Farmhouse Girl’s Nursery: The Design Plan

I cannot wait to show everyone how we’re planning on making over our youngest son’s bedroom into a farmhouse girl’s nursery!

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Good Morning friends!!

I am so, so excited to get started on our first big renovation project of 2017.  I have been dreaming of this farmhouse girl’s nursery ever since we found out I was pregnant.  We both had a feeling baby #3 was a girl from the beginning 🙂

Last week, I shared some before pictures from the nursery, which was our youngest son’s bedroom.  The room is pretty small, but has plenty of space for a crib, dresser and rocker.  If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve seen some sneak peaks and progress we have already made in the room.

Since you guys loved the one room challenge (ORC) makeover we did this past fall, I decided to make this farmhouse nursery renovation into a mini ORC series.

Basically, I’ll share an update once a week about the progress we have made.  Though, I can’t guarantee it will be ready in 6 weeks like the real ORC, it WILL be done before little Evie arrives (around the middle of April).

Like the ORC shared boys bedroom, the nursery is filled to the brim with DIYs.  I’ve been dreaming this space up in my head for months and can’t wait for that to come to fruition!  I’ll be sure to share how we make everything in the space.

But, enough about that.  Let’s get to the good stuff – the design plan.

We are shiplapping a wall!! WOO!

Can I even contain my excitement??  Of course, like any good farmhouse style lover, I’ve been obsessing with planked walls for quite some time.  But, seeing as how we JUST redid alllllll the drywall in our house only 2-3 (ish) years ago, I didn’t think my hubby or FIL would really go for destroying all their hard work.  I could just imagine the look on their faces if I mentioned shiplap last year 😉

Now, this is a budget-friendly faux shiplap wall.  The “real” stuff is ~$9 USD PER BOARD!  Insanity.

It’s going to look something like this wall from Sincerely, Sara D.

We are only shiplapping one wall of the room.  I went back and forth on painting the shiplap wall a different color than the rest of the walls.  I actually really like the trend of colored shiplap, but, after testing out some paint colors I decided to paint the room and shiplap the same color.

Absolutely in LOVE with this creamy white color from Sherwin Williams.  I honestly looked at so.many. different shades of white in the store before deciding on Alabaster.  I actually shared my method for choosing farmhouse paint colors and it was such a help in narrowing down the endless shades of “white”.  Remember when white was just white?  Yeah, me either.

I went back and forth on what type of chandelier I wanted.  On one hand, it’s my first girl and a perfect excuse to get something over-the-top girly.  On the other hand, I’m not really a girly girl myself and it doesn’t quite fit in with the whole farmhouse theme.

Then, I found this wood bead chandelier and fell in love.

It’s the perfect piece!  Definitely has farmhouse style but is still girly!  Awesome!

Then, I saw the price.  $249 USD.  WHAT?!  I still seriously considered buying it but I just couldn’t.

Instead, I picked up this chandelier from IKEA and I plan on changing out the “crystals” and replacing them with wood beads.  I’ll probably end up spray painting the base of the chandelier white, too.  The whole project should be a fraction of the cost of the Pottery Barn Kids wood bead chandelier above.  Yay!

As for the crib, we are using Charlie’s old crib.  When I picked out his gray crib while preggo with him, I did so knowing a gray crib could be used for a boy or a girl.  And, I’m SO glad I did.  Not having to purchase a crib frees up some extra $$ for other projects in the room.

I decided to splurge on a new rocker.  I nursed both my boys for over a year in the same rocker so, it has certainly seen better days.  Also, I think my body is permanently molded into the cushions and while we could reupholster it, the actual mechanics of the rocker aren’t what they used to be.  In fact the other day it tipped over while I was reading to Charlie!  What?!

I went to so many stores to try out rockers, gliders and recliners and finally decided on this one (affiliate link).  I’m a bit nervous because you never know exactly what the color is going to look like when you buy online.  It’s coming later this week so fingers crossed it works!

To make that rocker even more comfortable and blend in with the rest of the room, I picked out this pillow and this pillow to bring some subtle color to the chair.

Another part of the room I kept changing my mind on was the rug.  I love the look of vintage-washed rugs but felt the bold colors wouldn’t look right in the space.  I ended up deciding on this rug and I’m IN LOVE.  I can’t wait until it arrives!

On my quest for girl decor, I’ve become completely smitten with floral designs.  Pretty sure I picked up 10 outfits for her that are all flowers.  I’m making sure to incorporate tons of florals into her nursery.  Like this bedding.

And this ahhhhmazing wallpaper for the inside of her closet.

Speaking of her closet, what good room renovation wouldn’t be complete without making your own closet system??  I’ve enlisted my hubby in building the PERFECT closet for her nursery.  With that wallpaper as the backdrop, I don’t think we can go wrong.

Now for the closet doors, arguably maybe my favorite project in the room.  Shiplap doors.  Similar to these ones from Bright Green Door.

But, I want to do skinnylap (thinner shiplap) like my friend Nicole from The Inspired Hive did in her kitchen reno (seriously check out that space!).

So, skinnylap bifold doors.  Make sense?

Now, here’s where I need your help.

