Now that we’re done with the big bathroom makeover it’s nursery time, baby. Pun intended. The sad thing is that we love our third bedroom, so the idea that it has to somehow disappear to make way for the bean is a tad bittersweet.
Of course we’re over the moon to meet our little girl in May and can’t wait to start whipping up the perfect nursery to welcome her to Casa Petersik. We’re just use-what-you-have kind of people, so the idea of suddenly having a daybed, table, chair, rug and ottoman without a happy home had us stumped for a good half hour or so.
Then we channeled Tim Gunn (picture us putting on our make-it-work hats) and got brainstorming.
Thankfully we had already thought to relocate our third bedroom’s little wrapping paper/letter writing table down to the basement for that big makeover a few months back (along with the chair and a second chair that we’d been storing in the closet ever since we switched out two of our dining chairs for a bench).
But what about that daybed? Unless we were willing to forgo a crib (uh, not an option) it had to find a new place to live since the nursery is by far the smallest room in our house (except for the bathrooms if those count). Happily, the sunroom quickly came to mind. Sure we already have one totally cozy daybed in there that we lounge on pretty much from spring to fall. But why not bring in a second one for twice the fun? That was pretty much our thought process. And after a bit of grunting and shimmying we had it in place (don’t worry, John did all the heavy lifting while I played the role of “supervisor”).
And it didn’t look half bad. In fact it made us wish it was a bit warmer out so we could both settle in with a few good books and officially put them both to good use.
Oh and one sort of surprising discovery was that we didn’t mind the darker wood tone of the new daybed next to the existing white one as much as we thought we would (probably thanks to all of those oil-rubbed bronze sliding door sashes that bring a similar tone to the space). We’re still planning to eventually paint it white for a bit more balance (we like the idea of the daybeds being the same color but different styles with complementary but not identical bedding and pillows to avoid complete matchy-matchy overload).
And speaking of pillows, we kept many of the same ones that were on it in the third bedroom and tossed an oatmeal colored blanket over the mattress to help it fit right in with the similarly accessorized existing daybed. We like the serene and layered look but also think adding some punchy pillows to both daybeds would really wake up the room for spring so stay tuned for that in a few months…
Probably the best thing about placing the daybed along the wall where we formerly just had one small teak chair and a side table is that it provides the best view of our private backyard (since the other daybed faces in towards the house). And we can accommodate a lot more people in the sunroom now that we switched out one teak chair for an entire daybed. I smell a game night coming on…
We’re definitely glad to have found a little “interim place” for the daybed to live before it potentially goes back into the nursery-turned-big-girl-room in a few years (we’ve heard from more than a few friends and family members that daybeds make great big-girl beds when the crib is no longer necessary). Although we can see “sunroom sleepovers” in our future once more than one kiddo comes along, so who knows. It might just stay put for the long haul. I guess only time will tell…
Next we had the third bedroom rug to deal with. Since it’s jute we reasoned that we wanted something cushier like a plush wool rug underfoot for our little one. So it definitely needed a new home. But where? Well, it’s actually the exact same rug that we have in the kitchen (we loved it so much we got it twice).
So the idea of rolling the extra one up and tucking it behind the blinds above our laundry nook didn’t seem like the worst plan in the world. Now if we ever have a spaghetti sauce or grape juice incident in the kitch, we’ll have a spare squirreled away in the mostly-empty storage area above our washer and dryer (ever since we finished the big basement makeover clutter in our house has been radically reduced- woot woot).
Then it was time to ponder a new place for the ottoman. And after a bit of thought we figured that it would actually come in handy if it stayed in the nursery (for toy storage, putting up my feet when I’m nursing, etc). So our little woven friend gets to stay- at least for now- along with the asymmetrical photo collage on the wall. We might switch out a few of the framed items for some fun baby-focused art (with punchy colors to work with the new yet-to-be-revealed color scheme) but for the most part we think that the wall of frames will create a great little stimulating focal point for the beanette (of course it’ll be out of reach for quite a few years, and once she’s taller and more mobile we’ll securely fasten them all to the wall or move them entirely if we ever think they pose a danger).
So that’s how we managed to clear out the nursery without amassing a graveyard full of sad displaced furniture.
