I am thrilled to announce that it’s a… NURSERY! After five weeks of hard work, our One Room Challenge nursery is finally looking like a room that a child could actually live in. You know, a room not littered with the detritus of sanding, painting, glueing, and refinishing. A room without a floor completely covered in cardboard. A room with actual, baby-related furniture in it.

Our Harry Potter-inspired nursery is almost finished! | One Room Challenge | flourishandknot.com

If you are joining me today for the first time, then you might be interested in catching up on our Harry Potter-themed nursery plans. Back in week one, I explained our vision for the room. Our inspiration looked something like this…

Our Harry Potter-inspired nursery plans for the #OneRoomChallenge | flourishandknot.com

And I think things are shaping up pretty well! We’ve decided on an accent colour, and I can’t wait to add the little pops of it this week.

For now, here’s an update on week five’s progress.

Our Harry Potter-inspired nursery is almost finished! | One Room Challenge | flourishandknot.com

I finished painting the dresser!! Yahoo!! Twenty million points to Ravenclaw! (Because let’s be honest, that’s my Hogwarts house.)

If you remember week four’s post, I was madly painting away at this antique dresser.

Our navy dresser transformation for our Harry Potter nursery | One Room Challenge | flourishandknot.com

I’m beyond thrilled with how it turned out. I decided to keep the original hardware, but shone them up with some Brasso. I could not be more pleased with the results!

Our Harry Potter-inspired nursery is almost finished! | One Room Challenge | flourishandknot.com

Another major victory was getting most of the furniture more-or-less in place. Erick assembled our crib (which I talked about back in week two), and I was in charge of the absolutely gruelling task of removing the foldable ottoman from its box and putting the lid on it. Don’t applaud, just throw money!

Our Harry Potter-inspired nursery is almost finished! | One Room Challenge | flourishandknot.com

As you can see, I spent hours ironing the cushion cover and curtains. Ha! I still have to hem the curtains (although I’m thinking of transforming them into the hidden-tab variety and getting rid of the grommets), and iron all those little creases out of everything.

Our Harry Potter-inspired nursery is almost finished! | One Room Challenge | flourishandknot.com

The curtain rod was a great budget find. It was already inexpensive, at $34.00 from HomeSense, but I had a $20 gift card, so that gorgeous gilded lady cost me a grand total of $14. Ya to the hoo!

Harry Potter Nursery Week 5 - 5

The lamp came from my favourite second-hand store. You know the one! That’s right, the Garage of Mom and Dad. Best. Place. Ever.

Our Harry Potter-inspired nursery is almost finished! | One Room Challenge | flourishandknot.com

This little bookcase needed some TLC, so I gave it a fresh coat of white paint. It actually belonged to my grandparents, and came with their Encyclopaedia Britannica set. You’ll never see Wikipedia give away a free bookcase, let me tell you.

I think we’ll end up using it mostly for toys or smaller books, because the picture ledges that you see beside the bookcase are going to house most of our children’s book collection (which, since I’m a teacher, is already pretty extensive).

Harry Potter Nursery Week 5 - 1

All in all, it’s been a great week for us. Putting together the crib was a beautiful moment, and we are beyond excited that our little girl will be sleeping in this room in just about twelve weeks!

I have a great round-up post of some ORC reveals to watch for coming your way early next week, along with a few special posts featuring my ORC sponsors. I can’t wait to share those details with you!

Our to-do list is looking a little better as we head into the final week of the challenge.

Nursery To-Do List

  • Prep the room (including filling holes and an old cable outlet)
  • Prime the room
  • Paint three walls “Snowfall White” 
  • Paint the focal wall
  • Decorate the focal wall
  • Paint the ceiling
  • Paint the closet
  • Paint the trim and doors
  • Shop for a crib and mattress
  • Shop for an area rug
  • Buy or make curtains (bought them)
  • Prep and sand the dresser
  • Paint the dresser
  • Hardware for the dresser (using the original hardware)
  • Repaint the rocking chair
  • Throws and cushions for the rocking chair (started!)
  • Buy frames for art
  • Buy shelves or ledges for books
  • Hang shelves/ledges
  • Assemble crib
  • Install curtain rod and hang curtains
  • Hem curtains
  • Artwork (started!)
  • Side table
  • Paint rocking horse
  • Sand bookcase
  • Paint bookcase
  • Accessories (almost done!)
  • Organize the closet
  • And about a million things I have forgotten due to baby brain

I hope you’ll join me for BIG REVEAL next Thursday! I’m off to work on a few accessories, as I type this. If you missed any of my previous nursery ORC posts, you can catch up here:


Spring 2016 One Room Challenge | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6


Fall 2015 One Room Challenge | Reveal

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41 Comments on Harry Potter Nursery | One Room Challenge | Week 5

  1. Wow! It’s really coming together beautifully! Amazing what a bit of paint, elbow grease, and vintage furniture can produce! Bravo!

  2. I love the color of that dresser. I love that the room has a Harry Potter feel, without screaming Harry Potter. Its coming together beautifully.

  3. Sarah the dresser is fabulous and I can’t wait for the reveal! I love the direction the space is going in. As a fellow ORC participant it’s been wonderful to gather some fantastic inspiration. I’d love for you to share your progress at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Our readers would love to see it. The gathering is at http://www.decortoadore.net

  4. OH! MY stars! That dresser is to swoon over! Each week it gets better and better! What a reveal it will be.Look forward in working with your over the Round Up! Try to relax too if you can this weekend :))

  5. Sarah – we have loved following along with your project each week. The dresser and color that you chose to paint it is beautiful! We can’t wait to see your full reveal next week!
    Vicki and Jenn
    2 Bees in a Pod

  6. Love this room and Love this idea for a little girl so much Sarah! It’s looking great and can’t wait to see the wall art next week!

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