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Adorable Boys Nursery with Painted Wall Mural

09 March 2011

 And I am so excited to be here on Remodelaholic!!

I guess I've always been a crafter, but I haven't always been a blogger. I started The Willow Bee in January of this year as a place to keep up with ideas, find inspiration, and share with others. It's my happy place!

The project I'm sharing with you today was one I completed before I had a blog, and the very first project completed in our new home...

When we bought our house in December 2009, I was pregnant with our second child. Our son, Spencer. So, of course, the first room we worked on in the new house was the nursery. Here is what his room looked liked when we were getting started...

The inspiration for my baby boy's nursery came from a crib skirt and curtain panel I found in an outlet store. It was a Dwell Studio for Target brand that had already been discontinued when I found it. But I LOVED it and scooped up the lonely crib skirt and curtain panel determined to build his nursery around it.

We started by painting the room a lovely shade of light blue with just a tinge of gray in it. It took us 2 full coats of the Behr Premium paint to get to this...

Nice, but it needed something to give the room some depth, interest, and to really make it special. So, I got the bright idea to take the pattern of the crib skirt and curtain onto the wall behind his crib. First, I taped the curtain panel onto the big window on our front door, taped a piece of plain white computer paper onto the fabric and traced the pattern. The light coming in through the window acted as a perfect light box! I borrowed a projector from a friend, but I found out afterward that our public library rents overhead projectors! (Who knew?!?) Once the image was projected onto the wall, I lightly traced the animal shapes with a pencil. Then began the tedious task of filling it all in. Seriously, guys, it took us a whole week of painting after work and during nap times to achieve this final result...

All of the furniture pieces are hand-me-downs from when my daughter was a baby, so the only things we had to purchase were the paint and supplies, the rug, and a few more accessories. Like this cardboard rhino head from Cardboard Safari...

We added a couple of shelves above the dresser for more storage (never can have enough with a new baby)...

And my mom sweetly came over and helped me turn one curtain panel into 2 panels with the help of a couple of pretty nondescript tan colored panels I had lying around. We cut the animal print panel in half lengthwise, trimmed the tan panels to fit, stitched the two together and then hemmed the unfinished edge. They aren't super full when pulled close, but they do cover the entire window and block a lot of light.

So, that's the story of our baby boy's nursery. I hope you enjoyed reading about how it came to be. And I hope you'll come join me over at The Willow Bee!

Thanks again for having me, Remodelaholic!


Lisa March 9, 2011 at 7:36 AM  

That wall mural is to die for! I *just* did a Dwell Studio knock off too. http://lisasroombyroom.blogspot.com/2011/03/dwell-studio-knock-off.html

Rachael March 9, 2011 at 8:31 AM  

Thanks again for the feature, Cassity! :)

Visit me at the-willow-bee.blogspot.com

Allison March 9, 2011 at 8:51 AM  

Wow! What a creative idea to get those animals on the wall, and it turned out beautifully! Great work...I don't know if I would've been able to stick with it!

Kathryn March 9, 2011 at 9:44 AM  

I just saw a print like your mural in Land of Nod and dog eared the page! Love it for a boy or girl!

Cynthia March 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM  

wow, I love those cute animals on the wall! I'd love to do that to our back room, but we don't plan on staying in this house for long, but it's a great idea.. I might use that on our next house thanks :)

Carol March 9, 2011 at 4:12 PM  

What a beautiful paint job! And I love how the chair and curtain topper pulls that gold color right out of the mostly blue curtain.

Fash Boulevard March 9, 2011 at 4:59 PM  

OMG. I love your blog. My name's Anna, I'm a stylist and visual merchandiser in LA. I'm 23 years old and moved to California after graduating back in south with a degree in visual merchandiser. I've worked with such designers as Max Azria, Nicole Richie, and my idol Rachel Zoe. I'd love if you visited my new blog for multiple posts a day on all things fashion. I'd love the support. I'm following you, I hope you'll do the same. Thanks so much.


Baye March 10, 2011 at 6:16 AM  

Really nice! I don't know how you did the wall, but it really makes the room.

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