And there’s nothing more full of promise than a bare room just waiting to be transformed. It certainly came in handy when we repainted the walls (and the ceiling!) this weekend. So stay tuned for those details…
What about you guys? What have all you new moms and dads done with an old room’s furniture to make way for baby? Have you relied on Craigslist? Adapted it for the nursery? Put it into storage? Moved it to other rooms around the house? What about all you non-baby-having-individuals who converted one room to something entirely different (bedroom to library, den to home office, etc)? Do tell.
Jessica @ How Sweet says
This is going to be so exciting!! I can’t wait to see. :)
Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds says
Yay, nursery! I’m so excited to see how your nursery will look. The daybed looks great in the sunroom, it looks like a very cozy place to curl up with a book. Of course, with the new Beanette, you probably won’t have much time for reading! :-)
The nursery posts begin – wooohoo! Cue drool!
I know this sounds weird, but I was sad to think that the asymmetrical wall frames might be going- glad to see they are staying! Can’t wait to see the nursery!
Katy @ A Starter House says
We don’t have kids yet…none in the oven yet and probably won’t be for the next year or two, BUT I’m all about planning! We have a three bedroom home, which includes a master, one room as an office, and the third as a guest. When baby numero uno comes along we plan on turning the office into the nursery which means we will have a lot of shuffling to do. The plan is to move the office into the guest bedroom. Currently the guest has a double bed in it and the plan would be to get rid of the double bed and purchase a sofa bed, a classy futon, or my favorite idea, install wall to wall bookcases and hide a murphy bed behind it! I’m a graphic designer and when the first baby comes my plan is to go freelance and work from home, so keeping some type of office is a must! So we would get rid of some of the current office furniture like the large sofa, and put some things in storage until we have a larger house…I LOVE how you found new homes for many of the things in the room, and especially love the placement of the daybed in the sunroom – it looks even more relaxing then before!
I was going to say that I’ve known people to keep daybeds in their nurseries – often they’ll stay there the first couple of times the baby sleeps in the nursery, the dad sleeps while the mom nurses, etc.) but I think it looks GREAT out in the sunroon. You hit the nail on its head with the “I smell a game night coming on” because it looks absolutely perfect for it.
Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!
When we moved into our house (2 years ago) i refused to make a guest bedroom- planning ahead that it would be a one day nursery. Some people might be bothered by having an empty-ish room (has weights and a yoga mat in it) for a couple of years but we’re all about not having anything you don’t NEED.
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Since I knew I wanted the 2nd bedroom to be a nursery in the not-distant future, we just stuck our old bedroom furniture in there and turned the small 3rd bedroom into the official guest room using another old bed. Now that the baby is on the way, we’ll likely put the furniture on Craigslist. The challenge will be finding a spot for my off-season clothes, and all the linens that are in the nursery’s closet, since we don’t have a linen closet. At least I have a few more months to figure out the details!
Yay for nursery posts! I can’t wait to see what you guys are planning. I love the daybed in the sunroom and I was so excited to see the wall of pictures stay!
Jill Stigs says
Looks awesome so far! Loving the 2 daybeds in the sunroom.
The rug I use for my entry way was on sale so cheap I bought two right away and one is rolled and tucked into a closet until needed.
Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst says
I think your guests will love having the two daybeds to lounge on when they come over. Sounds like you guys need to plan some parties! The entire sunroom looks cozier with the addition of the second daybed. I think painting them both white will look stellar. :-)
No babies, but in our family when someone changes out a room or updates furniture there’s always a line of kids/siblings/cousins looking for some freebies. I like knowing that my stuff will be used and appreciated somewhere else, though it’s just as nice being on the receiving end. Certainly helped when we had to furnish our new house last summer!
We recently got rid of all the furniture in our den to make way for new furniture and a complete redecoration. We haven’t bought new furniture since we’ve been married (almost four and a half years), so it was time for a little upgrade. I’m with you that the best way to completely redo a room is to get rid of what’s already there so you start with a clean slate. Thankfully, my husband’s younger brother is just out of grad school and needed furniture, so we sold all of our den furniture to him for a very reasonable price. More than the money, I was glad to get rid of it all at one time! We’re in the process of redecorating the room, so stay tuned to our blog as that continues! We’ve taken lots of decorating advice from you! :)
Can’t wait to see what your nursery looks like!
