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When I was working on our son’s airplane nursery, one of the tasks on my list was to make better use of the closet space. There was one long shelf across the top. But, other than that, the rest of the closet was open, which left the space mostly unused (or poorly used).
My first thought was to add a closet system similar to the one in our two oldests’ room, which has worked well for them. But, as I was planning out the rest of the nursery, I saw that I could make room for a nice little reading nook if I put the changing station in the closet! I’ve just used a regular dresser with a changing pad on top as changing stations for all our kiddos. That way the dresser can grow with the kids. Once they’re out of diapers, just take the changing pad off and boom – they have their dresser!
Since the closet was mostly a clean slate, I started by adding some pattern with a subtle plaid wallpaper. I just love wallpaper in a nursery closet. It adds just the right touch of fun and whimsy.
This was actually my first time wallpapering. I’ve wanted to try wallpaper out for a while now, but we have textured walls (pretty heavily textured), so I wasn’t sure how well it would do. The closet was the perfect first test run, and I’m happy to report that it went on very well! You can hardly even tell the wall is textured behind it, and I’ve had no issues with it peeling. I used pre-pasted wallpaper from York Wall Coverings [HERE] and would highly recommend it!
I found an old vintage dresser on FB Marketplace and gave it a fresh makeover to use as the changing table (see the full dresser makeover here). Then I finished things off with baskets along the top shelf, an accordion rack for extra hanging space, diaper changing caddy basket, laundry basket, diaper garbage, and the cutest little airplane mobile you’ve ever seen. For real. It’s from a small shop that sells through Amazon – Sorrel + Fern. They have the sweetest nursery decor!
I store extra diapers, wipes, blankets, sheets, etc. in the baskets along the top shelf. They’re available in a few different sizes, are a great price, and perfect size for keeping things organized [HERE]. I use them in all our closets!
We use the accordion hanging rack to hang his bath towel, clothes that he’s worn but aren’t quite dirty, or for planning outfits ahead of time. Extra hooks are always useful in a closet! This one is out of stock, but I linked a few similar ones: HERE, HERE, and HERE.
We just leave the closet doors open for easy access! It’s been a very functional nursery closet and is a great use of space. Honestly, if the changing station wasn’t in here, I’m pretty sure it would be mostly empty. He doesn’t have nearly enough stuff to fill up that space haha!
What are your favorite features in a nursery closet? I’m always looking for new ideas to wrangle the kid chaos!
Walls – Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore in eggshell
Trim – White Dove by Benjamin Moore in satin
- Rug – ChrisLovesJulia x Loloi Polly Collection (you can also find it here if it’s sold out on Amazon)
- Crib – Facebook Marketplace
- Crib Sheet – Cloud Island Diamonds Crib Sheet
- Crib Checkered Blanket – Cloud Island Velvet Baby Blanket
- Throw Pillow – World Market Slate Green Velvet
- Photo Frames – 11×17 and 8×10
- Large Round Basket – Threshold Woven Aseana Basket
- Bookcase – Prepac Tall Bookcase painted in Sherwin Williams Retreat and new brass door pulls
- Teething Tower – found at local shop, but HERE is a similar one
- Brass Box – Hearth & Hand Trinket Box
- Metal Airplane – thrifted
- Light Fixture – Aiwen Modern Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Light
- Brass Lamp – 360 Lighting Traditional Floor Lamp
- Chair – Poly and Bark Verity Leather Lounge Chair
- Ottoman Pouf – Basketweave Velvet Pouf in Rust
- Side Table – Woodland Carved Wood Accent Table
- Book Basket – Chunky Cube Woven Basket
- Model Airplanes – Balsa Wood Toy Flying Airplanes
- Cozy Throw – Woven Striped Knit Throw
- Curtains – Allen + Roth Green Linen Panel
- Curtain Rod – Ivilon Curtain Rod (high quality and heavy duty – I was impressed)
- Curtain Rings – Ivilon Curtain Rings (to give the curtains a little extra length)
- Wallpaper – York Wall Coverings Charter Plaid
- Airplane Mobile – Sorrel & Fern Baby Mobile (still cannot believe the price for the quality!)
- Basket – Woven Diaper Caddy with Dividers
- Storage Bins – Fabric Storage Bins (I use these in all our closets)
- Accordion Hook Rack – out of stock but linked a few similar ones HERE, HERE, and HERE
- Dresser – thrifted (see the whole dresser makeover here)
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| Tylynn |