Laken Elaine’s Coastal Nursery

  • DIY Chevron Starfish Canvas1/14
  • DIY Ruffle Bumpers2/14
  • Thrift Bookshelf find with DIY Rope Shelf3/14
  • Upcycled Ikea Curtains4/14
  • Upcycled Family Cedar Chest with DIY Window Seat5/14
  • Painted Etsy monogram6/14
  • Upcycled Bedskirt7/14
  • Upcycled Rocker and Thrift Find Side Table8/14
  • Girl Coastal Nursery Turquoise Box9/14
  • Girl Coastal Nursery10/14
  • DIY Pottery Barn Swing Shelf Knockoff11/14
  • Upcycled Media Stand - Now Changing Table with DIY frame12/14
  • Curtain Pulls13/14
  • DIY Plank Wall14/14


When it came to designing our first baby girl room - I wanted a nursery that matched my husband and I's personality/style and offered a neutral canvas for the possible next baby.  The colors I chose were Turquoise, peach and coral - with burlap accents.  Laken means "lady of the lake" so we wanted to bring in the calming elements of the sea to surround her.  I spent a long time thrifting and DIY crafting to make this room unique.

Design Inspiration

A coastal beach cottage

Decorating Style

Cottage chique with a touch of modern elements

Project Details

We started with the Cedar plank wall - I found a GREAT pinterest blog from Creative Little Daisy that I used and only modified a little: ( With some stain, a little artistic eye and a nail gun the wall went up like a piece of cake!  I then upcycled the white curtains that were already in the room by adding Burlap ruffles from some burlap table runners I had made for my best friends wedding.

Next was the Upcycled Family cedar chest with cushion - I went to and ordered some swatches and decided on the sea coral piece.  I sanded and stained the old chest with a grey color - turned out perfect! I had found a ton of bedding on Etsy that I loved and decided to attempt on my own.  I ordered again from the peach and tan fabric as well as the bumper pad set.  I followed the instructions included with the pads but modified the ties and added a side of ruffles - Beware because ruffles are the devil I decided.  For the crib skirt I found a 1.50$ used skirt at my church's Bargain Box - bleached it and added three layers of ruffles to match the other fabrics.  The crib is the Lauren Graco Crib from - Perfect size!

For the changing table I thrifted until I found this perfectly restored TV media cabinet that I knew would work by adding a changing pad from Target on top at Ava's Attic in Destin, FL ( - I also found an old brown rocker at the same location and restored that myself. Adding a down pillow chair pad for the back in coordinating fabric with the bedding.

I now needed more shelf storage, so I went on a hunt for a cubby hole bookshelf - I wanted something original but didn't want to build it myself. A wonderful Antique Store in Miramar Beach, FL called Brocante ( was where I finally found the perfect shelf as well as the turquoise coral rug and the antiqued white nightstand.

The monogram above the crib I ordered from Etsy and painted a coral color to match the room - I mounted it on a burlap wrapped canvas and attached rope to it.  I mounted a real dock boat anchor from Home Depot on the wall to go with the theme.

I LOVED the swing shelves from Pottery Barn Kids but they were very expensive and I was pushing my budget - So I found this blog on project nursery ( changed it up a little by using actual boat anchor cleats to hold up shelves.


Favorite Items

DIY ruffled crib bedding and Cubby hole Bookshelf


Establish your colors with fabrics before you head to the store - you want everything to coordinate/be in the same color family

Start your thrifting/antiquing hunt early - the more you can re-visit the store the better chance you have of finding exactly what you want!

If you are planning on DIY'ng a lot of items - START early - The rounder you get, the harder it is!


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