My husband and I are expecting our first baby in early June, and we just did the exact same thing with our home office!
We managed to find a place for everything, since we didn’t want to permanently part with anything. My art desk went into storage (a.k.a. my mom’s basement), his desk was painted and moved into our living room, the filing cabinet went into our storage room, and the two huge bookcases are staying in the room (filled with kiddie reads).
We are finding out the sex in a week, and then we’ll begin painting and decorating. Can’t WAIT to see what you guys do in the baby’s room! I’m sure it will inspire mine!
Catherine M. says
We’re starting the same process over here. My office is turning into the nursery. The biggest difficulty is what to do with my roll-top desk. The only logical place is in our dining room, but unfortunately it’s huge and it’s an entirely different wood color from our dining room table, etc. Hopefully we’ll find a way to finagle the space so it won’t be too obvious!
I feel ya on the moving of the furniture being bittersweet. We changed our perfect office into our nursery. I hated seeing the green/white/brown office that you designed for us go..but I was excited to get the nursery furniture all set up! We moved most of our office furniture into the guest room, so we are still able to use everything. I have the same ottoman and we are using ours for toy storage as well.
I love the look of the sunroom now with two daybeds, although i want to suggest you think about painting the white daybed dark, rather than the dark daybed white . . .that’s a mouthful, but I was loving the dark daybed with the oil-rubbed doors. The dark edges of the room blended into the oatmeal bedding and pillows and then the progression ended with the white table. Whatever you do though, I’m sure it will look lovely! The two daybeds looks so cozy!
We were waiting for someone to say that the dark wood should stay! I was actually on the fence but John thinks white is the way to go. It really makes me lean towards painting it because he’s always right. Really it’s annoying but he is. Plus it’ll also work better in white for the nursery-turned-big-girl room someday. Time will tell I guess…
I am so excited for this renovation… I am due in July and we are not finding out what we are having so I am struggling majorly with design because I have found a lot of gender specific items!
I will be keeping my eye out for some fantastic ideas from the P’s!!
We did the nursery clear out too.. and we also had to find a new home for our white daybed :) Thankfully we just moved into our new home so we had a bedroom that was perfect for the daybed and a smaller room for the new nursery!!
Thanks again for all the wonderful design ideas you two are awesome!!
I really love the daybeds in the sunroom. When you only had one daybed in there I lamented that I didn’t have a sunroom of my own, now it’s doubly so!
I’ve actually been thinking about using a day bed(s) in either our living room or our family room. Do you think they’re comfortable enough for everyday regular use in a main room?
I’m also really happy that the photo wall is staying put – it looks so great! Can’t wait to see how the nursery turns out!
Good question! With enough plush oversized pillows (the 20 x 20 variety, not those little accent ones) you could probably make a daybed super comfortable in lieu of a sofa (although it might not be the best choice for a highly used TV room since the mattress is pretty deep so it’s not as ergonomic as sitting on a sofa- which also juts into a space a lot less). Hope it helps!
YAY! I’m so anxious to see what y’all will do in her room! I have baby on the brain already (getting married in 53 days) and don’t wanna rush things, but can’t be more excited.
No kids yet, but I did want to add my two cents: moving old furniture into “new” places is one of my favorite ways to redecorate (for free)! It forces you to be creative. And did I mention free?
We just moved into our new house with a sort of beat up wicker trunk we’d be using to store linens at the foot of the bed. It didn’t fit into our new bedroom, so I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Then – plop! – moved it by the back door, stuck a row of hooks and a shelf above it, and it became a little mud room.
I actually love the two daybeds in the sunroom! Can’t wait to see the nursery!
andrea melberg thompson says
THANK YOU for this wonderful site. I am so glad you are here, and make a career of it. (It is obvious how VERY hard you work, but how much you enjoy it.) I don’t have time to read magazines, etc, but I do have a few minutes to check you site most days. You continue to inspire me to decorate, organize, and upgrade my home in an affordable fashion..and to make in our families HAVEN. You discribe and detail things in a way that I can understand. I feel VERY lucky I found you guys and do reference you on my own blog from time to time. I have mentioned before I can’t WAIT to see how your lives and home evolve with the little bean!
