The Nursery Details

April 9, 2015

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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…

Modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

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!

Modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

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).

Modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

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!

Modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

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.

Modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

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!

Modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color. Modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

And, there we go! We’ve started a nice little fabric story, in our little nursery.

Modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

I even cut out what was left of my little origami woodland creatures, and added them to my clothesline photo display. Oh, and in case you missed it, here is that free printable, again!

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.

Applying wall decals to a modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

The only supplies needed, were, a long level, tape measure, tape (optional), pencil, and of course, my triangle decal/stickers.

Applying wall decals to a modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

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.

Applying wall decals to a modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

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.

Applying wall decals to a modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

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?

Applying wall decals to a modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

Applying wall decals to a modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

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…

Customize an existing quilt to the fabric of your choice with a few easy steps!

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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