One Room Challenge Fall 2023

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Grandma and Grandpa Help Design a Nursery

I’m going to be a guest participant in the One Room Challenge Fall 2023 Edition. I participated last year and it was a great experience. It forced us to get our multi-purpose den/office/guest room remodeled in the 8-week timeframe.

This year we have a really special room to work on!

We are finally going to be grandparents and we are working with our daughter and son-in-law to create a fun nursery in their Dallas home.

I’m so excited to be working along with all talented folks to complete the one-room challenge Fall 2023 edition in 8 weeks.

Original Room in it's current state - One Room Challenge
Room in its current state

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A Baby’s Nursery

Our daughter and her husband bought a home (1960s build) in Dallas TX. The home was sold as a “flip” but we use that term very loosely as we have had to do a lot of work to that house.

Last year at Christmas we spent 8 days completely remodeling their kitchen and putting in a new one.

They have had plumbing issues, foundation issues, electrical issues, and HVAC issues. When we visit Dallas to create the nursery, “Handy” will also be replacing their exterior doors. A front door and two sliders.

The nursery is a blank canvas. It’s a basic bedroom in their ranch-style home.

Even before they knew the baby was a boy, they had decided they wanted a fun mural that would be gender-neutral and work with either a boy or a girl.

Both Annie and Tommy were drawn to a jungle motif for a mural on one wall in the nursery.

We will be working with Photowall who has graciously offered to provide us with a mural for the baby nursery.

Project Considerations

the Challenges
  • We live in Illinois and the nursery is in Dallas, TX
  • The room has textured walls so we have to contend with that before wallpapering
  • The room has grey carpeting on the floor but it is brand new so it’s staying
  • Their house doesn’t have an area for a playroom so this space will have to house toys, books, etc.
the Assets
  • The room is a blank slate
  • There is a large closet for us to work with
  • The nursery has a southern exposure so it will be bright and cheerful

Mood Board

Sources: Mural, Crib, Dresser, Rocking Chair, Rug, Fabric, Lamp

The To-Do List
  • Remove the texture on the mural wall
  • Repair Walls
  • Paint all the walls and ceiling
  • Wallpaper focal wall with mural
  • Put in new trim
  • Paint all the trim
  • Assemble furniture
  • Take down existing doors, tracks, etc. in the closet
  • Sew curtains
  • Create a changing station and clothes storage in the closet
  • Find bookshelves on a budget and DIY


The Count Down Begins

I’m so excited to be participating in the One Room Challenge Fall 2023 Edition along with Apartment Therapy.

Every Thursday I will be sharing our progress with you!

As always, thanks for coming along for the ride at Living Large in A Small House!


Check out what all of the participants are doing this week

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  1. Lynn, congratulations on becoming grandparents. It’s the best. What fun to design a nursery. I can’t wait to see the process and the reveal.

    1. Hi Carol – We are so excited. I’ll let you know when I’m in Dallas, maybe you can pop over and see what we are up to and we can have lunch?