Aw thanks Andrea! The kind words really mean a lot and we’re so glad you found us!
Jane @ the Borrowed Abode says
I like the dark wood with the white wood.
I just helped my brother do a little while-you-were-out style nursery makeover in the 8 hours his wife was at work. I’m not done with the room, but it was a pretty fun transformation for our short window of time. His wife was thrilled with her future daughter’s room. I’m so excited for my first niece! http://bit.ly/74mJbY
I can’t wait to see what you do with your little girl’s room! I loved decorating my little girl’s room. It used to be our office, but we had to move our office into the living room. We gave the desk away since we didn’t want a huge desk that screams “office” taking over the living area. We ended up buying a computer armoire so that we can close the doors when not in use (which doesn’t happen a lot:)). It has worked out.
OHHH!!!! I can’t wait for nursery posts!!! I am living through you all as I wait to have a little bean of my own!! UGH, hopefully soon!!! Please start posting pics soon!! I can’t wait!!!!
Will Burger have his own little special bed in the nursery??? HEHE!!
That’s so funny because we were just joking about how Burger thinks the nursery is his room! Seriously, we rolled out a plush new rug and he has already claimed it. Whenever we can’t find him he’s in there sitting on the rug or the ottoman. So cute!
it begins! yeah! lovely to see a blank room ready to be babyfied (real word?). I would hesitate to paint the floors, they are so beaufitul as they are. You could always put a large white rug that covers most of the room to get the look without painting the floor??? Just a thought – either way, doesn’t matter, whatever you two do, it’ll be amazing!! can’t wait to see the rest :-)
Paint the floors?! We would never! We plan to bring in a nice wool rug for a splash of softness and color but we love our mocha hardwood flooring. We’re planning to paint the dark wood daybed white, perhaps that’s what confused you?
I’m sure you’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but can you remind us where you found both those lovely daybeds?
You’re house is so cute!
Both daybeds hail from West Elm. We love ’em.
I’m unreasonably excited about this! I cannot wait to see what you guys do.
Jen Z. says
I just love where you put the daybed. I love how your sunroom looks now. You guys are so lucky….it looks so relaxing. I like the darker wood and the white, but both in white would look really nice too. It’s great that you were able to move the furniture around in your own home and not have to sell it or give it away. Way to “Reuse” or “Repurpose”. I can’t wait to see how your nursery turns out. You are killing me with holding back on the color scheme. lol!
Great job re-purposing all of that furniture! I am so anxious to see what you come up with in the nursery… that is one lucky little fetus!
By the way, I love you guys, but I think you’ve officially killed the phrase “do tell.” Some proof: http://tinyurl.com/yheqg2l Maybe I’m the only one mildly irritated by it, but just thought I’d share my thought in case I am not alone. :)
A few other phrases that we’ve officially killed: eye-candy, super, stay tuned, to boot, oh-so-_____, spiffed, spruced, and swoon.
YHL is a veritable word graveyard, I tell ya. Unfortunately that sort of thing tends to happen when you post around 2000-3000 words a day. Oops. Please forgive us!
Anna S says
So excited to see what you do in the spare room, now nursery!
Janell Beals says
Great repurposing! You “made it work”!
When we had our first baby we lived in a very small one bedroom apartment in S.F., so there was no extra anything to worry about!! My seemingly hopeless dream was to have enough space to make a room for the baby, even considered using a very small walk in closest. There had been an article in the Chronicle about a couple doing this, but unfortunately our closet was just a few inches too narrow to fit in a crib. Otherwise I would have used that space for the nursery!
Enjoy transforming this space. It is really a once in a lifetime experience…the first space for baby. Janell
Lisa @ lists in my pocket says
I’m beyond excited for nursery posts! And I am LOVING the daybeds in your sunroom – I could absolutely curl up there. We are a few years off from having kids, but we are thinking of converting the room that will be a nursery one day into an office and having a “man cave” in the basement. My biggest concern was all of this extra furniture so I’m glad it worked out for you. I’m just trying to be aware of what we buy and how we could use it later. Our rationale too is that if we bought Ikea furniture, we’d definitely get our money’s worth with 2-3 years of worth, and they always sell on Craigslist to college students.
