Ellis’ Nursery Reveal

Hi, friends! I’m popping in with my final post before maternity leave…our Baby Boy Nursery reveal! It’s been a long-time coming (this post, with the before photos and design plan, was published in July!) and I’m so happy that this space is done.

Before we get to the goods, let’s take a look at the before photos and all of the projects that went into this room…

Our Guest Room – Before

Guest bedroom before
Glider going in the corner of the room
Our nursery before

When we bought our home, in the spring of 2019, we removed the carpet in this extra bedroom, replaced it with oak hardwoods, painted the walls the color Benjamin Moore “Tarrytown Green”, and replaced the doors and trim. Just those things made a huge difference.

Choosing furniture for our baby boy nursery design

This room was then our extra bedroom/guest room for about two years. I never really put much time or effort into the space and we just furnished it with extra stuff we had. It was a cozy room whenever we had a guest, which was not very often, thanks to the pandemic.

Overall, it was a good blank space for our Baby Boy Nursery design!

The Closet Transformation

The current closet in our baby boy's nursery

I started with the closet, by removing the old wire shelving and patching up all of the holes.

How to wallpaper a nursery closet

Next, I wallpapered the closet, with the help of my talented friend, Erin, from Relativity Textiles.

Our baby boy's nursery closet

Once that gorgeous wallpaper was in, Finn and I built a custom IKEA closet system for lots of extra storage. That project came with quite a few hiccups, but we persevered!

Picture Frame Molding

Finding time for DIY projects in Ask Casey No. 14

With the closet complete, I could focus on the rest of the room. By far the biggest DIY in this room was adding picture frame molding to the walls.

Adding picture frame molding to a nursery

While it may look subtle in these pictures, it actually makes such a difference in-person. The molding makes the room feel more high-end and it adds a traditional element that I absolutely adore.

Adding Shelves & Blackout Curtains

My new nursery shelves

With the walls done (it took me at least a week by myself), it was time for the fun part…accessorizing! I hung shelves over the glider and added a bold curtain to the windows.

My best tips to hang blackout nursery curtains

The curtains were another saga of unfortunate events (this post has all the scoop), but in the end, they turned out amazing. I love the bold pattern in this space, paired with those dark green walls.

Baby Boy Nursery Reveal

Okay, it’s finally time for the big reveal! Here’s a look at Ellis’ comfy, cozy, and oh-so moody nursery…

Our baby boy nursery reveal
Come take a look at our baby boy nursery reveal
Books on the nightstand
Our baby boy nursery reveal
Our son's shelves in the nursery
Preparing for the arrival of our son
Ellis' nursery reveal
Elephants on the shelf
Our baby boy nursery reveal

Before & After

Guest bedroom before
Ellis' nursery reveal
Our nursery before
Ellis' nursery reveal
Our guest bedroom
Ellis' nursery reveal
Our nursery before
Ellis' nursery reveal

Ellis’ Room – Sources

Ellis' nursery reveal

Wall Color, Benjamin Moore “Tarrytown Green” // Picture Frame Molding Tutorial // Rug (Moss & Salmon) // Dresser (from Crate & Barrel, no longer sold) // Canvas Art // Changing Table Topper // Changing Pad // Changing Pad Cover (from Crate & Kids, no longer sold) // Table Lamp // Hatch Sound Machine // Diaper Pail // Bamboo Shades (color: “Jute Natural”) // Curtains (No longer sold) // Curtain Rod // Small Curtain Rings // Black & Brass Ceiling Fan (similar) // Glider (from Crate & Kids, no longer sold) // Black Lamp // Sheepskin Throw (similar) // Side Table (HomeGoods) // Basket (HomeGoods) // Shelves // Frame (HomeGoods) // Wood Blocks // Owl Print // Pillow // Wallpaper // Closet Installation // Drawer Dividers // Closet Baskets (similar) // Crib // Crib Mattress // Elephant Hook

Thank you!

Our baby boy nursery reveal
Baby boy ellis

A big thanks for all of the love during this project. I’ll be sure to check back in January with updates on how we’re really using the space and any adjustments we’ve made as Ellis has grown.


*Family photos by the talented @BridgetMatkovich

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