Emily Winters: A Nursery Transformation (BEFORE)

I can’t claim to have had much exposure to the world of nursery decorating, but I do love a nice bedroom makeover, and what could be more enjoyable than preparing a brand new space for a swaddled little bundle of joy? When our friends Heather and Tracy announced that they were expecting a daughter, they invited me into their home to have a peek at their then-office (and storage space), a third bedroom in their home that would now need to be transformed into a functional nursery. Their home overflows with 1930′s character, and we all knew that re-imagining the space would make for a fun project.

Nursery, before.

The reveal of this bedroom redesign will be shared in the coming weeks, and it’ll showcase how you can easily transform a mostly unused space into a nursery, embracing little details along the way to create a special room. For now, continue on to see some of the before photos as supplied by the happy expectant couple, and a list of things they planned to do in order to transform the space:

Paint: It’s to no surprise that I can defend Heather and Tracy in wanting to keep the existing paint color of the office/guest room. The room is already painted a dark gray, a change they made three years ago to unify the room (it had previously been three different colors). Gray is a color that’s neutral enough to accept almost any complementary color palette whether it be orange, fuschia, or baby blue, and can easily be considered one of the most cozy bedroom paint colors ever for both kids and adults. When you get the right hue, it’s warm and rich. It’s the same color as my bedroom, and really, if it means saving $30 and not having to repaint an entire room, huzzah, I say that you work with it. Rather than investing time in repainting the already pretty walls, they do focus on re-painting the trim in the room with a coat of fresh white for contrast.

Transforming an unused office/junk room into a nursery.

Window Treatments: I wish I had a picture to prove how charming some of the details of this room are, but there’s a small window on the back wall that still features original roller blinds, ones custom-sized to the window panes that you couldn’t find salvaged in perfect condition if you tried with all of your might. They’re retaining them and adding a new complementary roman shade to the other window in the room. The kid’ll grow up to be a 1930′s design aficionado, bets are on.

Hardwood details: Gifted with beautiful hardwood floors and gumwood trim, this couple is going to strive to retain the presence of those details where possible by accenting a flawless floor with an area rug instead of wall-to-wall carpeting, and leaving the bedroom and closet doors exposed with a natural wood finish. Gumwood is seriously desirable, and what they have going on is really going to wow you and make you want to start scouring salvage shops for your own new-old doors and trim work.

Furniture: Sure, when you add in a crib, a changing table, and a rocker, the room is going to look a lot different. To provide seemingly endless storage for their newborn into her school-age years, they are also going to refinish an existing shelving unit for the room, and their plan to paint it bright white will really make it pop off the dark walls.

Planning to paint an existing shelf for coordinating toy storage.

Artwork: A combination of DIY and purchased prints is sure to add character to the room and a pop of color that will compliment the gray, white, and hardwood details.

Lighting: A small halogen IKEA fixture on the ceiling is due for an update. The couple plans to shop for a new ceiling fan and light figure that will be a better suit the space (and help to circulate air and heat in the room).

Closet Storage: Having a storage plan in place is key, and figuring out how to make the best use of the available storage space early on is the smart thing to do. I’ll show you how they planned to make an efficient use of their small closet in the final reveal in a few weeks.

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.

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  3. Randy Doggett says:

    I really like the simplicity of the room. It's calm and soothing. Very creative!

  4. Mary Ellison says:

    I love that they are decorating this room for their new baby girl in such a different – non-frilly design. The pink ruffles have been done enough and this room is shaping up to be an amazing soothing space!
    Signed – Heather's mom (Grandma to be…)

  5. Moodyvega says:

    Donate some of the stuff to GoodWill to make space..

  6. Essie Tillman says:

    I just want to suggest a more baby feel to the walls.

  7. Blessing says:

    Looks like an exciting project, personally, I would prefer softer colors for a nursery but I guess if they prefer that paint color then perhaps you can soften it up with other colors on rugs and beddings, etc. Wish u the best, would love to see the result.

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