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.

Check out all the other ORC room reveals here!

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A Valentines Day Surprise


Happy Valentines Day! ¬†We’re celebrating the holiday with lots of chocolate and cake¬†and extra snuggles with my little ones. ¬†Speaking of little ones,¬†I wanted to share some exciting family news with you guys. ¬†I mentioned last week that¬†Garrett and I have come up with the perfect use for the nursery (once Brooks moves into¬†Wilder’s bedroom)…a nursery for our baby girl to be!!!

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That’s right, I am thrilled to announce that¬†we’re adding a third baby to our brood and she’s due in July. ¬†We found out the gender super early this time with¬†a DNA test (at 10 weeks, I think), and let me just say I AM THRILLED to be having a girl. ¬†I absolutely love having boys, but I’ve always wanted a daughter too¬†and since¬†this is *probably* our last baby (I only said probably to appease Garrett…I’m like 99.5% certain we’re done), I was really hoping for a baby girl¬†that could be my partner in crime forever.

Ever since we found out baby’s gender, I’ve been¬†dreaming of how I’ll change up the nursery. ¬†I’m thinking touches of pink (it’s never been my favorite color, but after 2 boys¬†I’m obsessed with it) and feminine dresses hanging on cute hooks (even though I’ve always been more of a jeans kind of girl) and a dresser that’s low enough for diaper changes and wide¬†enough to fit all my nieces very cute hand-me-downs (thanks Auntie Terr for hanging on to them!). ¬†The full-size bed is slated¬†to go to one of our rentals, so I’ll likely fill that space with¬†a new antique daybed – I’m thinking a twin-size spindle bed¬†– or some fun toys like a play¬†house or tall stuffed animals. ¬†There’s plenty of time to decide on the nursery since baby will be in our room for quite some time¬†after she’s born. ¬†But oh goodness, I¬†am EXCITED!

The Grit and Polish - Baby Girl Dress and Pig

dress | pig (old; equally cute hippo here) | quilt

For those of you into pregnancy and such things, I’m 18 weeks¬†along and finally out of the yuck¬†stage. ¬†I was definitely sicker with this pregnancy than the previous two. ¬†And tireder. ¬†And I’ve had way more food aversions. ¬†For those reasons, I¬†had a feeling we were having a girl. ¬†Luckily, both Garrett and I are home right now, so I’ve been able to take it easy; naps and baths have been my salvation. ¬†Of course, we’re about to start a brand new renovation (aka the flip house), so life will get hectic¬†once again. ¬†But that’s nothing new. ¬†It seems that we just can’t renovate a house without a baby on the way¬†ūüėČ



p.s. Brooks’ birth announcement and my pregnancy with him (Wilder was born before I started this blog).

p.p.s. We’ve been reading this new sibling¬†book¬†with the boys. We’ve had a few such books, but this one is definitely¬†the cutest!


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 // Design Plan


The leaves are yellowing and the air is crisp and I’m feeling all sorts of cozy about fall at the farmhouse, making the nursery the perfect room to be working on right now. The afternoon light filters through the¬†large south-facing windows and it’s like country heaven. Not to mention, I’ve made some recent fall acquisitions that have me even more stoked to cuddle up on the nursery bed with a book (or¬†maybe just nap…).


I should correct myself. This space isn’t just a nursery, it’s the playroom/workroom/baby’s sleeping nook/overflow guest space in our house. Whatever you call it, I’m aiming for a soothing space to spend time in, think in, play in, create in, and sleep in. For the design, I’m targeting something country¬†and natural. This room has views of the yard, surrounding hayfields, and distant hills and I want the space¬†to feel connected¬†with what you see out there. I debated about stepping up the designer-ey feel¬†in here – add some more colors, a big bold art piece, and layer prints – but I kept coming back to the fact that this is a farmhouse, in the middle of the country, where we hunt for frogs and wear muck boots¬†all day long. So no, nothing too glamorous or precious fits in here. Soothing, organic, relaxing, and welcoming are the vibes at our house and I want this room to reflect that.

