before and after

before & after: nursery makeover

by Kate Pruitt

I remember watching my friend’s baby as she was starting to observe the world, and it was awesome to see her eyes travel over everything with utter fascination, particularly prints. It’s not as easy as some might think to successfully mix prints and patterns. What I like most about this charming nursery makeover from Tim is that he’s mixed a ton of different patterns in a really smart way. He’s provided a beautiful environment for a baby to explore, but also one that is sophisticated and modern enough for parents to enjoy. Nice work, Tim! — Kate

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Read more about Tim’s nursery makeover after the jump!

Time: 2 months

Cost: $2000 including parts + labor

Basic Steps: To achieve this look, first you need to pick a focal wall. It could be a paint treatment or wallpaper. Both approaches are simple and relatively low in cost and commitment, but the wow factor is huge, and the room wouldn’t have had the same energy and impact if it weren’t for the focal wall. Then you want to think about the function of the room and what you want in the end result. In this case, we were doing a nursery. So we knew we would need lots of storage and a couple of comfortable chairs for those sleepless nights. The identified functions and key pieces of furniture would lead you to big box stores or custom. After that, color palettes, accessories and an area rug would come into place to complement the focal wall.

My advice to others who tackle a similar project: Listen to your heart when picking the jumping-off point. Don’t be afraid of what may seem too bold. As long as you love it, that is all that matters. After all, it is used in small doses or simple-to-remove application (e.g., focal wall, pillows). If you back away from what you love and pick something else, the space will just be safe, and you will always wonder what the room would look like if you had gone for your number 1 choice.

Save and splurge is also key. We had a limited budget, so we sourced the main pieces from big box stores. To give them a custom look, new knobs were put on the dresser, and a custom wood frame and fabric was applied over store-bought magnet boards. We also shopped at local thrift stores and the clearance section of home-accent discount stores for artwork. The splurge of this room was the wallpaper/wallpaper installation and the custom round storage units.

One tip for a couple that’s doing a nursery with wall-to-wall carpet: Get an area rug to go on top. Accidents do happen, and it’s a lot easier to dry clean an area rug than the wall-to-wall carpet. A good under carpet pad is also key to make sure the area rug stays in contact with the carpet underneath. — Tim

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