Nursery before pictures + plans

Tackling my guest room in January went so well, I’m moving on to another room for February – finishing up the nursery! Smile  It’s been mostly done except finishing touches and 2 projects I wanted to do so my goal is to show you what I have done so far + complete the remaining projects and decorating and do a final reveal.  I also would love to share some tips on how I shopped and prepared for a baby on a budget – so look for a post or two on that.  If preparing for a baby doesn’t apply to you, then forward to a new expecting mom, save for when you are grandmother, or just share it – I’m sure you know someone that can use tips for preparing for a baby on a yard sale budget Winking smile.

And don’t think that just because I’m sharing nursery decorating it won’t apply to you – I’ll be sharing some general posts on building some things, refinishing some furniture, + can you say shiplap??  There might be a shiplap tutorial coming soon too – so stay tuned!

So here’s the bedroom that we planned for our little girl to use when we bought our house.  I love all the light it gets from the 2 windows and there is a 2 door closet on the other side of the room – lots of storage for all those girl clothes and shoes and toys. 


We had new carpet installed right away.  The bright yellow wasn’t exactly what I had in mind for a nursery so that was the first thing I worked on literally days before she was born – I think I was painting this room 39 weeks pregnant. Smile  That’s what happens when you move when you are 36 weeks pregnant.


So my first attempt at painting was to try to color match the crib and then go 1 step darker – and I ended up painting 3/4 the room greenish gray!  Not exactly what I had in mind for our little girl.

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So back to Home Depot I went and just picked out a tried and true gray color that I loved in some nursery pictures online and also loved on my walls – it is Classic Silver by Behr in Eggshell.  Gray paint can be hard but I find that this one reads true gray without hints of blue or green or purple and is really a nice medium gray color. 

I was SOOO excited to finally unpack that crib that I had purchased months earlier and get it set up!  So there’s a sneak peek and I’ll be sharing lots of individual projects all month and then revealing the whole room towards the end of the month.


If you remember back to last spring – this was my mood board and my plan for our baby girl’s vintage/rustic gray and white nursery.  This helped me so much especially to see and keep in mind especially since I didn’t have an actual room to envision it all in until we moved.  It was easy to say no to cute things I saw in the store if it didn’t fit this overall plan. 

Gray and white girls vintage rustic nursery

Can’t wait to show you all I’ve been working on!  Until then some DIY shiplap is calling my name. Smile


  1. Great mood board for the nursery! Wall color is great, and the crib. Looking forward to the finished room.

  2. Grandma of a 16 and almost 13 year old boys! But I’m a lover of all projects. Can’t wait to see the final pictures. Gorgeous already. Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. Sherri S. says:

    Yay!!! Looking forward to all your posts for that sweet girls room, this month.

    Have a happy and week…

  4. Lanita Anderson says:

    I love the gray paint color you chose and can’t wait to see your decorating ideas, hear your frugal planning ideas (I teach a Sunday School class full of young mothers!) and see the final reveal! Blessings…..

  5. I can’t wait to see the finished room, Christina. I love the color theme and mood board. <3

  6. Christina, I loved what you did with your guest bedroom and what you have done so far in the nursery! Can’t wait to see the finished project. You have inspired me to get going on repainting my guest room!

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