You guys have such cute stuff ~ I’m so glad you didn’t have to get rid of anything! Can’t wait to see the big nursery reveal :)
We just painted our nursery this weekend too. I can’t wait to see what color scheme you choose!
I just had a baby boy Nov. 30 and his arrival entailed swapping around several rooms. Our guest room became his room. Our “den,” which was an office/TV room/pet room (we have a huge cage for two rabbits), became a guest room/office.
We bought only a computer armoire for the guest room, and a crib and dresser from IKEA for the nursery.
The rabbits moved to the living room (not an ideal situation, but the only choice) with the chair from the old den.
A large bookcase, table (now a bedside table) and rocking chair moved to the guest room, which also got an old dresser that had been in storage. I painted the dresser plus a filing cabinet to match the armoire and the table.
The dresser that had been in the old guest room went into our bedroom, along with a slipper chair from the living room.
The husband did all the heavy lifting, but it was all kind of fun. I look forward to seeing what you guys do and hope I don’t have TOO many head-slap moments (“Slap! Why didn’t I think of that!?”)
julie @ duet letterpress says
we’re going through the same thing right now. as far as furniture, fortunately, we only need to find a new home for our guest bed. we’re loaning it to hubby’s parents because they were looking to buy a new bed [convenient, right?]. we will be able to use the existing bookcase and nightstand for the nursery. but we were using the closet for storage, so we’re going to have to find a solution for some boxes too!
The only thing we bought new for our little girls’ room was paint and her crib mattress. All of the furniture was garage sale or freebie, that we repainted! whoo hoo :)
Watching you put yours together will be good motivation to get her room finished (we recently moved into a house and are still trying to put it together!)
We have baby #2 on the way, and although we have a third bedroom we think that #2 will be in our room for awhile and then we’ll have a chance to transition #1 to her big girl bed, etc .. but will that be in the 3rd bedroom or will they share? we havent decided!
I can’t wait to see how this progresses! Our nursery has been painted for a few weeks, but nothing else is assembled or really decided.
We were considering looking for a daybed to put into the nursery, though! It’ll let me sleep in there with our little one while dad gets some shut eye in the bedroom, since I’ll be staying home and he won’t. Grandma also requested a place to sleep in there when she comes to visit to “give us a break.” So if you do end up finding room for it in the nursery, I’m sure it will get use there even before Baby Petersik is Big Girl Petersik.
I am SO eager to see what you two come up with for your daughter’s bedroom! You have so much talent and style. She is going to have one of the most coveted nurseries of the year, no doubt :) Thank you so much for taking the time to share this stuff with us.
I love that everything you had in that room already has found a new and perfect home. How awesome is that???
P.S. Someday she might be wanting that daybead back in her room!
Great job guys! I love your blog and was so excited to hear that you are expecting. My husband and I also love working on home improvement :) and found out just before you all that we are expecting at the end of April. Even though it’s not yet the big reveal of the room- where are some good resources/sites you have found to draw inspiration from? And to purchase nursery items from? We are having a little boy and also want to create a neutral nursery- except with boy touches.
Kristen- Well we’ll certainly be sharing more details about furnishing and accessorizing the nursery as we go, but so far we’ve loved trolling through thrift stores and a few local shops (like a nearby lighting outlet that we found in the yellow pages- so check yours!) along with big box places like Ikea. We also used 100% non-toxic Mythic paint purchased at a small green boutique here in Richmond. Basically we would suggest checking out small local businesses as well as online retailers like Target, Ikea and Overstock. Happy hunting!
Kim- Both daybeds are from West Elm (although we’re not sure if they make the dark wood version anymore). Maybe check eBay?
Carol- Good question! The teak chair got moved to the wall across from the white daybed and the little side table actually got returned to John’s parents (they were the original owners and it now has a happy spot at their beach house).
