Before & After: Wood Paneled Office Turned Bright, Fresh Nursery

Before & After: Wood Paneled Office Turned Bright, Fresh Nursery

Carrie McBride
Sep 30, 2014
(Image credit: 765 Nest In Progress)

Kelly and her husband bought their first home in Spanish Town, Baton Rouge and it had a lot of...character. They've been sprucing it up ever since and their recent project was to transform this office space into a room to welcome their new baby. Two big challenges: decorating for either a boy or a girl and making this dark, claustrophobic space into a happy, bright room for their child.

Kelly describes the space they were working with:

We knew our office would be the perfect room for a baby, but it needed some serious work to make it baby appropriate. Thin, old paneling was peeling off the walls and made the room dark and closed in. We wanted to create a space that would work for a boy or a girl, since we started this project before we found out the gender.

(Image credit: 765 Nest In Progress)

The room still had the original electrical running through it, nob and tube wiring, so we opened up the walls, replaced all the electrical, and added insulation. The thin paneling was replaced with tongue and groove panels that match other rooms in the house. All of the windows were sanded and refinished with tongue oil, which brought out the gorgeous color in the wood. When we opened up the walls we discovered a narrow opening in the wall that we turned into shelving near the crib - it became the perfect spot for basket storage!

And, here's the bright, fresh result!

(p.s. It's a boy - Luke!)

The room theme is a cross between animals and geometric shapes, two themes we figured could grow with our son as he gets a little older. We chose Tame Teal for the paint color since we didn't know the gender. Once we found out we were having a boy I added a royal blue, green and dark orange to the color scheme to make it a bit more masculine. The dresser is an Ikea Tarva dresser that we painted white and stained the front drawers. We had a mixture of wood finishes and white throughout the room, so combining the two on the dresser helped tie it all together.

We absolutely love spending time in Luke's room - it's such a change from the original space and knowing we did it all ourselves (with the help of a lot of family and friends) makes us enjoy spending time in it even more!


Thank you Kelly! Readers, find Kelly at 765 Nest in Progress.

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