Planning for a Green Baby – Nursery Wall Decor

Hello again,

Like I promised, I am trying to keep up on my posts!!

When it came to decorating the walls in the nursery, I wanted to do it myself! The hubby didn’t want a “Baby-ish” decor, and he didn’t like the wall decals, so I got creative! We decided to do shapes, colors and numbers, that didn’t scream “BABY”, but still showed that it was a kids room. I made three canvases, one with letters, one with shapes and one with numbers. I bought 10 x 10 canvas wrapped frames, I then picked fabric I thought would complement the nursery and wrapped the fabric around the frames, using a staple gun, I stapled the fabric on. I then used my Cricut cutter to cut the letters “A”, “B”, “C”, numbers “1”, “2”, “3” and a square, triangle, star and heart. I then made the cutouts into stickers, then stuck them on the fabric.

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After getting them placed right where I wanted them, I went outside and spray painted the whole canvas. After 2 coats of spray paint (and about a weeks time, since I had to spray paint “weather permitting”), I pealed off the cutouts, and this is what I got!

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I have them hanging above the changing table/dresser. Originally I had them hanging pretty low, so Bubba could see them from his changing pad. As he has gotten older & bigger he has realized he can reach them AND knock them off the wall…. so they had to be re-hung at a higher level!!

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For above the crib I wanted to add Austin’s name, I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to do it while pregnant and couldn’t ask anyone for ideas either, because we didn’t share his name until he was born! I knew I wanted to use fabric. I had a bunch of scraps left over from a baby quilt I made a friend, and they happened to match Austin’s nursery perfectly! This is what I came up with…

DSC_1278I bought plain letters at Hobby Lobby and painted them white (with non-toxic white paint), I bought 6 10×10 canvases at Hobby Lobby, used my scrap fabric to cover them, stapled them using a staple gun, then glued the letters onto the fabric (Again, with non-toxic craft glue). I was originally worried that the letters might come off, but I couldn’t even pull them off after the glue dried! I think it turned out great, and my husband LOVED the outcome! (Always a plus!)

For the corner of the room with the rocking chair, I wanted to make a “library” of kids books.  One reason was for decoration, and the other was for use! We have books that were ours as kids and books that people bought us for Austin! I found these awesome shelves at Ikea (after looking EVERYWHERE else first…)… Ikea RIBBA, I bought 3 and had my dad hang them (since by that point, I didn’t need to be climbing a ladder!)

DSC_1276I wanted to add something to the other side of the window, just some small simple shelves for knick-knacks. I had a hard time finding corner shelves that were small enough for the space, but eventually found them at Home Depot! I think they look great, and add a little extra storage space.

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I had so much fun designing the wall decor for this room!

Is there a room in your home that you spent extra time & attention designing?

Planning for a Green Baby – Nursery Furniture

Well… I am back, my one week vacation in Florida turned into a month long vacation from my blog, I am sorry!

I would like to continue on talking about my Green Nursery. This post will speak to all the furniture we bought, and I so diligently researched!

I wanted white furniture, and since the husband got to pick the wall color, I got to pick the furniture.

Let’s start with the most important piece of a baby’s nursery, the crib! I did a lot of research on white cribs, especially since they have been recalled in the past due to harmful chemicals in the white paint. I found our crib on Amazon, but eventually ordered it from Target. The crib is a DaVinci Kalani and is made of wood from a sustainable forest in New Zealand. This is what DaVinci has to say about themselves “At DaVinci, we build not just clean, non-toxic nurseries but green, non-toxic worlds. That’s why environmental sustainability and energy efficiency are DaVinci family values.” I, of course, LOVED that I found a crib manufacturer that believed in the same things as me!

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Next most important piece of furniture… the rocking chair! Since our room is small, I wanted a rocking chair that had a fold out footstool. One that could easily be “folded in” so that I wouldn’t trip over it! I found this great chair at Buy Buy Baby. The color choices were great, as well as the fabric choices. I chose a dark chocolate brown microfiber, for three reasons, 1) It matched my theme for the nursery, 2) Microfiber doesn’t stain easily and, 3) After we are done with it in the nursery it will match our family room furniture! The chair wasn’t cheap, but knowing it will work in another room in our house made the purchase seem more “reasonable”. The company that makes the chair is out of Indiana, so Made in the USA!!

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Nursery Chair

Next item of importance, a dresser/changing table. I wanted to purchase a dresser that my child would be able to use well past the diaper age, so I chose a simple, white dresser from Ikea. Ikea believes in sustainability and makes less expensive, solid furniture. Since we already owned a dresser from Ikea that we loved, we just purchased it in white for the nursery. This is the Ikea Hemnes dresser, in white. I did change the knobs to match the door handles and curtain hardware already in the nursery. I placed a changing pad on top of the dresser, the dresser is a great height for diaper changing, and since it is a long dresser, I have plenty of room for a basket of diapers, wipes, creams, etc. as well as a small light!

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Ikea Dresser

As for the closet, I chose two Ikea Expedit shelves. I have both standing upright in the closet, with chocolate brown bins in them. Once Bubba is a little older, I will pull them out of the closet and we will use them as benches to store his toys! I love that these have a duel function from the start! We also installed a rubbermaid closet organizer, with 2 shelves and 2 hanging rods. That way there is room for hanging clothes, and extra storage for diapers & toys on the shelves!

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I hope you are all enjoying my Planning for a Green Baby posts!

When you buy furniture, do you make an effort to buy green? Or Made in the USA?