It’s finally time to reveal our camping themed nursery! It has been ready for quite awhile, but I’m finally ready to share it with you all. I still can’t believe how it all came together especially since I was simultaneously making over my daughters’ shared bedroom…and I did it all at 8 and 9 months pregnant. But all the hard work paid off and now our new baby boy has such a sweet space just for him!
It’s surprisingly easy to create a camping themed nursery by finding decor items at the thrift store. This entire room was done on a seriously small budget. With just a little bit of creativity and hard work, it came together and anyone can try some of these ideas in their own space!
Camping Themed Nursery Reveal
Originally, I wasn’t planning on doing much for our son’s nursery. This is kid #4 and I just wasn’t feeling it. However, when Reid and I were at a local coffee shop on a date night, we were admiring all of the vintage camping decor in the quirky downtown establishment. They had vintage galvanized light fixtures, shelves with old postcards and maps, fishing rods and even old camping backpacks hanging from the walls. Reid said “this is what I want the nursery to look like”. So, I agreed as long as we could find everything at thrift stores, garage sales and from family members. Not really thinking we could pull it off, within 2 weeks, we had a stash of vintage things for the room and it all just came together from there!
Here is the room before. I had painted it a super light gray when we transitioned it for Pearl’s nursery.
And here is the room fully transformed for a BOY!
SO many DIY projects went into this room and everything was done on a super low budget as usual. See the navy curtains? I made those out of twin sheets from Walmart. Each window cost $6 for curtains. Check out my easy sheet curtain tutorial to make your own!
The changing table was a dresser that used to live in Lula and Jane’s room. I painted it a medium gray and changed out the knobs. I love how it turned out. The side table next to the rocking chair was an $8 find at a furniture consignment store that I painted the same shade of gray.
We hung this sweet little wool sweater above the chair because it was Reid’s as a baby. I love it. The ram head was a clearance find at Hobby Lobby that I painted aqua and mounted on a piece of wood that we stained.
And of course we can’t forget that lamp! My mom found it at a garage sale. It was red, but I spray painted it aqua. It’s just perfect! I made the pillow cover out of some leftover fabric from this pillowcase dress. The vintage campers and colors couldn’t fit the space better.
For more details on this vintage artwork mounted on pallet wood, check out my full tutorial and make one for yourself. We still love it above the changing table!
Reid made these rustic floating shelves in just a few hours. It’s the perfect spot to display my other vintage camping finds like the Missouri license plate, pennant, canteen and fan. The toy station wagon was my dad’s as a child as well as the old books and canteen. I also love the map quote canvas that I DIY-ed perched on the top shelf.
We scored this galvanized light fixture at Habitat ReStore for $3!! And it works! It’s exactly what I wanted for a light fixture and I couldn’t believe we lucked out like we did.
On the opposite side of the room, I kept up my DIY closet curtains, again made from bed sheets and decided to hang my fabric quote banner on a random blank spot.
I made the crib skirt from fabric that I found at Hobby Lobby and of course the wood slice mobile fits the space perfectly! I think my favorite thing in the entire room is the vintage Kansas City pennant, though. I hope Eddie loves his nursery as he grows into it!
Here’s a recap of all the DIY projects and tutorials that are featured in this nursery!