So the adventure begins...

Posted by Kacie Haeker on

When Mr. G+R and I found out we were expecting a baby boy, we knew we wanted to have a woodland themed nursery. We also knew we didn’t want it to look just like every other woodland themed nursery. Don’t get me wrong. I love buffalo plaid as much as the next girl. But the cartoony animal pictures, faux bear rugs and dark colors that currently flood Pinterest when you search “woodland nursery” just didn’t create the picture of a sweet and peaceful baby’s room I envisioned for my own son. I wanted something different and something budget friendly.

We started by painting the room white. Before we knew the gender, I knew the nursery would be white. It is so calming and relaxing for babies who can become so overwhelmed and overstimulated by this crazy world! We didn’t care what shade as long as it was a clean, pure white. We ended up getting a great deal on some pre-mixed discontinued cans at Menards. Painting the room white turned into a much larger task then I ever dreamed it could be. (Poor Mr. G+R) The room was already a dark gray, so it took quite a few coats just to cover the walls.

Then we noticed the white trim in the room (the trim, closet doors, beams, everything already painted white) did not match the new white. So that had to be painted, too. Then, suddenly, the ceiling looked a little dingy so that got a couple of coats of new paint too! The only thing that didn’t receive a white makeover was the alcove above the main door. We decided to leave that gray to add some contrast.

Sticking with the woodland theme, we decided to hang this antler chandelier that Mr. G+R built out of real antlers. It hung in his trailer in college (hey! it was a nice trailer,) the barn at our wedding reception and in our first home. It’s very special to us and means so much to be able to hang it in the nursery.

I also knew I wanted a shiplap wall behind his crib. This turned out so much better than I could’ve imagined! Mr. G+R ended up getting a few shipping crates for free. He cut them to the length of the wall, and I white washed them with the same paint we used in the nursery.

If imperfections bother you, this is not the project for you. But for us, it was perfect. We personally loved the nail holes and the character it gives the wood. Every few boards there is a thinner board, but we love that too! Not your average shiplap wall! It has the woodland look while remaining light and peaceful.

Shiplap Wall-During


We decided on all white furniture. And by “we” I mean “I.” And by now I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing and have the same “omg soo boring” look on your face that all of our friends, family and co-workers had when we said “Woodland theme. White walls. White shiplap. White furniture. Natural wood elements. Touches of navy & gray.” So thankful that Mr. G+R stuck with me to help bring my vision to life!

The fun part begins! I received these natural wood floating shelves as a wedding gift. They hung in our upstairs hallway at our old house, but hadn’t found a home yet in our new house. They ended up being the perfect way to hang these (not cartoony) woodland animal pictures! The hanging wood slices were something my mom and I bought in the West Bottoms (KC) because we absolutely loved them. Neither of us knew where we would put them, and passed them back and forth between our two houses. When I started decorating the nursery, I knew they had to go in there.

How sweet are these stuffed animals from Pottery Barn Kids?? And the watercolors?? I love how they fit a baby’s room but are not overly cartoony.

Watercolor Animals1   Watercolor Animals2

Woodland Stuffed Animals1               Woodland Animals2

The last big thing I wanted to do was put his name somewhere in the nursery. I didn’t want to cover the ”shiplap” or takeaway from the hanging stuffed animals. I opted to make some white birch letters and place them in the alcove above the door. We threw a few antler sheds up around them which tied into the antler chandelier perfectly. It all added a great contrast against the gray alcove.


In the end, my vision came to life. This was the exact room I always imagined bringing my sweet baby boy home to.


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