The One Room Challenge, hosted by Calling it Home, is now in full swing, with participating bloggers making fabulous progress on their rooms! If you’re tuning into my Harry Potter nursery ORC makeover for the first time, be sure to catch up on my week one and week two posts.

An update of our progress in week 3 of the #OneRoomChallenge for our #HarryPotter nursery |

Around, here, we’ve made some significant progress this week. We’ve finished painting (yay!) except for the closet, which we’ll complete this weekend. We’ve also made a start on some of the furniture pieces that needed painting. We’ve sanded down the dresser, which will serve both as storage and as a changing surface. (Of course, when I say « we », I really mean my wonderfully helpful husband.)

We’ve also worked on the antique Windsor rocking chair that we’ll be using for feeding. It’s been in my family a long time, so it feels only right to give it a spruce-up and a place of honour in our nursery. So far, we’ve sanded and cleaned it, and I’ve managed to put on the first coat of white paint. It needs a second coat, but it looks a lot better than what we started with:

The "before" of our Windsor rocking chair makeover for our #OneRoomChallenge nursery |

The "before" of our Windsor rocking chair makeover for our #OneRoomChallenge nursery |

As you can see, the finish was in pretty bad shape. This chair has undergone many transformations over the years… I’m pretty sure there’s about six layers of paint on it!

The layout is another aspect we’ve made progress with this week. There are some definite holes in our plan still, but I think we’ve got a good starting point. Please forgive the hand-drawn layout: I’m not great with photoshop, so I tend to do things old-school.

The layout for our Harry Potter girl's nursery |

I’m pretty excited that I arrived home one day this week to find two big boxes from UncommonGoods sitting on my doorstep! I am thrilled and honoured to be working with them on this nursery, and I can’t wait to share with you the items they’ve contributed. (A few weeks ago, I had a chance to partner with them to create a science-themed nursery mood board, so I’m pleased to work with them again so soon!) In the meantime, you can always browse their selection and take a guess at what caught my eye…

We're thrilled to be partnering with UncommonGoods for our One Room Challenge nursery makeover |

I hope to have some of the furniture in place for next week’s post. We’re headed into week four of the One Room Challenge, which means that we need to put the push on to be ready for the big week six reveal.

Our to-do list seems to get a bit smaller, then grow as we remember things we’ve forgotten to add! Three steps forward, one step back…

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?
  • Repaint the rocking chair
  • Throws and cushions for the rocking chair (started!)
  • Make Dumbledore quotation throw cushion
  • Buy frames for art
  • Buy shelves or ledges for books
  • Hang shelves/ledges
  • Install curtain rod and hang curtains
  • Artwork (started!)
  • Side table?
  • Paint rocking horse
  • Sand bookcase
  • Paint bookcase
  • Accessories (started!)
  • Organize the closet
  • And about a million things I have forgotten due to baby brain

Unfortunately (for both my sanity and my wallet), a second trip to Ikea is in the forecast. Also some quality time with my paint brush and my sewing machine. Lots to do but this little (Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour) bean that I’m growing is totally worth it!


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


Fall 2015 One Room Challenge | Reveal