Sunday, October 17, 2010

baby nursery budget makeover!

as promised, here is the baby nursery that i completed this weekend (actually in one day- trading spaces-style. sidenote: i loved that show. remember frank?) for my stepbrother and his wife's future baby boy! i will have to be honest and say, that they did paint the 3 surrounding walls benjamin moore's "gray cloud", and the one wall that has the window solid white before i came in.

here it is!

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i painted the black stripes onto the white wall today, and like i said, i picked out the gray for them to paint the walls a few weeks ago. i love this shade of gray!

here is the unofficial "before" shot:
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this isn't the total before shot, though. this is after the walls were painted :) the real before would feature khaki walls and boxes on the floor! hah! we never got a proper before shot. anyway....onto the details...
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here is the other side of the room, across from the crib. the dresser was pulled in from another room, and she will use it to put a changing pad on top of. that part didn't get finished today! anyway, the little green tin container was pulled in from the bathroom (holding his sister's toys). i thought it provided a nice pop of color, and i like the shape and size of it. i rescued the hamper from a yard sale pile (it very well could go back into that yard sale pile, but i thought it was cute - especially for a changing area), and you all know mr. zebra. i think that it would be cute to put a metal letter and maybe a couple more pieces of small art or frames around mr. zebra, but he's cute by himself for now.

we needed a lamp in the room, and i'd brought that shade from home. my mom came to the rescue with this cute bamboo-ish black lamp. i thought it was perfect for the space!

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i made the curtains with fabric that i had from home. it's realllllly old (i have 2 big bolts of it in the orange colorway and the yellow colorway. they are laurie smith's collection.)
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i did the ol' hot glue gun method again. not very professional, but works like a charm, and is pretty sturdy.
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i just lay it out on the floor, and iron all the sides in about an inch. then, i go in with my hot glue gun and just glue all the ironed areas down to make it permanent. ironing it just keeps it flat and makes it look like it was sewn down, rather than glued. i left a larger gap at the top for the curtain rod.

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it worked out pretty nicely. and, you kids are going to laugh at this: lindsey and brandon (parents of bebe) had the hooks up on above the window that hold the curtain rod, but i could not find the curtain rod ANYWHERE. in a moment of desperation, i decided to rig a curtain rod with an old broomstick i found in the garage. it had no broom on it, and was just a plain' ol stick with nothing else on it - and the perfect size for my window. i sprayed it white (i didn't have black spraypaint), and hung that thing up. worked like a charm! haha. i'm sure they'll replace it later, but it worked for now.

i also found some yellow string in the closet that i used as a curtain tieback. :)

here is the "focal" wall (i refuse to use the word "accent wall" because i hate accent walls.)
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i did 8" stripes and they are super graphic and fun! i spraypainted the little old orange rocker, and i just looooove the pop of orange down there!
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and here we are, back at the crib area. i painted those two paintings above the crib. mr. elephant, and mr. giraffe. maybe one should be a ms.? hm. anyway, i think they are fun little guys, and i like how they're the same colors as the bumper (which was an accident!) lindsey had the bumper made with some cute plaid flannel fabric she found, and i think it is just SO cute. it's so boyish, and the contrast to the other colors and patterns in the room is just perfect. the little blue cribsheet is also sweet, and i rescued that pillow from the yard sale pile, too. i know babies may not appreciate pillows in their cribs, but hey, it looks nice, right?
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i think i'm going to sell paintings like these, so email me if you are interested in some! obviously, they could be done in different colors, patterns, and animals.

the crib probably still needs a skirt, too, and i think maybe a white rug in the middle of the room could be nice as well. anyway, next is the little book shelf that i put to the right of the crib. i brought this shelf from home, because we aren't using it right now, and it was the perfect size for this space!
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you may remember the giraffe and the elephant pieces from last week, but the rest of these items i found around the house. i thought the blue and red toy trumpet was such a cute little boyish accessory (though, as soon as his big sister saw her toy trumpet sitting on the shelf, she promptly removed it and began playing it. don't kids appreciate decorative accessories? geez.) the cat in the hat was a favorite accessory i found around the house, because you know i ADORE the good doctor. :)

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and, there we have it! all done. for now, at least. it was all in a day's work, and it made me SO happy to get to do it. thanks to lindsey and brandon for letting their baby room get the decorating/painting wrath of kristen cast on it. hah! i'm a tornado of spraypaint and hot glue guns.

