Baby Girl Rustic Inspired Nursery Renovation

Today I am sharing with you our COMPLETE nursery renovation for our baby girl we had in May! We moved into an old farmhouse and the upstairs was tragic. Not fit for a baby. We decided it was time to renovate it even though we planned on that in a few years. Our house was built in the 1800's so it had plaster and lath walls, minimal insulation, bad electrical, and was not pleasing to the eye.
Here is a sneak peak of the after!
I'm so bad at taking before pictures, but this is a picture of it tore down to the studs. Most of the walls had bad or no insulation. We found a huge hornet nest in the wall and lots of acorns from all the squirrels.
More progress pictures of the tear down!
We ripped this entire closet out, studs and all, and built a totally new one from scratch!
And here's another progress picture of the brand new, and HUGE, closet we built. 15 feet in length and not to mention we built a new hall closet too!
And the after! You'll see many pictures of our "shiplap" wall. This was easily done by buying 1x6 wood boards, staining them, and just using a finish nailer to nail them to the studs. We used two quarters for spacing between the boards and laid out how we wanted them on a piece of paper. Such an easy project and it only cost us about $50 for the one wall! I also found these lockers on Craiglist for $75 and gave them a quick coat of Rustoleum white paint and wa-la, good as new and so cute for a child's room. The ladder I found at a garage sale. It was about 12 feet long so we cut it in two and had two vintage wood ladders for decoration around the house.
I made this adorable alphabet window frame with a poster I found and an old vintage window I got for free at a salvage place downtown Kalamazoo. Using a spray photo adhesive, I was able to get it to stay in place in the window and dry clear!
I also made baby girl's mobile for above her bed by sewing together cut out fleece pieces to make a flower and stringing it on clear fishing line and a hoop I found at our local JoAnn's. The bedding is custom made at Carousel Designs by me! Such a great website..they allow you to choose your fabric and style bedding and place it wherever you would like. Check out the links in my blog to see where to purchase everything! The whole renovation cost about $2000 for new insulation, drywall, paint and trim. Now the carpet was a different story but that's all based on preference and we wanted ours to last a lifetime!
Hayden Scharrer
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Suelane Suelane on Aug 24, 2016
    Beautiful job! With the wood boards, are they treated fence boards?
  • Marni Marni on Aug 24, 2016
    I have an attic in a townhouse condo. It's the 4th floor. The temperature up there fluctuates wildly by season. What did you do about making it livable?
  • Darlene Bingham Darlene Bingham on Mar 24, 2017
    what is the length and height of the wall you did in the 1x6's ? Beautiful!!


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  • Chey Chey on Aug 27, 2016
    Beautiful job! What a lovely room for your child to grow up with.
  • Vicky Corey Vicky Corey on Sep 20, 2016
    Absolutely beautiful and the best thing is the labor of love that went into fixing it!!
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