January 21, 2013

How to: Vintage Sports Nursery

Jennifer Palmer

When my husband and I found out we were having a boy I thought he was going to explode with happiness. Visions of Chevrons in greys and yellows danced through my head! Then on the way home from the ultrasound my modern dreams were shattered when he said, “It has to be a sports nursery.” This is not the chic dream I had in mind but it was his turn to have an opinion…I guess. So the hunt began to do a classic sports theme that wasn’t cheesy. That’s when I found the Junior Varsity bedroom set on Pottery Barn Kids. After that I was off to the proverbial races!

Junior Varsity Bedding - Pottery Barn Kids
Junior Varsity Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids


We accomplished our vintage sports nursery theme with the following key pieces…

Wall dressing:

I initially wanted to add bead board to the bottom of the walls, but after getting sticker shock from our contractor I hit the internet for other ideas. I hit the jackpot with Martha Stewart Paintable Beadboard wall paper. No tearing out baseboards; just apply and add a chair rail. Using paintable wallpaper will cut your costs by more than half! Tip: Even though it’s white you’ll need to paint it in a glossy white to match your chair rail.

Sports decor:

I hunted garage sales and even my families stash of sports memorabilia. I used vintage Tennis rackets, Old footballs, and sports themed decor from Hobby Lobby. Tip: Using sports themed kids clothes is a fun way to decorate and its something they can actually use!

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Sports Team Clothes as Decor

A great chair:

We used the glider we bought for my daughters nursery in his room Tip: Buy neutral so you can use it again. The chocolate color matches great with the decor and it’s easy to clean. I highly recommend Best Chairs. You can find a local dealer on their site. Our model is the Bruno in Chocolate micro-suede.

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Best Chairs Glider in Chocolate Micro Suede

The rug:

The room needed a bright focal point so it didn’t read so blue. To do this I added this great durable red shag. Bristol Shag 60″x96″.

The furniture:

The furniture is from JCPenney. Their quality and customer service is great. It is the Bedford Collection Monterey in Cherry. Tip: Always buy the convertible bed rails. Even though you wont need them for several years you’ll thank your lucky stars you did if that furniture set isn’t available when you need them. 

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Bristol Shag Red 5’x8′ rug


I wanted to have a focal piece of art that was personalized with his name. There are many artists on Etsy who can do just this. Tip: send a pillow case to the artist to make sure the colors matched up just perfect. 

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Name Art in Sports Theme

The baby:

And the beautiful baby boy bunny who got to enjoy his Vintage sports themed room just in time for Easter…so we named him Easton.

baby bunny, newborn shoot
I couldn’t resist

Comments 3

  • love what you did and that picture of the baby is just too cute 😉 thanks for sharing @tisonlyme143

  • Hello there. Beautiful room. What color blue is on the wall? Thx

    • Thank You! The color is Open Air by Sherwin Williams in the satin finish. I love their paint! I always recommend buying the tiny pint and trying it in your room first. Every room has different light changes the look of the paint.

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