Our little girl’s yellow and gray nursery!

After having three boys both my husband and I were so surprised when at our 20 week ultrasound for our fourth child they told us we were going to have a little girl. I am pretty sure in that surprise the first thing I said was “I get to re-do the nursery!” Don’t get me wrong I loved the cute barn yard themed nursery that my husband created for our boys, but I was so excited to get to do something new and a little more girly. Here is a glimpse of what the boys nursery looked like before (and if you want to check out more you can read my previous post here.)

I am not the most girly girl there is so I wanted to go with a more neutral color scheme then pinks and purples. Yellow has always been one of my favorite colors and I am a little obsessed with gray right now so I was very excited when I decided to do a gray and yellow room. Now the part that is the most amazing to me is I changed every single thing in the room and managed to do it for under $200 with some great garage sale finds. Dresser/Changing table- $30, Crib-$20, Chair-$45, Rug-$20, Side table-$4, Material (curtains, bed skirt and pillow)-$35, Paint-$35, and the art work and accessories were picked up at garage sales for cheap or pulled out of my crazy stock pile of craft supplies in the basement.

This is a very small room, only 10 ft by 10 ft but I love how cozy it turned out. This is what you see when you first walk into the room.

I think one of my favorite things about the room is the yellow and white strips on the ceiling and I have to thank my amazing husband for that. One day I mentioned that I thought it would be fun to have stripes on the ceiling and he laughed at me, but less then two weeks later he sweetly painted them for me. (I am normally the painter in the house, but Josh gets the ceiling jobs because he is 6 ft 5 in and can reach the ceiling without having to stand on anything.) Also the yellow on the ceiling is also the same color as the end table and dresser/changing table but looks a little more gold in the picture for some reason.

The large frame with the yellow and gray scrapbook paper will eventually hold her newborn photo but I did not want to leave it empty till I had a picture to put in it. I was also really excited when I found the two yellow box shelves at a garage sale for $.25 for both and they were already the perfect color yellow.

I am also in love with the art wall! I had some empty frames and canvas in my craft stash pile so instead of buying art we made it all.

A great friend of mine suggested making a nail and string owl, but I decided that it was a little above my skill level. Josh on the other hand thought it would be a doable project so I let him have the honor of all the detailed work. To add to the awesomeness of this art piece his background is a section he cut out of the top of an old cabinet I recently refinished and put a new top on. I love how the old wood looks with the owl on top.

I had each of my boys do a canvas for the art wall. I wanted them to all be similar yet different. I also wanted use techniques that would allow them to be cute, but also mostly done by the boys themselves. The top one was done by my six year old and he painted the owl by himself. The second one was done by my four year old and he painted the background and branch on the canvas himself, and then layered the torn paper on a silhouette of an owl I gave him. He cut out the owls stomach and I just added the eyes, beak and feet and attached it to his canvas. The bottom one was done by my two year old and although it does not look like it, he did a lot of it himself. He helped me find yellow and gray pictures in magazines and rip them out and into small pieces (what two year old does not like to rip up paper). Then I applied modge podge to the canvas and he stuck the pieces on. I cut out the owl and branch silhouette on heavy card stock and used stencil adhesive to apply it to the canvas. Then I had my two year old paint the whole canvas white. When he was done I carefully removed the stencil so the background showed through. (If you want more information on this project check out the post I wrote when I did the same type of thing for a family friends Christmas gift). I used the same technique over old dictionary pages to make the “You are my sunshine” canvas that is also on the wall.

I found these great unfinished wood frames at Michael’s craft store and painted them the same yellow we used on the ceiling, end table and dresser/changing table. Then used my cricut and scrapbook paper to add the name to the frames. The colors in the picture are not quite accurate but I love how they turned out. I also used the same material I made the curtains out of to sew a simple crib skirt (so I would be able to easily hid extra stuff under the crib).

I bought this super cute antique dresser from a friend of mine and refinished it in the yellow and white. I love how sweet it turned out. I found the little plaque/key holder next to the dresser at a garage sale for a dollar and thought it would be a great place to hang headbands or other girly things that I still need to figure out.

The found a photo of the owl mobile on pinterest and thought it was so cute but it linked to an etsy page and they were changing $80 for one and there was no way I could afford to pay that. So I dug through my left over felt from the felt fort and found almost all the supplies I needed to make it. I bought the one yellow and gray decorative piece of felt and the buttons but all in all the whole thing cost me $3 and a few hours of time. (I must admit that I was very proud of myself when I was trying to figure out how to hang the owls and I realized I could cut the top rim off a plastic Folgers coffee container and wrap it in the yarn for the perfect support for the mobile). I also made a fifth owl and put it in the shadow box on the art wall.

I love how the nursery turned out and I keep finding myself walking in there just to look around and enjoy it. Now I just need this little girl to arrive so she can enjoy it too.

4 thoughts on “Our little girl’s yellow and gray nursery!

  1. Miriam,
    This is incredible! The room and all the details are so beautifully, lovingly arranged! You will be a great girl mom, just as you are to your boys! Blessings to you all!

  2. Oh Miriam, this is wonderful!!! I love all your creativity!
    What a great idea to have the boys each do a piece of art for the room.
    It is just great!!
    I can’t wait to see the real thing (and the baby to go with it) in July.

  3. This is fabulous. I’m going to share this site with my sister. She wanted to see how the nursery turned out. :-)

  4. This nursery is sooo adorable!!! Love seeing the variations of “Aven”. My two year old son’s name is Avyn.

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