Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Build a Nursery with Me!! Part 3

Build a Nursery with Me! Update!

For those of you just joining us, here is the inspiration board I designed for the nursery!

Rustic woodland nursery

Rustic Woodland Nursery

Here are the projects I've been working on since my last post update!

This was my inspiration for what I wanted the closet to look like. When you are working with baby and kids clothes, one long, tall bar just isn't going to cut it...

closet organization system
...So my hubby ripped out the bar, painted the closet to match the room, and installed this awesome closet kit! This kit is by Rubbermaid, from Lowes. It was only $89 and you can configure it however it works best for your space!

nursery chair protector
Next was addressing my nursery rocker situation. Yes, its white and yes, its been through 2 baby boys already, so lets just say its not as pretty as when we bought it 4 years ago lol. But, it is a quality, custom made chair and it is so comfortable!!
Of course my first choice was to have it reupholstered, but that would have cost almost as much as buying the chair brand new. Second was to slipcover it, which I am never opposed to, but the look was just too casual for this space. That is when I came across this chair protector/cover on Zulily for only $40! I loved the quilted stitching and the grey color matched the room perfectly. It is very comfortable and easy to throw in the wash when it needs to be cleaned. Overall, I am pretty pleased with my bargain find!

It also has a sheepskin underside for extra warmth and comfort!

rustic woodland nursery pillows

I added this black and white Aztec pillow from Ikea and this adorable orange fox pillow I found at Home Goods!

rustic woodland nursery fox pillow

This is the perfect example of designing a neutral colored room, with just a few pops of color. So far I have orange in the deer art and on the pillow, with a few more items in mind as well. This helps to draw the eye around the room!

This was my inspiration for the art I wanted above the changing table/dresser.

I started by buying 3 12x24 canvases from Michaels for $25. I hung them on a blank wall, spaced slightly apart (like I planned on hanging them in the nursery).
One of the awesome perks of being a teacher' wife is that I have access to some pretty awesome tools! A projector couldn't have been more perfect for this project. Of course, there are many other ways you can do this without a projector. You could have a large scale print made at an office supply company or try to free hand your silhouette.

I used this image to project onto my canvases and played with the zoom to get it placed where I wanted it.

Once I was happy with the placement, I began to lightly outline the silhouette with pencil.

You can see a close up of the outline here.

rustic woodland nursery diy deer art

I used a burnt orange craft paint and a few different brush sizes to fill in the silhouette. I just love how this turned out! You could literally do any silhouette for this project!

Next, this was my inspiration for a focal point behind the crib.

My hubby purchased these fence boards from Lowes for $1.27 each. We layed them out 17 wide. Then topped it off with 1 board to cover the rounded edge that came on the fence boards. Then everything was nailed together with a nail gun.

From there he added the 'barn door' style details and stained it with grey and brown paint.

rustic woodland nursery barn door

And here it is! The gorgeous finished product!!! A huge thank you to my handy hubby for making my vision come to life!

rustic woodland nursery barn door
Of course this isn't all I have planned for this barn door, so stay tuned!

I have so many other projects in the works for this nursery and I can't wait to share them with you! 
I have about 11 weeks to go until our sweet baby boy arrives! 

I hope I have inspired you to do some of your own DIY projects! Please leave your comments and questions below!

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  1. Jennifer! I'm so glad to see ur nursery inspiration from one I did for Baby G! He is 4 now and has a big boy bed up against those old barn doors! Ur hubby dis a great job!

    1. Thank you so much Sherry! I am so glad to meet the person that came up with my original inspiration! I also have a 4 year old little boy, and this nursery is for my 3rd baby boy, so after doing 2 boy nurseries, I had to get extra creative!! I would absolutely love to do a guest post or feature swap with you and your blog maybe showing your original post, my post, and how you are using it as a headboard now? Please let me know if you would be interested! Thank you again!

  2. Hi Jennifer, how did your husband attach the barn door to the wall? And what boards did he use across the top and center to create the barn door look?

  3. Hi David! The 'barn door' is very heavy so it is just leaning against the wall! All of the boards are fence boards, he just cut the rounded tops off to create the barn door look! Thank you for your interest!