Follow along on our six week journey for the One Room Challenge: The Nursery Week 1

One Room Challenge Week 1 Nursery Inspiration and Plans

AHHHH it’s here!!!! Today is the first day of the One Room Challenge and I couldn’t be more excited! If you aren’t familiar with the challenge, Linda  from Calling it Home hosts a bi-annual six week challenge where she invites bloggers to completely make over a room in just six weeks. We will be sharing our progress every Thursday from now until May 12th, when the big reveal occurs. Check out the link up to see all the fantastic bloggers who are participating.

This is my first time participating in the One Room Challenge and I hope it kicks my butt into high gear to get this nursery done! I am a big procrastinator when it comes to get getting projects finished. I love to design them and decorate, but by the time I get to the end of the project, I lose steam and never pull those together final details. Since we will be revealing our rooms for all the world to see in the big One Room Challenge reveal, I think it will be good motivation to get it done!

If you saw our big announcement last week, then you know that we are having a baby girl in August. We are so excited to welcome her into our lives, but we have a ton of work to do on getting a space ready for her! Our spare bedroom has been our dumping ground since moving in 2 years ago. It is fully furnished with a bedroom suite, but is the saddest, least personality filled room in the world! About a year ago, I got disgusted with the carpet because it was all wrinkled up and I ripped it all out. It was a big surprise when my husband came home and found a half carpeted room and me laying on the floor with my back nearly thrown out!

So here is where we are at. A furnished room with absolutely no style. I have a big plan for this room and can’t wait to work on it over the next six weeks! I am not really a themey room person, so while I have a color palette, there won’t be a specific decor theme. We are using coral and mint/teal to decorate the room. This picture from Minted.Com is my room inspiration and I’m hoping will be a focal point!



I love all the colors in it and will hopefully be pulling those all into the room!

Here’s the plan:

Paint walls in Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. The walls are currently a blueish-gray that I don’t hate, but I want a warmer gray feel.

 Sherwin William Repose Gray

Create a Polka Dot Wall Treatment using vinyl from Polka Dot Wall Stickers

Polka Dot Wall Treatment


 Change all the hardware on the existing furniture. This bedroom suite is actually mine from when I was a baby, so I am so excited to use it for our new little one. I thought of painting it but I think the hardware will update it enough. The light sitting here is actually a new purchase for the room. This little corner nook will be the changing area.


Replace this terrible light fixture with a ceiling fan. I know they aren’t the most stylist room piece, but I think they are so important for a nursery. From what I have read, air flow helps prevent SIDS and besides, our house is 115 years old, so no central air!


Build a wall of book shelves and create a book nook underneath where the bed currently is.


Floating Book Shelves


Recarpet the bedroom. I am struggling with this one because I don’t love carpet, but think it works well in bedrooms, especially for kids’ rooms. I haven’t found any that I love yet, so I need to keep looking! If you have any pretty carpet recommendations, please let me know!

Make the closet more functional and attractive. It is pretty bare bones right now. But check out those adorable little outfits in there!! I plan to paint it a fun color and add some shelving.


Add a gallery wall and tons of accessories! Create storage and function in this space! I have some beautiful curtains and artwork coming from Minted.Com and I cannot wait to see the color and personality they bring into the space! This pillow is my favorite and will hopefully be the center of the little book nook!



By next week, I hope to have the walls painted and the ceiling fan installed and the furniture all in place. Check next Thursday for our progress!!

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43 thoughts on “One Room Challenge: The Nursery Week 1

  1. I just did my OCR Post early as well, its my first! I can’t wait to see the outcome each week of your nursery, so exciting.The floating shelves is going to set the tone for the room. Great job

    1. Thank you Michelle! We are so excited and I can’t wait to see how the room turns out!

  2. Yes! That picture from Minted is just gorgeous. The whole plan is so cute. I love coral, I love mint. This little girl is going to by psyched by the time you are done with this room.
    I am participating, too. Also doing my kids’ room.
    Best of luck!

    1. I can’t wait to see your kids room!! Those are always so cute!!

    1. I am obsessed with the art!! I have so many more fun pieces to share too!! Thanks!!

    1. I will tell her when shes older that mommy lost her mind and decided to do her room in six weeks for the entire Internet to see!!

  3. ORC is such a fun way to get a room done, especially for a new baby. Love all the design features you have chosen. Best of luck!!! Rajni

    1. I am terrible at finishing rooms completely so I think this is the perfect way! Thank you!

  4. I love that print! Your ideas all sound amazing! I am so excited to see how it turns out! Congrats on the baby! So so fun!

    1. Thank you! I am obsessed with that print! I already have it in the frame sitting in the middle of the disaster of a room!

  5. What a great focal point (the piece from Minted) to work off of – I agree with you about not having a theme-y nursery, we’re definitely going mostly gray with ours too. Love the pillow; good luck 🙂

  6. Congratulations on your new little one! I can’t wait to see her nursery come together – love the print as inspiration!

    1. Thank you Carrie!! I love that she will get my furniture as well! It is perfect for a baby!

  7. Congratulations, Amanda! Beautiful inspiration! Excited to be in this ORC together!

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