The Farmhouse // Daphne’s Nursery Reveal (ORC wk 6)

This is post 6 of our Spring 2018 One Room Challenge makeover of Daphne’s bedroom. You can catch up on the rest of the series here: inspiration/before, design, repairs, art, bed frame. Thanks for following along!


It’s one of my favorite days of the year…ORC reveal day! Not only do I get to show you Daphne’s finished¬†bedroom, but there are literally hundreds of other new rooms to fest your eyes on! It’s a good day for all of us home lovers ūüôā

(psst: all sources are linked at the bottom of this post!)


Before I jump into this historic/summery/feminine space, let me do a quick introduction for those of you who are new to the Grit and Polish. I’m Cathy (hi!) and that beautiful human being is our 9-month old daughter, Daphne. She was born¬†right here at the Farmhouse last July – all 9lbs of her – and we named her after her daddy, Garrett (middle name). She’s had our entire family smiling ever since.

Garrett and I have been renovating old houses in Washington state for a decade now. We got our start in 2008 when we bought our first fixer-upper in Seattle and quickly became DIY renovators, house-hackers, and landlords out of necessity. You can read more about our journey¬†here. After years of moving into, renovating, and renting out old homes with our kids in tow, we retired at the ripe old age of 34 to an old farmhouse in the country. A decade later, we’re still¬†landlords, house-hackers, and DIY renovators and have shared our work on HGTV and the¬†Home Love Network. Early-retirement and house hacking aren’t terms you frequently hear on home blogs, but they’re a big part of our journey and we hope to talk more about those going forward.

Now about that bedroom…

Daphne’s Bed Frame

We wanted to create a space for Daphne to grow into and that could do¬†double duty as¬†overflow guest space¬†for our local Labor Day Rodeo and also for when we rent the Farmhouse out when we travel (yup, still house-hacking;). For those reasons, having a large bed in addition to the crib made sense. And when I found this beautiful cane bed pop up on Craigslist, I knew I had found the one. Did I mention it was also FREE…?! Yeah this bed frame is going to go down as one of our best Craigslist scores, ever!

If you’ve been following our One Room Challenge, you know that we considered painting the bed frame. There’s already a lot of wood in this room and I wasn’t a huge fan of the finish on the bed. But now that I’m seeing the bed in the space, I kinda feel like an idiot for even considering paint. It’s perfect as is!

Design Goals and What it all Cost

My goal for Daphne’s nursery was a historic, whimsical, and youthful space that feels like a summer breeze and is comfortable for both Daphne and adults to spend time in. Lofty goals, I know, but I think we got just that. This room is comfortable, bright, feminine, and full of textures and patterns for little fingers and eyes to explore. It’s youthful without being too kid kid, if you know what I mean.

Thankfully we were able to use a lot of furnishings we already had, so we spent less than $500 on this One Room Challenge. We’ve been working on getting rid of stuff (despite my keep-it-because-you-never-know-when-you-might-need-it mentality) so I was happy to put some of our favorites to use. Like the left0ver marble countertop from the Porch House kitchen on the nightstands. My grandmother’s old mirror. The layered jute and wool rugs we bought for¬†Brooks’ nursery. Bedding, quilts, and pillows. Auntie Terr’s crib skirt. The simple dresser. And the oversized glider that we DIYed last Fall. Using what we had meant spending less, consuming less, and throwing away less. A win-win-win.

The Curtains

One thing we did buy was the curtains. We found these pink cotton numbers at IKEA and they were $40/pair. I also bought pleating hooks and added a stitch on each pleat to give the curtains a more finished, tailored look (do you want me to do a DIY post on that?). I had debated whether to go with a fun pattern or the pink, but in the end, I love how feminine and simple these curtains are.

The Crib Nook

The crib nook is perhaps my favorite space in this room because I’m obsessed with sleeping babies. Really, there’s nothing better in my book! We originally converted the closet to a sleeping nook for our second son. This small space is dark and quiet and Daphne sleeps really well in here.¬† Eventually, when Daphne outgrows her crib, we’ll move her to the full-size bed and turn the nook back into a closet.

Every morning when we get Daphne up, she’s standing at the side of her crib, staring at the wallpaper. It’s such a fun print! And the graphic black and white is just right for little eyes. We bought it at Anthropologie a couple years back and I still love it.

DIY Projects

We ended up doing quite a few DIYs in this space. We updated the antique bed frame to accommodate a modern foam mattress. Garrett built the nightstands out of old table bases and marble remnants. We made the picture frames for the bird prints and masked girl. And I dusted off the sewing machine and sewed a number of the pillows in this room. I also made the poms on the bird pillow using alpaca yarn. Phew!

Original Art!

The round painting hanging over the nightstand was created by¬†Kati Kleimola. She’s a talented artist and also happens to be doing her own One Room Challenge on her¬†dining room. This painting is our first piece of original art at the Farmhouse and will definitely be a keepsake. Thank you Kati!

The teacup on the books is from Daphne’s great-great-grandmother. I tried to incorporate a few family antiques to give this space a sense of belonging and nostalgia. The photo is also of me and my siblings in my mother’s summer garden here in Ellensburg, circa 1986. The rest of the art in the room is linked in the sources below.


