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Declan’s Vintage Grey Nursery


I'd been dreaming up ideas for my son's nursery as soon as we found out he was on his way.  Knowing we'd probably be spending a lot of sleepless nights in this space I really strived to create a soothing and inviting place using a variety of fabrics in greys and creams.  I also brought in some vintage touches for a more rustic feel.  I tried to get as creative as I could with the budget so the room is filled with lots of diy projects.  For more you can visit us at

Design Inspiration

I used the custom wooden sign, created by The House of Belonging, as my inspiration for the feel of the room.  Once I found the grey Ikat print I immediately feel in love with it and used that as the jumping off point for the rest of the design.

Project Details

::Furniture:: The crib is the DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib, White">Jenny Lind 3-in-1 in white from Amazon.  I loved the simplicity of it and even more so the price.  The changing table was a repurpose piece.  It was an old dresser I had found at a thrift store that was painted in the worst shade of yellow.  I striped the top and stained it a dark mahagonny and then used Annie Sloan chalk paint in old white and finished it with the dark wax.  The original knobs got a coat of bronze spray paint.  The whole thing cost me around a $100.  The tall dresser was from an antique store for $80 and I did the same paint treatment and replaced the knobs with new ones from Hobby Lobby.  The chenille glider is also from Harmony Kids Round Back Glider, Ivory Chenille"> and was not only a great investment, but is extremely comfortable.

::Bedding::  I had some help with the bedding from some talented sewers in my family.  The pleated crib skirt was made using the inspirational ikat print and a coordinating polka dot print in the pleat from  The bumper pads were made using a charcoal grey cotton linen blend and cream piping.  And then a simple quilt was made using a grey chevron from Hobby Lobby and a coordinating cream solid that was monogrammed to complete the bedding.

::Wall Art:: The custom A.A Milne sign above the crib was made by The House of Belonging.  The frames are from Target.  The wooden letters were a handmade gift.  The canvas was made using our pregnancy announcement Christmas card photo.  The cross and mirror are from Hobby Lobby.

::Window Treatment::  The woven blinds came from Select Blinds and were framed with two basic cream curtain panels from Target that I had taken some grey pom pom trim and sewn on to give them a custom look.

::Accessories:: I handmade the pouf using left over fabric from the bedding.  The chevron rug is from Urban Outfitters.  The floor lamp was on clearance at Kirklands.  Metal basket on changing table and chevron pillow are from Hobby Lobby.  The antique milk crate  was a flea market find and made a perfect piece to hold books.  The giraffe rocker came from Pottery Barn Kids.

Favorite Items

The art piece above the crib is definitely one of my favorites.  It turned out so sweet and is a piece we will hang on to whether I incorporate it into his big boy room or somewhere else in my home.  I also love the pouf because this was something I tackled late one night and wasn't sure if it would even turn out.  I'm thrilled it turned out beautifully and saved me a ton of money. For $20 in stuffing and piping I got a unique ottoman that works perfect to prop your feet up while rocking my little man.


My advice would be to go with what you love.  I had some weird looks when I showed people the ikat fabric for the nursery.  It wasn't very "baby" like and at times I even doubted myself that it might not work.  In the end I love how it turned out.  Also, don't break the bank.  I stuck to pieces we could use as he grows, like the rug and changing table, or pass on to future kiddos.

Elizabeth Meltzer

Wednesday 6th of August 2014

Did you make the wooden DECLAN letters or did you buy them?

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Wednesday 20th of November 2013

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Andrea Lowe

Saturday 5th of October 2013

The wooden DECLAN letters are nice.

Tasha Cune

Wednesday 2nd of October 2013

Love the colors and that A.A. Milne quote above the crib!

Tasha Cune

Wednesday 2nd of October 2013

You didn't read, did you? You can write your own personal note at the back of these cards.

Tasha Cune

Wednesday 2nd of October 2013

Oops, sorry about this... I was supposed to reply to this comment in one of the blog posts, but my baby daughter keeps on trying to take control of the keyboard and apparently managed to copy and paste it here... And I couldn't delete it anymore!