Apr 23, 2011


Olivia's Nursery Nook

Just when I thought I'd had enough of bird theme madness from our wedding over a year ago, I decided to reuse a lot of our wedding decor for the baby's "nook."  We will be reusing birdcages from the centerpieces as well as our guestbook thumbprint tree.  

This little one was quite a surprise and DH and I will most likely be moving next year for him to go to physical therapy school, so Olivia's "nursery nook" will actually be half of our rec room.  The small space and shape of the room is a bit of a challenge, but I know she won't judge.  ;)

Crib and Dresser (not our exact furniture because ours was on clearance and is discontinued but this is close to the color/style)-

Olivia s Nursery Nook photo 1


Bedding My wonderful mother-in-law bought Olivia's bedding on sale at Pottery Barn Kids.  It has birdies!!!  And she had it embroidered with her name.  No turning back now!  This little one better truly end up being a girl! 

My mom is also currently working on her cradle bedding for when she sleeps in our room for the first couple months.  It's going to be beautiful!!!


Canopy for above the crib on the slanted wall

Inspiration (easy DIY with just a plain white sheet tied with ribbons to an upside down planter hung from the ceiling): Estimated cost $20



Decal/shelves over dresser/changer table  Even better, we can peel off the decal and take it with us for her room whenever we move next year.  I found this AWESOME DIY Instructable on how to make a wall tree decal for $20.  Score!  
Estimated cost:  $29.00 (after supply shipping)
Inspiration for positioning:
Olivia s Nursery Nook photo 3Inspiration for decal with shelving and colors:
Shelves to mount on top of decal: ($14.99 from Target for one but I found a set of 3 for sale on Craigslist for $20 all together! Another score!)  Estimated cost: $20 for all 3
Classic Wall Shelf - 12" (Espresso).Opens in a new window Source 
Wall Hangings  I have no idea where yet, but somewhere I want to hang our wedding guestbook tree on her wall. It may just have to wait until we have the wall space in our house in the future.  But I still plan on doing this project while she's just a few weeks old. I want to flank the guestbook tree with little square canvases of her handprints and footprints and find some cute way of displaying them.  I'll be on the lookout for handprint/footprint art ideas with birds/butterflies/flowers :)
Here is our guestbook (the colors are much lighter and brigher in person and now has way more "leaves" since this was taken early on into the reception), and here is an idea for the artwork to flank it. 
Estimated cost $5.00
  Pinned Image Source
Here's another DIY artwork quote project I found on Pinterest to display a favorite quote of mine.  I have a slight Shakespeare obsession (comes with the territory of being an English teacher), so I plan on creating a canvas with the quote "And though she be but little, she is fierce" (A Midsummer Night's Dream).  I still have old sheet music left over from creating our wedding table numbers.  Yay for recycling!  Estimated cost:  $5.00
And I will also probably print and frame a pretty cursive O from Flickr to put on one of the tree shelves.  Easy peasy!  All it takes is a piece of printer paper, a thrift store frame, and some spray paint. Estimated cost: $2.00

 Free photo letters. 100's of different letters that you can print off! Source
DIY Bird Mobile for above crib from Martha Stewart's site (the lady seems like a closet loonie bird but she has great resources): Estimated cost $8.00

Olivia s Nursery Nook photo 5 Source
DIY Birdcage Chandelier to hang in the corner beside dresser/changer.  I already own the birdcage from our wedding and the lighting kit from an old fixture.  All I need is a 1/2 yard of fabric for the cord wrapping: Avg cost $4.00

Olivia s Nursery Nook photo 6 Source

DIY refurbish of toybox/bookshelf combo unit.  I already have an old toybox/bookshelf that just needs some TLC:
Paint white/brown/pink and put a few bird stencils on top of stripes Avg cost $20.00
Olivia s Nursery Nook photo 7

I really love this stencil placement over the stripes on this piece.  I would just stick to light pink, white, light green, and brown for the colors:  
Paint idea for toy chest (pink and white stripe with brown stenciled branch and birds) Source
And for the bookshelf part of the unit, I plan on backing the shelves with pink, white, and brown patterned contact paper.  Voila! 
 To-do list:
Toy chest
-Paint pink
-Stripe design
-Stencil birds
-Put contact paper on shelving backs
-Paint birdcage hanger
-Put contact paper inside cage
-Attach canopy fabric
-Hang canopy
Birdcage lamp
-Install lighting kit
-Put stenciled rice paper inside cage
-Make cord sleeve
-Tie ribbon
Bird mobile
-Make base
-Cut birds for hanging
-Hang mobile
Wall decal
-Trace tree design
-Cut out vinyl
-Paint hanging shelves
-Place decal
-Hang shelves
Bow holder
-Cover wooden letter with fabric
-Attach ribbon 
(2) Comments

This is stunning!  I can't wait to see how the nursery turns out!

Oh my goodness, how gorgeous!!  And some amazing deals and great ideas!  Love!  (on a side note, I'm not at all bitter that I had a little boy... not. at. all.  haha)