Resources: side table, Urban Outfitters | throw pillows, Serena and Lily | white quilted pillows, Pottery Barn | wallpaper, Anthropologie | Reed sconce, Rejuvenation | Paint, BM simply white | hanging chair, Serena and Lily | patterned rug, Rejuvenation | jute rug, Rejuvenation | sheepskin, IKEA | basket, Serena and Lily | books, Ada Twist Scientist and Zen Shorts | wood figurines, Amara.
So that’s my plan for this space. A few of my furnishings crushes¬†made the cut, including the Skyline rug from Rejuvenation and the rattan hanging chair from Serena and Lily.¬†I’ve actually been eyeing that¬†hanging chair for about 3 years now, so consider me¬†beyond excited to finally have it in a box on it’s way to me. I’m planning to hang it in the corner by the large double-hung windows to really capitalize on birdwatching and daydreaming. Of course, I’ll probably be fighting Wilder for this seat, because it’s sooooo up his alley. He may look like his dada, but he likes to get cozy like his mama.
I put a fiddle leaf fig in the design board, but honestly, I’m not sure my heart can take the death of another house plant. We’re 0 for 2 on fiddle leaf figs and well, is it me, or is it the damn plant?! Maybe in this dryer east-side air, it will survive…I don’t know. We’ll see.
What I do know is that it’s time to get decorating, which is so exciting. The full-size “day-bed” has been made and ready since we had a house full of guests at Labor Day. Plus the dresser is in, the mirror is hung, and the rug is laid. So¬†I’m getting into the finishing¬†touches now, which is so exciting. Things like pillows, lights, hanging chair, and Pendleton throws. Speaking of…we stopped by the Pendleton Woolen Mill outlet on our way to Wallowa Lake on Sunday, and Oh My Goodness¬†it was amazing! Garrett could hardly drag me out of there after 45 minutes, and he only accomplished that once¬†we had¬†two crying kiddos. Needless to say,¬†you’ll be seeing lots of their stuff in the months to come at our farmhouse!
What do you think about my “nursery” design plan? Would you enjoy such a neutral space or would you get board in it?


p.s. About that trip to Wallowa Lake in Oregon…there was no cell phone service or wifi and wow was it¬†awesome. We did tons of hiking, fishing, exploring, and cooking over open flames and to see Wilder experience all of that for the first time (HOW is that the first time?!) was parenthood gold.

p.p.s. dreaming about a garland like this for above the day-bed in the¬†nursery. But how to keep the greenery alive…?

p.p.p.s. loved this Plantation house. What a beautiful family home!


The Farmhouse | Wallpapering the Baby Nook


If you guys happened to be on Instagram at 2am on Saturday night, you were in good company with yours truly. Yes, 2am. ¬†Normally that hour is reserved for sleep or the occasional baby feeding here at the farmhouse, but on Saturday night,¬†Garrett and I were still up finishing our first ever DIY wallpaper job in the nursery closet. For any¬†of you who missed it,¬†here’s a¬†look¬†at the¬†wallpaper.

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Stunning, right?! But before I gush over the pattern, let me back up and explain a couple of things. You may remember that¬†two weeks ago, I shared a video in which I told you guys that I planned to leave the nursery closet as is, including the floral wallpaper and the particleboard built-ins. Remember what it looked like? Here’s a reminder:

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So why the sudden change of heart?

Well my sister came to visit – which is the start to many a good story – and we spent an evening chatting in here. I told her how this room was¬†my favorite room in the house. And how the daylight streams in making it the perfect space for writing and photography.¬†I told her how this room had to function as a nursery for Brooks (at least until we move him in with Wilder), a playroom for the kids, and¬†an overflow room¬†for guests.¬†And I mentioned¬†that¬†with so many big windows, there wasn’t enough¬†wall space for a crib, a dresser and a full-size bed/day-bed.

