It’s pretty wild how quickly 9 months of pregnancy can pass by and all of a sudden we are at the end! I’ve been off work on vacation for two weeks before my maternity leave officially starts and am being induced on Monday so I figured it was time to share our little lady’s nursery before the chaos of newborn life takes over :) it’s actually been pretty well finished for quite awhile but became a bit of a dumping ground for miscellaneous baby items I didn’t want to have all over the house until closer to bringing her home. So now I have finally taken the time to write a post and take pictures to share with you :)
This has been my most favourite home project to date! Creating a space for our baby girl has been so amazing and was a team effort for my husband and I. There have been many projects around the house that I have tackled independently and only called on my husband for some help with heavy lifting or when I needed more than two hands. But this was an exception to that and I am so glad we worked on it together :)
The inspiration for the look and feel of the room obviously came from me. I knew I wanted it to be bright and fresh with a feminine feel. I chose Behr Illuminated for the walls which is a very soft, blush pink (I picked out the colour and had it colour matched at Lowe’s as they had a sale on their Valspar paint + primer).
We chose to do a white board and batten accent wall. Originally I was looking into floral wallpaper but my husband nixed this idea early on and I am glad I agreed with him. He prepped the room by moving all of the furniture out, taking off the trim and tearing out the old, stained carpet. I filled holes, sanded and painted. And together we laid new laminate flooring. This was our first experience with laminate flooring and it was very easy to install and we are thrilled with the look of it! Also, it was only $0.99 a square foot, it doesn’t get much more affordable than that. It did require the use of underlayment which is the blue tarp looking stuff you see in the photo below. It comes in rolls and we laid it down and stapled down to secure and the floor is laid on top. Some laminate flooring come with an underlayment attached and some require this additional step. I love the colour of the flooring and how it coordinates with the white trim, board and batten and light pink walls. Once the flooring was done, he re-attached the trim and I touched up the paint.
I had researched a few different tutorials on DIY board and batten and my husband gathered the supplies. I painted half the wall white where the board and batten would be hung. Since our walls are flat, all it required was paint however if you have textured walls, you would likely want to add MDF boards along the entire wall to make the surface smooth but this wasn’t required for us. This was such an easy way to make a big impact in the room.
The most challenging part (and it wasn’t actually hard) was determining the spacing of the battens. We hung the floor 1x4 board first *make sure to use a level in case your floors are not level. Then we hung the horizontal top 1x4 board at 4 feet from the floor so that we could get two 1x3 battens out of one 8ft board (a great suggestion by my handy husband) this was also a great way to save money on supplies. He did all the cutting of the MDF boards and we hung them together (although you could easily do on your own). We measured the spacing twice and using our level to ensure they were straight and attached to the wall using our brad nailer. We weren’t concerned with nailing them into the stud as they are not very thick boards and seems to be attached well to the drywall. You could attach to the stud or also use liquid nails but we didn’t think this was necessary. We also added the 1x2 hung on top of the horizontal batten to “finish” the look but again this is simply preference. Once everything was hung, I filled the nail holes and seams where the wood met and be another with wood filler. Once dry, I sanded these areas well and wiped everything down prior to painting. In some tutorials I have seen where people choose to use caulking along all of the seams between the boards and walls but I didn’t feel this was necessary. If there was any visible crack between the boards and wall, I used a bit of extra paint to camouflage it. I applied two coats of Valspar semi gloss ultra white. Again, such an easy way to add some interest to this wall and it only cost about $50 in supplies.
With my leftover white paint, I wanted to give the closet a fresh coat and decided to also add some interest to it. I grabbed some black paint I had on hand and painted some black dots/splotches. I absolutely love how this turned out and have had several people think that it is wall paper. Such an easy and fun detail!
At this point, we were ready to buy and set up furniture and start decorating- the most fun part!!
All of our furniture and decor sources are listed below ; Crib- Walmart
pillow covers -Ikea
stuffed swan- Homesense
rug - Giant Tiger
light fixture - Structube
curtains - Ikea
curtain rod - Giant Tiger
bamboo blinds - Bouclair
bunny prints - Etsy + dollarama frames
white square frames - Dollarama + online prints
gold wire basket + blankets - baby shower gift
palm planet -grocery store
plant basket- Homesense
rocking chair - Structube
stool - Homesense
Black side table - Canadians tire
side lamp + shade - Walmart
gold circle mirrors - Walmart
macrame wall hanging - Homesense
bookshelves -Ikea photo mosslanda ledges
Misc books - baby shower gifts
canvas storage tote- Homesense
Hemnes dresser- Ikea
change pad - Skip Hop (shower gift)
White rustic mirror - Homesense
mosslanda picture ledges from Ikea
flamingo print - homesense
“&” print -Michael’s
Photo frames - homesense + baby shower gifts
gold desk lamp - Walmart
macrame rainbow - Ginger And Pine (Instagram giveaway)
grooming kit and sleepy time spray - Instagram giveaway
gold wire basket for diapers - dollarama
Glass mermaid tale - Dollar Tree
This room gets the best light in the morning and puts a smile on my face everytime I walk by. I have loved getting this space ready, adding little details, putting away tiny clothes and just sitting in the rocking chair anticipating the arrival of our little one, wondering what she will look like and imaging her little personality. It is so surreal how fast this pregnancy has gone and I don’t anticipate time slowing down once she is here! Now that I am off work, her room is finished, we have had showers, maternity photos and our bags are packed for the hospital, I am feeling so ready for our family of 3 to welcome it’s newest member (counting our pup, Poppy of course). Life is about to get a whole lot busier and I cannot wait! We are ready for you little one :)
maternity photos by Jenn Eggleston photography