Sources // paint: BM Simply White / bed frame (vintage) / white quilt and shams / bed sheets / bird pillow fabric / unicorn stuffie / overhead light / jute rug (similar) / Skyline rug / curtains / pleating hooks / curtain rods / nightstands (DIY) / lamps / dresser / dresser knobs / crib / wallpaper (similar) / crib sheet / crib skirt / black pillow fabric / blue pillow fabric (navy version) / glider /

Art //¬†round flower painting / rabbit print (vintage, Frank S. Guild) /¬†Kitten Bandit Print¬†/¬†Flower Child¬†/ Crow and Orange Crowned Warbler (free downloads from¬†here) / baby’s back

Similar Posts

Vintage find: cane bed frame // Farmhouse Nursery: the current version // She’s Here! (Daphne’s arrival) // 9 Finds for baby // Wallpapering the crib nook //

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  1. Cathy!! This turned out absolutely beautiful- even better than I imagined. Daphne is a lucky one. What a darling, sweet, and sophisticated space. xo

    • Thanks so much Sarah! Also: I keep thinking about your laundry room and especially those dog paintings…maybe you should sell them as prints?! (I’m just going to keep trying ūüėČ

  2. This looks beautiful Cathy! Love all the sweet touches and historical feel, and that closet sleeping area is precious! Congrats on another beautiful space! Cheers, Nicole

  3. Yet another incredible project! I am in 100% agreement that the crib nook is my favorite part! Can’t get over that image!! You guys never cease to amaze me! Congratulations Poshustas!!!
    xxx Natasha

  4. This is so soft, feminine and beautiful! The little crib and big girl bed are stunning! LOVE!

  5. So timeless! Amazing job and what a lucky little girl! Can’t wait to see how you made those frames too! I always love how you incorporate a good diy.


  6. Krystal says:

    This is so beautiful. Your (adorable) little girl is so blessed with such a great space. I think one of my favorite things about this room is the nightstands. I am a bit obsessed with how they’re different, but how having the same marble top makes them match. That is the best idea! I too am a lover of antiques and I’m definitely going to keep that idea in mind. Since antiques don’t always come in the perfect matching set lol – not that I’m always a huge fan of the matchy-matchy look anyway. So this is just perfect. LOVE this reveal! ūüôā

    • I’m glad you found the nightstands inspiring. It’s a great way to use those tables with cool bases and rough tops you see at antique stores! Thanks so much for the kind words, Krystal!

  7. Cathy this space is so beautiful! I’m sure Daphne will enjoy this room for years to come. I love your amazing talent to use vintage pieces in a way that feels fresh!!

  8. Oh, I love this so much. You nailed it, this room is cozy and sweet, without being too kiddish – and the extra thought that went into the b&w baby-brain-friendly wallpaper in the sleeping nook was way smart. Speaking of that nook, I wish I knew about a sleeping nook when my kids were crib sized, what a great idea! Ikea is really killing it with curtains lately, the pleats are the best, and I would love to see a post about them. Congrats on the room!

    • Thanks so much Alison. It was a little hard to go with the sleeping nook as I didn’t want it to seem like she was sleeping in a closet (which she IS, but…) but it worked out! Ikea pulls out some gems sometimes!

  9. I adore this room makeover. The curtains and pleating are among some of my favorite things.

  10. What a beautiful space! The wallpapered crib nook is fantastic and I love the pink curtains, lovely bed, and geometric rug. The room has such a soft, cozy, collected feel.

  11. I don’t even know what to love most…the walls, the pink or the crib nook. It’s all so gorgeous. Great job on your room. ~Sonya

  12. This is beautiful! I am so inspired by this space. I would be interested in reading what you did with pleating the curtains. Also, I love love love the detail of the vertical wood pieces on the two wall corner edges. It’s details like that that I fall in love with. Fantastic job.

  13. I would say that bed is the best Craig’s list find EVER – like out of everyone who has ever been on Craig’s list! What an unbelievably special room for your little girl – and that crib nook is an amazing idea. Every touch is just so incredibly lovely and sweet

  14. I love it! My favorite part is the crib nook. I am glad you went with the pink curtains. You have such a great way with details.

    PS: Daphne is adorable. <3

  15. That bed was quite the score and you have excellent taste in artwork (I love Clare Elsaesser’s work and have a very similar piece.)

    – Kim |

  16. It is absolutely stunning! The perfect mix of whimsical and girly yet it also works as a grown up space too! Love this room. Well done!

  17. This is such a beautiful space! The touches of whimsy throughout make it just perfect. I love the knobs on her dresser… I see the bunny ear ones at Anthro, were the other knobs from Anthro as well?

    • Thanks so much Claire. I’ve been collecting those knobs for a few years now, so I don’t think the rabbits or lions are still available. But keep your eye out because it seems like the white and brass are a popular style and they may come out with something new!

  18. Yes, a DIY for the curtains and for the poms/tassels on the pillows (is that silly, it’s probably easy, but I have no idea!). Beautiful space!

    • Working on the curtains. I didn’t shoot the pom making at all but google ‘how to make a pom’ and you’ll find lots of DIYs. I just cut cardboard instead of buying a fancy pom maker.

  19. CATHY! You’ve done it again. This whole entire space is dreamy. The bed, the art, the marble nightstands, the nook, and lil’ Daphne herself. Perfection.

  20. This nursery looks so beautiful. Your hard work really paid off. I have also decorated my daughter’s room recently. I have incorporated pink color to decorate her as its her favorite color. I have also placed a Himalayan salt lamp in her room as I have heard so much about its health benefits. This lamp is so beautiful and gives off such a beautiful glow. My daughter loves it.

  21. You did an amazing job with the nursery. It looks really awesome. Thanks for the inspiration.


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