Then my sister had¬†this amazing¬†idea and she said, why not¬†put the crib in the closet. Let me repeat that: why not¬†put the crib in the closet. Okay, hearing that now, it sounds a little weird. After all, putting babies in closets seems more of a tiny-Manhattan-apartment thing than a¬†2700sf farmhouse thing. But it wasn’t weird, it was¬†brilliant! And here’s why. We don’t¬†really need an¬†oversized, door-less closet in this room, and by gutting the built-ins and putting up some fresh wallpaper (preferably something less feminine for Brooks), this¬†wouldn’t be¬†a closet anymore but a cozy¬†“baby nook” for the crib. And the rest of the room can be used as a¬†playroom/office/guestroom.

See what I mean? Brilliant!

So I immediately got on Anthopologie’s website¬†and ogled¬†the¬†wallpaper. I was a little indecisive in picking the pattern at first – they have sooooo many great options¬†and after waiting 8 years to wallpaper something (anything!), I didn’t want to get it wrong – but we finally settled on the Kalahari Vignettes Pattern by Florence Balducci. It’s whimsical, and simple, and feels totally appropriate in a 104-year-old nursery/playroom/office/guestroom.

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While we waited for the wallpaper to arrive, Garrett demo’d the built-ins, took off plate covers and a couple pieces of molding, patched the walls, and primed the existing wallpaper.

When Saturday night finally rolled around, we got the boys to bed and then¬†Garrett rummaged through the garage for some tools while I watched YouTube videos on how to wallpaper (this one and this one were helpful). Since it was dark and we were in a race to bedtime, I didn’t get any photos of the process besides a quick iPhone shot. But in the end, pre-pasted¬†wallpaper installation¬†was a totally do-able DIY¬†and it¬†took us just over 5 hours to complete. That’s about twice as long as I would have anticipated for a 6’x6′ closet, but wrapping the interior corners and cutting out for the small window really slowed us down.¬†I would recommend¬†that if you ever find yourself wallpapering, you watch lots of YouTube videos and give yourself plenty of extra time.

I should also confess that¬†we did something the experts don’t recommend in here: we wallpapered over wallpaper. In our defense,¬†the existing wallpaper was in really good condition and had no bubbles or rips. And we went to the added trouble of priming it, so the pattern wouldn’t bleed through. I guess¬†we’ll just have to wait and see if that¬†was a huge mistake or not, but so far, I can’t tell what’s on the subsurface – it just looks beautiful!

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I wanted to mention one more thing. We are not going to wallpaper outside of the closet in this room. Our walls are really textured plus wallpaper is super expensive (this pattern rings in at $88/roll and we used 4 rolls just in the baby nook). The rolls that are hung up outside the closet are there so I could get some well-lit photos of the pattern.

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Now that wallpapering is done, it’s time for us to get this room ready for Labor Day guests, who arrive on Friday. ¬†That gives us three days to tidy up. We’re going to need it, because this is what the room looks like right now:

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Yeah¬†we’ve got our work cut out for us!

More on this room: before photos, priming/painting, pulling up carpets. And the introduction to the farmhouse: here.

I’d love to hear what you guys think about the¬†wallpaper. And our grand idea for¬†converting the closet to a baby nook.



p.s. The Boo and the Boy¬†has got to be the best website¬†for fun, kid¬†room inspiration! ¬†I’ve also pinned a lot of my favorites here!

p.p.s.¬†Alicia Keys stopped wearing makeup and I’m all about it!

p.p.p.s. In case you were wondering, this is what summer nights are like at the farmhouse.


The Farmhouse | Starting the Nursery


I am so excited to show you guys our first project at the Farmhouse, the nursery. Yes, that’s right, we’re finally getting started on renovating this old house, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Unlike our previous houses, we’re taking this renovation¬†slow and will focus on one or two rooms at a time. At least that’s our plan right now.

So about that nursery… I had originally intended for Wilder and Brooks to share a bedroom here at the Farmhouse, and we tried it for a couple of weeks. But they were waking each other up and waking us up and everyone was tired and cranky,¬†so¬†I admitted defeat. We started renovating the nursery the very next day. ¬†Brooks will get his own room until he’s sleeping a little better, or until I get the courage to put him back in with Wilder.

