My Birch Tree baby nursery was inspired by the paint color (Benjamin Moore, Robin's Nest) and the accent colors of orange and brown. Then I saw wall decals of birch trees and had to have have something like them in my nursery. I was encouraged to paint my own trees free-hand after seeing other nurseries with similar themes online. We chose this idea before we knew the sex of our baby, and I think it is very gender neutral without being boring.
What brand and color of paint did you use? Benjamin Moore, Robins Nest (eggshell).
If you added stripes, polka dots or other paint effects, tell us how you did it. I added the trees on the wall by laying them out in Photoshop based on the room measurements. Once we were happy with the proportions, we projected the layout on the wall. Unfortunately, due to the layout of our house, it was very difficult to get the projection on the wall correctly, but we could get the rough idea of placement. Once we started painting, it turned out to be really easy and fun! We just used white latex paint (eggshell) over the base color.
What brand of crib did you buy? Where from? Sorello Commuter Crib in White, purchased from Babies R Us.
What brand of furniture did you choose? Where did you buy it? Dresser: Ikea Bookshelf: Ikea Chair: Good Works (St. Louis)
What bedding set did you use? Where did you buy it? Fitted sheet: Target Crib Skirt: homemade with fabric from FabricWorm.com Pillow: homemade with fabric from FabricWorm.com
Tell us about your window treatments,
lighting, rugs, wall decor and accessories. Where did you buy them - were any handmade? Window shade: Meijer.com Ceiling Light: Ikea Floor Lamp: Ikea Alphabet Wall Art: homemade Box Shelves: Ikea Ledge Shelves: Container Store Dog Tail Hooks: Ebay.com Bookshelf Baskets: Ikea
How did you store all your baby goodies? In baskets, on shelves? I have everything we can currently use in the bookshelf baskets and dresser drawers. Clothes that are too big and toys that are not age appropriate are stored in Rubbermaid bins in a closet in another room.
How long did it take you? Was it easy, fun, difficult? What was your favorite part? Our house is over 100 years old and we hadn't made any repairs to this room. So there were some things that needed to be fixed before we could begin painting (window molding, ceiling cracks, electrical outlet plates, etc.). So the whole room took about five months on and off to complete.
Did you do the entire nursery on your own or did someone help you? Who? What did they do? My husband and I did almost everything on our own. The exceptions are that my mom made the bed skirt and pillow, and a friend helped me place and paint the trees on the wall.
What do you love most about your little one's finished room? It is comfortable, cute without being cheesey, and not over-the-top gender specific. People enjoyed finding owl and foresty items for us to include in the room. We just love it!
TIP: If painting or making your own tree seems a bit daunting, try an easy stick, removable tree wall decal. There are lots of beautiful ones available and they really brighten up the room!
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