A Colorful Door & More Nursery Art

At two weeks from my due date we’re checking off a few more lingering nursery updates, like painting the closet door a bright happy color, organizing the clutter within…

… making/hanging some more art, and changing our minds in the curtain arena (you know we love a good final-hour switcheroo).

The green closet door was heavily influenced by Clara, who kept saying “my baby will like a colored door like mine but not pink” – and since a bold green door was originally in our plan back in January (which we mentioned to Clara, hence her obsession) we decided to stop hemming and hawing and just go for it.

After hanging our apple-green curtains and adding a kelly green sheet to the changing table, we worried a bright door between them would be too much. But the realization that we already had some breezy Ikea curtains from our last house meant we had nothing to lose by tossing those up to see how they looked (they used to hang on the deck sliders, but came down when we got french doors).

Although I couldn’t recoup the time I spent making the colorful curtains, they were under $10 a pop, so it seemed silly to stay married to them at the expense of losing something else we had all looked forward to in the room. And I pulled off the faux-changing-pad-cover (just a fabric remnant I tossed on to picture what a green cover might look like) when we decided a bright closet door was too hard to resist.

We still think the curtains need something (I want to line them in blackout fabric, and maybe trim them on all sides with black or brown ribbon – maybe green? Not sure) but we’re getting closer I think. And of course we still need to get a real changing pad cover, so that’s on the list.

As for picking a green door color, we relied on our usual method of taping up contender swatches to see which one we liked best in a bunch of different lighting scenarios (early morning, afternoon, late at night with the light on, etc). The winner was Irish Moss by Benjamin Moore. Not too dark, not too light, not too neon, and not too yellow or blue.

I only needed a quart to get it done (I went with semi-gloss), even though it took three coats to get a nice shiny finish with good coverage. Bold colors like this tend to look horrific for the first coat or two and then magically shape up at the end. Tinted primer probably could have saved me one coat (in exchange for one coat of that) but I didn’t have it on hand, so I just did three coats of paint instead. I applied the first one with a brush…

… but switched to a brush + small foam roller combo for the second two coats, just to knock things out a little faster. It’s the same method we used on Clara’s door (three coats of paint applied with a roller/brush combo) which has held up well for the last five months with heavy use so that’s nice to know.

As for actually getting the closet ready, that just meant organizing things (lining up shoes, putting a few empty baskets on that top shelf for future use, placing some extra toys in a bin on the floor, and transferring excess clutter to the hall closet). The hall closet is a more spacious double-doored closet, so things that we won’t use for a while like a bumbo and the play table can go in there. We’re sure the nursery closet will evolve into more sophisticated storage as the baby grows (might add some cubbies, a basket system, or a reading area on the floor depending on our needs as we go), but it’s nice to have a clean slate in there now.

We also had two nice wood frames that I wanted to hang on the curtain wall, so I was inspired by this no-longer-for-sale pear poster and just drew the shape in pencil on white foam core and used green & brown finger paint from Clara’s stash. I’m sure as the bun grows we’ll switch it out for a family picture or a subject/animal that he loves – but it’s sweet to have something there for now.

To make the lettered “Love You Forever” message below that, I took inspiration from this print from a no-longer-in-business Etsy shop, and used black construction paper and a pencil. I sketched out the letters roughly, cut them out, and laid them on another white piece of foam core. I tried to keep them all similar in height, but I didn’t get caught up in perfection, thanks to the charming irregularities in the inspiration print.

When I was done I showed John and he came up with the idea to add some color to the V’s, so I used decorative paper from my craft closet and a glue stick to attach them all to the foam core. We both love how it came out – and you can’t beat the price (free) or the amount of time it took (around fifteen minutes).

Since Clara has a print in her room that says “You Are So Loved” it feels nice to have a similar sentiment hanging in our son’s room. Sniffle.

Aren’t those wood frames nice with the stained top of the built-ins and the dark hardware on the drawers?

They also tie-in to the frames of the bike art and the changing table on the other side of the room, so there’s more balance going on.

Speaking of wooden things, we found this cute rocker at a local thrift store called Consignment Connection for $15. Clara is obsessed (even though it looks fragile it easily holds her weight) and thinks her brother is going to LOVE it. Can’t wait to see if she’s right.

Slowly but surely, this room is coming along – we even think we have a plan for the wall behind the crib after this post o’ brainstorming (thanks to everyone for their thoughts and ideas!). We might wait until the baby’s here to knock that out, but in the meantime everything from the toys on the built-ins to those elephants marching across the crib sheets and our new green closet door is making us more excited than ever to bring home this little man of ours.

Even though we’re not done in here, we worried we’d miss the chance to re-take our family picture before the bun is born (a tradition that we started with Clara), so here’s the one we took when we started on the room back in January…

… and here’s one that we snapped yesterday. Could I be more pregnant? I laughed and asked John if he inflated my bump in photoshop (or hid my legs). Turns out I just look like this and my belly really is that far out in front of me. #watermelonsmuggler

And just because I can’t resist a good waaaay back shot, here’s how the room looked before we moved in last summer.

Even though we still have a bunch of remaining to-do list items, it’s definitely feeling more like a baby-ready space.

