About a year ago Kristen fell in love with modern country design and ever since she’s been working to incorporate it throughout her home. “I love a good blend of old and new and I love it even more when I get to put my own personal touch on the piece!” she told us. The moment she passd her first trimester, she knew she wanted to incorporate a few pops of color into her calm and serene, neutral nursery. “Once we found out that we were having a girl I looked at fabric sample after fabric sample. After a few days of research online I eventually fell in love with the peachy/pink and buttery yellow seen in the room and never looked back!”
She and her husband set a budget of $1,000 for the nursery. With that budget they wanted to be able to include everything – furniture, linens, lighting, décor, changing pad, and the closet renovation. In the end they spent $1,000 or a little less for absolutely everything seen, crafts included, give or take a few bucks.
Kristen loves the wall color of this nursery, which actually is the wall color in all of her bedrooms and bathrooms. “Baby Girl is the only one to have a chair rail though which helps add a pop of white. Behr is our favorite paint so we went with Behr All-in-One Paint and Primer in Basketry.” When you walk towards the nursery the first thing to be seen is the beaded chandelier and the side of the dresser and alphabet wall. “I love the fact that when you enter you see a shot of what we desired for the room – a neutral pallet with a touch of girly charm.”
The first area of the room houses the dresser, alphabet wall, and beaded chandelier. Kristen loved pictures of nurseries and game rooms that had alphabet walls, but wasn’t sold on was the presentation for her baby’s room. She was also crazy for picture frame galleries on the walls and in the end, decided to marry the two ideas – a picture frame gallery that houses the alphabet. “I always say that I am a good copy cat but when it comes to coming up with things on my own I tend to lack the creativeness. For once I nailed it on my own and I could not be happier with the result! I came up with the idea after looking at what all was out there. In the end I decided to spray paint frames, which were purchased from garage sales and Craigslist, use fabric as the background, and cut the letters from cardstock with my Silhouette machine. I could not have been more pleased with the outcome!”
Who knew that two old cabinet doors could make such wonderful shelves? It took her a while to find a good balance of neutrals and pops of color but in the end she could not be more pleased. The most tedious project was the beaded chandelier. After the final coat of spray paint was added and it was hung Kristen was in love. “I love the simplicity of it and the fact that it cost a total of $6.50 to create, but most of all I love that it will entertain our little blessing while she gets her diaper changed.”
The mobile turned out better than Kristen expected. Previously drawn to non-traditional mobiles, the first time she laid eyes on a suspended branch as the main portion of a mobile she was hooked. It took some time to decide what elements we wanted on there, but in the end she decided on three fabric flower balls, two jute wrapped balls, two white yarn balls, and a glassless frame with a Scripture frame inside.
Just about every single element in the nursery was a DIY project. Kristen gave the dresser, side table, and cabinet doors-turned-shelves a makeover complete with sanding and paint. All of the wall décor she created from various craft items, except for the Scripture board which her husband made from old fence pickets and she stenciled and sanded. “I love all things DIY so to get the opportunity to put my touch on the items in my little miracle’s room was my favorite thing ever. I think the sweetest thing I made was the peachy/pink canvas that sits on the lower shelf. I used acrylic paint and vinyl from my Silhouette and then made fabric flowers with a few pieces of the fabric used on the alphabet wall and mobile. The quote brings tears to my eyes every time I read it.”
Thanks Kristen for sharing this beautiful nursery and your amazing vision for it with us!