The Big Reveal! Baby Boy Nursery

by Andrea Cooley

Today is baby boy Cooley's due date and as of Sunday night he's not here. So if we can't introduce you our baby today, I figure the least we can do is share his nursery! And finger's crossed, he'll be making his grand entrance soon! I'm not very good at waiting! And I especially don't like things to be late.

Unfortunately, I'm realizing that even though I'm carrying this baby, I don't have a whole lot of control over when he decides to come. Maybe this is preparing me for not being in control of a lot of things going forward…

But enough about me, let's talk about the nursery!

It was so fun to decorate a room top to bottom! We've done lots of projects around the house, but never a whole room! It definitely helped to have a set deadline to get everything done. 

Here's the inspiration I shared in July

And here's the real deal!

Everything came together! I ordered most things online and stuck to mostly turquoise, limey green and white, but you never know how it's all going to look until it's all in one room.
The dresser was actually the last thing we got. We got the dresser from IKEA that was on our inspiration board and quickly realized that while technically it would fit in the room, it wasn't going to work.

Adam was a saint and spent 4 hours putting the beast together and it now has a home in our guest room. We would have had to buy furniture for that room eventually, right?

But then the hunt was on for a white dresser. Of course I couldn't find anything in town, and the one I really liked online was backordered. I found this Graco Freeport 3-drawer dresser at I'll be honest, I don't usually shop at Walmart, but I'm not totally against it. However, in Adam's mind it's not acceptable. But after much convincing, Adam decided a Walmart dresser was better than no dresser!

Don't look too closely at the changing pad. I'm still working on the cover…Let's just say, it's a little more complicated than sewing curtains!

I don't know when I decided that we needed a mirror in the room, but I also like to have black in every room. It just grounds the space, so that's how the little black mirror ended up there. The "I am a child of God" print was one of the first things we bought for the room (It's from persimmonandpink and comes in multiple colors). I love it!

How cute is this little cubby shelf? For one of my showers everyone brought books instead of cards, so we have lots to read our little guy! Adam has already started reading to him most nights.This shelf is one of my favorite parts of the room. The wooden cow was a gift from my sister, and those furry booties were a shower gift from a dear friend. We can't wait to show everything to our boy!We got the glider on Craigslist and then had someone recover the cushions. Of all the fabric and colors in the room, this one ties it all together. I expect to spend many hours here!This little gallery is over the crib. It's not done yet though. We have an initial to hang, but want to wait 'til we reveal the name! I especially love the one with the giraffe. It's a card from a dear friend that I had to frame!More art. Every nursery needs an alphabet print, right? For now, these are all the toys baby boy Cooley has. I'm sure that will change! I found the wire basket at Marshall's a long time ago and am kicking myself for not buying another one!

Here's what we did: 
Replaced the ceiling fan
Hung curtain rods, replaced the windows (the lovely people at Andersen Windows did this for us), hung shelves and artwork
Took down old molding
Hung the chair rail (this involved a miter saw–Go Adam!)
Sewed curtains, changing pad cover, and bedskirt (details to come)
Assembled the crib, dresser, and cubbies (I'm thankful Adam's so good at this!)
Filled it with baby stuff!

Here's where everything is from: 

Rug; Valspar Laguna Green and Filtered Shade; curtain fabric; Graco Freeport 3-drawer dresser; IKEA Sundvik crib; ClosetMaid Cube Storage; Lamp: final clearance floor model at World Market; piggy bank; West Elm rocking bird; alphabet and whale prints; bug print; Child of God print


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Andrea Cooley

  1. LOVE IT! I am so excited for you guys. What a lucky little boy – he will have a lovely environment and awesome parents. Let the countdown begin!

  2. SO cute!! I love all the art and the happy colors. Can't wait to hear the name, too. Come, baby Cooley!!

  3. So cute and love the "animal theme" :) Can't wait to find out the name of of your little one!  

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