We have come a long way in this little lady’s room – from four bare walls to a room bursting with love, fun, colour, and cheerfulness. This space makes me instantly happy when I come in, and Maya seems to dig it too (thank goodness!). Here is the full scoop on her bright and cheerful DIY nursery.
Just a reminder of what the room looked like pre-makeover. Fresh walls and floors… but dying for a little life!
As you saw in last week’s post, we started out by creating an accent wall with paint and decals (paint colour is PARA paint’s “Flushed”). The ice cream cone decals came from Urban Walls (on etsy) and I LOOOOVE them. They definitely set the tone for the rest of the room.
Usually I would always do drapes in a room like this, but for some reason I just wasn’t feeling it for Maya’s room. We have roll-down blackout blinds already installed, and I plan on installing some bamboo blinds in front of those eventually, so I was pretty OK to leave the windows bare for now.
I maximized the little wall space to the right of the window with some mint-painted boxes, and also hung up two of the pieces from her original DIY raindrop mobile. I couldn’t find the right spot to hang the mobile in its’ original form, so I took it apart and did this instead. Cute, right?
Then as you pan around the room, there is a reading/crafting spot. I used an IKEA LACK table under the window (I prefer the look of these versus the specifically kids tables at IKEA – cleaner lines or something), and paired it with some vintage kids chairs I found at the flea market.
As you continue to turn around in the room, you get to her closet on the opposite side. This area was screaming out for colour, so I got out my fave mint paint (PARA paint’s “Baffling Behavior”) and gave those puppies a dose of the happy hue. There is just something about white walls and brightly coloured furniture and accessories that does it for me.
The embroidery hoop art has a mixture of fabrics that related to the room’s colour scheme. An easy and inexpensive DIY (tutorial here).
There are still a few things in here I’d like to do down the road. One is a larger area rug (saving up our pennies for that), finishing the interior of the closet (I’m thinking wallpaper!), and potentially painting the window trim out in a colour. I might do light gray or go really crazy and keep the mint thing alive. Oh, and hanging the bamboo blinds like I already mentioned. For now though, I’m pretty pumped on how the room has come together.
Get the Look:
- Urban Walls Decals. I’m obsessed with all the decals from Urban Walls (which is where I got the ice cream cones for this room)!!
- Overdyed Turquoise Rug: Love this style of rug so much. Looks cute but not overly “kid”.
- White Crib: A classic. You can’t go wrong with white! Ours was a gift, but I love the sweet details on this antique style one.
- Pink crib sheets. Love these sweet floral ones, and these heart ones.
- Gold Letters for the Wall. Spell out your kid’s name, or a cute phrase!
- Gold hardware for dresser. Take an old dresser, paint it, and update the hardware with these cool gold campaign style pulls.
- Box Shelves for the walls. Use these to put little trinkets inside. Perfect for a different kind of art display! I used these cube ones and painted them mint, but if I had discovered these little house shelves first I would have used them (SO cute!!!).
- Gold light fixture. Mine was a DIY, but this gold geometric pendant is similar and stunning!
- Paint colours: ‘Flushed’ by Para Paints (pink wall), ‘Baffling Behavior’ by Para Paints (mint closet doors + window trim), Jo Jo Whitewash (white walls)
Here are all the projects from this room makeover:
- The “before” and Room Moodboard
- Creating the Ice Cream Cone Decal Wall
- Using IKEA Picture Ledges as Bookshelves
- DIY Embroidery Hoop Art
- DIY Felt Raindrop Mobile (in Maya’s original nursery, which I disassembled and re-hung in this room)
- Pink Dresser Makeover
- DIY Wallpapered Closet
- IKEA Latt Table Hack
- IKEA Ribba Picture Frame Hack (painting the mats pink!)
Good luck! Are you digging Maya’s room makeover? It definitely hit the “cheery and bright” criteria, which I hoped it would. Luckily the girl LOVES it. We pick books out every night and read them on the floor with pillows, she loves to draw at her table (and ON the table… thank god for washable crayons!), and she thinks the ice cream cones are pretty silly. I’d say it was a win.