Ready for the nursery reveal?
We had a 10 x 10 foot room to take from Meh to Marvelous for Baby McKevitt. B and I didn’t want to know if Baby McKevitt was a boy or a girl, which worked fine for decor purposes because I had no desire for a gender specific color scheme. The goal was a classic, timeless, theme-less and sophisticated room – one that would grow with the kiddo and add to the Craftsman Cottage appeal of our home.
For quick comparison’s sake, here’s what the room looked like before – a room we used only when we had overflow guests. B’s bachelor pad furniture mixed with some painted white hand-me-downs made it really lovely.
Now back to the afters: I knew what this room would look like long before Baby McKevitt was a reality. I wanted a simple brown and white color scheme with board and batten walls. If I had a dollar for everytime someone said: “Oh, brown and white! That will be so easy to add blue or pink to for a boy or a girl”, Tommy would have had his Notre Dame education paid for before he entered the world. But that was never the plan.
Mr. B did all of the construction and painting – and he did a fabulous job. We didn’t get started on the room until the end of April but he put up the board and batten in a day. He made my vision come to life and I couldn’t love it more.
When it came to buying things for our bundle of joy, I wanted the bare minimum and things that could be used beyond the baby years. So, I didn’t want an actual changing table. And I didn’t want a matching dresser and crib set, either. I hunted for months on Craigslist before finding this antique walnut dresser – for $30. Casco and I raced against every red light in the Denver Metro Area to beat another interested party to the purchase. I intended to refinish whatever I found, but I loved the character on this dresser and left it as is. I honestly think I’ll use this piece forever – in future kids rooms, in front entryways, etc. For midnight feedings, I decided to skip the glider and go with a hardwood rocker to complement the cottage feel of the room. I stole this one out of my mom and dad’s basement storage room – love hand-me-downs.
I believe in accessorizing a room or home as you live, and it didn’t make sense to me to have a fully decorated room for a baby whose sex (and therefore name) we did not know and that hadn’t had a chance to even show a hint of its own personality. So I’m sure that artwork and other personal touches will be added with time, but for now I love the simple basics.
We managed to do the entire room – furniture, wall treatment, paint, etc for just over $500. Here’s the breakdown:
Board and Batten supplies: $127.03
White Crib Sheet: $5
Curtain Rod and Ring Clips: $35
Fabric for Curtains, Bedskirt and accents: $75
Dresser: $30 from Craigslist
Rocking Chair: Recycled
Floor Lamp: $17 for spray paint and a new shade.
Grand Total: $523.02
So that’s Thomas’s room. I think we were successful in not getting pigeon-holed into an overall theme so that the room will grow with Thomas – or work for a sibling of his in the future. And the room gets used – Thomas has slept beautifully in his crib since we came home from the hospital.
*Linked to Frugal Friday