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Baby Boy Circus Nursery

by Candice Sanchez
(Gig Harbor, WA, USA)

Baby Boy Circus Nursery

Baby Boy Circus Nursery





The big-top in my circus nursery was inspired by a nursery featured in Pottery Barn Kids Catalog, and then we changed the color scheme. Initially, we had wanted an elephant nursery which then turned into including other animals and a circus nursery theme.


What brand and color of paint did you use?

We used paint/primer in one Behr and Glidden paint (low VOC) from Home Depot. I can't remember the exact name of the colors because we went through so many samples of blue, green and yellow.


If you added stripes, polka dots or other paint effects, tell us how you did it.

The ceiling was painted all white. We created a circle around the light fixture. We measured the dimensions of the room, and made sure that the scalloped edges were evenly spaced. We then used Frog-tape and measured out the lines to each of the stenciled scalloped edges.


What brand of crib did you buy? Where from?

We purchased the low-profile Kendall crib in Simply White from Pottery Barn.


What brand of nursery furniture did you choose? Where did you buy it?

We specifically chose a low-profile crib because I am only 5'2". The custom upholstered glider/recliner was purchased from a local baby boutique called Sugar Babies in Sumner, WA. The other furniture featured in the room is refurbished/repainted from preexisting pieces in the house.


What nursery bedding set did you use? Where did you buy it?

We bought the Circus Theme toddler quilt as featured in the circus baby room from the Pottery Barn catalog to match the theme of the room. Other decorative touches, such as the wall art, were found on Etsy. Bedding linens were purchased at Target.


Tell us about

your window treatments, nursery lighting, rugs, wall decor and accessories. Where did you buy them - were any handmade?

Window treatments - cut to size Levolor black-out accordion blinds from Lowes.

Lighting - Retro Photographer Tri-pod floor lamp from Target. Table lamp repainted, Ikea.

Wall Decor/Accessories - various Etsy vendors. We added MDF molding to provide the appearance of wainscoting on the walls.


How did you store all your baby goodies? In baskets, on shelves?

We installed shelving for storage from Home Depot/Lowes in the closet. We reused boxes from all of the shipments for baby supplies to store toys and other goodies by covering the cardboard with decorative scrap paper.


How long did it take you? Was it easy, fun, difficult? What was your favorite part?

The complete transformation of the room took about 3 weeks. It was challenging but fun. My most favorite part was putting the final touches/accessorizing. I think my husband's favorite part was the MDF molding on the walls. It really added an architectural feature to the room.


Did you do the entire nursery on your own or did someone help you? Who? What did they do?

My husband and I worked on the room together. He was primarily responsible for the ceiling and wainscot. I was responsible for the decorating.


What do you love most about your little one's finished baby room?

It's bright, cheerful and happy, yet soothing and calming. It can also be used for a little girl in the future if we reaccessorize a bit.


If you want to create a circus nursery, check out ababy.com's circus fun theme section - you get 10% discount if you buy any three or more items from the same theme!


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