Nautical Twin Nursery Reveal

I am so excited to reveal our nursery for our twins, Baby Girl and Baby Boy (we are keeping their names secret until they are born). We have worked so hard to make this our dream nursery while still staying on budget. Below the pictures, you will find a list of the items and where we purchased them.

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Crib Details:

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Twin Nautical Crib Skirt Detail -

The Glider Corner:

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Our DIY Nautical Art:

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Details from the Changing Table:

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Details from the Shelves Above the Changing Table:

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The Stuffed Animals from our Childhoods:

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The Closet:

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Additional Details:

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Source List:

Cribs: Kendall Crib in Simply White from Pottery Barn Kids

Paint: Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore (Room Color), Painted by B. Lilly Custom Painting
Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore (Closet Color), self-painted

Changing Table: second-hand dresser found at Class and Trash, pulls from Anthropologie (Glass Bubble Knob in Blue), chalk paint and wax from Thrill of the Hunt (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and Clear Wax)

Bookcase: Billy Bookcase in White from IKEA

Wall Bookcases: BEKVAM Spice Rack from IKEA, painted in white chalk paint

Glider and Ottoman: Newco Premium Rosie Glider and Ottoman in Otter Velvet from Babies R Us

Closet: Lowe’s

Fan: CN52W5 Copeland Unipack 52″ Ceiling Fan in White from Craftmade Lighting (Amazon)

Window Bench: Colebrook Bench in White and Colebrook Cushion in Denim from Company Store

Curtains: Material from UFab, sewn by Marcia Perkins

Curtain Rods: Sheffield Rods and Brackets and Crackle Glass Finials by Country Curtains

Curtain Tie-back: Shoreline Marine Galvanized Cleats in Cast Iron from Shoreline Marine (Amazon) – purchased but not installed

Floating Shelving: Home Depot

Oars: Attwood Wood Canoe Paddle (Amazon)

Closet Knobs: Streamline Knob in Zinc from Anthropologie

Lamp: Created by Lamp Emporium

Vintage Nautical Prints: My Grandest Adventure

Sailboat Mirror: Pottery Barn Kids

Boat Diaper Station: Pottery Barn Kids

Scentsy Warmer: Sarah’s Signature Scents (Independent Scentsy Consultant)


DIY Projects:
Starfish pillow (on window bench)
Seahorse pillow (on window bench)
Sea urchin pillow (on window bench)
Nautical mobiles
Dragonfly pillow (on glider)
Crib skirts
Flamingo plush (in Baby Girl’s crib)
Octopus plush (in Baby Boy’s crib)
Cabbage Patch doll pillowcase dress (on shelf)
Shell collection collage (above glider)
Nautical knots collage (above glider)
Ruler growth chart (next to closet)
Shower cards booklet
Pacifier holders
Shower wrapping paper blocks (not pictured)
Mystery foam block (not pictured)
Assorted blankets and playtime quilts (not pictured)

To see all of the tutorials and projects, check out our Nursery page on our Home Tour


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Favorite Paint Colors: Gray Owl

Nursery DIY Check-In

Back on July 31, we posted our big To Do List for our nursery. Yes, it was long, but we have surprisingly crossed most of the things off of it. Craziness! If you see something in bold, those are our DIY projects. If you see something in italics, those are items that we have added to the list.

Pick the layout

Finalize the budget

Decide on the cribs

Order the cribs

Decide on the glider/ottoman

Order the glider/ottoman

Purchase the changing table

Repaint the changing table

Pick out the changing table knobs

Attach the new knobs to the changing table

Pick out the paint color

Paint the nursery, ceiling, and trim

Replace windows

Paint the nursery closet

Buy Billy bookcase

Assemble Billy bookcase

Purchase ceiling fan

Have electrician: move light switch, install ceiling fan, change outlet to always function

Pick out curtain fabric

Have curtains made

Purchase and assemble window seat for alcove

Purchase oars for curtain rods and attach  Purchase curtain rods and attach

Attach oars as decoration

Attach cleat tie-backs

Remove closet doors (we are not doing this anymore)

Pick out and attach shelves above changing table

Order crib bedding

Sew crib skirts

Have quilts made for cribs

Make family picnic quilt out of grandfather’s shirts

Make mobile creatures

Assemble mobile creatures into finished mobile

Put shells into a shadow box collage (for over Baby Girl’s crib)

Make rope knot shadow box collage (for over Baby Boy’s bed)

Make starfish pillow for window seat

Make seahorse pillow for window seat

Make sea urchin pillow for window seat

Make square pillow in contrasting fabric for glider

Purchase lamp for changing table

Have fingerprint art made for showers and baby visits and get framed

Order art for over cribs

Attach seahorse hangers onto back of door

Purchase and attach shallow bookshelves near glider

Hang up art for over cribs

Buy Scentsy warmer and set up

Get diaper caddy and make liner 

Other needed accessories for nursery: toy bin, changing pad and cover, Ubbi (dirty diaper disposal), diaper caddy

Other DIY items for babies: burp pads, neck tie bib, crib teething guards, car seat blankets, car seat protectors, baby bath apron/towel, canvas growth chart, paint US map chalkboard, socktopus, flamingo, baby sleeping sign

I’m sure there are other things we’ve forgotten, but I would say we are doing pretty well for just having hit our 29 week mark!


Budgeting for the Nursery

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Ok, usually I have let Tim take the lead on the financial posts (“Challenges with a Cash Budget” and “Envelope Budgeting“), but since I am in charge of the nursery, I want to write this post!

