Vintage Schoolroom Nursery with a Modern Twist

Six weeks ago I started the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home design challenge to give my third little girl something new.  She’s destined for a life of hand-me-downs from her two older sisters, so I thought she deserved a little something special.  Plus, I’ve been dreaming up this nursery for close to four years and kept dragging my feet on getting it started.

Since having deadlines is one of the only ways I finish anything, the One Room Challenge was the perfect excuse to kick my butt into gear and finally start (and finish) this nursery.

Here’s how the room has looked for the last five years.  Yellow.  Boring.  Dirty carpet.  Blah.

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I’ve been sitting in that yellow rocking chair for years planning out my vintage schoolroom inspired nursery.  Years. 

And now, I’m excited to say, it’s done!

This nursery is filled with fun vintage finds to create a modern spin on a vintage classroom. I love the green chalkboard wall!

It’s finished!  Yes, I finally finished a space from top to bottom.  I’ve never accomplished this task in any of the other One Room Challenges; there were always projects I still needed to finish.

Vintage accessories used to decorate a vintage classroom themed nursery.

 

But I think this room is DONE.  And I am in love with it.  Take a look around.  I promise I won’t talk too much.

What a fun way to decorate a nursery! This gallery wall with a large shelf is perfect for displaying vintage finds to give the room a vintage classroom feel.

The gallery wall was so much fun to put together.  I’ve been collecting little vintage odds and ends for this room for awhile, so it was fun to finally display them all.

Isn’t the world map from Minted just adorable?  My oldest daughter really loves maps, so I had her in mind when I picked it out, but I also thought it was the perfect modern touch on a vintage classroom accessory.  I’ll be sharing all the details on how I made the frame from some old pieces of wood to mimic the look of a school map.

Large art display with individual frames with dictionary page art and printed vintage illustrations.

Another fun DIY project were the dictionary page art pieces.  Picking out the vintage sketches was by far my favorite part.

Large art display with individual frames with dictionary page art and printed vintage illustrations.

More details on this easy, large scale DIY art soon!

We’ve nicknamed our little one PJ Funny Bunny.  I’m not sure where my husband came up with that one, but when I saw this page in a vintage cloth book, I knew it needed to become artwork in her room.

Vintage accessories used to decorate a vintage classroom themed nursery.

Plus another big fat hen page made the cut as well.

What a great use of unused space behind a door! Add book ledges to store books or small toys.

These book ledges finally make use of this previously unused space.

This nursery is filled with fun vintage finds to create a modern spin on a vintage classroom. I love the green chalkboard wall!

My other daughters were thrilled to learn that the entire wall was a chalkboard.  Thrilled. Rustoleum’s green chalkboard paint gave the perfect vintage green color to the wall.

This green chalkboard wall is the perfect touch in this vintage schoolhouse nursery.

I made the curtains from a white sheet, and updated a vintage rocking chair with this Branch Toss fabric from Minted.

I painted the old dresser and added some brass ring knobs from D. Lawless Hardware.  More details soon about that project as well!

All in all, I can only hope it will be a place where learning and fun go hand in hand- just like what should happen in a classroom.

This nursery is filled with fun vintage finds to create a modern spin on a vintage classroom. I love the green chalkboard wall!

A huge thank you to those companies that provided product for this room!

One Room Challenge Spring 2017 Sponsors
Rust-oleum | Minted | D. Lawless Hardware

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36 thoughts on “Vintage Schoolroom Nursery with a Modern Twist

  1. All the vintage touches are just perfect! Those framed book pages with the graphics are my fave! I’d love to do something similar on a nook wall in our living room! Well done!!

  2. This room is absolutely beautiful!
    The reference to “PJ Funny Bunny” brought back great memories – that was my youngest daughter’s favorite book (30 years ago) and
    I believe I still have it somewhere 😊

  3. What a sweet room, Jenny! I love the chalkboard wall and the decor is all so pretty! That funny bunny frame is my favourite! xo

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