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It's finally here! Our big nursery reveal...although it's been done for about 2 months now we've been a bit busy with newborn/toddler life! Fun fact: we didn't even have our doors up yet when baby girl decided to come a little early. To be honest I have not stressed about this reno one bit. I guess once you are on baby #2 not much matters other than having a crib to sleep in (#secondchildprobs). Thankfully my handy father in law was able to come and help hang the doors while Dan and I were in the hospital. I had a ton of fun decorating this room & I've linked some of our nursery items at the bottom of this post for you to shop!

The room that we decided to convert into a nursery was once our loft space. It wasn't used for much other than drum set storage and a place to put bigger-ish toys. We didn't utilize the space very well and it had been begging for a makeover for years. Most of the time it looked like this (hangs head in shame):


As you can see it was a hodge-podge and basically just somewhere to dump extra stuff. We had plans to turn it into an office at one point and then my husband got a new job and wasn't in need of a home office any longer. Then we thought to turn it into a play room with a great big chalk wall but when we got pregnant I KNEW it needed to be a nursery.

Because I didn't want to lose our guest room space to a baby I floated the idea past the hubby and he gave it the go ahead. With the help of my father in law and a day's worth of hired help (for the painting...what a nightmare), we turned this useless space into a beautiful room for baby girl.

I wanted a bright & neutral nursery so we stuck with lots of white and just touches of grey. Because the loft is an open space at the top of the stairs we needed to add a wall. After a little discussion we decided to make the wall out of shiplap and - instead of closing off the room with a single door - we added sliding shaker-style doors on barn door hardware. It turned out just so dreamy that we ended up doing shiplap on the other main wall in the nursery.

The black high-gloss bookshelves (they were painted like that when we bought the house) were stripped and painted a light grey. Because of the difficult nature of that high gloss paint and the many, many different textures of the bookshelf it took what felt like one million coats of primer, lots of sanding and another one million coats of grey. But we finally finished them and I couldn't be happier with the way they turned out. Check out our before and after pics below!




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It was all last minute in baby time but I feel that most things that are done last minute are the best things because you really have a good idea of what you want! I love the way it all turned out and she now has the best room in the house.

What room in your home would you renovate if you could? Leave me a comment on my instagram @theeverydayexchange and let me know!

Talk soon,


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