This summer we posted our inspiration board for Baby Grayson's nursery and now that it is complete and our vision has come to life, we couldn't be happier with the outcome (or more in love with our newest addition). Here's a reminder of what we wanted to achieve with this space...
We knew that we wanted to do as much upcycling as possible because the most satisfying thing ever is finding great deals on someone's trash and turning it into our treasures. My most exciting find was a FREE chandelier! With a little antique gold spray paint and some antiquing wax, we turned this into a treasure for sure! Antique Gold Chandelier - CHECK!
Our next find was an old dresser that had the perfect lines for antiquing but was not the perfect color. A couple of coats of white chalk paint, some antiquing glaze and the same antique gold treatment we use on the chandelier for the dresser's hardware and we were in business!
Notice the wall color? After trying about 10 different shades and staring at them all for weeks, we finally found the perfect gray blue for the nursery - Benjamin Moore's Gray Cloud. Every space is different depending on lighting so it's best to paint a swatch on your wall to see it with your lighting both day and night to pick the perfect color.
On to the crib...Baby Grayson has 6 year old twin brothers and while their dark wood hand-me-down cribs wouldn't work with this style, it was nothing a little paint couldn't fix.
We also happened to find the exact crib bedding (Restoration Hardware), white silk taffeta curtains (Overstock.com) and white furry rug (TJ Maxx) that we pinned on our inspiration board! It's coming together!
Another really exciting find was a wooden and upholstered rocking chair that was in bad need of refinishing. The fabric was outdated and stained and the wood was a warm honey color. We went to our go-to fabric store to find a gray linen upholstery fabric and found the perfect decorative trim on Amazon.com. Painted, antiqued, recovered and voila! Remember that wooden and upholstered rocker we pinned on our inspiration board..here it is!
We also found a FREE outdated piece of artwork that was in a very large wooden frame. Perfect for turning into an antique gold mirror. And applied the same antique gold on a chunky wooden curtain rod to spread the gold accents out around the room.
Once we had everything in the room, we realized that with all of the painted furniture, we needed some more rustic wood elements to break up the painted white and blue and give some contrast to the gold. We looked everywhere for shelves and the only ones we could find that matched out aesthetic were super expensive. We had been so thrifty so far, we weren't about to start splurging now. So we decided to make our own shelves using some wooden boards, 2x4s, stain, and a little white washing. They turned out so good that we decided to start selling them in our store and here on the site.
I'm not sure the pictures do it justice, but this nursery is fit for a prince! Here is the before and after and the precious baby that now calls this space his home. I would say we acheived the look we were after! Wouldn't you?
MEET BABY GRAYSON - REAL Neighbors' new addition....