I am SOOOO EXCITED to share this sweet baby girl nursery with you today! We started painting the walls and the furniture, oh, EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO!! Life gets crazy and I have major trouble finishing off the details of my projects. Millions of unfinished projects all over this house. You seriously have no idea. It is BAD. Bad, people. Bad. 😉
We are living in my childhood home with my father, who is a widower, in order to save money while my husband is completing his medical residency. My dad’s house hadn’t been redecorated since my mom decorated it in the early 1990s, so it was time for a BIG overhaul. I helped him plan a major reno and then redecorated his house about, oh EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO. You see—-I can’t even share pictures on my blog in a timely manner. Sheesh. Don’t worry, this fall is slated to be all holidays and home reveal posts. I am really excited to be finally sharing!
Anyway, today I am sharing my sister Rachel’s bedroom, which then became my son’s bedroom, which is now my daughter’s bedroom. I had put what felt like a lot of effort into my son’s bedroom when we first moved in, but I guess that’s because I didn’t yet know how much work a person really COULD put into a bedroom. For instance, we didn’t bother taking down the faded sunflower wallpaper border or painting the room or anything like that. I just sewed some cute pillows and painted some letters to spell his name above the crib. This was before I started blogging and got infected with the extreme creative overachiever bug. 😉 There was nothing wrong with his room at all, but I am so much more in love with his new Dr. Seuss Bedroom. The time I took on the details in that room make this nursery seem like a walk in the park. Ay ay ay. I may be a tad off my rocker when I get gung-ho about colorful projects.
These days I see so many of my friends (blogging and non!) doing these insane room makeovers and furniture transformations that I get grand plans in my head and get in way over my head before I remember……oh yeah, I kindof hate stuff like this. True story. 😉 I don’t hate playing with color and texture and adding my own flair to things, but the HARD WORK that things like painting and refinishing take….ugh. I can’t even begin to IMAGINE doing things like doing my own renovations!!! Yikes a bee! People are nuts.
That being said, I am excited about the end result of this room and proud of all of the work that I put into it. In a nutshell, I spray painted everything in sight, or at least everything that I could find at garage sales, Craigslist, Goodwill, etc. We’re talking rocking chairs, rocking horses, shelves, wooden toys, frames, baskets, and more. Thanks to the help of my girl Angela, I also refinished my sister’s middle school dresser using homemade chalk-type paint. I also used spray paint (don’t worry….it cured for a long time before it came back into a kid’s room) to make over my son’s black crib. I used primer to make it totally white and then used Krylon Sea Breeze (I think…) to make it the pretty aqua that you see in the pictures. I basically painted everything in the entire room. I was spray painting so many things on giant plastic tarps on our driveway last summer when this all started that the house painters working next door came over and offered me a job and a mask. I accepted the mask. 🙂
I was originally inspired for this nursery by the sweet blue and pink nursery that my blogging bestie Courtney created for her daughter, which you can see over on Sweet C’s Designs. However, I wanted to amp up the color a touch b/c I’m over-the-top like that, and then I accidentally chose a paint color that is a bit, shall we say, vibrant? My dad calls it the “Pepto Bismol Pink Room.” Nice, Dad. Real nice! At first I was shocked by how bright it was when it covered entire walls, but now I simply love it. It is so reflective of my daughter’s vibrant little divalicious personality. All of the pinks and blues on the wall are Pantone colors that I found at Lowe’s. I can go dig out the jars if anyone wants to know the exact colors. Just leave me a comment at the bottom of the post. The flower stencils are from Cutting Edge Stencils. There is a post about my stenciling process HERE.
The other thing that I am really proud of in this room is the rocking chevron quilt that my mother-in-law helped me sew USING MINKY FABRIC!! (Shannon Cuddle Fabric, to be exact. My fav!) It took us FOREVER and she is a master quilter. I love it, though, and so does my little lady, which is the most important thing. You will see it hanging on the wall behind her rocking chairs in the pictures, but she is sleeping underneath it as we speak. There will be a post later in the month (I need my MIL’s help writing it) with the quilt tutorial for those of you who are feeling uber-ambitious. If you used cotton fabric it would be a heck of a lot easier! But not nearly as snuggly. 🙂
So, without further ado . . . welcome to my little princess’ new room. Let’s start with a few “before” and “after” pictures, shall we? Then I will zoom in on the details that I love so much.
(Yes, I know, you can see me in the mirror. Didn’t think that one through until I was done taking pictures and editing them the next night. Oh well!)
What do you think?!?! SUPER different, huh? Isn’t it AMAZING what a coat of paint can do to bring a room to life?! Now let’s look at details! I will include where I bought things for those who are curious.
Welcome —- venture inside. The princess does indeed reside within. (Sign tutorial HERE.)
Crib: Walmart (repainted), Toy Chest: Walmart, Wooden Toys: Savers (repainted), Mama and Baby Rocking Horses: Goodwill (yarn manes removed, repainted), Ruffle Curtains: Amazon (the cheap ones) (affiliate link), Flower Stencils: Cutting Edge Stencils, Paint Colors: Pantone, Crochet Blanket: My Aunt Jackie 🙂
Let’s move to the other side of the room. I have to pause here to show you the “Before” and “After” on this dresser. It has GORGEOUS bones, but the washed out wood with the flowers? Ummmm…..no. My friend (and contributor!) Angela suggested that we make chalky finish paint to paint it and replace the drawer pulls. I found these pretty pulls at World Market. The paint recipe we used was found HERE, and I finished it off with a paste wax. I don’t know a thing about furniture makeovers, to be honest. Google it if you need more specifics. I just LOVE the outcome! My dad was appalled that I would suggest painting a piece of quality wood furniture, but he was wowed by the results as well. Once again, it’s amazing what a coat of paint can do, huh?
Now on with the show…
Rocking Chairs: Craigslist and Goodwill (repainted), Book/magazine holder: Goodwill (repainted), Shelf/Quilt Hanger: Savers (repainted), Dresser Pulls: World Market, Curly Frames: Michaels (repainted), Other Frames: Walmart (unfinished, painted and stenciled), Owl: From a Friend, Jar with Aqua Gems: Walmart, J: JoAnn Fabrics (painted and washi taped), Sparkly Aqua Candle Votive: Target, Lamp: Target, Castle: Fisher Price
Let’s take a look at that fun corner now! My mom put up that awesome wall of bulletin board long ago when we first moved into the house, and she glued the cork board tiles to the wall, so, you know, it’s not budging. I think it’s SUCH a fun idea for a kids’ room, but there has to be a better way to attach it. Mull it over if you like the idea. The border is just a paper border from a teacher supply store. Right now this massive bulletin board is covered with fringe, pom poms, a washi tape flower garland (tutorial coming Friday), and photos. Someday I’m sure it’ll be covered with artwork and schoolwork. This corner is my girl’s favorite place to play. Let’s look a little closer.Shelves Shelves
Shelves: Goodwill (repainted), Mini Dresser: Savers (repainted and stenciled—tutorial HERE), Vintage Doll Furniture: Craigslist, Frame: Michael’s (painted), Dress Ups and Stuffed Animals: Misc
That’s the whole room, folks. What do you think? I know it’s probably a bit much for a lot of people, but I love it, and I hope that you love it as well. If you do then please share it with others that you think will love it as well!
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