I showed you guys the before photos¬†of the nursery last week, so check out that post¬†if you want to see more, but here’s a little reminder:

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Not good.  Not good at all.

The room has¬†really great¬†bones, but they’re hidden under those bad paint¬†colors and the wall-to-wall carpet.¬†And the drapes, which were mostly removed by the time I shot¬†the ‘before’ photos, were hung on the top window molding, which really dwarfed the 9′ ceilings. These strange design choices¬†made by the previous owners, made the¬†room feel small¬†and slightly ‘icky’ and there wasn’t much ‘historic farmhouse’ left in here.

Which brings us to what I’d like this room to feel like. I want this nursery¬†to be light and bright and comfortable. And I’d like it to feel historic, but still relevant and modern. We also need this room to function as¬†overflow guest quarters for Rodeo weekend (we’re expecting 3+ families to stay with us during¬†this year’s Labor Day Rodeo, and once word gets out that we’ve got more rooms than we know what to do with, we could get some long lost cousins knocking at the door ;). So I’m imagining a daybed – or at least a daybed-styled bed – in addition to a crib. During the winter, I imagine the kids will play in here and I plan to¬†do some writing in here (it gets the best light!), so it needs to work for everyone, people of all ages and genders. So even though it’s a nursery, you won’t see anything too themed or baby-ish in the decor.

We got around to priming and painting this room last week, and I couldn’t be more excited about how this space is turning out! I shared a couple photos with my sister before she came to visit (like this one, which I also shared on Instagram), and she was adamant that¬†the pictures don’t do the space justice. So, at her insistence, I shot a video for you all. ¬†Let me know if you guys like seeing the space in 3D!

Sorry about the low volume. I shot this during nap time and didn’t want to wake the boys!

Later that afternoon,¬†we¬†got a coat of paint on the walls. I used Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (my go-to white color), because, as I mentioned before, I want¬†the space to feel light and bright. I also picked white because there’s something so intrinsically country about white walls.¬†At least there is to me. Do you guys agree?

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Nursery Post Paint 1 The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Nursery Post Paint 2

We pulled up the carpets after the paint dried and ‘ll tell you about what we found underneath them¬†next week. But before then, I wanted to make one note. After watching the video, I realized¬†that I seemed very negative on wall-to-wall carpet. So a big ol’ sorry to wall-to-wall carpet and the people that¬†love you! ¬†I’m really¬†not against carpet¬†(we used it¬†here after all), I’m just against people laying wall-to-wall carpet over old hardwoods in an old house. Especially when said carpets smell like animal pee and are¬†covered in¬†too many stains to count. Yuck!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Nursery Carpet Pull

I’d love to hear what you guys think about this room! Do you like my ideas for it?¬†Do you guys have rooms in your house that function for so many uses?

Have a great rest of your week y’all! I’m off to buy pillows for the future daybed and I couldn’t be more excited about it!



p.s. speaking about daybeds, I love how Emily Henderson’s turned out in Elliott’s nursery.

p.p.s. What do you guys think about wall murals and stickers? I’m really digging these trees! I’m pretty sure I’d use them in the nursery if¬†our walls weren’t SO textured.

p.p.p.s. This makes me want to fly to Columbus and get a tattoo. Stat.

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Wilder’s Nursery Re-Reveal


Over the past couple of months, I’ve made a few changes to Wilder’s nursery. ¬†Because this kiddo is getting older.¬† Like¬†noticeably older.¬† He’s really more toddler than baby now and while I love love love this age, I find myself missing my¬†baby who wanted to be held.¬† All. The. Time.

