Monday, March 18, 2013

A Baby Girl Nursery, Pinterest Style - Part 1

When I found out my second child was a girl, I was SO happy!  Don't get me wrong, I love having a little boy too.  Although I will admit, when I first found out he was going to be a boy I was a little nervous because I wasn't sure what do with a boy.  You can't paint their nails or get their ears pierced or buy them tutus!  But, it turns out boys are pretty cool too and I wouldn't trade him for the world!  I digress, regardless of how cool he turned out to be, boy stuff is not as fun as girl stuff.  There isn't as many options and everything looks the same so when I found out Julianna was on the way, I couldn't wait to get started on a baby girl nursery inspired by Pinterest!

I had just really gotten the Pinterest bug when I started planning.  Pin or Pass wasn't even a thought yet so unfortunately I don't have any before and after photos, just finished products.  Getting started I knew I wanted something different.  I didn't want the typical pale pink with butterflies kind of thing.  That theme for a baby girl nursery is very cute, just not me.  I'm more of a animal print/hot pink kind of person :-).

Over the course of a few posts, I will go over all the projects I did for her room.  Let's get started with the focal point of her room, the crib with a collage above it.  Here's my inspiration.

baby girl nursery
Originally found at Project Nursery

nursery wall decor
Originally found at Lilly Cakes

DIY nursery wall decor
Original site is no longer available
Originally found at Small Chic Home

So after seeing all of these I selected a color scheme.  I chose hot pink, lime green and Zebra print.  I know, I know, I'm sure that seems a bit unusual for a baby's room, but once you see the comforter I found you'll understand and hopefully agree that it looks cute.  Plus I figured it would be something she could grow with for a few years.  Here's my end result:

lime green, hot pink and zebra baby girl nursery

My favorite part of the collage over her crib is the black frame with the "J' in it.  I got that on clearance at Hobby Lobby and I believe it was less than $10.  The sign hanging by the pink ribbon is also from Hobby Lobby and I bought scrapbook stickers that say "It's All About Me" on them, which are tough to see in this picture.  The picture with the words on it is from Walmart, $5!  The three items along the right side I made.  The top pink circle is just a piece of craft wood with her picture Modge Podged to it.  The middle piece is a canvas wrapped in zebra cloth.  The word Princess is made in wood and bought from the craft store for a few dollars.  I spray painted it hot pink to match.  Last but not least, our butterfly foot print.  I took her feet and dipped them in paint, then put them on the canvas.  

Everything in the collage is a PIN except for the wood with the picture and the butterfly print, those two items get a PASS!  The wood with the photo only gets a PASS because of the way it came together based on what I used.  I should have either cut the picture into a circle or bought a square piece of wood.  I think it just looks a bit awkward the way it is now.  

The butterfly picture while adorable was nearly impossible to do.  It took 3 tries before I got it to this and I'm still not totally satisfied with the end result.  The second I would put the paint on her feet she would squish them up because it was cold, so it made it impossible to get a good foot print.  As soon as I'd push them on the canvas she'd inevitably squish her toes again and ruin the print.  Cute idea for an older child, but not practical for a newborn, so PASS on this one.  

So that's the focal point of her room, the crib and the collage above it.  Stay tuned for my next post...DIY wall art for a baby girl nursery.

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