When we found out we were pregnant, I had some very specific ideas of what I envisioned the nursery should look like for either gender. If we were having a boy, I had a vision of a rustic theme with grey and wooden details. With a girl, I was set on pink and metallic gold for colors with a vintage Hollywood tea party glam as the theme. Now, I realize that’s not a real thing, but in my brain it was going to work! So once we knew for sure we were having a girl, I didn’t waste any time. I flew out to the store and bought the paint color and then ordered all the necessary materials to begin my DIY nursery projects!
All of my inspiration for Madeline’s nursery came from a single piece of fabric. Once I saw it I fell in love and never looked back!
I knew that I would have a lot I wanted to put on the walls so a neutral paint color was key. I chose a Sherwin Williams paint color called steamed milk which is a soft cream. It turned out to be a great choice as it really brightened the room and made it feel larger.
I should really mention at this point that I love Etsy. If you have a vision chances are you can find the pieces you need on Etsy! In this case I knew that on one wall whether over the dresser or the crib I wanted metallic gold dots. I thought they would look almost like confetti, just like the fabric. Sure enough you can order sheets of decals on Etsy for $10! What a great find.
Not one to pass up a sale or coupon, I was able to get the crib and glider for $200 total at Target by combining a clearance sale with their cartwheel app! The only problem was I had to settle for dark wood when I had my heart set on white furniture. In the end it has actually worked out better and I am positive I would have scratched white furniture before she even arrived!
So now the trick was finding a dresser/changing table. This is where the bargain hunting really comes into play! I found a solid oak dresser/changer in great shape on a facebook garage sale site for $60! But it didn’t match the rest of the furniture! In the end that was okay because I got to make it my own. It turns out you can paint furniture (thanks again, Pinterest!). I found the perfect shade of barbie pink and got to work. I really love the way it turned out but I think my favorite part is the knobs. I found these round cream and gold knobs on Amazon. The downside was I paid almost as much for the ten of them as I did the dresser (about $40)! In the end they are the piece de resistance so I don’t mind!
To me there’s something very vintage about embroidery hoops. Plus it’s a tie in to my love of crafting. So when I came across the idea of hanging them on the wall – I was instantly obsessed. I knew I wanted to spell out her name somewhere and above her crib made the most sense. Also the idea of having embroidery hoops on the wall allowed for the showcase of the fabric I love and some coordinating patterns! The hardest part was figuring out how to get them to stay on the wall! It turns out 3M makes clear command strips that hang up to 3lbs on the wall. In addition to hanging on the wall I got extra fabric in each of these patterns that I then made into a quilt. This quilt is for her crib and is complemented by pale pink crib sheets and crib skirt.
As a small child I Ioved reading. I was hoping to pass that on to my daughter. I knew she would have a ton of books and we would need a place to keep them! I learned this trick from Sherrie. IKEA sells spice racks for about $3 each. With a little paint and a lot of my husband’s patience they turned out pretty well!
One of my favorite purchases for the nursery was this little pink chair. I absolutley love tiny armchairs! I got a great deal this past Labor Day. The plus side of not sleeping well during your pregnancy is the deals you can find online at 3 am! This is from Target- it was originally $129 but I paid $81! Still a lot for a little chair but I just couldn’t help it!
After that it was all about the little details. One of my best friends is a graphic designer – she made some adorable signs including this one that I knew would be perfect next to the pacifiers. It may seem crazy to have an apothecary jar just for pacifiers, but I thought it totally added to the ambiance. Add to that this adorable hand pump (it’s actually a soap dispenser) that I filled with hand sanitizer and we had a changing table ready to go!
I am obsessed with her nursery and how it came out! What do you think?