YAYAYAY! You are going to nurse! I know you are a total researcher, but my unsolicited advice is to seek resources and ask questions early (before you pop her out!). When the bad stuff happens, it’s way to easy too give up if you don’t know any better. Can’t wait to see the nursery!
love you guys!
do you mind if I ask where the day bed in the soon-to-be-nursery is from? I am in search of one for our guest room!
Carol N. says
Did you keep the teak chair and side table in the sunroom as well? In ours we have a loveseat, 2 small recliners (that look like club chairs), a sideboard (to hold our board games, placemats and napkins) and at the other end, an old English pub table and 2 chairs. We have 2 other dining chairs we can pull in for game nights. I recently rearranged so the two recliners look out towards the back yard to give us the best view. I kept all the upholstery off white because the sun can really bleach out fabric even though we have a special coating on our windows. I use bright color pillows to give us seasonal color.
i hope you don’t paint the dark daybed white! It looks beautiful as is! it seems like if you do, there’ll just be too much white (with the white table and the 2nd white daybed) and it’ll be matchy-matchy?
love how you displace furniture.. the sunroom looks great! i was just wondering.. how’s the heating in that room?
You’re not the first one to defend the dark wood daybed! Of course decorating is subjective but we explained our reasoning a bit more in a comment above so feel free to scroll back to see what we’re thinking on the subject. We definitely plan to punch things up with new pillows that are more colorful for the spring (and since the daybeds are different styles even if they’re both white they will feel balanced but definitely not identical or too matchy-matchy thanks to the varied lines and the complementary but not matching pillows). Hope it helps!
LOVE those daybeds and that wonderful sun room! Cannot WAIT to see the nursery :) BTW, where’d you get the rug in your sun room? I’m in LOVE with it and in need of a nice neutral w/ fun pattern rug–it’s perfect!
Brooke- The rug in the sunroom is from JC Penney (try searching Chris Madden rug to see if it comes up- we believe it was called the “honeycomb” rug and came in a few different colors for a steal).
Karyn- Unless we forgo a crib there’s sadly no way to keep the daybed in the nursery! Hope that explains why we had to find it a new home!
Congrats on getting the nursery underway! If there is enough space in the room, I strongly encourage you to consider keeping the daybed in the nursery. We have done that with each of our sons and it’s worked out great. First time around, we lived in a tiny 900-square foot house so it was out of necessity – that daybed in the nursery was the ONLY guest bed we could offer. It was enough for 1 Grammy at a time. And it made for a super-easy transition when son #1 went from crib to bed.We also did diaper changes on it because there wasn’t room for a separate changing station in the tiny room. We now live in a bigger home and our second son joined us in September. I resisted the daybed idea this time but my husband persevered and I’m so glad he did. It’s been a godsend on more than one sleepless night for catching a few winks, and recently when the baby was sick, it was comforting to us that one of us could sleep comfortably in his room and be close enough to listen for coughing/gagging/other sad sounds of sickness. Again, when son #2 transitions from the crib, the bed will already be a fixture in his room.
Anyway, something to consider if the layout would accomodate the daybed. And good luck with whatever you decide. I’m very excited to follow the nursery transformation!
Rebekah @ Shell says
my hubby is losing his office/man-room to make way for the nursery, so we’re currently trying to figure out how to make a livable space in the basement for his desk, massive comic collection, etc., etc. it’s really stressing me out and making we wish we could afford to finish off our basement before the twins come. we did just buy a laptop so that our post-babies computer usage can be more mobile and less cumbersome. i also suggested moving the bar out of our living room and replacing it with a desk, but the hubby keeps joking that he’s pretty sure once the twins arrive we’ll be putting the bar to good (and frequent!) use again! LOL
My husband and I are about one weekend behind you! We cleared out the nursery this past weekend and will be painting this weekend. Our nursery was a guest room as well. We did a combination of storage (for the bed), goodwill (for items that never had a place) and repurposing (hey, this would work great next to the dresser for extra diapers and burp clothes).
I can’t wait to see what you design. My husband and I have turned away from the traditional baby decor for our son and based our design on some vintage robot prints we snagged form Etsy. Exciting times!
your house is so cozy and beautiful!! i love your sunroom and you will definitely use both beds in there, think of both of you napping while the baby is sleeping after a long night!