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From Nursery to Big Kid bedroom

Hi guys and Happy Sunday!

On today's blog, I'm going to talk about how to turn your nursery into a big kid room.

First of all, when do parents should make this change? While many agreed that this can be anywhere after 18 months to 3 years. This varies from kid to kid. You should always be alert to changes with his/her developmental growth before making any changes. At times, social pressure makes you do things you shouldn't as if this was a winning contest- You do you! For example, I have experienced parents expressing how fast their kids are accomplishing things. Again, all kids vary and you should do what is right for your kid. So, if you feel that your toddler still feels safe in the crib, don't rush it.

In my case, I transitioned little by little. For example, the moment I saw my infant standing in the crib; next day his crib was lowered one level down. This is a big safety alert, and you should always be cautious about these particular signs.

Because I believe in the importance of being an independent thinker, I wanted to transform his nursery into a Montessori style bedroom. So, when he was around 2 years old; I started removing baby items and began integrating everything kids accessible to his room. This included; furnishing, organization stuff, toys, accessories and decor. And of course his 4 in 1 convertible bed, which was being switched as needed.

A 4 in 1 convertible bed is a game changer. If you are planning to have a baby or currently searching for a crib; I cannot recommend enough to get a 4 in 1 convertible crib. Kids grow so fast, and the moment less expected you will need to replace beds. Some convertible cribs can be a little more expensive, but if you do the math, it will be cheaper in the long run.

Reuse, repaint, restore. I reused and repainted my previous dresser. Purchased a table changing topper and installed it on top of the dresser. If you have a piece of furniture that you would like to reuse, this is a great alternative, especially if you are on a budget. Reusing a piece, would save you money, but can also give you a special touch to your kid's room if restoring a vintage piece. Check out Black Lab Furniture Revival on instagram @blacklabfurniturerevival she is great at restoring old furniture and transforming those into stunning pieces.

My toddler's nursery was a white and grays color palette with a touch of subtle shades of matte blues. A wanted to keep the same color palette to avoid overspending on duplicates, but also and very important; I wanted it to keep the Montessori harmony with neutral colors.

In order to make this room extra special, I made an accent wall made of board and batten. This accent wall gave the room a completed look. Now, it looks finished, appropriate without being super bright and distracting, which was very important to accomplish. The paint is a subtle shade of blue, which keeps it under the neutral vibe, but gives it the extra touch.

Don't forget to accessorize kids accessible. I added a mirror, coat rack hook according to his height. Used bins and baskets to keep toys organized and keep it nice and functional. Remember, it is important that he feels comfortable and safe!

Good luck in transforming your big kid room!

Till next Sunday,




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Lovely to meet you, I’m Vanessa Guido.

I’m an interior designer, and most recent, a lifestyle blogger at Shaping Abode.


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