Take a tour of our son’s modern outdoor themed nursery. Complete with a chalkboard wall featuring mountains and black, white, and gray nursery elements. We hope our son enjoys spending as much time in his nursery as we enjoyed designing it.
It has been a long time coming (almost 6 months) but we are excited to finally reveal our son’s modern outdoor themed nursery. It is the one room in the house that is 100% complete. We are talking floor to ceiling complete. All of the DIY projects we had planned are finished and it came together exactly how we had imagined, maybe even better.
Connor is too little to appreciate his room now, but we hope he grows to love and enjoy this fun space that we transformed just for him.
Before we began our modern outdoor themed nursery makeover, the room was a blank canvas. I had been using it as my office but once we found out we were expecting a baby, we did some room shuffling and decided this room made the most sense for the time being to be our nursery.
We had big plans for the room but didn’t get started working on it until the end of July. Luckily, our baby stayed put until a week past his due date so we were able to get everything done, just in time for his arrival.
When we found out we were having a boy, Brent and I started brainstorming what we wanted his nursery to look like. We both were on the same page about an outdoor themed nursery but didn’t want it to look too “campy” or too rustic so we started planning what a modern outdoor nursery would look like.
We liked the idea of a neutral color scheme with bright teal and orange colors added throughout. For some reason I decided he would like foxes so we incorporated several foxes into the room as well through the wall art and pillows.
First we made some large changes to the room. We painted the walls gray and replaced the doorknobs. We also pulled up the carpet and installed laminate flooring. The flooring project took a few weeks to complete and turned out to be a labor intensive process due to the uneven concrete below the carpet. Thanks goodness I was pregnant and had a good excuse to get out of that one!
To add privacy to the room Brent put decorative window film on the glass panes in the doors.
After our son was born, we quickly learned middle of the night diaper changes are a bit difficult in the dark. To solve this issue we added a huge light bulb over the changing table. It is perfect because it is just bright enough to see what you are doing without blinding you when you are half asleep at 2:00 in the morning. Plus, it is a crazy giant light bulb which makes it a fun addition to the room.
The room was dark because we replaced the old light fixture in the room with a two-blade ceiling fan. We chose this particular ceiling fan because it resembled a plane propeller.
I feel like our biggest challenge was making sure we were keeping a cohesive look throughout the whole room. With each DIY project we started and each new decorative piece we added to the outdoor themed nursery, we spent a lot of time beforehand planning and probably over analyzing.
We wanted to make sure all the elements fit the aesthetic we were going for, matched the other pieces in the room but weren’t too “matchy-matchy”. Like I said, we probably totally over analyzed our kid’s room but we love the end result. It turned out looking clean but still fun and whimsical.
OUTDOOR THEMED NURSERY FEATURES
We love a good focal wall so we decided for our outdoor themed nursery we would try a chalkboard art wall. My dad was kind enough to lend his time and talent to paint the wall with chalkboard paint. He is really good at painting lines freehand and the thought of trying to paint the lines that separated the gray wall and black wall scared me! Then, Brent being the crazy talented artist that he is, drew the mountains and landscape scene in chalk.
We aren’t too worried about it being rubbed off or messed up eventually. We liked the idea of chalk because we can always come back and change what is on the wall later. We will be sharing more about this project here on the blog soon.
Nursery Camera Mobile
For this simple DIY project, we killed two birds with one stone. We made a playful mobile using a wood slice and felt pieces and hid our nursery camera in the wood slice so we can watch our son sleeping but don’t have a bulky camera out in the open.
We could not find a rocking chair in the style and color we liked that was in our price range. Nursery rocking chairs are expensive. To solve this dilemma, we purchased a normal chair in the color and style we liked and Brent removed the old legs. Then he built and attached his own rocking base. It turned out awesome.
Log Side Table
Our log side table was another “we can’t afford to buy one so we will make one ourselves” project. We found a stump for free and for only $16 and calloused hands, we were able to make our own stump side table that was just the right height to match our rocking chair.
Baby Changing Table
The baby changing table was a big DIY project but it was worth it to us to have complete control over the design and functionality of this important piece of furniture. Brent designed this beautiful piece to match our crib but have an old printmakers cabinet vibe as well.
We added labels to give the appearance that camping gear is being stored in the drawers to match with the outdoor themed nursery but the truth is those drawers are fake! They are actually doors hiding all of the diaper changing necessities including a diaper pail.
The changing table is the project in the room that is currently getting the most use for sure.
Nursery Wall Storage
When you have a newborn it feels like you need to have at least eight arms to successfully do everything you need to do. To make things easier during diaper changing time we created this simple wall storage solution. We attached a dowel rod to the wall using leather straps and hung baskets filled with diapers, wipes and burp cloths so there is very little effort needed to grab the essentials.
Baby Clothes Rack
The room we are using for the nursery is actually a bonus room so it does not have a closet. We were faced with the challenge of where and how to store baby clothes. We didn’t want a bulky piece of furniture so we opted not to use a dresser and instead made use of an empty wall by building a vertical baby clothes rack.
These super easy to build bookshelves were the perfect afternoon DIY project. We built them so they would be the exact length to fit on the angled wall and we could store and display all of Connor’s book next to his reading nook.
Reading Nook Tent
The reading nook tent was the last project we built for the room. We wanted to include a playful piece that could be a cozy place for Connor to curl up and read once he gets older. What is an outdoor themed nursery without a tent? For now we use it as a seat to watch him while he plays on his play mat. We added a few vintage and whimsical decor pieces on the shelf to complete the look.
- Wall Color: Dovetail from Sherwin Williams
- Crib: Babyletto Hudson Crib
- Arrow Crib Sheet: Target
- Wall Art: Etsy
- Adventure Awaits Pillow: Society6
- Rug: Overstock
- Gray Chair: Target
- Gray Pouf: Target
- Giant Lightbulb: HomeGoods
- Baskets above Changing Table: Kohl’s
- Adventure Sign: Custom made by Brent
- Wire Baskets on Clothes Rack: Target
- Clock: Target
- Marquee Letter: At Home
- White Pillows: At Home
- Teal Pillow: At Home
- Fox Pillow: Target
- Fox Stuffed Animal: Land of Nod
- Octopus in Dome: At Home
- Laminate Flooring: Select Surfaces*
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The room may look unconventional as far as nurseries go, but we love how our son’s modern outdoor themed nursery turned out. It is fun, clean and cozy and a room we think he can really grow into. We hope to spend a lot of time in this space reading and playing together.
I love turning on the twinkle lights and the little lantern at night when the house is quite and rocking him to sleep. It feels dreamy in this room, like we are transported to another land that is just our own, far out in the middle of nowhere.
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