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“Heavy on the DIY” Boy’s Nursery


We wanted to create a space that we'd look forward to spending time in.  My husband and I didn't want the nursery to end up being just another room we didn't fully utilize.  If it was beautiful and functional, we would love to be in there!  We also wanted his nursery to not have that "baby look" and be something that he will grow into.

Design Inspiration

In one word...Pinterest!  It really would be embarrassing to calculate the amount of hours spent getting lost down that "rabbit hole"!  From the beginning, we were in agreement that gray and white were going to be the foundation colors and we'd accent with one bright color.  It started with the gray elephant recliner we bought on clearance.  We didn't want an official "elephant themed" nursery but loved the print enough to accent with it.

Decorating Style

It will take a few descriptives to narrow down our decorating style for his nursery.  It is both rustic and modern but filled with second-hand, on sale, clearance, and all things DIY!

Project Details

DIY Curtains: Arrow Apache Blue Macon fabric from BuyFabrics

DIY Ottoman: My mom made the cover with Zippy Chevron Twill Storm fabric from We cut down an old foam mattress pad for the structure.

DIY Crib Skirt: My mom made it with Ele Twill Storm/White fabric from

Changing Table/Dresser: Goodwill

DIY Changing Pad Tray: My husband made it.

Elephant Recliner: Gordmans

Changing Table/Dresser Knobs: Menards

Glider/Rocker: Target

Hamper: Target

DIY Bookshelves: My husband built them.

DIY Blanket Ladder:  My husband built it.  It was inspired by this Pottery Barn one.

DIY Chevron Wood Wall Art: My husband made them.

DIY Pegboard: My husband built it with this tutorial (shanty-2-chic).

Crates: Joann Fabrics

Clock: (Amazon)

Sign: Hobby Lobby

Buckets: Hobby Lobby

Knobs: HomeDepot

Board and Batten Accent Wall: Tutorial (shanty-2-chic)

Oversized Name Letters: Woodland Manufacturing

Crib: Bought it used on Craig's List!

Various Gray & White Frames: Target

Fabric samples inside are from Carousel Designs and

End Table: Goodwill

Jar with Blocks: My sister threw us a baby shower and had a "mod podge block making" station.

Calypso, Westchester Gray, Requisite Gray, Eider White Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams

Ceiling Fan: Menards

Name Bunting Banner: DIY; die cut burlap is from Joann Fabrics I made this for his hospital crib and hung it on the outside to announce the name.

Favorite Items

The Peg Board....hands down!  It's pretty to look at and extremely functional!  We designed it in such a way that it can be updated to fit our every-changing needs.


Try and do the work yourself if you can.  We watched a ton of YouTube videos and enlisted the help of friends and family when we needed the extra hands.  Doing things "on the cheap" and getting your hands dirty is so much more rewarding.  Plus you save a ton of money and have stories to go along with each item!


Monday 6th of July 2015

Elephant wall art by #ArtAndSoulArsenal for custom art!