Decorating The Nursery – We’ve Made Progress! (Before & After)

October 31, 2018

With our tiny newborn suddenly turning 6 months, we realised it’s either now or never to get cracking on the nursery.

I had plans of exactly how I wanted his room to be, but I realised pretty quickly that I hadn’t really accounted for how small the room actually is. We were very limited as to what we could do. We tried to use it to our advantage and to make the room as cosy as possible, and I think we succeeded. I’ll let you be the judge.


Just so you can see just how much the room has transformed. Bare in mind it was the spare room too, and just became a place to put everything that was no longer in use:

Choosing The Paint

Having lived in a magnolia house for the best part of a year, I could not wait to cover it up and put my own stamp on it. I knew that we were going to be opting for a shade of teal and grey, but I wasn’t actually sure exactly what shade I wanted. This choice was made even harder when I got to the Valspar counter and realised how much of a selection they had available (over 2000 pre-selected colours?!).

In the end, I opted for Bog Fog and Summer Grey.


I felt these were the perfect choice to match the decorations we already had. They also paired together beautifully in store. Another thing I really appreciated was the lamps alongside the paint counter. These allowed you to see the colours you had selected under the lighting you would have at home. This is something I have never even considered when choosing paint colours before. The lighting in your house can change a paint colour completely.


After choosing the colours I got started on the painting pretty much straight away. Yes, I actually did it by myself too – proud moment!

I was so impressed with the Valspar paint. Admittedly, I am terrible for buying multiple tins of lower priced paint instead of spending the same amount on one decent quality tin. I know I am not the only one guilty of this. I have never used such a high quality paint before, but the difference was immediately noticeable. For a start, I only required one coat when I need at least 3 when using cheap paint. There wasn’t any patches or uneven colours. I actually managed to get the whole room painted in a single day.

Having known the theme of George’s room for a while, it was really easy to collect decorations over the months. I also actually bought two matching canvas’ from The Range for Oscar’s room when he was tiny, but we decided not to use them and I am so pleased they fit into the theme (below). The “love you to the moon & back” wall hanging was from the pound shop, which I thought was an absolute steal. Finally, the gorgeous wooden mustard and grey mobile was given to us when Oscar was born (I believe it was from M&S), and I had stored it away for safe keeping. I knew it would eventually make a reappearance and it really ties the room together. 

Finishing Touches

To fill the space in the corner, I added this beautiful colonial toy box from DOMU. I am amazed at how reasonably priced it is considering the size and how gorgeous it looks (£44.99). It was just the right size to go in the gap we had and fits so much inside. I now have somewhere to store Christmas presents too, which is always a bonus. I’d definitely recommend as you could use it for storage for just about anything. They’d also fit and look wonderful anywhere in your home. 

I also have the Lumie Bedbug sitting on the top, which promotes calm sleep using low blue light technology. I thought it would be brilliant to have this in George’s room as he isn’t the biggest fan of the dark, but the light looks so cute and can be adjusted to be as bright or as dim as you’d like. We’ve always struggled with night lights as they either go off too quickly, are too bright, or run out of batteries in five minutes. This one plugs in and stays on until you turn it off, so I can’t wait to start using it. Hopefully it’ll help him sleep through the night. 

and finally… Ta-da! The finished result so far.

I still have a few things I would love to add as it is looking pretty plain at the moment. I’m on the look out for some new bedding, a fluffy rug, a cushion for the toy box and some shelves for books. Then I need curtains and a lamp shade, and possibly some stickers to add to the wall? I can’t decide whether it would end up looking ‘too much’ though.

It’s the first time I have been out of my comfort zone with colours. Usually I stick to lights and naturals, because they’re safe. I’m absolutely obsessed with the colour scheme though, and am so pleased with how it turned out. Make sure to check out Valspar next time you’re decorating. 

We will be completely finishing it over the next few months so keep your eyes peeled.

I’d love to know your suggestions of what I can add in the comments too!

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  • Some of the products in this post were sent to me, however all opinions are my own. 

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1 Comment

  • Reply Tamara Tanner October 31, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Absolutely love what you have done with the room. The colours really make the room look bigger! Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the name “bog fog”?! Love it!!!

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