Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | Baby Girl Schulz

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | Baby Girl Schulz 1

Our first kiddo means that we’re creating a nursery from scratch. When we purchased our new home last year and walked around for the showing, we knew immediately which room would be the one to transform into the nursery. Little did anyone know – we found out just a few weeks later we were expecting our baby girl. 

And, after putting together our registry must-haves and receiving some of the bigger items like the crib & glider, we’re ready to rock and roll and get this nursery into shape. 

We’ll be tackling a few projects including adding in a closet system, removing popcorn ceilings and adding knockdown texture, a wood accent wall, and at some point, adding in decorations to make it truly hers. 

Nursery Design

Oh, there are so many things that have warmed my heart during pregnancy, and one was dreaming about the day I’d be able to design out a space for our sweet little one. 

It’s funny – before we knew the gender of our babe, I was ALL about doing something more gender-neutral in some shade of green. But, when the pink powder flew out of those cannons at our gender reveal party – I thought to myself, hey – pink could be fun… 

Thinking about the space, I did want to make it simple, and also… we are hoping for more babies to join our family in the future – so wanted to make it something that could be switched out easily with just a few changes.

With that being said, I landed on neutral, Snowbound walls for the main walls, an accent board and batten wall in a pop of pink (that I could later paint over if needed), a wooden crib + neutral glider. 

We also already had from our previous home the IKEA Hemnes 8-Drawer Dresser, so we’re repurposing that as a changing table to avoid purchasing more furniture. 

Baby Girl Schulz | Nursery Design

  1. Rug | 2. Crib | 3. Faux Plant | 4. Wall Paint | 5. Accent Wall Paint | 6. Dresser | 7. Light Fixture | 8. Glider  

Before

This room had been functioning as a temporary in home office space for myself right when we moved in, knowing that my office would move downstairs eventually. 

We cleared out my desk + the IKEA dresser and just like that, it was a blank slate for us to get to work! 

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | The Before

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | The Before

Closet System

First up, we tackled the closet! Another thing we knew when purchasing this home was that we plan to be here for a while, and want to invest in it to make it ours. We had talked about adding in a closet system to our owner’s bedroom first, but priorities changed once we found out the baby was on the way. 

We took out the wire shelving units and rods that were pre-existing. Then, with some patchwork and a fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling, we were ready to add in the closet system. 

Based on inventory and lead time issues with many of the popular closet systems out there, we ended up with the Dakota Closet System from Menards. We thought about doing something more custom-built, but after pricing it out with current lumber costs it was about the same – plus less work to put together. 

Once we had all the pieces together, the install process was very seamless. Here’s a view after we put the first pieces of the puzzle together. 

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | Baby Girl Schulz | Closet

Scraping Ceilings

Next up, we prepped the room to take down the popcorn ceilings. If you’ve been a follower of c2s for a while, you know that the prep work for removing popcorn ceilings is half of the battle, haha. 

We used the How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling c2s blog as a guide to get the ceilings scraped down. This was Anthony and I’s first time scraping ceilings, so we were true DIY beginners. We followed the blog from gathering materials all the way to taking the popcorn down and are so thankful we had that guide to follow.  

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | Baby Girl Schulz | Ceiling

Add in Knockdown Texture

And, to follow suit… we wanted to attempt to add in a knockdown ceiling texture on our own, so following the direction of the c2s blog on that which you can find here, we were successful! Hard to tell by the picture due to there being zero lighting, but I would say Anthony figured it out and did a great job. Thanks to Jamie for answering the random questions we had during the process! 

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | Baby Girl Schulz | Ceiling

Accent Wall

Next up was to tackle the board and batten accent wall. Again, we’ve never personally tackled anything like this before – only doing a shiplap accent wall in our first home. 

I knew that some sort of wood-paneled wall was going to be the route to take for the nursery in case I ever wanted to switch out the color down the road for another baby. And for how indecisive I can be on selections for my own home… saw an inspiration picture from a nursery and rolled with it! 

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | Baby Girl Schulz | Accent Wall

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | Baby Girl Schulz | Accent Wall

And then… it was time to furnish! We are so grateful to the many people who have showered us with so much love & gifts from our registry, that we were able to furnish this space pretty quickly. 

After

We’ll be taking some newborn pictures in this space once our girl makes her way into the world, but here are a few sneak peeks of the space we’ve loved creating for her. A few details yet to finish… but we’re counting down the days until she’s here to enjoy it with us! 

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | The After

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | The After

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | The After

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | The After

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Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | The After

Sweet + Simple Nursery Design | The After

The Final Selections

  1. Rug | 2. Crib | 3. Wall Paint | 4. Accent Wall Paint | 5. Dresser | 6. Light Fixture | 7. Glider  | 8. Acrylic Shelves | 9. Wooden Shelves | 10. Closet System | 11. Accent Pillows | 12. Abstract Artwork | 13. Mirror | 14. Changing Pad

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