My oldest son, Evan, is 5 years old now and has been in a “big boy room” (or a room with a toddler bed) for a couple years now. I figured since I didn’t have a blog when he was a baby, and I recently shared all about his brother, Xavier’s, nursery, that I’d share some photos of what I did in Evan’s room too. We did a completely different color scheme and setup, so maybe this will give you some additional ideas for kids room decor.
Evan was born right in the middle of constructing our second story. This was good and bad. He was small enough that he stayed in our room the first few months and slept through most of the work, which was great. But the hard part was that there was a lot for me to stay on top of, with designing and choosing all the finishes for the spaces while taking care of a newborn, all on little to no sleep.
I apologize for the grainy photos of the original nursery. These were the only photos I took, with my cell phone, of the space when it was first setup years ago. Since then, we’ve changed it around a bit. So I’m not able to reconstruct the room as it was then.
I did, however, enjoy the design process of choosing everything for every room from scratch. Evan’s room was one of the most fun too! We did a little at a time over his first year since we weren’t in any rush to get him in it. It also gave me time to pick everything out and furnish the space slowly.
I believe the first thing I purchased was the lime green and white geometric rug that I stumbled upon on a sale site. I also knew I wanted to do a navy and white color scheme, so I used those two things as my jumping off point, and started searching for fabrics to incorporate in the room.
I found lots of fabrics in navys and greens that had animal prints on them. So I ran with that ‘theme’ and incorporated all sorts of furry friends around the room.
Here he is up close. I think he’s so cute and just had to get him for the room. He hung above the changing table and was one of the first things you would see when you walked into the room. I believe I got the white changing table on a sale site. On its shelves sat all the wipes, diapers, burp cloths, swaddles and blankets we used on a regular basis.
After a couple years when we set up Xavier’s nursery, I painted this changing table grey and moved it into his room. This corner has become Evan’s reading nook, complete with a small arm chair and additional animal friends hung up above. You can see these ‘after’ photos of his now ‘big boy’ room below.
I also purchased a wicker basket from Home Goods to use as Evan’s clothes hamper. It sat right next to the changing table, which was super convenient. It has since been moved next to the entrance door, to the left of the chest of drawers. I made the fabric liner for inside by just measuring the shape of the basket, sewing the fabric together and adding ribbon ties around the handles to keep it in place.
In addition to the hamper insert, I also sewed the curtains, a couple crib sheets, crib skirts, a quilt and some pillows. You can see the quilt and pillows in the more recent photos below. For the first few months, we didn’t give Evan any blankets or pillows, as was recommended by our Doctor, so I didn’t get them photographed back then. (Also, full disclosure, I didn’t get the pillows made until I was designing/sewing for Xavier’s nursery, much later).
For the crib sheets, I used this Pinterest tutorial. They are pretty easy to make, you just need to get some elastic and enough fabric to cover the length of your mattress. For the skirts, I just winged it. I made a short panel for each side of the crib, and attached them with double-sided velcro. I sewed one side of the velcro onto the top of the fabric panels and glued the other half under the crib frame to hold them in place. I liked having 2 options for the skirt and sheet, and would change them out every so often to make different combinations.
The sound machine, video monitor and breathable crib bumper wrapped around the crib slates are all from Buy Buy Baby.
Above is a close up of my favorite wall in the whole room – the crib wall. We went with all white furniture for Evan’s nursery. We got a crib and extra wide dresser from Pottery Barn Kids. I did mix two different collections together, however, because I didn’t like the original combinations as they are sold.
Also, when we were first building out the second floor, I had the painter paint this striped wall in navy and white, and the rest of the room is painted a taupe-y grey color. I’m so glad I had a professional do the stripes, because mine wouldn’t have come out this straight!
Above the crib hangs two of my favorite things in the space. This adorable mobile I found on Etsy and some storybook letters that I made after seeing similar ideas on Pinterest. The mobile wasn’t cheap, but it was so well made and I was able to completely customize it. I got it from DropsofColorShop on Etsy, and you can chose the wood colors, each animal and the felt colors used for each. She has SO many different themes too. These mobiles would make perfect gifts as well!
