Cormac's Nursery

Transforming our son's dark, builder-grade bedroom into a quirky English retreat in just 8 weeks.

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one room challenge fall 2021

This is the secondhand piece I am probably most excited about. Before I even knew what wallpaper we would use or anything, I knew I wanted a big, beautiful antique dresser with a stone top.

This one popped up on my Facebook Marketplace feed the day after I missed out on a different dresser at an Estate Sale (that is a truly heartbreaking story, I was literally one person too late!)

I love the gorgeous, burled wood grain on the dresser fronts, the relatively quiet gray stone top and the fact that it still has it's original casters and brass towels bars! You can just barely see the

Order supplies for DIYs
Install wainscoting and paint
Install wallpaper
Make DIY light fixture
Make custom lampshade
Sew slipcover for chair + ottoman
Find vintage side table and floor lamp
Create custom artwork for over crib
Order blackout roller blind
Create/install draperies and cornice

our to-do list

Eastlake dresser with marble top

Week 6

11/4

Week 4

10/21

Goes live 10/21.

Week 5

10/28

Goes live 10/28.

Antique and secondhand items we've sourced

Week 3, and we're hoping to get started on the wainscoting and painting this weekend, but in the meantime...I thought I'd share all of the antique and secondhand items I've sourced for this room. Shopping vintage and antique pieces is a big part of every project we work on – both for stylistic reasons and sustainability.

Goes live 11/4.

week 3

week 1

towel bars on either side in this photo. They aren't super practical for a modern day dresser, but I've ordered some monogrammed burp cloths to put on them because they just make me happy. :)

I don't love the mirror that was originally attached to the top of this dresser, but luckily I have another that I've been hoarding in the garage for a few months that I think will look perfect hung over this piece in the room. 

rug

Ok, I lied...maybe this is the piece I'm most excited about? I splurged on this rug and was a little nervous for it to arrive in the mail (because you never really know when you order a vintage rug online). But it came, and it's better than I hoped!

I wanted a vintage wool rug for durability and the low pile, but with so much tight pattern already in the space I knew the rug needed to have a larger, more graphic motif than most of the Turkish rugs I was seeing. This one has more of what's characterized as a 'Kazhak' pattern and the faded blue and red tones are exactly what I was looking for. This rug is only 6'x9', but because of the odd dimensions of the room (approx. 12' x 15' but with several weird bump outs) an 8' x 10' wouldn't fit. So, I've ordered a 9' x 9' jute rug to layer under this one.

week 2

accessories

This may be where I lose you. After planning out the whole room, and defining all of the big pieces, it just felt a little too 'designed.' You know what I mean? Like, too coordinated and 'perfect'? So, I decided I need some things to 'weird it up.'

I picked up the wooden tray at my favorite local antique mall, and the wicker duck is another Facebook Marketplace find (I'm planning to use it as a diaper caddy, because why not?). That's all for this update! Hoping that next week we'll be back with some major DIY progress. Make sure to follow us on Instagram for a sneak peek at that, and head over to One Room Challenge to see what all of the other lovely participants are up to this week!

Probably the biggest 'statement piece' in the room is going to be the slipcovered chair and ottoman. If you follow us on Instagram then you heard me explain last week that the leather wingback chair currently in Cormac's room is one of my all time favorite secondhand finds, and I'm just not ready to part with or reupholster it. I just know in my heart that there will be a place for it in our forever home! So slipcovering it seemed like a good way to make it work in our current space.

I've also picked up an ottoman that I'm going to slipcover to match the wingback, so they'll look like a set. I've found that an ottoman 

Order supplies for DIYs
Install wainscoting and paint
Install wallpaper
Make DIY light fixture
Make custom lampshade
Sew slipcover for chair + ottoman
Find vintage side table and floor lamp
Create custom artwork for over crib
Order blackout roller blind
Create/install draperies and cornice

our to-do list

slipcovered chair + ottoman

Week 5

10/28

Week 3

10/14

Week 4

10/21

Goes live 10/21.

All the fabrics (and where they're going.)

It's already Week 2! We haven't started any of our big DIYs yet, but the online shopping is well underway, hah. The star of this room really is all of the textiles and prints, so this week I thought I'd share all of the details on which fabrics we're using and where they'll be going.

Goes live 10/28.

week 2

week 1

to put your feet up on is KEY to actually being comfortable when you're shushing a baby back to sleep at 2am. This will be the biggest pop of red in the otherwise mostly blue-and-white room, and I decided to just go all-out and add bullion fringe as well, because it makes me happy :).

