I bought on clearance from Michaels to make it. I realized from your comment that I didn't post a link to the project, but now one is up under the list :)
      So, thank you! :)

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  36. Gorgeous and creative! Love it!! Where is that sweet little lamb from?

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    1. :) thank you! The lamb was actually a gift from my mother-in-law, and it came with a super soft blanket. I think it's actually from Costco! :)

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  37. Those clothes tags are adorable. What a sweet room.

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  38. oh my goodness! I'm going to the craft store right now to make that mobile! What a great idea!

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  39. Beautiful! Heads for when baby grows as the layout may have to change because of little hands pulling on the curtains and change table. I am sure you'll find another great solution :)

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    1. :) yes, I'll have to get back to the drawing board once the baby starts swinging on the strings like Tarzan :D thanks for the heads up! :)

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  40. Wow, what a transformation! It looks so pretty and tranquil! I love all your DIY details- the alphabet frame is super cute.

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  41. Wow! This looks amazing. You did a great job!

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  42. Your nursery turned out so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays. So inspiring!!

    Jody

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  43. Jane - what an inspiring nursery! I have been trying to figure out a light fixture solution for our future nursery and I really like the one you selected. Congrats on finishing up such a big project and on the growth of your family.

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  44. What a beautiful nursery. Gotta pin a few of these! :)

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  45. This is beautiful! You are making me want another baby! :) HA!

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  46. Jane, Congrats! You've been featured at Simple & Sweet Fridays for this inspiring post. Thank you for sharing. Don't forget to grab your button. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Jody

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  47. This is stunning. Almost makes me want another baby just so I can copy this room. I said ALMOST. Seriously, amazing work. LOVE...

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  48. Love this nursery reveal! I'm featuring it on Monday Funday! Thanks for sharing!
    --Katie

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  49. Wow, this is incredible. What an inspiration! You've done an amazing job. What impresses me the most is your resourcefulness and intimate touches like the map. Truly wonderful!

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  50. You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar this afternoon. Pinned. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve been working on!

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  51. Beautiful! So many lovely details, beautiful room.

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  52. Your nursery is a Cinderella story! You've done a fabulous job transforming your baby's room.

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  53. It's beautiful! I think my favorite part is that you decided to leave the closet open. Such a sweet nursery! I found you on Show Me What Ya Got. :)

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  54. This room is so precious! I love all the little things that go into making it so special. Such attention to detail!

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  55. Just gorgeous!! I love all the personal touches and dreamy color, amazing how little you spent! Looks a million times better-I'm in the process of doing our sons nursery, thanks for the inspiration!

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  56. Beautiful! You did a great job, I would have never recognized it as the same room! I love the hanging birdhouses... and all your decorations for that matter!

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  57. Visiting from YHL! This nursery is so beautiful! I am definitely pinning for the future. I would list the specific things I love, but it's everything!!! Well done!

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  58. This nursery turned out fantastic! I especially love that white painted bamboo dresser in the closet and the little book shelves. Great job!

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  59. This is just amazing what you did with such a small space! It looks great!

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  60. Popping over from Emily's link up party. This is an adorable nursery! Absolutely love it.

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  61. That is an amazing transformation! I came over from Christina's adventures where she is sharing several neutral nurseries she loves. Seeing your before and after is so inspiring! I always wanted a nursery but we never had a room to make ready for one. A corner of our bedroom was as good as it got here! Your after pics look like something out of a magazine! job well done!

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Hello!

I love reading your comments! Thank you for taking the time to respond and I look forward to hearing what you have to say!

xo,
Jane