What color should I paint the doors???  I truly can’t decide.  I’ve wasted an ungodly amount of time thinking about paint colors for these doors.  Here are the choices:

-Alabaster (the same shade as the rest of the walls in the room)

-One of the two pink colors for the dresser (see below)

-Dark gray (to match the gray in the rug)

-Some other color (I’ve pretty much narrowed it down to a shade of anything)

Help a girl out!!!

Okay, back to what I do have picked 🙂

Obviously I had to redo a dresser for her room, too.  If you’ve been following on Instagram, you saw that I snagged a vintage dresser off of Craigslist.  I was torn over which shade of rose pink to paint the dresser.  Which would you pick?

We are also going to add a vintage window with pretty wreath for above her crib.  Plus, some DIY farmhouse shelves, done a bit differently than our dining room farmhouse shelves we did last year.

I have some smaller DIYs planned including mini wood bead hearts for the wall and a shadow box of sorts, similar to this one that’s out of budget.

My favorite part of decorating any room is adding the pretty accents and focusing on the details.  I’ve been picking up little pieces here and there that I can’t wait to show you in the space.  I also have big plans to make our own curtain rod (well, kind of ) and make some pretty floral tie backs for the curtains.

Oh, the curtains!  I picked up these ones from IKEA but I’m not 100% sure they’re staying.  What do you think?  Yay or nay?

I also love decorating with bins and baskets.  There are so many options available these days that everyone is bound to find something in their budget AND that fits their design aesthetic.  I picked this one (the little cubby one) and this one so far.

Now, as for what I am still deciding on (besides the color of the shiplap doors)

  • a throw for the rocker
  • crib skirt
  • changing pad cover
  • whether I should line the inside of the dresser drawers or not
  • finalizing farmhouse shelf decor
  • finalizing layout/design for custom closet
  • crib mobile

I think that’s it for today!  Expect an update next week on our progress making a farmhouse girl’s nursery.

Wishing you a joyful day!





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This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Aunt Dee

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! I vote for dark gray closet doors to match the rug and crib

  2. Lora

    It looks great, Sarah! I can’t wait to see more 🙂

  3. Kristi

    LOOOOOVE it ALL! This room is going to be SO amazing! Especially loving that shadow box! I think painting the closet doors a colour would be so fun, or the dark gray would be a nice contrast too.

    1. Thanks so much Kristi!! I can’t wait to make the shadow box and decorate it, of course. I think I’m leaning towards dark gray right now … we will see!

  4. Bonnie

    It sounds like it’s going to be beautiful. Personally, I like the white IKEA curtains. And I do like shades of pink.

    1. I think I like the IKEA curtains, too! I have to hang them to be 100% sure. I love both of those shades of pink and I’m so excited to actually be ABLE to decorate in pink now 😉

  5. I LOVE your design choices…the room is going to be SO CUTE! I can’t wait to see how your bead light comes out. I’ve been looking at those thinking…man, that would be an easy DIY – can’t wait!

    1. Thanks so much Chelsea!! I feel like I haven’t seen any Pinterest tutorials on how to make one (though I’m sure there are haha) so I’m excited to do something that hasn’t been done a billion times. I’m actually in the process of doing it right now!! Can’t wait to share 🙂

  6. Shawnna Griffin

    hey girl- can’t wait to see the big reveal on the nursery! It’s going to look so pretty! Love your ideas!

  7. I am SO excited for this room makeover, Sarah!! It is going to be beautiful! Love everything you chose and totally agree, buying the new rocker was a must! You spend many hours there so why not? And for the door color, I’d choose the darker grey but I’m sure whatever you choose will be beautiful! xo

    1. Thank you Kendra!! The new rocker just came and it was totally worth it!! I think I’m leaning towards dark gray right now … and that seems to be what everyone else likes, too! Can’t wait to share more soon 🙂

  8. This room is going to be amazing!! I’m in LOVE with the wallpaper; it’s so pretty!!
    I think the doors would look great in any of the colors you mentioned, but I’m voting for dark gray. I think it would make everything else pop a little more. 🙂
    XO! Vanessa

  9. Oh girl I can not wait to see this finished!! It looks sooooo good.

    I could see the shiplap doors in the same as the room or the grey to match the rug. My first thought was pink but that might be to much. For the dresser I say the Rose color (its beautiful)

    That wallpaper though?! I love beaded chandelier too but my account doesn’t haha.

    1. I know! I wish the beaded chandeliers were more affordable. I think pink doors might be too much pink? Especially because they’re right next to the dresser. Thanks for all your ideas!!

  10. zan

    Sounds like her room is going to be so pretty! I love the choices you picked – all the colors and floral look amazing! That wall paper though – love it!!

  11. Girl, when you start on a project, there is no stopping you! 😉 I love the colors you chose. I really love the darker pink for the dresser!

    1. HAHA! I consider that a good thing 😉 I’m excited just to have color in general that’s not a traditional “boy” color. The darker pink is the color I went with for the dresser 🙂

  12. Michelle

    Hi, your baby room is beautiful! I was wondering if you could share what kind of rocker you purchased and where it is from? The affiliate link in the blog is no longer working. Thank you!

    1. Hi Michelle! Thanks for letting me know – I just tried clicking it and the link worked (all the way at the bottom of the post in the “source list”). I got it on Amazon. Here’s a new link to try – (*affiliate link*) Let me know if that works!

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