Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shared Boy Nursery

I spent the last few weeks visiting my family and helping my brother and his wife spruce up their house a little.   I showed up when my sister in law was 38 weeks pregnant with their 5th child and she was really sweet and patient as I ripped her entire house apart!

My brother and I worked super hard to get everything done before the new baby came and we were hanging the last few things up hours before the little guy got home from the hospital!  One of the first rooms we worked on was the nursery.

The starting point for the nursery was this quilt that I bought on Etsy from The Tabbie and The Pea .  The fabric is Michael Miller's backyard baby .

The baby shares a room with his four year old brother and we wanted a room that would be cute and comfortable  for both of them.  The walls were painted last year (Behr's wind surf) so we wanted to keep the paint.

The dresser was an older one that was laminate and pressboard and was in good condition overall but dinged and scratched up.

I started by priming and painting the dresser with a 4 inch foam roller and paint brush.  I primed it with Zinsser cover stain oil based primer.  After letting the primer on the dresser dry I painted it with 2 coats of Valspar's kitchen and bath enamel paint in soft gloss.  The great thing about the cover stain is that you can cover it with water based paint and it's really durable.

The knobs on the dresser were wood and I spray painted them with some Krylon grey spray paint in gloss. The dresser turned out great and really brightened up the room.

I made the "BOYS" sign out of some scrap wood and then stained it with my favorite tea, steel wool and vinegar stain.  It's always a surprise to see how it turns out.  This time it was more brown then gray which was perfect for their bedroom.  My other sister in law is an artist so she painted the boys on there for me.

My nephew's bed got a new gray and white striped duvet from Target.  It was a great deal at only $20 and is the same one in my son's dinosaur bedroom.  The pillow is made from the MM Bug Jars fabric.  I did it the same way as I made the zigzag pillow for the skateboard bedroom.  The little book bin we built him at Christmas using Ana White plans.

My Mom made two sheets for the baby's crib using a Walmart flat sheet and I made the crib ruffle with a gray flat sheet.  The twin flat sheets are $5 each so we were able to get two sheets and a crib ruffle for just $10.

My Mom is super talented and makes these adorable little name banners.  She made one for the baby that looks like little bugs in jars!

My Mom also made the curtain valance with some scraps from the pillow and some gray fabric we dug out of my Grandma's fabric stash!  I drag my WHOLE family into my projects!  Even Great Grandma had to help!

All finished!  I think we spent a day working and less than $70 for the fabric, duvet cover and paint.

One of my favorite things is that the bed was my brother's childhood bed.  How sweet is that?