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Maximizing a Baby Boy’s Nursery Space


When we found out we were expecting for the second time, we were so excited to create a nursery space. It is a small room so we had to maximize every where we could. Instead of a changing table, we converted the closet to the changing area with hidden storage inside. We used a bookshelf my grandfather made and stocked it with all things baby and books. A few DIY projects like the side table and the wall art made this room complete.

Design Inspiration

Our inspiration was a rustic but modern take on forest animals.

Decorating Style

My decorating style definitely comes from influences of antique, rustic furniture. I love rich wood paired with neutral colors and a pop of color.

Project Details

We are a very budget oriented family and knew that when doing our nursery we wanted to do many DIY projects to cut the costs. Instead of purchasing a brand new changing table, we repurposed the closet. We purchased a piece of wood, painted it with left over white paint and posted it up with wall brackets. We bought another piece of wood, cut it into 12x12 squares and stained them. I then used my Silhouette to cut out 4 different forest animals. Using their vinyl, I used it in reverse to create a template for me to paint the animals. My husband came up with a side table design and we used left over wood from our garage. The crib is the same crib we bought for our oldest with new Aiden and Anais crib sheets. And the rocker was a custom ordered chair from Babies R Us. A nursery tour can be found at

Rocker: Babies R' Us (We went in store to change the fabric and color.)

Silhouette Cutting Machine:  Silhouette America

Crib Sheet: aden & anais



Favorite Items

My favorite item is the "changing table" aka changing station. I am so excited to be able to save on space and still have it be completely functional.


Don't be afraid to tackle a DIY project. Buy a used furniture item and refinish it. You will save money, and will be so proud of yourself every time you walk into the room. If you are nervous check out my blog, I have lots of DIY projects that you can learn from.