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if you live in, or around, atlanta, georgia, and have a room that you would like painted or decorated, please email me at kristen.fountain@gmail.com!

20 comments:

  1. Oh my, that is absolutely adorable. You do GREAT work!! :)

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  2. Ha! Love the curtain rod story! I look at stuff all the time and think, "what can I make out of that?" It's awesome that it was the perfect size! What a great ending to a budgeted baby room, you guys did a great job in there tying everything together. :)

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  3. thank you guys! there are definitely a few more things that could be done and tweaked, but i was really happy with the outcome last night! :)

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  4. love all the details, and the zebra! Good design can happen on a budget! Janell

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  5. Great work, Kristen. Babies love black and white!

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  6. good point, ronnie, i didn't even think about that! though, one lady that i painted yellow and white stripes for said that her baby loves looking at them! so hopefully this little guy will like his crazy black and white striped room :)

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  7. I'm a sucker for black and white and this is just so cool. I guess I didn't realize where you were going with the Zebra head in an earlier post. Sometimes I'm in a hurry and don't read the post but jump right to the pictures. Now it is all making sense to me. I would love to get in your inspired head. :)
    Pam

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  8. Love the animal portraits! And thank you for the phrase "focal wall," as accent wall never really cut it for me, either.

    Some nice inspiration to begin the week with....

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  9. Love the zebra! And the curtain rod story... when I was in design school, my teacher would literally put us in situations like that and grade us on our abitlity to "think on our feet"... great job! A+

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  10. studio 13 - that's awesome. i coudl've waited until my stepbrother got home, but i was being impatient, and i wanted the room to be pretty NOW! haha.

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  11. this looks soooo awesome. I remember FRANK!!! painting some little chickens on the wall... HA! He was always sweating up a storm with a paintbrush in his hand! I LOVE that fabric.. I've seriously been surfing the net for the perfect graphic orange fabric... This Laurie Smith Fabric is exactly what I'm looking for. I remember when it first came out, I rushed to Hancock Fabrics to check it out. I like your work!

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  12. jenn - i was wondering when someone was going to respond to my frank comment! he was hilarious - his style was....crazy. wow, what i guy, i should google him...

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  13. EXCELLENT ! I adore the black dresser, looks so great in that space! :))))))

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  14. I love love loved trading spaces.... I am still kinda a design show junkie... my current fave is dear genevieve (i even loved her when she put moss on that wall!) did you google frank??? he has a blog http://frankbielec.blogspot.com/

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  15. thank you, jen and jenn! i am toootally about to check out frank's blog. that's awesome! i loved genevieve too! she was always my favorite, and i also appreciated the moss walls :)

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  16. LOVE that orange rocker against the black and white wall! Clearly we're stripe sisters...I recently striped out my guest bath. It' on my blog too.

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  18. Adorable! Just get rid of the string tie back. (very dangerous around little kids). Bumpers are adorable but no longer used (unsafe) and please get an adapter kit from the crib manufacturer to make the drop side stationery. Drop sides have now been banned. It can be pretty AND baby safe too! Best wishes for baby!

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  19. I'm in desperate need of curtain help!! I am not handy with a sewing machine but want to make curtains for my son's nursery in fabric that coordinates to his bedding but I have NO IDEA how much fabric to order! The window looks about the same size as this one so I was wondering if you could please, please, PLEASE tell me how many yards you used for each panel. This is my first DIY attempt in his nursery and I'm definitely in need of assistance LOL!

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