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 //

Thanks for following along on our One Room Challenge and we hope to see you around here in the future! You can also find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Farmhouse Nursery // 9 Finds for our Baby Girl (So Far)


Considering that our baby girl is due in just ELEVEN days, this introduction to her nursery¬†is a little overdue. ¬†But before I dive in, I want to wish you and your’s a very happy Forth of July! ¬†This has always been one of my favorite holidays, and even though we haven’t stayed¬†up late enough to watch¬†fireworks in a few years (four years to be exact…ahem, babies ;),¬†I still love the excitement of the day. ¬†May your holiday be safe and full of perfectly-cooked hamburgers, dazzling¬†fireworks, and spiked sweet tea (or maybe just¬†sparkling water if you have a similar condition to me).

Now on to the nursery…

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I’ve been collecting ideas for a baby girl’s nursery since I found out that I was pregnant with my first baby, almost 5¬†years ago. ¬†In my heart of hearts I always doubted that I’d have a girl¬†– I’m not really sure why – but¬†it made dreaming up¬†a girl’s nursery all the more fun. ¬†And¬†for the record, I am beyond excited to have been wrong!

Collecting dresses, furniture, vintage decor, and sweet accents¬†for this baby has been a real joy. ¬†And I’m excited to show you what I’ve found thus far!

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Baby girl’s¬†nursery won’t¬†have a theme, per se. ¬†It’s more of a feeling I’d like to evoke: eternal summer, with a healthy¬†dose of country, vintage, femininity, and a sprinkle¬†of whimsy. ¬†That sounds like a lot, but hopefully it all comes¬†together seamlessly, anchored in white, and with the feeling that everything has been collected over time (which wouldn’t be¬†too far from the truth).

So let’s talk about what I’ve found for the space thus far (similar products shown¬†in place of vintage, one-of-a-kind, or items I couldn’t otherwise find):

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1. RUG

I’m reusing a couple of rugs that we already have for this space: the beautiful 5×8 Skyline rug (shown above), layered over a neutral 8×10 jute rug.


I still adore the¬†wallpaper¬†that we put in the nursery’s closet, so it is definitely staying, but this time the closet will function as an actual closet instead of housing the crib like it did for Brooks. ¬†I imagine putting this dresser in the closet, in front of the fun wallpaper, since there is plenty of room in there to change a baby’s diaper and¬†hang up lots of cute dresses on a traditional hanging rod.


This basket came from our local antique store and I adore it! ¬†It’ll be used for extra storage – probably blankets or books.


We should probably all take¬†a moment to appreciate those french shoes. ¬†Seriously, have you ever seen anything sweeter?! ¬†I kinda feel like I need to apologize to my daughter in advance for all the floral dresses and vintage-inspired shoes she will be wearing. ¬†Hopefully she likes feminine outfits. ¬†But if not, I figure I¬†have a good 18 months until she can voice her opinion on the matter, and I intend to live it up ūüėČ


My mom sewed the 2 pillows¬†in the picnic basket¬†(thanks mom!!!) from fabrics I’ve collected. ¬†The floral pattern is a Rifle Paper Co print (I included the pink version in the links above) and the striped pillow is actually 2 dishtowels from¬†Anthropologie sewn together.¬†I’ll layer these pillows over some others that I’ve collected plus I’m hoping to sweet talk my mom into making that fun dragon print fabric into another pillow too ūüėČ


I bought three animal heads from Target a few months back after eyeing them for pretty much forever. They are just too cute and should add a fun, whimsical touch¬†to baby girl’s nursery!

7. ART

You guys may remember that we put art/book ledges¬†in this room back when Brooks was a baby, and I’ll be keeping them for baby girl. ¬†I’m collecting some art from Etsy (shown above) and¬†will likely pair them with some vintage pieces or photographs.


The animal¬†knobs on the dresser came from Anthropologie and were marked down over 75% off (I always love a good deal!). ¬†But I could only find¬†3 bunnies and 2 lions, so I’m on the hunt for¬†one last nob (the missing nob is conveniently hidden behind the hanging dress).


Speaking of the dresser, I bought this¬†one¬†to store clothes and put a¬†changing pad¬†on. When our boys were babies, I used antique dressers as changing tables in both of their rooms, and both¬†times I regretted it¬†(for the functionality aspect only). When you have a wriggly baby on a changing table and are holding them down with one hand, and the other hand is wrestling stubborn,¬†antique drawers to find wipes and a change of clothes, it’s just not pretty. ¬†So I’m happy to say that this¬†dresser’s drawers open easily!

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I always intended to add a pop of¬†color in this room by painting the dresser, but I’ve been dragging my feet because I can’t decide which paint color to use. ¬†I’d love to get your input, so hop on¬†over to Instagram¬†on Wednesday to check out the options and tell me which color you like best!

