Well, it’s finally finished, folks! My second son, Brayden, was born last October, and I’m finally getting around to sharing all the details about his navy and orange modern woodland nursery….only nine months late! :)
What can I say….life with a baby and three-year-old leaves me with precious little computer time. But better late than never!
Take a tour of Brayden’s adorable-but-not-too-baby nursery. I hope you like it!
Take a Tour of Our Navy & Orange Modern Woodland Nursery!
The Before Room
So here’s a (very poor) panoramic Before shot of Brayden’s room. This room is just down the hallway from our garage, so when we moved in last year, we used it as a dumping ground of sorts. All the non-essential items and boxes were placed here to be sorted…..eventually.
Yikes, I know. Once it was time to convert this spare room into a nursery, it put a fire under our butts to get this space cleared out. Thank goodness too.
Once I finally settled on a theme (because Lord knows my husband couldn’t give two hoots what we did), the first order of business was painting the walls!
Literally every wall AND ceiling in our home was a boring beige when we moved in….every last one! Talk about boringly monotonous.
For Brayden’s room, we decided to paint three of his walls a light gray (Behr Planetary Silver), while the main wall that his crib would be against would be a navy blue (Behr Tidal).
We probably should have also painted the ceiling, trim, and doors a true white, but my husband wasn’t up for it and there’s no way my heavily pregnant butt was going to do that kind of manual labor. So all of that remains in its not-perfect-but-livable off-white.
Pay attention to these utterly hideous floral globes on the ceiling fan lights….they just scream “old lady” and they needed to go too, along with the boring beige!
Brayden’s Completed Modern Woodland Nursery!
And here’s Brayden’s completed modern woodland nursery in all its glory! Not too bad for a baby boy’s room, huh? I love how it’s modern and not too cutesy or over-the-top BABY, so he can grow with it nicely.
Here are more details on the various parts and pieces:
The Main Wall & Crib
I’m a good Southern gal who’s a sucker for monograms (and anything personalized, for that matter), so as the focal point on the wall above Brayden’s crib, we hung a GIANT version of his initials. It is HIS room, after all.
The monogram came unfinished, so I spray-painted it and then we used some Command Strips for hanging. It really POPS off the navy wall and looks great in the space.
Brayden is using his older brother’s hand-me-down crib, but we purchased new bedding for it. I had the crib skirt and rail guard custom made (when there was a HUGE sale, of course). I just love that bold navy and white woodgrain pattern coupled with the pops of bright orange.
I then added a white sheet that has navy stars and a fox pillow (although the pillow is just for looks….safety first!).
Brayden’s Personalized Onesie Door Hanger
Hanging on Brayden’s door is the onesie door hanger that I made. I think it’s so cute! We also hung it on our hospital room door when he was born, and it includes all of his birth stats.
We got lots of compliments on it from nurses and other patients!
If you’d like a full tutorial on how I made this newborn baby door hanger, check this out!
The Ceiling Fan
Remember those hideous old lady globes on the ceiling fan lights in the Before picture?? We swapped them out with some really cool rustic ones that are tan with swirls of dark brown throughout….they work perfectly in the room!
The Mini Gallery Wall
Along with monograms, I also love me a good gallery wall….we currently have FOUR in our house!
Brayden’s room has two closet doors, and the wall space between them works perfectly for a mini gallery wall above his tall dresser (another hand-me-down of Rowan’s).
I grabbed a fun cardboard moose head online, and after assembling it (which was super quick and easy), I glued it to a wood slice as a basic mount. It’s displayed up high next to a fun piece of artwork I found at Target, along with some wooden arrows. They came as natural wood, so I blasted the fronts with some orange spray paint.
Under the moose, we flipped a stained IKEA spice rack upside down so we could use it as a shelf. It currently houses Brayden’s baby book (which is very neglected thanks to being the second born), a cute pair of baby shoes, and a white ceramic fox (also from Target….this time, One Spot for the win).
There are also a few pairs of sunglasses hanging as well, even though he prefers to chew on instead of actually wearing them. Finally, a metallic marquee “B” completes the wall….and yes, it actually lights up!
Sitting on the dresser, we put a quirky orange lamp (thanks again, Rowan), a stuffed teddy bear that’s holding a framed 3D ultrasound pic (so sweet), and a small wire basket.
The Bathroom Door Wall
The wall opposite of the closets and the gallery wall has a door to the Jack & Jill (errrr, Jack?) bathroom that Brayden and Rowan share.
I thought it would be fun to add a cheeky little ‘Outhouse’ sign to the door. I whipped this board up using a piece of pallet wood, stain, stencil film (learn more about it), and paint, and it looks rustically cute. :)
(You can check out my tutorial for the pallet wood Roman numeral anniversary sign I made that is nearly an identical process.)
On the skinny section of wall between the bathroom door and (open) room door, we added the remaining two stained IKEA spice racks and turned them into mini bookshelves.
Above them, we hung two framed ABC and 123 prints that I had customized to fit with Brayden’s theme….one less DIY project for me to worry about!
These rustic woodgrain frames work perfectly with these prints….thanks, Michaels and your coupons!
The mini bookshelves hold books at just the right level for a mobile wee-one to grab, and a couple stuffed animal friends also make their homes there.
(And on a side note, Little Pea is one of my all-time favorite books to read to kiddos….it’s so stinking adorable and I always give it as a baby shower gift!)
The Window Wall
The fourth and final wall has a large window in the center, and it lets a good amount of natural light into the room. We hung some navy linen curtains too to help block some of that natural light though….you know, for those glorious nap times.
Framing the window are four rustic woodland signs that I made from scratch. I LOVE how they turned out and they look fabulous in Brayden’s room!
If you’d like the complete step-by-step for making rustic woodland signs like these, check out my tutorial!
Under the window, we placed a white shelf that we also added some legs to (check out the tutorial here) so it sits up off the air vent and hits at just the bottom of the windowsill.
It adds the perfect amount of storage and looks great in the room. The navy and white chevron bins are the exact size for the cubbies too….woot!
The Before & After
Here’s a Before & After comparison. These are panoramic shots from the doorway looking in so you can see pretty much the entire room (minus the monogram….nuts!).
What a difference, huh?! I am so pleased with how Brayden’s modern woodland nursery turned out. It might not be Pinterest-worthy, but it’s better than any room I’ve ever had! :)
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
Monday 21st of August 2017
This may seem like a weird question, but we are designing a home now and I'm wondering if you happen to know how big this nursery is? Thanks!
Monday 4th of September 2017
Hi Dana! Sorry for the delayed response! I finally remembered to measure his room, and it's roughly 10.5' x 12.5'. Hope this helps! :)
Tuesday 18th of July 2017
His nursery is too adorable!! Don't feel bad about it taking forever to finish. Wait till its baby #4!! When Bradley was born his room wasn't even finished being built yet. Now in our defense he was a month early. My husband majorly underestimated how much it would cost, he did it all himself (on the weekends) and we did it all with cash so in the end it was ok. But I never fully finished decorating his nursery. Oh well, I am planning a cute baseball theme for his big boy bedroom when I finally get to decorating it now that we have moved and every room in our house needs to be painted.