The New Nursery Plan

Today was windy and cold, and my mom out of the goodness of her heart stopped by our house to watch my son Oliver. That left me to my own devices to start any project I felt like. Rather than unpacking our boxes, I got really mad at the wallpaper in Oliver’s room. I remember watching HGTV years ago and laughing at people who balked at homes because they had too much wallpaper. “Oh! They are so lazy. It just takes a little bit of elbow grease!” An hour and a half later and this is how far I had gotten.

Wallpaper BegoneHalf a wall. Three hours later and I had almost a wall. Now I know why people don’t want to mess with it; I remember the days when I had uninterrupted time. Oh well, I’m going to finish this room.

Once the evilness of wallpaper is gone, I can start thinking about what the interior will look like. Right now Oliver is in a toddler bed and I need to get him into a twin bed. Here’s what I’m looking for.

Jenny Lind

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I’m thinking a Jenny Lind style bed would be amazing. But since this room will eventually need to be a room for two I want to find a trundle bed. There’s one on Craigslist but alas the owner hasn’t emailed me back.


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Our weird brown chair has lost its luster on me. I want to find something with a little more structure. Let’s just find that blue chair at Salvation Army with a bit more of a vintage flair, ok? And yes throw in that light too.

Potato Basket

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And finally, I’m going to need some serious toy storage. We’re planning on building shelves in the one closet the room has, but I saw these potato baskets online and want to find something like it. Have any of you guys seen these before? Land of Nod has something like them here, but I can’t bear to buy new when I can reuse. Surely I can find vintage ones for less than $30?

I was planning on painting one wall a deep, dark blue but now Oliver, who has switched from space to tractors, informed me he wants the wall tractor green.


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Maybe I can sneak in the Rushmore color palette. We’ll see.

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  1. Susie
    Posted January 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow! We seem to be doing the same things right now. I just got back from picking up paint from lowes for my boys room. I’ve been trying to plan out their room for a while now. I wanted to go with how I thought a vintage boys room would look. I ultimately decided on a paint color called antique blue. In the beginning I was actually going to try to instal knotty pine panels as a wainscot, but decided I might be getting in over my head. I love your idea of the Jenny Lind beds. Have you thought about bunk beds that convert into twins? I found the cutest honey pine all wood traditional type bunk beds on amazon that look beautiful with the paint color I choose. Here a link in case you might be interested they also make a trundle for it and finally I’ve found some really cute vintage repro barkcloth curtain fabric look how cute this camp scene ones are! Sorry, I got a little carried away with my comment, I guess you can tell I’m excited about this project;)

    • Angela
      Posted January 20, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      Hi Susie! I have thought about bunk beds a little. I’m just concerned my second will be a climber like my first and it makes me kind of sweaty and nervous that there will be a fall. Those beds do look really vintage though! I will have to keep them in mind. What does your barkcloth look like? I LOVE those camping scenes and even cowboy scenes. You are way ahead of me with your project. I went looking for fabric for curtains and walked away empty handed. I’m too picky I think 🙂

  2. Susie
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Angela, here’s the barkcloth curtains I found online (I haven’t purchased yet) I would love to buy but the price tag is pretty steep. They would go perfect with my paint color and the knotty pine bed. I love cowboy scenes also. And I’m also picky, it’s taken me a long time to finally choose the bed and paint colors. Keep us updated on the room decoration:)

    • Angela
      Posted January 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      Hi Susie! That’s a high price per yard and I see what you mean. It is so dang cute. Especially since there’s a moose! I will definitely keep you updated. So far, no progress 🙂 Hopefully some this weekend, we’ll see.

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