G-man's nursery is pretty much finished (and I have a totally semi-homemade nursery idea to finish the last big open wall - more on that below!) But I thought I'd share, especially because I love to show people how easy it is to get big, fun looks for cheap (and easy!) with the help of the amazing artists on etsy!
For G's room, we wanted big drama on a reduced budget. After spending too much on Big Sister's crib set, I picked a bumper from PBK and just bought solid sheets and crib skirt to go with it - done. From that, we decided to go nautical...
but with a PIRATE feel!
My favorite part of the room is the gigantic pirate ship over his crib (do you see a tiny g-man in the crib?!) It's a 5 feet long white vinyl decal and I worked with an etsy artist (Camara from Hums & Tiddely Poms) to get it just how I envisioned.
Vinyl decals are super easy to put up and super cheap. This one took up a huge wall and cost $50. And it's removable, which is important because we move a lot, and the next people might not be into pirates! You can get a vinyl decal to go with anything! Just go to etsy.com and search for: vinyl decal horses, ladybugs, whatever!!
At the time we bought this crib - in 2005 - black nursery furniture was hard to find (that's why we painted the dresser and changing table ourselves!) All the black cribs were $4000+ and that was way out of our budget. This one is the Deborah Stages Convertible Crib by Storkcraft. It cost
I have to give Hubby a lot of credit...
It was his idea to put up the bead board (it's great because, as a builder, he sees a lot of cool things and brings the ideas home!) I painted the walls navy blue (Star Spangled #450-7 from Pittsburgh Paints) and the bead board white - lots of contrast!
Here is a 2wk old baby g-man on the changing table. I worked with Shelley at SingleStoneStudios on this Pirate's Life decal.
This captain's wheel and oar are totally semi-homemade (just ignore the humidifier on the dresser!). I just bought them unfinished (for cheap!) at Michael's, took them out to the garage, and spray painted them with white glossy paint. Done!
Speaking of spray paint...
That dresser was Hubby's as a kiddo! It was oak (we hate oak, sorry!) with awful hardware... he spray painted it black when Big Sister was on the way, we bought nickel knobs, and now it has a totally new look!
Then, here are a few more details...
buttonsn2bows worked with me on the pirate night light, pirate trash can, and the drawer pulls for the changing table (pirate ships, compass, parrot, treasure chest!). She caters to a lot of the typical nursery themes.
Now to finish...
I'm on the hunt for some pirate fabric. I'm going to stretch it over a canvas, possibly do some embroidery on it (G-man's Treasure Map or something!), and hang it over the rocker.
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