Right for the moment we got our positive pregnancy test, I started to plan our dream nursery. Being an instagram addict I already had ideas up my sleeve and I couldn’t wait to start redecorating. Since moving in, our back spare bedroom just housed a sofa bed for when we had more than two people staying over but as we always hoped that one day we would use it as a nursery we’d never bothered to decorate it.
In September we started turning this room from dull spare room into the scandi inspired nursery we really wanted!
The rooms itself is a good size but it needed completely gutting with all skirting boards needing to be replaced and the whole room required re-plastering before we could start with the fun parts.
We called our plasterer and he was able to fit us in fairly quickly meaning that we were able to start buying furniture and deciding on paint ready to start the rooms transformation. My grandad kindly did the coving for us again, as he has in all of our other rooms. Before we could start any painting, we had to apply to dreaded mist coat onto the new plaster but after two previous rooms we are becoming quite the pros at this!
Not knowing whether we were having a boy or girl meant we needed to the room to be neutral so we settled on using Dulux Easy Care Pure Brilliant White on the wall with the window to create a bright look. It took us a while to decide on the perfect white for us, but we were pleased with how this looked once we’d applied 2 coats.
For the back wall and the wall with the door, we used Valspar Touch of Spring, the same paint we used in the bathroom as it is such a bright mint green colour and goes well with the greys which we planned on using on our feature wall.
Getting rid of the carpet and laying a laminate floor made the room feel so much bigger. We chose to use B&Q’s ‘Boulder Oak‘ after we used it into our bedroom and the grey tone created exactly the scandi feel we wanted for the room. We were then able to put new skirting boards in to give the room a fresh feeling.
As we had the wall plastered it meant we had to have our plumber come to take the old radiator off. We decided to buy a new more modern radiator to replace the old one. We bought the ‘Milano Aruba‘ from Best Heating and it matches the room perfectly.
Mountain mural – the feature wall
Having seen inspiration on instagram from the account of AtTheIsles, I knew I wanted to add a mountain mural to act as a feature wall. We toyed with the idea of buying wall stickers from Etsy but in the end found this DIY tutorial online that gave us the confidence to try this on our own – if all else failed we could just wall paper over it we thought.
Using the Dulux Pure Brilliant White as a basecoat, I felt ready to start to map out the mountains. Previously I have always been loyal to Frog tape but have never been fully satisfied with the lines it leaves, they never seemed entirely crisp to me so I invested in some ScothTape decorators tape and it worked a treat!
We spent hours the wall to try to calculate the perfect mountain peaks but one day after work I simply just got to sticking the tape free hand and felt that if it looked even to the eye, then it would be ok so I went with it and planned out my design and managed to do it first time. The wall length meant I had to just have two peaks and I decided to keep the design to just one wall.
The night before we began painting, I used a damp cloth to seal the tape, something I have never tried before and then painted over the edge of the tape with the basecoat to avoid any paint bleeding. This was the best tip I was given as it meant we had the crispest lines!
We used Valspar Summer Grey for the big peaks and Valspar Made in the Shade for the smaller background mountains and for the icy peaks we opted for a copper paint from Homebase, although it looks black in the photos but when the sunshines on it it looks great! Once we had painted two coats on the mountains with mini rollers, we left it about 30 minutes then removed the tape to reveal our crisp lines and we couldn’t have been happier with the finished look.
The cot in the photo above was my cot from 28 years ago that my parents kept in their loft should we ever want it. It was from Mamas and Papas and was still very sturdy so we decided to sand it instead of spending on a new cot and paint it white to match the room better.
We used a floor protector from Screwfix for the duration of sanding and painting as it got quite messy!
We spent a lot of time researching baby friendly paints and opted for a white nursery safe, eco paint from Organic Natural Paint. I contacted the website and instead of buying a separate primer, they advised me to use a watered down version of the paint itself. It was a labour of love as sanding down each spindle and then painting a whole five coats took a while but it was so worth it in the end.
As the cot was so old it was hard to find a cot mattress to fit but in the end I found the Cot Mattress company and they did the exact size we needed luckily for a really reasonable price!
I spent hours scouring the internet for the perfect nursery furniture for the room. We knew we wanted scandi style and ended up ordering the dresser / changing unit and wardrobe from the Mama and Papas range called Juno. We ordered from Very.co.uk ast hey had it on sale luckily.
The finishing touches
Above the changing unit we added a Mamas and Papas bear wall sticker, this was actually the first thing we bought after our 12 week scan before we’d decided on any other ideas for the nursery but it fits in so well and is a feel feature – hopefully the baby will love it!
We styled up the wardrobe with grey pom-pom lights from Primark. The bear baskets are from Next.
The bookshelves are spice racks from Ikea, perfect for the books we have been collecting for the past few months.
We recycled an old Ikea picture ledge to go above the cot and added a cute Mamas and Papas monkey and Marks and Spencer picture frame that we are going to fill with photos of the baby meeting family after Baby C is here.
The hexagon frame was an absolute bargain from Primark. The edges are painted Grey and the back is made from copper mesh. Perfect for the room. We got a family of peg dolls made to order from Etsy. They even made a little cat for us! The cute toy is from Mamas and Papas and the A6 light box from Wilkinsons.
The pom-pom mobile is from Mamas and Papas. The cloud bedding is from Vertbaudet (my new favourite site!) and the chevron blanket is from Shnuggle and it goes with our gorgeous Shnuggle Dreami moses basket and cloud sheets. Ewan the Sheep was from Amazon.
The stripe rug to finish the space is from H&M home.
Once we know if the baby is a boy or girl we will be able to add in some pink and blue accessories but as it stands we are so happy with this room as can’t wait to start using it soon!