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I may or may not be squealing as I type this because I am SO excited to finally get to share Caleb’s rustic neutral nursery with you! It has been such a fun process to turn this room into a beautiful, cozy space that we can bring our son into and I am so excited and honored to invite y’all into our home to see it today.
First, here’s a glimpse of the before. The walls were a faded yellow, the trim was orange, scratched wood, and the whole room just felt very warm and yellowy (is that a word?), especially since the sun shines directly into it in the afternoons and evenings.
From the beginning, I envisioned this space to be bright, airy, and full of grays and whites that would bring out the beautiful light this room gets (you can check out this post for some of the neutral boy nurseries that inspired me). We started by stripping all the baseboards and adding new, taller white trim. Next, we painted all of the wood trim on the windows and closet Behr Ultra Pure White, the same trim color we have in the rest of our house. Finally, we painted the walls a dreamy white/gray by Behr called Silver Drop. I’d say it’s a pretty dramatic difference, wouldn’t you?
Once we’d gotten the walls how we wanted them, we started dreaming of the furniture. I wanted the furniture to be light and gender neutral so we could use it again if we ever have a baby girl, so we decided on this Ikea crib, this Target glider, this Ikea dresser turned changing table, and that cute little end table I’d scooped up at Target last year and moved into this room. I love the combo of whites, creams, and the textured element the twine-wrapped legs of that end table bring in.
From there we moved to the wall above the crib. I wanted a statement piece and ended up falling in love with this beautiful sign from House of Belonging. Jordan ordered it for me as my Christmas present and I pretty much swoon every time I see it. The pop of wood and black is a beautiful contrast to the whites and grays of the room and adds a masculine touch that I love for our little man.
To fill the spaces next to the sign, I wanted something quirky, rustic, and with a pop of color. You can check out the tutorial on how I made these bad boys HERE, but I basically just grabbed some deer heads, wood plaques, and spray paint from Hobby Lobby and went to work. The handmade pom-pom garlands were a fun extra addition that add some color!
The glider is another little nook I love and I’ve already gone and sat here to put my feet up and dream about our growing family many times since we bought it. That pouf from the Land of Nod is the perfect place to put my feet up and I love how the charcoal curtains and lamp (both Ikea – do you notice a theme here?) bring some darkness and depth into the room. Don’t you just want to curl up in that space with a little bean asleep in your arms?
To save space on the opposite wall, we used a dresser from Ikea as our changing table. I love Ikea furniture, but sometimes it needs a bit of an upgrade. Adding new hardware is my favorite way to do this! These pulls are from D. Lawless Hardware, the same family-owned hardware company where I got the pulls for my Ikea Rast Hack nightstands and my distressed wooden hutch I made over.
D. Lawless Hardware has been my favorite source of hardware for quite a while now (better than Hobby Lobby and cheaper than anywhere else while still being quality – seriously, y’all, I’m a big fan) and they have lots of great options! If you want to spruce up a basic piece of furniture to give it more style, you have to to check out their selection of knobs, pulls, and lots of other hardware at their website!
The gallery wall above this changing table was so fun to create too. I gave all my secrets for creating gallery walls that are balanced, beautiful, and personal in this post, but I can tell you right here that this one started with these adorable little fox and bear prints from Hobby Lobby. I’ve admired them at Hobby Lobby for almost a year (Is that weird? Do other people wander the aisles of Hobby Lobby and dream about things they want to buy one day?) and they were one of the first things I bought when I found out we were having a boy. I love this initials pennant too it was so easy to make! (Check out the tutorial for that initials pennant here)
This little cart from Ikea currently holds diapers, burp cloths, and a few little blankets. Its purpose might change in the months to come but I love how functional it is! We’ll probably eventually put a laundry hamper or toy basket and a little trash can on the other side of the dresser but I think I’ll wait on that until we get a feel for what we’ll really need.
The closet is a space that I have a feeling will evolve a lot. We removed the doors and filled the holes for the hinges, figuring that this closet will probably always be open to make more space for other things in the room. We painted the shelves on the inside and added this Ikea square organizer to hold all of Caleb’s many books, toys, and other knick-knacks we seem to accumulate.
I love walking into this room and dreaming about the little man whose heart and silliness will one day fill it. It is bright, whimsical, and airy with the perfect touches of color, rustic textures, and neutrals, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
Olive is a pretty big fan too. I have a feeling we’ll find her here for many a feeding and snuggle sesh!
Thanks for following along with this whole journey, friends! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about the sources or different pieces here. We got so many great deals and I’d love to spread the love! Also, big shoutout to my sweet friend Haley of Haley George Photography who helped me finish some last minute projects here and took all of these beautiful pictures. She rocks, her blog rocks, and her photos rock, so make sure to check her out!
If you love this nursery space as much as I do, make sure to follow my nurseries board on Pinterest for more inspiration and swoon-worth baby spaces!