So I revealed my happy little “woodland creatures, modern nursery“, this week! Did you see it? We’ve been enjoying it around here, but there were a few of the nursery details, that I couldn’t get to the first time around… like this light. It started out as a dreaded “boob” light. Urgh. Then, got a little upgrade with this drum shade. That, was pretty good…
But, then, once I started working on the nursery and noticed I was going in the high-contrast direction, with hits of black… I thought… that chrome finish, just won’t do. So another update it is!
A simple update of black spray paint fixed it up nicely. But, here was my favourite part, and the best tip ever — tin foil! Have you ever had a super awkward item to spray? This one had me thinking it would be super easy, but then I thought about the prep, and the taping-off, and my little brain said ‘there has to be a better way!’ … and there is. Tin. Foil. People. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).
Oh my goodness, this was such a piece of cake! The foil absolutely protected everything about the shade, and moulded around the metal bits perfectly, to leave them exposed for spraying. Yay! I love it when things get easy!
Ta-da! In no time flat I was popping my shade back in place in all it’s wonderful, black, goodness.
Next up, my little vanity stool. It needed a little black and white improvement. Another easy peasy project — I popped off the seat, and gave the metal frame a quick spray, with, you guessed it, black spray paint! Then, I used some an old scrap of fabric I had laying around, and quickly stapled it, to the seat.
Luckily, I had enough of the same Ikea fabric, to pop it into the frame I placed above the crib on my triangle accent wall. If you’re framing your fabric, make sure you give it a goooood ironing first!
And, there we go! We’ve started a nice little fabric story, in our little nursery.
Ok, next! Just how did I manage that pattern with the triangle decals (err, stickers? what’eva you want to call them)? I feel I need to tell you I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to aligning things… and, full disclosure, I reapplied my first two triangles a couple times before I really got going. But, once I found my rhythm, it went fast.
The only supplies needed, were, a long level, tape measure, tape (optional), pencil, and of course, my triangle decal/stickers.
First, I did a rough tape-up. I used painters tape to pop up my first vertical row, just so I could step back, and judge how I wanted my spacing to be. Once I knew how many rows would fit, and how I wanted to offset every other row, I could determine my measurements.
Every second row worked out to being 20 inches apart. I was working with every second vertical row, because I was offsetting rows. So, I knew every second vertical row would be level with one another. Once I had my first triangle in place, I would measure out 20 inches horizontally to the right, and make a pencil mark. That was where the left edge of the next triangle would be placed.
Then, I took my level (the Kiddo is my model in this pic), and lined it up with the top of my first triangle, and once I had everything level, penciled in the spot for the top of the next triangle (20 inches over). Now, I have my left, and top, pencil mark, ready, to apply the next triangle. Make sense?
Working left to right, on rows: 1, 3, 5 etc. And, then again with rows: 2, 4, 6 etc, I had all the triangles applied in a couple hours, and was left with this. ^^ And, I absolutely love how it turned out! If I can do it, you can do it!
And, lastly that cute little Ric Rac Rabbits quilt. This was a total cheat. We had a ton of blankets and quilts from our first Kiddo, and I had this one that I loved, and would fit in perfectly with this new nursery — but the back-side of the quilt could be made better. Namely, with those adorable carrot-munchin’ fur-balls. So here’s what I did…
1. Shows the back-side of the quilt exposed, this is what we’re going to replace. 2. I took my Ric Rac Rabbits and ironed down a seam allowance to the exact size of the existing quilt. 3. Here you can see my ironed hem, or seam allowance. 4. I simply pinned it in place, and then took the whole thing over to my sewing machine and sewed 4 straight lines all the way around.
Voilá. She’s done like dinner. No need to buy a new quilt… a little ironing and a little sewing got me the custom one I wanted, for the cost of a yard or so of fabric.
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