A few weekends ago, my college roommates and I descended on our very pregnant friend to decorate her nursery as a shower gift. I blogged about initial design ideas here. Through a lot of back and forth, we settled on a very sweet design, centered around the ever-popular bird theme – how apropos since we called this twig-legged friend “Bird” in college!
Saturday morning started with painting. We settled on the most perfect pale pink – Benjamin Moore’s “Pink Cloud”. We picked out the pink after finding the article in August’s Domino highlighting Richmond-based Katie Ukrop’s gorgeous home and especially her cozy pink living room. Like Katie’s living room, the nursery has sky-high ceilings, amazing white trim, and enormous windows letting in lots of sunlight. So although pale, the pink couldn’t be more perfect. (I found another interview with Katie Ukrop here on one of my favorite blogs, This Young House!)
Next up? Painting the furniture. One of our other roommates gave her a changing table made of a natural wood-colored laminate particle board. We decided to rough up the finish and paint it using Benjamin Moore’s “White Dove” in a high-gloss finish. We also replaced the knobs with cute glass knobs. She has a darling changing pad from Baby #1 to top the table. I found a nightlight at IKEA to put on the display area of the changing table, as well as a ceramic bird from the Crate & Barrel outlet. I’ll probably also pick up a lidded basket to store wet wipes, baby powder, etc., out of sight!
Above the changing table is a picture ledge we covered in another coat of White Dove. On it we placed a set of letters spelling out “N-E-S-T” that we found in a cute shop in Newport News, Sisters Unique, as well as another ceramic bird.
The next piece of furniture to paint was a CraigsList find – a sweet but beat up side table with curved edges and nice detailing. We gave it a good sanding and coated it with Benjamin Moore’s Pink Raspberry (I think…!), a pop of bright pink to add a little more pizazz to the room. Topping the side table is the cute bird I made, as well as a framed bird print from Etsy I found in yellowmonday’s shop a few months back.
Next to the pretty in pink side table is a borrowed creamy white glider and ottomon with pale yellow cushions. We added a lumbar pillow from IKEA covered in a hot pink bowtie fabric and accented with one of the fabrics from the bird mobile.
Behind the glider is IKEA’s EKARP floor lamp, topped with an IKEA lampshade I covered with a pink gingham (using spray glue) and edged with mini white pom-pom trim (using superglue). I thought about spray painting the lamp base a lacquered white, but couldn’t bear to cover up the brushed wrought iron finish (that oh so conveniently coordinated with the existing overhead light fixture!). Plus the black added a little oomph to the room that will last beyond the nursery years.
Hung above the side table is this gorgeous IKEA Ung Drill frame (a steal at $24.99!), which we spray painted a lacquered white. Inside the frame is a custom print I had done by the super talented Constant Dreamer (also found on Etsy!), painted to go with the nursery colors and fit perfectly inside our painted frame.
In the opposite corner of the nursery is the stunning (and graciously lent) crib, filled with yellow striped bedding and white matelasse bumpers and bedskirt. On the floor is a major deal scored at the Pottery Barn outlet, a pink 5′x8′ Trellis rug (can you say $45 instead of $299?!). Hung above the crib is the highlight of the nursery: our homemade bird mobile!
Still up for debate are a pair of white pop-pom trimmed curtains, which would be hung from branches lightly spray painted a lacquered white (like the bird mobile).
A huge shout out to the best friends a girl could have who made this nursery possible through a long Saturday of work, some sweat equity, and a little moohla: Laurie, Jess, Jord, Kristen and Avery (and the mommy-to-be, Nina)!!!
But there you have it! – the nursery is complete! Just in time for sweet Olivia to arrive!