Filed under Decorate, Family
Now that summer is approaching, I’ve realized it’s time almost time to get my nursery in gear! We know we’re having a little boy so we want the room to lean more masculine but I knew right away that themes like sports or trucks weren’t really for us. Knowing that this kid will probably spend tons of time outside, I’ve been trying to put together ideas for a room that my outdoorsy husband will love too…without it turning into a Cabela’s catalog. I want it to feel soothing but bright and whimsical but not too “baby”.
Tada! Here’s my inspiration board for our modern woodland nursery. I haven’t quite sorted out all the details yet but it’s giving me a long shopping list and multiple DIY projects to get started on!
1. Birch Stencil, 2. Stag Pillow, 3. Orange Alpaca Throw, 4. Owl Lamp, 5. Natural Tree Stump Side Table, 6. Polar Bear Rug , 7. Harper Crib Bedding, Classic Sage Crib Bedding, 8. DIY Bird Mobile
When looking to fill up the walls in Lincoln’s nursery, I came across a website that showed beautifully simple brown and white picture frames. I fell in love, but I was not in love with the price. My budget did not account for $60 frames, so I decided to take it upon myself to recreate the frames.
I, by no means, consider myself a painter or an artist. I have a shaky hand and a propensity to hurry through projects that take great patience. Therefore, if I can create these frames, anyone can.
I searched the aisles of Michael’s arts and crafts store and was able to pick up all necessary supplies for a total of $13. Here is what you need:
- Unfinished wood picture frames
- Acrylic paint
- Wide and narrow paint brushes
- Painter’s tape
- Single hole punch
Start by painting each frame a solid color. I chose to have two brown and two off-white frames with alternating stripes and polka dots. Allow the frames to dry.
For the striped frames, use painter’s tape to make straight and evenly spaced lines across the frame. Paint within the tape and be careful not to glob on too much paint or the paint will run under the tape. Allow to dry before removing the tape.
For the polka dot frames, cut out a small piece of cardstock or cardboard and use a single hole punch to make your template. Hold the paper over the frame and paint within the small circle to create polka dots. I randomly placed them about until I was happy with the final look.
These frames are very easy and help give the nursery that naturally playful look. I paired these frames on the wall with, dare I say, a vintage cross stitch ABC that hung in my husband’s nursery back in the day and a bamboo shade to block the light so Lincoln can sleep peacefully.
I have yet to add pictures to these frames and the look of picture-less frames is really starting to grow on me. What do you think? Pictures or no pictures?
Filed under Decorate, DIY
Since the anticipation of the arrival of little Lincoln, I worked to transform my old office into his nursery. I finally decided on an organic safari theme, using soft greens and tans (gender neutral!), organic and sustainable materials, some easy DIY projects and a touch of nostalgia. Lincoln’s room turned out very soft and calming which is wonderful at one in the morning, and three in the morning and five in the morning…
One of my favorite additions to the nursery is the use of vinyl wall art. I purchased this tree and owl piece from Surface Flik through Etsy. Vinyl wall art is an easy way to transform a room without trying to paint yourself or having the expense of hiring an artist. There are hundreds of designs, words and phrases out there that you can pick from. They all come in different sizes, so they work in any space, whether you are looking to add a little something to a small spot on a wall or add some height and a focal point bigger wall like the one in Lincoln’s nursery.
The art comes in a few separate pieces. Depending on how large your art is, the project can be a little bit time-consuming but not at all difficult. All you need is some painters tape or masking tape, a pair of scissors and a credit card or other hard plastic item to help adhere the decal to the wall. To watch the full installation video from Surface Flik, click here.
Tips I learned while installing vinyl wall art:
- Go slowly. You have to keep your patience to avoid getting bubbles or creases in the art.
- Measure and set up exactly where you want your art before beginning to install.
- Install it with a friend. I would never have been able to do this as well by myself. My mom was nice enough to visit and help me. It is always good to have a second eye to make sure things are straight.
- Step back and enjoy your work! It is very satisfying to step back and admire it when you are finished.
Check back in a few weeks for some more DIY nursery projects!
Filed under Decorate, DIY