You may be surprised to hear that even¬†though I’m due in eleven¬†days (!!!), I’m in no rush to get this space put together. Baby girl will probably come late like her brothers did,¬†plus¬†she’ll sleep in our room for awhile after she’s born. ¬†So we have plenty of time to get this room ready and I’m going to take¬†my¬†time to make sure it¬†gets¬†put together¬†just right. ¬†Plus this is almost certainly (like 99.99% certainly) the last nursery I get to design for my family, so I want to enjoy it!

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I’ve collected so far! ¬†Any must-haves you have when designing a nursery?



p.s. What this room looked like when Brooks was in here and where we started from.


Farmhouse Nursery // The Current Version


We’re taking a break¬†from the living room makeover¬†this week to share our progress in¬†the nursery. ¬†You may recall that the nursery has undergone quite a transformation since we moved into the Farmhouse. ¬†The room¬†always had great bones, but it took a lot of work to bring the space¬†up to snuff. ¬†Thankfully, it was well worth the effort! ¬†Somewhere along the way, the nursery¬†turned into one of my favorite spaces in the house, and one of the hardest working. ¬†Not only does Brooks sleep in here, but the space doubles as a¬†playroom and¬†an overflow guest bedroom.

We’ve always seen this¬†as a temporary room for Brooks though. ¬†We’d like our boys to share a room. ¬†We’ve even tried to have our boys share a room, but we abandoned the plan after too many sleepless nights. ¬†After the better part of six months, we’re ready to try again, or at least, almost ready. ¬†As soon as we get the courage to move Brooks into Wilder’s room¬†we’ll get to rethink the nursery (stay tuned for our plans on that), but in the mean time, here is a peak at what¬†the nursery¬†looks like today. ¬†And I must say…I love it!

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This space hasn’t always looked so good. ¬†Here are the before photos and how we transformed¬†this space from dark and dingy to light and bright:

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Those carpets don’t look too bad, but believe me when I say that they smelled like dog and all sorts of stuff I’d rather not think about. So we¬†ripped the carpets¬†up and then painted the walls, updated¬†the electrical and lighting, built shelves, and refinished the hardwood floors. ¬†We also wallpapered over the floral print in the large closet (which is where Brooks’ crib is).

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Phew! ¬†All that¬†work took us the better part of 6 months, the length of time we’ve lived at the Farmhouse. ¬†We took our time, working¬†on this room as we had the time, energy, and money. ¬†And about that last criteria, since this room was always¬†temporary for Brooks, I tried to keep the decor inexpensive and versatile. ¬†You’ll notice a lot of vintage furniture and hand-me-downs from Wilder.

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Brooks’ crib is in the door-less closet, which is 6’x6′. ¬†It’s proved to be the perfect little nook for a baby, fitting just the crib, a rocker, and usually a stack of books. ¬†Brooks loves winding down in here, staring at the wallpaper, and reading a few stories before¬†bed.

The Grit and Polish - Nursery Crib Nook

The full-size bed, which I style as a day-bed, hasn’t gotten as much use as I thought it would. ¬†We have a guest bedroom downstairs, so this room has only seen occupants¬†on Labor Day, when we had more friends and family than we did beds. ¬†Brooks and I also use this space to¬†cuddle¬†up when he’s up at night teething or sick.

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Garrett and I have been thinking a lot about what we’ll do with this room¬†once Brooks moves in with Wilder. ¬†I’m excited to say that we’ve finally come up with the perfect plan, which I’ll share next week. ¬†I cannot wait to see how this room continues to evolve!

So that’s the whole nursery/guest-room/play-room, at least for now. ¬†I’d love to hear what you guys think of it!



p.s. Wilder’s second¬†nursery and big boy room. ¬†And an update on Wilder’s current bedroom here.


Farmhouse Nursery // Shelves & Picking Art


Before I start¬†this post, let me just say, please ignore the hardwood floors. After ripping up the carpets¬†in the nursery, we discovered that the wood floors¬†are in DIRE¬†need of a sand and refinish (apparently the previous owners didn’t believe in tarps…?!), but we’re waiting until we have all the bedroom floors¬†exposed before tackling that project.


Okay, so we had¬†this big, blank wall in the nursery and I struggled for weeks deciding¬†what to do with it. ¬†I would have loved to¬†have a¬†desk or a cozy reading nook there, but because of the wall’s¬†position (it’s essentially along the walkway between the door and the baby nook), anything¬†sticking¬†out would have been¬†in the way. ¬†So, a low-clearance design option was a must. But that’s as far as I got.

Here’s what the wall looked like while I¬†debated options.


My first thought was to hang¬†a gallery wall and I even had a lot of art ready to go, but I wasn’t really excited about that option. What this room really needed was¬†more books accessible¬†for the little guys, so shallow shelves popped into mind.

Narrow ledge shelves are nothing new or groundbreaking (not only are they all over the internet, but I used them in our first dining room some 8 odd years ago), but they are the perfect solution for here.

