Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Semi-Homemade Nursery

G-man's nursery is pretty much done (and I have a totally semi-homemade idea to finish the last big open wall - more on that below!) But I thougt 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/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 to get it just how I envisioned. The Everythings came over last summer to help put it up. 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 alot, and the next people might not be into pirates. ;) You can get a vinyl decal to go with anything! Just go to and search for: vinyl decal horses, ladybugs, whatever!!

I have to give Mr. Fix-It alot of credit.... it was his idea to put up the beadboard (it's great because, as a builder, he sees alot of cool things and brings the ideas home!) I wanted to paint the walls navy blue and the beadboard white - lots of contrast!

Here is a 2wk old baby g on the changing table. I worked with Shelley at SingleStoneStudios on this Pirate's Life decal. Visit her here at her shop and tell her Elaine sent you! She's got some sweet birds I think I need to order to finish Big Sister's room.

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 Mr. Fix-It'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 done! Totally new look!

Then, here are a few more details.... 3buttonsn2bows worked with me on the pirate night light, pirate trashcan, and the drawer pulls for the changing table (pirate ships, compass, parrot, treasure chest!). She caters to alot of the typical nursery themes.

(One of the drawer pulls - a pirate ship!)

Now to finish.... I'm on the hunt for some pirate fabric. I'm going to stretch it over a canvas, possibly have Mrs. Everything do some embroidery on it (G-man's Treasure Map or something!), and hang it over the rocker.

Thanks for looking at baby G-man's room! I'd love to see pics of your kids' rooms (we move every 2 years, so I'm always looking for the next thing!) Email them to me at oursemihomemadelife at yahoo dot com!


Tiffany said...

Adorable! I love Vinyl decals. I just bought a few and need to put them up :)

Natalie said...

I love vinyl decals. I have one I need to put in my living room. I also put one in my boys' room between their beds.

Lipstick said...

Super cool room! That pirate ship is awesome!

Helen said...

It’s gorgeous. I love the writing on the wall and the mural - wow! Would you mind if I include it in the gallery on my website?

I would love for my readers to see it.
Please let me know. I would really appreciate it.

TXMomma said...

Tiffany & Natalie - I want to see your projects when they're done! Don't you just love vinyl decals?!

J Claire said...

I love the graphics and the navy blue and white contrast. You should enter a picture or two in my nursery picture contest. Thanks for sharing. J

Kate said...

I love the ship wheel and oar on the wall! The decals look great too.

c o u r t n e y said...

I searched your blog for these photos, I had seen them before but it's been awhile. I love his room! That dresser is so similar to ours, which too was originally oak! Ugh! I also got that same glider from someone on Clist! I was hoping to have one of those more plush fancy ones with the big ottoman, but when I found that one for only $70 I had to have it, plus it couldn't match the room more perfectly! I hope to have it close to completion next week, at least enough to get some photos up and show the progress. Can't wait to see what you think! You have good style, and I can deffinitely appreciate that! :-)

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