These letters were so fun to make. I saw lots of tutorials on Pinterest using Mod Podge to seal similar projects. So, I just took a handful of vintage Disney books that I had (lots) of and cut out some of my favorite scenes. I found inexpensive wood letters at Michael’s, and then just used the Mod Podge to glue the pages onto the letters, layering and playing around with them as I went. I trimmed any excess paper hanging all around the edges and then sealed over the pages with another layer of Mod Podge.
I’m happy to announce that these are still in place and look as good as new today! I know eventually they’ll come down, but I’m going to keep them up there as long as I can. They are just so fun and cheery and brighten up the space.
To the left of the crib wall we hung some white shelves we got from Pottery Barn Kids with all the books Evan got as gifts. I truly love this display and it makes for an inexpensive and fun wall art installation. Not only are they pretty to look at, but it makes them so inviting when you see them hanging there. You just want to go grab one, sit and read it. I honestly think we read so much more because of how beautifully all the books are displayed right next to his crib/bed (these are still going strong in the same place today).
An added bonus, the books stay wrangled up on the shelves and the floor stays clean. Evan can reach the bottom two shelves and will go take one to read, switch them around, and return them when he’s done.
Below the book shelves sits this adorable plush nursery bear rocker that has been engraved with Evan’s name on it. It’s from Pottery Barn Kids and was a gift.
Another favorite piece (guess I have a lot of favorites!) is the pendant light in the room. This is a special collaboration from Young House Love and Shades of Light. It has little chihuahua dogs (patterned after their own pup) on it and is so darn playful and perfect for a nursery. You can shop their collection here.
YHL is my favorite DIY/home remodeling/ home decor bloggers who now have a pod cast. I’ve been following along with them for years. I got a lot of my design ideas for our home as we built out our second story from them. Do yourself a favor, and if you aren’t already following along with them on their blog, Instagram, or Pod Cast – go follow them now! They have the best ideas and the best personalities.
On the opposite side of the crib sits my rocking chair and little side table. When we moved into our house, this rocker was left in the attic. I actually loved it’s vintage charm and it was so well made. It was originally white, but I decided to paint it navy since we had so much white in the room already. You can see the quilt I made in this photo, but there are so additional shots of it below. I found the side table at Home Goods. It was originally red, but I loved the silhouette and its small stature, so I got it and painted it grey.
This little table was probably one of the very first DIY projects I did in this house. I first tried sanding it after reading that advice on a DIY blog, but it just left scratches on the surface and I’m not sure this piece needed it. So I stopped sanding and painted over it as it was, but you can still see the scratches here and there. It didn’t come out the best, but it serves its purpose and is still in the room today. I also didn’t do my best paint job on it or the navy rocking chair. But, by the time I painted the changing table for Xavier’s nursery…my skills had improved. I still love making my own pieces and love the growth that comes with experience.
now evan is 5 and has a big boy room
Here’s some shots of what the changing table / reading wall looks like now. There are new
here you can see the quilt and pillows i made with xaviers
reading nook that replaced the changing table corner. rocking chair got moved out and the side table was moved here. works pretty well. added some additional animal friends. got evan a new sitting chair.
I can’ believe my oldest is already 5 and sleeps in this big boy bed. We’ve already promised him bunk beds, and may move Xavier in here with him to share a room in the near future. But I’m in no hurry for them both to grow up. So I’m going to just leave this cute little toddle bed right here and hold on to the sweet dreams he has right now tucked under the quilt I made for him 5 years ago while fast asleep in this bed.
If you’d like to see more kids room decor – go check out the kids nursery room decor board I created on Pinterest. I have lots of fun ideas I’ve scouted across Pin-land and easy tutorials pinned there to give you even more lovely kids room inspiration!