This girls nursery bedroom project started out of necessity because we added another baby girl (number five) to the family and she needs a space in the house. (Here is my list of baby essentials, my favorite maternity clothes and a guide for new moms) My oldest daughter had also been requesting to have her room redone for a long time and it seemed fitting to have her share with her baby sister eventually. I hope these baby girl room ideas can inspire you in your own spaces.
As a reminder, here is the mood board we started out with. I knew I wanted to lots of white with blue and gold accents. Do you think we achieved the look?
Here is the room before. The first image is what the room looked like when we moved in and the next two pictures are the only before pictures I took of Jane’s room. These are not ideal “before” photos because we had already begun to make a giant mess in getting ready to change the room (moving furniture and taking everything off the walls), but it gives you an idea of what it looked like before.
Order of Operations
Prep the room by taking off base boards and painting above the existing chair rail. We chose Sherwin Williams Alabaster (a great white paint that can read warm and cool) for the walls. I knew I wanted to get the painting done first so that I could start stenciling as soon as possible. See all my painting tips and tools here.
Next, I stenciled the feature wall with the “Birds on a Vine” wall stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. The Wall Stencil and the essential stencil kit was gifted to me in exchange for a feature in my reveal post (what you are reading right now).
If you would like to make a big impact in a room for less money and hassle than wall paper, check out all the amazing stencil options available at Cutting Edge Stencils. They have so many examples of beautiful projects on their website! Floors and furniture can also be stenciled. Check out their website and let me know (in the comments of this post) which stencil you would want to use. Cutting Edge Stencil has graciously agreed to send one of you a stencil as a giveaway. Giveaway closes on May 21, 2021. I will announce the winner on Instagram and on this post on May 22, 2021.
My tips for stenciling: read the instructions carefully and or watch the tutorials and follow the steps! My biggest mistake was rolling the paint on too heavy at first so the paint bled a little. It was okay in the end because I went back and made the edges more sharp with paint, but it takes a little getting used to before I got the roller pressure just right. Also, I think some stencils are probably easier to use than others just based on the pattern or design. I used Benjamin Moore’s Van Courtland Blue for the stencil color.
Below is a video of most of the steps we took to create the nursery. I didn’t get much footage of Cody installing the bead board because I was keeping the kids away while he worked on it. The bead board took the longest because of the measuring and then back and forth between cuts. It is funny that the thing that took the longest has the least air time in the video, but you can see by the photos how beautiful it turned out. I have added the video we watched that help us with bead board installation.
Once the baseboards, bead board, top trim and cove moulding were in, we painted three coats of the SW Alabaster on the wall treatment too. Of course, we also had to fill in the nail holes with wood filler and all the seams with painters DAP before painting. Every time I do a project I am amazed at how it is the un-exciting and time-consuming parts that make the biggest difference. I always want to skip these parts, but I finally understand that it is the details that make the project a success. My husband is much better at taking the time to get it all right, but I am improving.
Finally, we installed the new fan and light. I love this Hunter fan that I found online. Originally we were going to replace the old fan with just a light, but we discussed it and since this room can get warm in the summer, we wanted to keep a fan. It comes with a remote with different fan and light settings and looks beautiful…win! win! Just so you know that this project was not seamless
Furniture & Bedding
Once the walls and lighting was in, it was time to bring in the new furniture and bedding. We got a new bed for Jane, a mini crib for baby girl and a new dresser for Bonnie’s clothes. Jane will be using the closet for her clothing and belongings, so we got her a cube organizer at Target. This will decrease the clutter and make room for another person. Check out the items we purchased for the room. I did purchase a rug for the room, but once it was laid out, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. I will find one eventually that I like.
Jane loves her new room and once my baby is a little older she will be able to enjoy the room too. I am so thankful for my talented husband, my patient children and Cutting Edge Stencils.
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I hope you have enjoyed the photos and video featuring baby girl room ideas. Most of all, I hope you do not hesitate to create spaces that you love and serve your family well. It can be a bit messy and stressful at times, but the results are almost always worth it!