We have been blessed with another pregnancy and after three boys, we found out we were having our first girl. We have had rooms full of outer space, pirates, sports, and woodlands and owls. After finding out I was having a girl I was so excited to be able to decorate a room that was elegant and dainty! I immediately got on Pinterest and went crazy with ideas. You can see Blakely Faith’s Pinterest board here: Blakely’s Pinterest Board
Welcome to Blakely’s bird theme nursery! Come on in and let’s take a look…
I called my mom all excited about the different ideas I had and the next thing I knew she had started the process of redoing furniture for the nursery which I was really excited about. We had discussed using an old dresser with a big mirror as the changing table. She found the perfect one at an antique store. She already had an old side table and book shelf that was perfect. Here are the before pictures of the side table and dresser.
I originally wanted to paint the nursery a light gray but our landlords crushed that dream and said no. My crafty Mother-in-law came up with the idea to use fabric as an accent wall. She had previously done that in a house and knew exactly what to do. It’s basically like wallpaper but applied with liquid starch so when we need to take it down it just peels right off and the walls wipe clean. Although we did it differently, you can find detailed instructions here: Fabric wall instructions
I had picked out some paper flowers on Pinterest that I thought would be a good idea to do above Blakely’s crib. I showed them to my mom and I was going to attempt to make them but before I knew it she had gotten online and started the process! I did not complain. LOL Making them takes a lot of time and patience and I have neither! 😂 She learned to make every single one of them and made them for the wall. ( which is why I was upset I couldn’t paint!) They look awesome on the fabric wall! You can find them on Blakely’s Pinterest board above or here’s just one of the websites: Paper flower tutorial
She did a lot of tweaking and changing while making them.
The next thing I showed her on Pinterest was a DIY mobile with birds. She also took the time to make that! Here’s the tutorial for it: Paper bird mobile
I’ve always had a thing for chandeliers and really wanted one in Blakely’s room. I had one in my old house that my mom had kept for me. It was all black with clear crystals. She re-furbished it painting it white, pink, and aqua. She added pink pearls and pink crystals to give it the right touch! It is absolutely one of my favorite things in the room!
The side table she re-did for me was sanded down and painted white. She reinforced the drawer and then added a beautiful crystal knob!
I was just going to use the rocking chair as it was but the mauve and dark wood didn’t match at all. My mom finally talked me into letting her paint it white and attempt to paint the fabric gray. I had it pictured in my head like it was going to be scratchy, stiff, and sticky. But she convinced me to let her try it and if I didn’t like it she said she would reupholster it. After it was complete I loved it! It has an almost vinyl or leather feel to it which will be easy to just wipe right off if something gets on it. You can find the instructions on how to paint upholstery here: How to paint fabric
Mom also took the time to make a wooden wall sign with Blakely’s signature Bible verse on it. We hung it with another one of her wondrous paper flowers.
My mom and I went to the store and picked out fabric and she made Blakely’s bed skirt and curtains. I absolutely adore how elegant and feminine they are! She did such a good job on them and even lined the curtains with a white bedsheet to make it darker for nap time! She had an old wooden curtain rod in her shed that she painted white and added pearls to the knobs on the end. She used a jigsaw to cut out some wooden birds to hold the curtain tiebacks. I am in love with all of the small details of Blakely’s nursery!
Blakely’s changing table/dresser was bought at an antique store. My mom sanded it, reinforced all the drawers and put it back together, and then painted it white. She bought a new mirror for it, put on crystal knobs, and added a few pink and aqua touches to it to match the room. She even left me a surprise on the sides of the drawers when I pull them out! 👏🏼😍 Because the drawers have a key hole, she came up with the idea to hang a key from one of the knobs just to be all fancy. I Love skeleton keys and just happened to have one from the house I grew up in when I was a child that actually locked/unlocked one of the bathroom doors. We hung it from a ribbon on the changing table.
We got a birdcage to decorate with and I really couldn’t figure out where to put it. I decided to put all of her multitudes of headbands in it! Still not sure where I’m going to put it but for now it sits next to her changing table.
I had bought a metal basket to put on the end of the changing table with lotion, diapers, Desitin, etc. but once I put the pad on it, there wasn’t enough room for the basket. 😔 So I decided to use it as a bathroom caddy for all of her bath supplies.
I am completely in love with Blakely’s room! Before she was born I would sit in there for hours looking around. I hope you love it as much as I do! We welcomed Blakely Faith on May 31, 2016 and she too loves her room! 😉🎀