Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: My Boy's Nursery Tour

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My Boy's Nursery Tour

Well, hello! What's shakin'? 

This summer I will be turning my baby boy's nursery into a "Big Boy" room.  Sniff, Sniff ... I can't believe he's old enough!  As all you mommys out there know, they grow too fast!

When I designed his nursery I wanted to keep the colors soft and light.  I originally thought we'd put up beadboard but then decided the white furniture against the white beadboard wouldn't stand out.  Also, I absolutely fell in love with the paint color and wanted to see all of it. 

I added some floating shelves over the rocking chair (where little hands wouldn't be able to reach them from the crib) to display some of my favorite pics.  The rocking chair was in my nursery when I was a baby.  Mr. Chic painted it for me and we added a quilt, throw pillow and seat cushion for comfort. 

 The picture frames are from TJ Maxx (of course!) and the cross with the most perfect bible verse to describe my babies (and yours!) is from Hobby Lobby.

The Chic boys have a thing for airplanes and the colors in this "Brady" bedding from Pottery Barn Kids (discontinued) just happened to be perfect.  The toddler quilt and small pillow sham are on the rocking chair.

I'm not normally a fan of vinyl lettering on the walls but I do like it for kids' rooms.  It's both whimsical and practical.  This vinyl decal is from Etsy but I can no longer find the seller. 

After hanging picture frames behind my oldest's crib I soon realized that they had to be taken down when he could stand up in his crib and reach them.  (this seemed to happen really fast!)  I like that vinyl can't fall on my baby's head... safety first! :) 

This large mobile was from Pottery Barn Kids and is discontinued, sorry!  He loves it!

I wish I had a picture of the "before" of this dresser!  It was in my room as a little girl.  It had been painted white for me but the paint had started chipping and it had those dated brass hangy handles on it.  Mr. Chic painted it when our first was born (before blogging) and we replaced the hardware with more modern brushed silver. 

This little airplane shelf was primary colors (and SUPER ugly) when I got it at a garage sale.  I spray painted it (with about 50 coats to get over the bright colors) to make a nice little white airplane shelf.

This cute sweater bear sits on one of the floating shelves, it matches a darling outfit
he wore for his 6 month picture, seen in the picture frame below. :) 

                   The airplane bank was a gift we received in the hospital (from their gift shop). 

This nightlight lamp is also from Pottery Barn Kids.  My nursery has more Pottery Barn in it than my entire house!  I got a lot of gift cards for PBK at a few of my baby showers so was able to splurge on some things like this lamp.  A few years later I found the same one at a garage sale for $5 and I swiped it up!  Now both boys have a cool night light, only wish I could've paid $5 for each!

The changing table was a hand-me-down and light oak colored originally.  Mr. Chic painted it white and I got these baskets at Wal-Mart which  ended up fitting perfectly!  I added my own ribbon. 

A whimsical Pottery Barn Kids airplane lampshade makes cute airplane shadows on the wall.  The white base is from Kmart.

The final touch in the room were the inexpensive curtains I picked up at Ikea, the light colored strip is almost exactly the same as the wall color.

I feel like the curtains really pulled the room together (although hard to see in the below pic). 

By mixing discount store finds with a few Pottery Barn Kids items and re-using furniture (the only new furniture was the crib and it was a gift!) we were able to create a nice little nursery on a tight budget.  I'm excited to design the big boy room but will always have a special place in my heart for this little nursry. 

Did you get nostalgic when you changed your nursery to a big boy/girl room?  I'm finding myself kind of attached to this stuff... maybe it's a weird interior decorator thing?? :)  

Linking:  Blue Cricket Design, Savvy Southern Style, House of Hepworths, Tatertots & Jello, Sunday Showcase, Thrifty Decor Chick


  1. Your nursery is adorable! I love the PB items! Also the airplane shelf is adorable!

  2. My favorite thing in the whole room is that you get to rock your sweet baby in the same chair your mama rocked you.


  3. So cute. I love the airplane theme.


  4. It looks absolutely amazing. I love all the details, especially that plane mobile!


  5. Oh, it's such a cute room! I've been lucky enough to have 3 baby boys and with each I've been excited to move the big brother into a new space and redo the old for the new baby. I'm not sure there will be another, so I'm already dreading moving on. My littlest is 9 months old and it won't be long. I'm sure your big boy room will be great though!

  6. it's so awesome! i luv it, i know that feeling tho. mine is 6.5 and now everything is camo and football. it used to be tractors, but the only tractors he wants know are the real kind! i'm ur newest follower! can't wait to dig in.
    come by and visit me and follow me if you like it!

  7. Meanwhile today I've been slaving away at creating a teen room for my little baby boy! Who shaved for the first time last weekend! That nursery is super sweet and I'm sure it has served you well. Can't wait to see what you have planned for the big boy ...

    Hopefully that amazing PB plane lamp will make it into the design!



  8. Beautiful job! I have the same monogram decal for my daughter from an Etsy seller. In the same color too because her room is blue. I love all your little details that really make this room unique. :) I'm your newest follower via the Tatertots and Jello link party. ~ Megan

  9. I love the nursery! I would be sad to change it, too. It's funny, but my 5 year old son is more attached to his room decor than I am. Ha So, it is very similar to his "nursery" decor. He also shares it with his two year old brother, so it's good that it is a little more "babyish" still. ;-)

  10. What paint color did you use? Thanks!!!


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