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Monkey Nursery

by Christa B
(Buffalo, NY, USA)

Monkey Nursery

Monkey Nursery

Designing a gender neutral nursery is quite challenging. We are adopting and when we began designing our baby's monkey nursery, we knew it had to be gender neutral and created on a tight budget!

First, I found the Monkey See, Monkey Do Bedding Set in bright blues, greens, yellows and pinks. I am not into pastels and wanted something fun and modern.

After I decided on the bedding, I was browsing the Pottery Barn catalog and found the wall color, "Stem Green by Benjamin Moore".

We took off all of the old window, door and floor moldings as well as the old door because they were in poor condition .

We painted the walls in stem green and then I decided to do a large white stripe in the middle about 3/4 up the walls. I framed the white stripe with a narrower stripe of chocolate brown. I figured if it was a girl, we'd incorporate splashes of pink. Then we found out it was a boy! so we continued with the shades of stem green, bright white and chocolate brown.

Since we had to replace all of the old trim, I decided to do my own "crown molding" and extended the ceiling paint down about 1/2-1 inch and then edged it with a chocolate brown stripe to tie in with the border.

We purchased the Simplicity chocolate brown and white Kingston crib, the rocker

was custom made to match and then we painted the dresser and bookcase with enamel paint in the same white and chocolate brown colors. The detail on the bookcase matches the molding we chose for the windows (the rosettes).

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We have hardwood floors, so we purchased an 8 x 10 chocolate brown rug at a carpet store for about $150 and had them bind it. We then put a 4 x 6 white and green rug over it which we purchased at Ikea for $46.

monkey nursery

We purchased the monkey and green and brown polka dot wall decals on ebay, which we thought were nice touches for a baby boy and they are easily removable when he no longer wants them on the walls.

I found chocolate brown blackout shades and incorporated white valances. Then I attached a piece of brown grosgrain ribbon to the valances to give them a bit more charm.

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Additionally, I hand painted a matching piggy bank in green/brown for his room.

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The last touch was using a compass to draw circles over his bed which I painted white. I purchased wooden letters at a craft store, painted them chocolate brown and hung them above his crib.

This room has become our favorite room in the house! Simple, classy, crisp and modern all created on an adoptive parents budget!

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Monkey Decal
by: Mizi

LOVE the nursery! I am having a boy in March and I plan to name him Brendan too! I especially LOVE the decal and was wondering if you purchased it from Ebay like that or if you purchased two different decals and created the one you have in your nursery on your own? I really love it and would love to do something very similar.

Nice Nursery
by: Curious George

Really nice nursery! Love the brown and white and green colors. Where did you buy the rocking chair & ottoman?

Thanks For Your Monkey Nursery Entry
by: Helen

Thanks for sending in your entry. I love the stripe around the room - the monkeys are so cute.

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