Since the slipcover isn't a permanent solution for the chair, I decided to go with a more affordable quilting cotton fabric that's maybe not as durable as a traditional upholstery fabric but much more budget friendly. (I did the same thing to create the canopy in this project.)

diy lampshades

I'll be whipping out my hot glue gun again to create two custom lampshades in this room, and I'm really excited about these ikat fabrics. I bought them from an Etsy seller located in Uzbekistan, and they are actually woven (like traditional ikats) not printed, so I think they're going to translate really beautifully to lampshades. Plus, the yardage was surprisingly affordable.

I'll be using the blue and white pattern to create a gathered lampshade for a table lamp that's going on the dresser. The renderings of the room we shared last week included two Remi table lamps from Crate & Barrel, but sadly those are backordered

and would not have arrived in time for the reveal. Instead, I picked up a seeded glass lamp that I think is going to pair wonderfully with the gathered shade and make it feel a little more casual.

The second shade I'm making is actually going to be part of a DIY light fixture. We're taking down the hideous builder-grade ceiling fan and replacing it with a scalloped drum shade number (see very rough sketch above.)

There is also a third lampshade in this room for the floor lamp in the corner, but we're keeping that one white for balance.

draperies + cornice

Last, but not least, I'll be creating some drapes and a matching cornice using this hand block printed cotton. I love these lightweight printed cottons from India because they are big on pattern and color but still visually light. I used a similar textile for the drapes in this home office. Since these drapes will end up being almost sheer, we will also have a black out roller blind (for naptime) but it will be hidden by the cornice when not in use.

And that's all! Altogether, I've ordered over 30 yards of fabrics and trims for this room. I'll be starting on slipcover construction this weekend, so make sure to follow us on Instagram for a sneak peek at that, and head over to One Room Challenge to see what all of the other lovely participants are up to this week!

Probably the biggest 'statement piece' in the room is going to be the slipcovered chair and ottoman. If you follow us on Instagram then you heard me explain last week that the leather wingback chair currently in Cormac's room is one of my all time favorite secondhand finds, and I'm just not ready to part with or reupholster it. I just know in my heart that there will be a place for it in our forever home! So slipcovering it seemed like a good way to make it work in our current space.

I've also picked up an ottoman that I'm going to slipcover to match the wingback, so they'll look like a set. I've found that an ottoman to put your feet up on is KEY to actually being comfortable when you're shushing a baby back to sleep at 2am. This will be the biggest pop of red in the otherwise mostly blue-and-white room, and I decided to just go all-out and add bullion fringe as well, because it makes me happy :).

Since the slipcover isn't a permanent solution for the chair, I decided to go with a more affordable quilting cotton fabric that's maybe not as durable as a traditional upholstery fabric but much more budget friendly. (I did the same thing to create the canopy in this project.)

If you don't believe me, check out the frightening before images. We truly have not touched Cormac's room since moving in six months ago (other than nailing some towels over the windows).

The previous tenants painted it this dark gray, and since the window faces our neighbors' house that means this room is a cave 99% of the time. It's so dark sometimes that we can't even see him in his crib when we go to check on him (yikes!).

Our primary goals for this room are to:
1. Make it brighter, more cheerful, and generally less of a serial-killer-safehouse vibe

2. Bring some personality in! Our sweet boy is the happiest, most curious baby and there is zero of that feeling in his room right now.

3. Give it our signature English-inspired touch so that it feels just as special as the rest of the house.

To achieve this, we're planning on going with a traditional red/white/blue color scheme, but layering in quirky patterns and artwork to keep it fresh.

We're also going to be bringing in some wainscoting and swapping out the light fixture to bring some more character to the space.

This is our first time doing the One Room Challenge and I can already tell that this is just the kick in the pants we needed to get Cormac's room finished in time for his first birthday on 11/28.

Stick around for what's sure to be a wild ride of DIY, design dilemmas and creative pivots. And follow us on Instagram for more of the day-to-day updates as we go.

Order supplies for DIYs
Install wainscoting and paint
Install wallpaper
Make DIY light fixture
Make custom lampshade
Sew slipcover for chair + ottoman
Find vintage side table and floor lamp
Create custom artwork for over crib
Order blackout roller blind
Create/install draperies and cornice

our to-do list

our design plan

before photos

Week 2

10/7

Week 3

10/14

Week 4

10/21

Goes live 10/21.

Plan your work,
work your plan.

I am so excited to share this project with y'all! But I'm also kind of nervous...because right now, this is seriously the ugliest room in our home...

week 1