Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Pink Nursery for a Special Baby

Okay, so when lots of women get the news they're going to be a grandmother, they pull out the knitting needles and get to work.  But I don't know how to knit and this probably isn't the time to start (Just thinking about it..... I get a visual of a misshapen sweater with lots of mistakes).

So maybe I can't do the traditional thing, but I can decorate a nursery -and my daughter Katie and her husband readily accepted my help.  Their vision?  A blush pink nursery with a modern flair.  And they wanted to put a sofa bed in there, so it can double as a guest room for their 2 bedroom apartment (more about that later).

Their apartment building allows them to paint the walls, as long as they can be changed back when they move out.  So we decided a blush pink feature wall would really give the room some pizazz.  And not just a plain pink wall, but a stenciled wall that would have a bit more style.

I have a LOT of experience stenciling.  Back in the 80's, when stenciling was popular, I stenciled pretty much anything that didn't move - except for the walls I wallpapered.  I did a lot of that too (and yeah, I've paid my dues stripping it over the years!).

Stencils patterns have changed a bit in the last few decades.  Gone are the borders that we plastered everywhere.  Now they are much more sophisticated.  Katie picked out the all over Rockin' Rosie Damask pattern.  I've never done an entire wall before, but was up for the challenge.

And it was surprisingly easy.  You simply position the stencil starting on one side of the room and match up the next square on the match lines.  I used a foam roller to apply standard latex paint (helpful tip - use an almost dry roller to prevent paint from seeping under stencil).  And they made the corners easier, with a ceiling strip, to keep it nice and neat.  All told, I did the wall in less than 4 hours.

Some quick retouch fill in any gaps in the stencil pattern
The finished product really does create a nice feature wall!  

With that done, it was time to start planning the rest of the room.  For the crib and changing table, they loved this mid-century style crib and changing table/dresser.  Don't the cross bars at the bottom of each piece give it some great style?  

Guest room to nursery transformation - Before

Guest Room to Nursery Transformation - After

West wall - Before (typical apartment catch all room!)
West Wall - After
Since the room doesn't have any overhead lighting, it was important to find a floor lamp that was nice and bright - and stayed with the mid century styling.

High on the priority list was a glider, but instead of the usual footstool, we used this fluffy one.  So soft and cozy!!!

And we found lots of cute storage containers for important things like toys & swaddles.  

And we got it all done just in time for the arrival our newest addition to the family!  Oh, and are you curious about the nursery/guest room plan?  Well let's just say it's a nice place to catch a few winks - but we're sleeping in the living room when we visit!!! 
Crib & Dresser - Dwell Studio Mid Century 
Floor Lamp - Land of Nod
Polka Dot Rug - Pottery Barn Kids
Pink Curtains - Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
Animal Mobile - Fiona Walker 
Bookcase - IKEA
Ottoman - West Elm
Pink Wall 'Houses' - Target
Elephant Storage - Homegoods
Canvas & Pom Pom storage - Pehr Designs
Wall Stencil - Royal Design Studio

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  1. Charming, Laurel. And unique! Your stencil job is amazing!

    1. Seriously.....the stenciling was pretty easy!!!

  2. Wait. You did this at the same time as the cottage reno? Talk about having the pedal to the metal!

    1. Ha ha - it was a bit crazy!!! But we got it done. Now it's on to the next one :-)

  3. Beautiful and very tasteful. I love the stencil work just girl enough. Beautiful work as always. Thanks for the shopping list! Enjoy the baby and all

  4. Congratulations! I just painted an accent wall in my nursery a very similar color (White Dogwood by Sherwin Williams).

    1. The blush pinks are so popular right now and I love how cozy and relaxing they are! Perfect for a baby!

  5. I love the stenceling. When we moved into our home almost every room had wallpaper. I went the stenceling route. Not in every room but it was nice to perk up paint and later no scraping off wallpaper. I am glad you left the link as I am getting the itch to stencil again and like the idea of a focus wall. The nursery is beautiful and the last picture of your cute granddaughter is priceless. Enjoy being a grandma!

    1. Thanks so much!!!! And you're right, stenciling is much easier to change over the long haul!

  6. Congratulations! Becoming new grandparents is only slightly less exciting than becoming parents!

  7. Exactly!!! It's SO exciting!! And much easier :-)


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