Building the¬†shelves was pretty simple. I told Garrett what I wanted (essentially a ‘u’ shaped shelf no wider than the thickness of the open door), and 2 hours later he had crafted them out of a leftover pine 1×4. ¬†I didn’t take any pictures during the process, but here are some more resources should you want to build something similar: 1, 2, 3. ¬†Garrett filled the seams¬†in our shelves with wood putty and then sanded them down. ¬†The next morning, we hung the shelves and caulked any remaining seams.


Next¬†we primed the shelves. ¬†And eventually we will paint the shelves the same color as the walls (Simply White), but I’m waiting until we get the¬†paint out for our master bedroom. In the meantime, I’ve propped up lots of books and art for all of us to enjoy.


Picking art was the hardest part of this¬†project. I don’t think of myself as having¬†an art eye,¬†and¬†I don’t have¬†a¬†clue about cool artists. I also don’t have a big¬†budget for original paintings, for that matter. ¬†So I went with my gut and picked out images that I found¬†fun and whimsical and thought my family would enjoy.

Sources: 1 (Frank S. Guild) | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 (Paul Cezanne) | frames

All the prints are from¬†Etsy¬†and¬†Costco’s image gallery. I’m still waiting for some of the art to arrive (did you notice the empty frames on the shelves?), but in the meantime, we’re working on our master bedroom for the One Room Challenge and recovering from eating faaarrrr too much cake during¬†Brooks’ birthday over the weekend ūüėČ I’ll share this space again after we paint and get all of our art up on the¬†shelf. Oh and did you notice my Rejuvenation Skyline rug came in (!!!!)?

Please dish! ¬†Share¬†your go-to sources for inexpensive, fun art in the comments. ¬†I’m still searching for some great pieces for our master bedroom!

If you’re interested in learning more on anything in the nursery, here’s everything I’ve written to date: paint, carpets, wallpaper, design plan, hanging chair.



p.s. Tara and Percy are in the New York Times! If you don’t know who I’m talking about, check them out because they are amazing and everything they touch is¬†gold!

p.p.s. Emily Henderson (yes, THE Emily Henderson), posted a picture of our #6daykitchenreno on her Instagram account! I jokingly told my sister it was the biggest moment of my life, but really, I’m feeling sooooo flattered!

p.p.p.s. We have ripe, plump Concord grapes coming out of our ears right now. And despite never being a grape girl in the past, I can’t get enough of their candy sweetness. I already used some 40 + pounds of grapes¬†in¬†grape jelly¬†(that recipe is awesome!) and grape syrup (some of the jelly¬†didn’t set), but what else can I use them in??!!


Farmhouse Nursery // The Hanging Out Hanging Up Hanging Around Hanging Chair


After three years of pining and two months of debating, I’m happy to announce that the Serena and Lily¬†hanging rattan chair is officially mine. And it’s every bit as good as I thought it would be!


Because I think pairing rap music and renovations is¬†cheeky, I put together a little hanging-up-the-hanging-chair GIF¬†for y’all. It’s over on Instagram if you want to check it out!¬†And please, lay it on me. Am I as funny¬†as I think I am?

Anyway, as I mentioned last week, I’m still putting this room¬†together. You may notice that there’s a Rejuvenation sconce over the bed now (more on that soon), the curtains are hung (although I’m still debating whether to hem these inexpensive¬†Ikea drapes or swap them out for something a bit nicer), and more than a few throw pillows adorn¬†the “day-bed”. ¬†One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is¬†the paint-speckled floors. Those look the exact same as¬†the day we uncovered them. And for the record, the¬†floors¬†are¬†killing me in these photos. They look more dirty than ‘art-studio’ and the floors¬†make the whole room¬†feel unfinished (well it is unfinished, but even more¬†unfinished).¬†Strangely, the floors¬†don’t really bother me in person,¬†but after seeing these photos, I’m thinking we need to move refinishing the¬†hardwood floors¬†up on our¬†‘to-do’ list.

Now for a look at installing that amazing¬†chair. And as an aside, Garrett is a dutiful husband! Just a quick finger point and he gets ‘er done for me ūüėČ

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Isn’t it lovely?!

Not five minutes after the¬†chair was hung, a delighted Wilder spotted the new addition¬†and declared it his. ¬†I guess that was to be expected. ¬†The whole, “this is a hanging chair, not a swing” conversation went¬†right over his¬†head, which, I suppose, was also to be expected. But now, how¬†do I¬†handle it?¬† All I’ve come up with is planting mouse traps under the cushions.




More on this room: paint, carpet, wallpaper, and design plan.



p.s. later this week I start the One Room Challenge for the first time! And I picked a room that I’m pretty excited about. You can read more here!

p.p.s. speaking of this¬†hanging chair…I love it in Charlie’s room!¬†This whole New York apartment tour is pretty amazing, actually. Charlie’s parents¬†done good!

p.p.p.s. “Yay, it’s Wednesday cake!”. Yes, it’s a thing, and¬†I am thinking that¬†it’s¬†the best idea ever!

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