This post has been a long time coming. But I’m happy to report that we are finally “done” with Elliot’s nursery! I say this in quotes because I’m constantly tweaking rooms. So nothing is ever really done done. But generally speaking the little man has the only “finished” room in our whole house right now. Lucky guy!!!
But let’s back up a bit a show you what the nursery looked like before.
When we first moved in this room had obviously been designed for a baby girl. Max liked to call it the Neapolitan room because of the strawberry pink and chocolate brown paint on the walls along with the white (vanilla) trim.
For the first few months that we lived in our house this room was mainly used as a dumping ground. We put all of our unused furniture in here and other odds and ends that hadn’t made it to Craigslist or down to the basement for storage.
When we found out last year that we were expecting we decided this was the room that would work best for the nursery. Since we couldn’t find out the gender right away (they’re usually able to tell around 16-20 weeks) I decided to paint over the brown paint on the walls first before tackling the pink.
And let me say, that brown paint was horrible to mask! It took about 3 coats of primer plus two coats of white paint to cover everything up.
Then once we found out the gender (a boy!) I decided to paint the pink upper portion of the walls gray (March Wind by Sherwin Williams). Max actually has the same color gray in his office downstairs and it looks very nice so I decided to stick with the same color. This gray is a great neutral color and I thought it would look good with a variety of accent colors. It’s not too dark and is actually very calming.
Then it was time for the fun stuff: furniture! We moved in the crib and rocking chair. And I made a very simple side table with hairpin legs. I found some very cute cloud crib sheets and I think that’s mainly what pushed me over the edge to pursue an airplane theme for this room.
I also refinished a vintage dresser and made it into a changing table. The airplane art was a handmade gift from my sister. I originally hung it over the changing table but it has since moved. I thought the combination of the art and arrow garland looked way too much like an insane smiley face and it was creeping me out. Told ya, I’m always changing things up!
Some simple wood shelving was later installed above the rocking chair. We had some extra pieces of wood that we kept when we ripped out the pony walls in our living room. So I sanded those pieces down and stained them to match the side table and dresser. Then mounted them to the wall with brackets. Easy peazy.
And after hanging some more art and re-arranging things a bit here’s what the room looks like now!
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Where are those airplane prints from? Thank you! what a beautiful nursery!
Thank you! I got the 6 airplane prints from an artist on Etsy. I added a link at the end of the post for the exact source <3
Do you have a tutorial for how you made the sidetable? This is almost exactly what I want but I haven’t found a place to buy it!
Hi Diana! The side table project was really simple so I wasn’t sure if a tutorial would be helpful for anyone. I found a round wood top at the hardware store, stained and sealed it with poly, and attached the hair pin legs with screws. Let me know if a tutorial would be helpful though and I can try to post one in the next week or so.
Hi! This is so cute! Where did you get the letters to make the little “fly” sign?
Thank you! I think I got them from Michael’s. Hobby Lobby might have some that are similar as well. <3
I really really love the hanging wood blocks with painted airplanes on them. Are you able to share how your sister made them? Does she sell these? I even love what you used to hand them up, I want to replicate this exactly in my nursery!! Any info you can share would be great 😊
Thank you so much! My sister told me she used these wood plaques from Amazon (https://amzn.to/2W7MwsF) and then painted the design on top with white paint. I added a sawtooth hanger (https://amzn.to/3kKnPNm) to the backs of the wood plaques and that’s actually what they hung from with a nail in the wall. The black hardware you see are some cabinet knobs that I screwed into the wall. And I put the rope around them to look like they’re hanging from that but they really weren’t – it was just a decorative touch. 🙂