I remember when I first got pregnant, I thought I’d do up the nursery and that would be it until Wilder reached say high school.¬† But now I realize that kiddos change¬†quickly and so do their needs. ¬†Their spaces should evolve¬†along with them, especially when that space doubles as a toy room, a reading room, a hang-out room and a run-around-with-your-pants-off room. ¬†For Wilder, that is! ¬†So I’ve been making steady adjustments like:

  • Removing receiving¬†blankets and other baby paraphernalia
  • Changing the pictures on the walls to things he likes and I can stand to look at too
  • Finding more storage for¬†toys, art supplies, and books, books, books
  • Bringing in the large world map and one of my favorites from childhood – the¬†antique globe¬†
  • Displaying¬†some of Wilder’s best artwork masterpieces

Here, have a look:

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Nursery Crib     The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Nursery Details Collage 2The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Nursery reading with Mama

I’m going for an adventure theme with elements of travel.¬† Hopefully that’s obvious.¬† I think exploring and adventure¬†is an important piece of a well-lived life and I want my kiddo to be surrounded by that.¬† Plus¬†Wilder is pretty adventurous, so it fits him.

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Nursery Family Photos

Wilder’s never really taken to stuffies, but I keep trying.¬† Because they really are the cutest.¬† The stacks of books aren’t just¬†decoration.¬† This busy kid loves to read (I told you about that last month).¬† He’ll actually page through books and babble to himself like he’s reading the¬†story all by himself.¬† I suppose he is.¬† So sweet Mr. Wilder!

The Grit and Polish - Six of Wilder's Favorite Books

The frame photographs¬†over the crib is¬†from Costco¬†(I did a quick preview of that¬†here) plus one of my Uncle John mountain-climbing in Alaska.¬†¬†I’m happy with how this mini-gallery-wall turned out.¬† I love the¬†photographs and the monochromatic-ish look.¬† I hope Wilder likes to stare at those images as he drifts into peaceful slumber and sleeps all night.¬† Did you hear me Mister?¬† Sleeps ALL night!

The quilt¬†on the chair was made by Wilder’s Bunia (my mom). ¬†I leave it there in an attempt at covering the I’m-not-sure-it’s-granny-chic-or-just-plain-ugly¬†cushions on the rocker. ¬†But the rocker is so¬†cozy and essential to our¬†cuddle-sessions¬†that¬†I absolutely could not live without it. ¬†But I’d definitely think about getting¬†it reupholstered¬†some day – anyone have a good suggestion for a local Seattle upholster?

I hope you guys like Wilder’s nursery half as much as I do.¬† It’s a real pleasure to spend time in there with my little guy. ¬†Especially dance parties. ¬†Pants optional!

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Nursery play

You can read more about the nursery renovation here.

Resources:¬†Wall paint: BM Revere Pewter | Trim paint: BM Simply White | Door Knob:¬†Home Depot| Blinds: Home Depot | Wool Rug:¬†Land of Nod¬†| Crib:¬†Pottery Barn¬†| bookcase and baskets:¬†Ikea¬†| dresser: vintage, Craigslist | crib sheet and changing pad cover: Land of Nod (similar to) | Overhead light:¬†Amazon¬†| Hanging light:¬†West Elm¬†| letter ‚ÄúW‚ÄĚ:¬†Anthropologie¬†| Simon the Whale stuffie:Land of Nod¬†| Porkie Pig stuffie:¬†Land of Nod¬†| Fox¬†stuffie on nightstand: Amazon | Large fox¬†stuffie in crib: old from Anthropologie | Dancing figurines: Ikea | Tassle garland:¬†Shop Sweet Lulu¬†(small foxes from Rejuvenation) | Hanging owl:¬†Etsy¬†| Quilt: made by my mother | Photos over¬†crib: Costco and family¬†| Picture¬†frames: Ikea | Globe: antique | World map: Amazon¬†

I’d love to hear what you think! ¬†Is the space too grown up for a little guy, or does it fit the bill?



p.s. I get a little carried away pinning¬†nurseries…but there are some really awesome spaces out there!

p.p.s. Are you kidding me with this 1700’s New York home. ¬†Stunning! ¬†I especially love the hardwood floors and the paint colors in the kitchen.

p.p.p.s. This video of the sun is amazing – had me totally entranced. ¬†It’ll be fun to show it to Wilder too!

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