In our household, Tim has been the driving force to help us stay on target with our finances. I am 100% on board (Nerd Fact: I had actually been listening to Dave Ramsey since I was a teenager), and we talk about every single financial decision together. Yet, with my busy working schedule during the school year, it became increasingly difficult for me to take the lead on paying bills, calculating the budgets, keeping up with the accounts, etc. Tim got into a groove of handling all of those aspects, and I love him even more for that. Instead, we decided that I would handle the cash “envelopes.” It was something tangible and practical. Then I got REALLY sick in the first trimester, couldn’t go anywhere (especially the grocery store), and Tim had to take that over as well. Can I publicly say how much I love and appreciate my husband?

Now that I am going to be a SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) this upcoming year (to prepare for the impending birth of our twins and through their first months), we are changing the way we handle the finances. We are still keeping our cash budgeting. We are still staying on budget, but we are taking an even more traditional approach. For now, Tim will still be paying the bills online out of our joint account, but I am slowly taking over some of the other budget categories that are not as simple as a cash-only system.

Specifically for now: The Nursery!

Back before I got pregnant, I would dream with Tim over what our dream nursery would look like. I would show him the tens (hundreds?) of pins on Pinterest, and then I would see his eyes glaze over with dollar signs floating out into mid-air. Very quickly, he brought me back down to reality and asked how much I thought my dream nursery would cost. I gave him a healthy estimate, and that made him feel a LOT more comfortable. Now remember, this was all BEFORE I even got pregnant. Once we had a ballpark figure, Tim was okay to dream with me.

Fast forward to now. I’m pregnant. With twins. Holy cow. So, we have so many things we need… and many big-ticket items are TIMES TWO! Yikes! Can I have my dream nursery on my original budget? After all, I will now have to get 2 cribs, two sets of sheets, different items that are twin-specific, and lots more clothes and diapers. Well, let’s hope!

The first thing we did was take a look at our savings. We had put ourselves in a really good position financially by becoming debt-free (except our house) this past year. We live exclusively off of Tim’s income, and my income has gone towards a nice nest egg: our 6-month emergency account is fully funded, plus we have a certain amount that we earmarked for the upgrades and nursery. This was key to not freaking out at our size-able nursery budget. We already had the money saved up for it!

We made sure to leave our emergency fund completely intact. That is something that we will not touch, especially since we are moving down to a one-income family.

We then figured out how much we had left to fund the house projects and nursery. After lots and lots of research, and changing around of the numbers, we figured out our detailed budget for specific items. While we aren’t going to break down our exact budget for each section, here are our categories that we are using:

Windows (replacing all 20 of the windows in our house)

Electrical (moving around electric and installing a ceiling fan in the nursery)

Paint (materials and hiring the painter)

Curtains (4 windows/8 panels of custom curtains lined with blackout panels)



Changing Table



Car Seats

Misc. Decorating and Accessories

Misc. Baby Items


So we budgeted down to the last penny. But this is where the fun comes in! We figured out how much all of our dream items will cost. IF we can get them for a cheaper price (or find a more inexpensive option than our original idea), we save money in that category. That gives us more money in another category (probably Misc. Decorating or Baby). For instance, it is looking like our curtains will be completed for less money than originally budgeted . So, we would then have possibly a large chunk of change to spend somewhere else (probably on diapers). This presents the BEST challenge. I get to track every penny we spend and try to be as thrifty as possible. If I can’t get a better deal on an item, it’s okay, because we already have the money put aside and budgeted. It’s a win-win for us!

In addition, we have registered for some of the items on the list (the cribs, the glider, the bedding, the stroller, and the car seats). We don’t assume  that anyone will buy us any of those items, because they are so expensive. If someone does, then that would be amazing, because it would free up money to go towards Misc. Baby Items (basically all of the other necessities for the twins).

By the way, this is also what we did when planning our dream country club wedding on a lower-than-average budget. We gave ourselves $XXX, and we made it work. I would highly encourage you to try this on your next big project. It is so much fun to try to scrimp and save wherever possible!

If you want to see how truly nerdy we are, take a look at this conversation that we had on iMessage the day after we finalized the budget:

Dory: (sends the link for several Ikea dressers that are a LOT cheaper than our budget)

Tim: Well that seems pretty compelling. Maybe a trip to ikea in the next few weeks?

Dory: Exactly. I looooove those prices! And it would be done. I could even spend 100 on getting amazing knobs and still be way under budget.

Tim: Do they have cribs?

Dory: They do. They don’t have the look that I love, but I’m totally willing to look at them in person.

Tim: Ok, we’ll look at them, but PB is still the leader for the cribs. I love having a budget!  Gives us some good guidelines!

Dory: Oh me too. This makes it soooooo much fun!

Tim: It means we can spend without worrying about having enough for other things. Gives me a very comfortable feeling!

Dory: Me too! Now, it’s FUN to do it, instead of worrying about the money aspect of it. I LOVE BUDGETS!!!

Nursery Mood Board

Well, if you saw our announcement picture for the twins’ gender,

Doyle Dispatch - Twin Gender Reveal

you may have been able to see a hint at our nursery theme. Can you see the images underneath the caps?

The pink one is a seahorse and the blue is a whale.

We’re going nautical!

I am so absolutely 100% excited about this theme. It is cutesy, but we are able to tie in the vintage, old-world looks that we love. We don’t want the room to scream “BEACH!” nor do we want it to be just a boring room. It is hard to picture the idea of a “vintage nautical nursery” that is appropriate for a boy and a girl twin, especially when I mention that it will have gray walls, with navy blue, pink, and aqua accents.

So what’s a girl to do?


Nautical Nursery Mood Board Pic

This is my first, by the way. So, what do you think? Can you get a better idea of the look we want?