The Big Conversion

A few months ago Michael Luke and I contemplated selling our house.  We were starting to think about trying to have a baby and thought a three bedroom, one level house would work better than a two bedroom, two story townhouse.  Makes sense, don’t you think?  Well a few months later and a baby on the way, we have decided to stay put.  We love our house!  As much as we wanted a new old house to fix up, we really felt like God wasn’t leading us down that road.  Now we are so thankful for His guidance.  We do however have big dreams and smaller plans for our townhouse!

The first  project we want to tackle is converting our guest room/office into an office/ nursery.  The room is actually quite large (15′-6″ x 11′-6″).  These pictures help to visualize the room we are working with.

Guest room (head wall shot)

Guest bed side of room. The two book cases will remain and the bed will be put in storage. The door on the right leads to the bathroom.

Guest Room w/ chifforobe

Another shot of the guest bed with chifforobe. We plan to reuse it. I haven't decided if I will repaint it or not.

Office side of room. The door on the left leads to the hallway. Behind the door on the right is the closet.

Guest room (windows and table)

Random table in room that will have to go.


I know the yellow walls could work for a baby room, but I have disliked them since the day we moved in.  Sorry, I just can’t do a yellow baby room.  We do have some black furniture that I plan to reuse in the room (desk, bookcases), so this will be what ties the two spaces together.  I don’t want the end result to look like a desk sitting in a baby room or a crib hanging out in an office space.  Hopefully, our little girl will be smart, but she shouldn’t need an office for a couple of years (unlike the baby from the e-trade commercials).  So the two spaces need to work as one visually but be separate.

Our goals for office/nursery:

  • remove guest bed
  • remove table and chairs
  • clear book shelves to make room for storage boxes
  • paint room
  • install crown molding
  • buy crib
  • find old dresser to convert to changing table
  • buy rocker/glider
  • install new draperies and rods
  • get artwork
  • make mobile for above bed
  • incorporate bedding into theme of room


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11 thoughts on “The Big Conversion

  1. Trista

    Very cool! I wish I had a project to take on like that! This nester doesn’t have much to work with in our little studio apartment. I’m going to use our bookshelf to put storage bins on as well! Can’t wait to see it!

    1. Krystle Post author

      I know your’s will look great. I love creative uses of small spaces. I would like to see pictures of how your’s turns out.

  2. Victor & Janelle

    Yes! We love projects and aren’t afraid of color either. We did bright primary colors with a Dr. Seuss theme in Dylan’s nursery. So here’s our advice on some of your to-do list:
    – If you don’t already have one, find someone with a nailgun to borrow from to do your crown molding.
    – For cute furniture (gliders, etc), try Storkland off 31 in Vestavia. Some stuff is pricey, but some is cheap. Plus you can get some good ideas.
    – For curtain rods, we bought cheap rods from Walmart and replaced the finials with really cute/colorful ones we found online
    – For curtains, we would strongly recommend getting thick/lined ones that block out light to maximize darkness/sleep
    – For art, we found the cheapest hand-made stuff on ebay and and then just framed it ourselves. If you have to do custom frames b/c of odd sizes, is by far the cheapest.

    Keep the updates coming!

  3. Victor & Janelle

    Awesome! Our tips:
    Curtain rods: get cheap rods from Walmart and replace the finials with cute colorful ones
    Drapes: get thick/lined ones to keep the light out and baby asleep
    Crown molding: borrow a nailgun from someone
    Furniture: Try Storkland – some stuff is pricey, but some is cheap too
    Art: Try ebay and then frame yourself. If you need custom size frames, try

    Keep the updates coming!

      1. Krystle Post author

        That’s fine. I figured you just thought the first one didn’t go through. We loved the advice though.

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