Her Vintage Nursery

This past weekend we finally finished and hung the wall arrangement in our (almost here!) daughter’s room, and on Tuesday, Jack and I finished up his crafty little contribution, so I am excited to share pictures with you today!

I guess you can’t technically call her room a nursery, because there is no crib (we co-sleep), but it is still her room nonetheless! The thrifty DIY gal in me is proud to say that I only spent about $50. We mostly reused items that had been previously used elsewhere in our home, or little vintage things that I have been collecting for years, hoping that I would someday have a daughter.

The bed was a Craigslist find from a couple years ago. I had painted it green and we used it in the boys’ room at our old house. I was glad that the green worked in her room as well, because I didn’t want to have to paint all of those spindles again! The pillowcases were found at one of my favorite thrift stores, and I found the quilt at a Goodwill for $8 a couple of years ago. It is my favorite quilt!

The Strawberry Shortcake pillow was from my bedroom when I was a little girl and the little dress hanging on the antique armoire (which we’ve had for years) was mine as a baby! On the knob of the armoire hangs a little ring of fabric squares from the baby shower that the sweet ladies from my church gave me. Each lady wrote a blessing for my little lady on a fabric square and it is so very special to me!

The nightstand was a roadside find, and I had first painted it vintage blue and used it in our old master bedroom. I wasn’t planning on using it at all at our new house, but then realized I needed a nightstand for her bedroom, so I repainted it white and gave it a light distressing.

The piggy bank was mine as a little girl, the Little Golden book was thrifted, the wildflower print was purchased here, and I already had the lamp and shade. The shade was originally plain white and boring. I had it in my “donate to the thrift store” box, and then yanked it out last minute and hot glued on some pretty floral trim.

{Update to the original post…} Above the nightstand, I painted the inset of a frame with chalkboard paint to display her name, and also framed some vintage book pages that I stamped with her birth date.


On the other side of the room…

I purchased the curtains at IKEA when it first opened in Atlanta and I think I have used them in every room of my home since then. I LOVE these curtains!

The dresser belonged to Phillip’s mom when she was a little girl and was one of the first pieces that Phillip and I ever refinished. We had painted it off-white and spent way too much on Anthropologie knobs. (That was back in the day before I knew better!) It was really too small for us, and I had never loved the color we had chosen, so when I started thinking about what to do for a changing table, I realized that this dresser would work perfectly. I painted it red using Martha Stewart’s Maine Lobster from Home Depot, the same paint I used on the nightstands in my bedroom.

The basket and the footstool are new, but the changing pad and cover were actually part of a great cloth diaper deal I got on Craigslist. The Holly Hobbie pillowcase in the embroidery hoop was a thrift store find and the chicken wire frame hair bow holder was one of our DIY projects a few years back.

The frame was originally an awful greenish brassy color and held a cheap print. I popped out the print and painted the frame white, allowing some of the original finish to show through. Phillip cut some chicken wire to size and stapled it to the back. The miniature clothespins from the craft store make it the perfect place to display her headbands and hair bows!

Last, but not least, we have the embroidery hoop wall arrangement. I knew I wanted to do an eclectic wall arrangement over the bed, but wasn’t exactly sure what direction I wanted to go. In the end, I decided to go with embroidery hoops because they are inexpensive and would bring some uniformity to the arrangement. I had a couple of vintage doilies from an estate sale that I sewed onto some canvas, the other side of the thrifted Holly Hobbie pillowcase, another embroidered pillowcase that my friend just gave me the other day (it matches perfectly!), some cute vintage fabric, one of my bibs from when I was a baby, and the most important hoop of all…Jack’s button heart!

Jack has been working on this heart for months now, hand sewing buttons onto canvas following the outline of a heart that I lightly drew in chalk. I taught him how to thread the tapestry needle, knot the thread, sew the button, tie off the thread and trim it…that way, he could work on it independently. He would do around 3 to 4 buttons a day, and I helped him out a bit, because it was A LOT of buttons. But it was his project and he proudly sewed on the last button on Tuesday. Sweet big brother!


It’s a tiny little room so there really isn’t anything else to show, but I am so very happy with the way it turned out! I can’t wait to bring her home and show her the little space we created just for her!

It won’t be long now!



{FYI…the paint color on the walls is Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware. }

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  1. Love it! I’ve always been at a loss as to what to hang over the bed. I’ve been afraid to hang things with much weight to them, in case they would fall. These hoops are a great idea…light weight, but pretty. You are so creative!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Thank you Alicia! I had so much fun putting them together that I am thinking I might start playing around with hand embroidery next. Maybe that will be my 2014 crafting goal!

  2. It’s a beautiful room!

  3. Megan Petersen says:

    Can I please know the dimensions of your bow frame?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I have no idea. We are moving and it is currently in storage. It is a very large frame that used to have a piece of art that I popped out and replaced with chicken wire.

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