Before our Gender Reveal Party, I had dozens of fancy, frilly, over-the-top nursery ideas for our precious little bundle of pink… that is until that little bundle turned out to be BLUE.
A boy? Me? What will I do with a little boy? All I know is how to be girly- hair, makeup, decorating, glitter + glue! Boys aren’t interested in those things. Nor do little boys come with an abundance of adorable clothing, accessories or, most importantly to me,… NURSERY DECOR. Ugh!
I cringed at the idea of using anything ‘baby blue’ (even though hubs is a diehard TarHeels fanatic). I didn’t want cartoon characters of any kind. I didn’t want your run of the mill sporting theme (although, again, would be totally appropriate considering his Daddy’s main love). I didn’t want anything ‘typical’. Ok, so I obviously knew what I didn’t want. Figuring out what I did would prove a little more difficult.
The room was already freshly painted a beautiful shade of gray (as is our entire home- 50 shades of it!) while it was still my craft room. I decided to keep the gray and add two simple colors that I thought would easily grow with him. Navy is one of my favorite home decor palettes and I’d been dying to use it somewhere. Along with an added milky white accent color, I had my color scheme.
I decided against a defined theme so that we wouldn’t have to redo his room all over again in a few years. Instead I just incorporated the color scheme, matching metals and his initial throughout for a cohesive look.
Crib, Dresser/Changing Table + Bookcase: Marlowe Collection in Distressed Slate | Restoration Hardware
For Paneled Wall tutorial, click here
Crib Bedding: Hotel White + Navy 9pc set | Sweet Jojo Designs
Handwoven Navy Chevron Rug 5×8 | Overstock
Custom Embroidered Name Pillow: by SewGracious | Etsy
For the Striped Wall Project tutorial, click here
White Ceramic Owl | TJMaxx
Metal ‘S’ | HomeGoods
Side Table | HomeGoods
Silk Palm | HomeGoods
Round Teak + Tin Porthole Mirror | HomeGoods
Large Metal + Glass Lantern | HomeGoods
Glider + Ottoman: Little Castle Charleston Swivel in Halo String | Target
Window Panels: JCPenney | (see tutorial here for adding border trim)
Square “Sports…” quote wall art | HomeGoods
Navy Blue Buttons wall art | Hobby Lobby
Large Chevron ‘C’ | Handmade by me (see tutorial here)
Button Initial ‘C’ wall art | Handmade by me
Because the walls were already painted gray and the furniture I chose was gray as well, I needed to do something to the wall behind the crib to make it stand out.
We chose to keep it neutral by painting it white, but added trim pieces to add interest.
To start, draw your idea out on paper. You will refer back to this countless times throughout the project!
Since the trim pieces didn’t come long enough to stretch the length of our wall, we had to piece them together. If you find yourself in the same situation, make sure you miter these ends for cleaner seems.
Tip: It’s always a good idea to let your wood warm up to your room temperature for a day or two to avoid warping and shrinking.
Cut your trim to the lengths needed.
Paint your background wall the color that you choose as well as the boards before you begin hanging them (including the ends of the boards).
Start at the bottom of the wall and work your way up so that the boards have something to support their weight as you work.
Run a bead of liquid nails on each trim piece and place on wall. Make sure you check each with a level as you go, then hit each of them with your nail gun at the stud points for added security.
Once you have all of the boards attached, go back and caulk the seems so they blend in the background wall. This really gives it a finished look versus seeing the dark lines around each trim piece.
Adding a custom touch to any store bought window panels is as easy as heading to your local craft store. I couldn’t find drapes that coordinated well enough with my nursery bedding. I wanted navy panels but felt that I needed to tie in some white to make them pop. And, since I couldn’t find them anywhere, I decided to make them.
I ordered 84″ grommet top panels from JCPenney and purchased two bolts of 1.5″ wide trim from JoAnn Fabric.
Simply cut the trim the length and width of each panel. (You’ll have 4 separate pieces per panel.)
Cut each corner at an angle so they’ll be ‘mitered’ – a much cleaner look than butting them straight on.
Using Fabric Glue, adhere each strip separately and secure with straight pins until dry.
To achieve a balloon effect as I did, slip a rubber band onto the end of each panel and shimmy it up to the desired height. Blouse the top layer of fabric to cover the band. Tap a small finishing nail in the wall at the edge of the window casings, driving them in at an agle. Loop the rubber bands over the nails to hang.
To create the striped wall behind the changing table, we started off by measuring how tall we wanted each stripe. Then we masked off and painted. We decided to add trim to each side to finish it off, and to tie into the trim work we did behind the crib.
Tip: I wrote the color on small pieces of tape and stuck them next to each stripe to keep me straight when painting.
I always buy pre-painted trim. It will run you a few dollars more per piece, but it’s totally worth it for the time you save in painting. We ran a bead of liquid nails on each strip then applied to the wall. The Mr. then hit each one with the nail gun a few times to ensure adhesion. Fill in the nail holes and caulk around both sides and you’re done!
Decorate + enjoy! Little Mr. just loves staring up at this wall during changes. It’s his favorite thing to look at in his room 🙂
For tutorial on how to make the large wooden “C”, click here.
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