So our to-do list officially looks like this:

  • get a changing pad cover
  • line the curtains with blackout liner and add some sort of black/brown/green trim detail?
  • tweak the wall behind the crib with wallpaper, a stencil, slatted wood, or some sort of accent color (we have a plan… we think…)
  • make a woodsy little cuckoo clock (since I made one for Clara, I’d like to make a charming little rustic one for the bun as well)
  • add an overhead light on a dimmer since nothing’s there at all right now (wish we could check this off but we can’t agree on a light we both like)
  • possibly add a softly colored ceiling someday? maybe sky blue to add another color to the mostly green/yellow/neutral/white palette?
  • add sconces to wall between the built-ins in a few years (we’ve decided these will be more functional after the crib is swapped out for a twin bed, to be used as reading lights)

Is anyone else making art? Having a curtain change of heart? Or painting something a bold, saturated color? We never could have guessed we’d have a bold foyer door along with two in our kids rooms, but they’re proving to be somewhat addictive.

Psst- To read about all of the nursery updates from the beginning, here’s how we painted all the pink trim, laid new hardwood floors, got a rug, painted the walls and ceiling, added built-ins to each corner of the crib wall, tackled some baby bedding, hung some extra thick crown molding, filled up the built-ins, made some curtains, added a cabinet for open storage and diaper changes, and made a mobile for over the crib.


  1. Brittany W. says

    It looks amazing! I love that it is masculine and only subtly says “baby boy”. It’ll be so easy to transition it to a big boy room later.

    And best of luck in the final days of pregnancy. Prayers sent your way!

  2. says

    Geez I love this room BIG time. When you first showed us the colour scheme/mood board I wasn’t sure about it at all. But I have to say it’s my favourite room in the house so far.
    I LOVE the green and grey.. I love what you did for the change table I just love ALL of it.
    My only concern is that I couldn’t have the change table flat on the floor… it drives me crazy to not be able to stand right up close with my toes tucked underneath. So I would have HAD to leave the casters on, but that’s me. LOL
    I am so excited to see the room when it’s done, I love everything about it!!
    And Sherry you look BEAUTIFUL.
    : )


  3. Alli says

    It’s looking fabulous! I love the green door and it is such an airy transformation from the original pic!

    Light suggestion: we have this one in my son’s room and have loved it. Inexpensive and understated as well. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00032416/

    We also have a lamp next to our chair we have plugged into the receiver for this type of light switch. I used 3m tape to stick the switch next to our regular light switch.

    We also use one of those canvas shoe racks that hangs from the closet rod to hold our son’s clothes in right now. We’ll hopefully have a dresser completed by the time he grows into bigger clothes.

  4. Crystal says

    I know you say there is more to do in here but this is what makes all the middle pictures/posts/thoughts were going through to see the (almost) end product. I LOVE it and the curtain change and the green door and the rocker and your homemade art!

    I’ve had many a-curtain-change-of-hearts and I’ve definitely settled on more neutral for me is better since I like to find other things to shine.

  5. Alexia C. says

    I love the green door. The whole color pallet is interesting without being overwhelming. Lovely!

    As for the curtains, what about a dark gray that mimics the chair? Actually, now that I’ve said that, it’s the perfect thing to ground my little guy’s room. Must go find some fabric…

    Also, you’re so small, it’s no wonder your bump sticks out. You look awesome!!

  6. says

    Sherry, I am totally in awe of you – seriously, I’m marvelling at how much you’ve managed to get done, to make this the perfect bedroom for your sweet boy (aaand whilst doing the show house too!). I hope you find some time to relax a bit before the barnacle is born, you deserve it!

    Sarah x

  7. kelly g says

    LOVE it! Great job! Maybe in a future post we could see a shot of the wall that the door coming in the the hallway is on?

  8. says

    Even though you plan to fix up the new curtains, they already look tons better than the neon ones. Love the door color! I also love how Clara is holding the mustache doll in both pics. Too cute :)

  9. Ina says

    I really liked the apple green curtains but right now with the green door the white ones look perfect. They make the room look lighter and somehow…fresher. ;)
    Which is probably why I wouldn’t add any trim at all. There is already so much going on in that room. Adding even more might tip the balance and then it might just look chaotic/too busy.

    • Marianne says

      I agree. I love the new curtains and the door! Awesome switch up! I’d focus on the wall above the crib to create a balance with color.

    • Margaret says

      I like the curtains as is, too. No trim or blackout liner necessary (too dark).

  10. says

    Words cannot even begin to describe how in LOVE I am with this room! Seriously- every detail is amazing and so well thought out! It will be even more amazing once there is a sweet little baby boy to put in there :) Can I please move by baby once it arrives in August? :)

  11. says

    Trim, trim, trim, trim, trim, trim! Sang to the “Shots” song! Trim would be so cute and if you wanted to take it off down the line, if done semi-permante could be easily taken off! YAY! And your belly is so cute! I’m 17 weeks with my second and I’m still in the “I just look chubby phase.” Belly needs to pop like now!

  12. says

    Kudos for changing the curtains! I like the kelly green accents so much better in this case than the whole lot of chartreuse from the first curtains. The room looks so much better, fresher, more cohesive now. Nice! Just needs a baby, then it´s really done. ;-)

    P.S. When we were kids we had some really big cotton sheets (that our moms dyed in every color of the rainbow) that we used to build forts and tents by throwing them over some branches outside or an outdoor table. Fun times! I guess Clara might love the chartreuse curtains for this purpose as well.

  13. Heather says

    I have never been a fan of green but this room is fantastic! Great job on making this room something that he will grow into with only some small changes.

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