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Gavin’s Vintage Industrial Inspired Nursery


Boy nurseries are hard! I was very discouraged with the bedding designs and color schemes out there to choose from.  There were plenty of Jungle Animals and sports nurseries, but that is not even close to what I wanted and it was discouraging! I decided I was just going to have to put it all together myself. I LOVE decorating, but have never designed a room for a BOY! It was challenging and intriguing and I realized there is such a need for better boy nursery ideas. My hope is that Gavin's nursery will inspire new moms to be just as excited about designing boys nursery as they are about girls!

Design Inspiration

My inspiration came from a gallery wall I found online at The drawings of simple objects in vintage frames by artist Hugo Guinness are what inspired the entire look of the nursery! I just adapted and personalized them to achieve the look I wanted.

Decorating Style

Vintage style and colors with industrial touches to add masculinity!

Project Details

  • The crib is a Jenny Lind from Sears painted with pewter spray paint...took forever!
  • The bedding is made with fabric from JoAnns.
  • Pillow and stuffed elephant are from Anthropologie.
  • The wall collage are pictures of common objects drawn by my dad on linen scrapbook paper.
  • Frames were collected from various antique shops and barn sales and spray painted.
  • The changing table is from Craigslist-we painted it gray, distressed it and then added yellow knobs from Anthropologie.
  • The rocking chair is from Buy Buy Baby and I made the pillow with leftover fabric.
  • I made the curtains with fabric from JoAnns.
  • The side table is from Ikea and we spray painted it red.
  • There is a lamp from Anthropologie that was $325-so we made one ourselves with a PVC pipe, yarn, twine and stained wooden circles.
  • The bookcase is another Craigslist find. We jazzed it up by adding map wrapping paper to the back of the shelves with modge podge and map knobs from Anthropologie.
  • Everyone asks about the Owl bookends-they are from
  • The blue G is from a thrift store in Dallas called Junkadoodle
  • The letter flashcards above the crib are from Etsy and attached to chicken wire staple gunned to the wall.
  • I painted the red chevron print onto linen scrapbook paper and framed them in vintage wooden cross stitch frames.
  • The bulletin board is another DIY project. Its just an empty frame with chicken wire stapled to the back.
  • The blue frames are DIY projects.

Favorite Items

The gallery wall with the pictures drawn by my dad is my favorite part. Each picture has a special meaning and are signed by my dad. They will most likely be in his next few rooms and will hopefully be special to him!


Designing boy nurseries is challenging! There is just not a lot of stuff out there that doesn't remind me of my classroom at school! The best thing to do is choose a style, a few main colors and fill it with items from lots of different stores-try not to be too matchy-matchy . I like using furniture that does not come in a set and may not necessarily even be for a nursery like an old buffet or sideboard for a changing table or a china cabinet or unique piece that can be used to store clothes or books, etc. Customize those pieces to fit your color scheme and style so that your nursery is special and unique!


Thursday 2nd of February 2012

Thank y'all!! Recreate-I think the train is from World Market. Brooke, I got my buffet off craigslist too :) I used a paint brush to paint it a light gray color from Lowes. I'm so sorry I don't remember what it was!


Thursday 19th of January 2012

I love it. I actually have that buffet, that I got off of craiglist, but have yet to refinish it. I think I might use your idea and put it in the nursery. Did you spray paint it or paint brush it? Also, do you mind sharing what color you used on it? Thanks in advance :)


Monday 26th of September 2011

Yes, the black frames with those drawings above the changing table indeed look interesting and really make a good focal point for the room. I also spot a beautiful toy train! Is that really a toy? Where did you get it?


Thursday 22nd of September 2011

I agree about designing boys' rooms being such a challenge. And I know most moms with sons do, too. Anyway, I think that the wall with simple black and white pictures in black frames look absolutely stunning. It really turned out to be the room's main point of interest.