Boys' Vintage Modern Nursery Reveal (and free printables!)

Reveal time! It's only taken two years but I'm finally ready to reveal our boys' vintage modern nursery! I warn you now, this is going to be a long post filled with lots of pictures.

My original plan for this week's post was something all fall-ish but that fell through after a sudden case of Iritis over the weekend. Apparently, stabbing pain, light sensitivity, and blurry vision are trigger phrases for Ophthalmologists. Say those magic words and they will work you in. Basically, iritis means my iris was inflamed from getting poked a while back and now I have steroid drops and everything is happy again.

And my fall decorations are still in the attic.

This means you get the final nursery reveal instead!

I'm sorry that I have to put you through such suffering.

I happen to love reveal posts. I love seeing before and afters. This is why I watch HGTV after all. Heaven knows it ain't for all the scripted, blown out of proportion discoveries of an unexpected problem in every single episode of every single show. It's being able to see the space transform into something different and beautiful!


There are some bloggers I have seen that can turn out a new room in one month it seems and it's oh so easy to compare myself to that. But I can't do that. Most of us can't do that. Most of us don't have the time and money to be able to redo a room that quickly. I don't even have money to buy a $30 throw pillow every month. The gradual process can work well if you can stay on track and don't let yourself get distracted by all the pretty things!


I started the process for this room by making a mood board. My inspiration was a couple old things from mine and Hubby's childhood: a mobile and a cross-stitch. Both in primary colors. I didn't end up following it exactly but having the mood board still helped to keep the decorating process on track. I will NEVER attempt a full room makeover without a mood board ever again!

Here are a few before pictures to start...





Yikes! 

There was a lot of work that needed done in here. The doors had to be scraped and primed with oil-based primer because the original oil-based paint had been painted over with latex. The paint was peeling right off. The shelves were raw wood and needed several coats of the primer before painting.

Now for the after!



A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects.

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects. DIY floor pillow for kids

The walls and trim were painted in Valspar Bistro White and the back of the shelves in Valspar Mountain River. The old hardware and lighting were reused to save money. I think it adds to the vintage look! 

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects. Painted bookshelves Built ins

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects. wooden animals

My papa made these little wooden animals. I played with them growing up and now they have a special place in the nursery. Every time I see them, I remember him working in his little workshop with his saws and welding stuff.

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects. Includes free printable!

I put together this little printable for the room. Micah 6:8 is one of mine and Hubby's favorite Bible verses and what we pray our little boys grow up to do. I've have fond memories singing a song based on it with my high school ensemble. You can find the link to print out your own at the end of the post!

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects. Built in book shelves

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects. DIY floor pillows.

Most of the toy storage is here under the changing table/desk area. The storage unit from Ikea fits right underneath with room to store puzzles on top. The bins slide in and out so it's really easy for the boys to get things out and put them away. They get a lot of use out of the DIY floor pillows too!

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects.

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects. Ikea Toy storage

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects.

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects.

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects.Includes DIY curtains!

I totally knocked off a pair of Ikea curtains with this pair that I found at the thrift store. I think they are discontinued now so you'll have to make them if you want them! They are super easy to make and there should be a super simple tutorial coming soon!

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects.

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects.

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects.

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects.

I used a gallery wall to display our some of our sentimental things. There are letters for each of the boys' names, their ultrasound pictures, and one of Little Man's first scribbles drawings. There's also Hubby's baby cross-stitch that, along with my old mobile, inspired the entire nursery. The little handprint was made by Hubby in kindergarten. 

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects.

A boys' vintage modern nursery reveal! A simple makeover using a primary color palette to unify everything from toys to vintage heirlooms and sentimental objects.

While this room took a while to complete, I'm very pleased with how it turned out! It's one of my favorite rooms in the house and I just feel good whenever I walk into the room. The boys love it too and that's what really matters. 

If you want a printable just click the link to download and print it out. There is a vertical option and a horizantal option and both should turn out to be about 8x10 size. I say should, because this is my first time trying to do printables. Please let me know if it's not working like it should!

Boys' Vintage Modern Nursery Reveal and Free Horizantal 8x10 Micah 6:8 Printable!


Boys' Vintage Modern Nursery Reveal and Free Vertical 8x10 Micah 6:8 Printable!

Download your vertical printable here.

Have a great weekend!


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