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« on: March 08, 2008 10:39:23 AM »

Our first kiddo is due in early May and we're starting to pull a nursery together.  Since we don't know what sex the babe is, we're going with fun colors that we like: oranges, blues, greens, and white. 

Here's the mobile.  My friend cut circles out of some cheap wood and drilled tiny holes in them.  I painted with cheap acryllics and strung them up with fishing line.  The top loop is actually the inner ring of an embroidery hoop.  Total cost?  $6  Entirely inspired by a Martha Stewart thingy (but hers was just paper and yarn, I wanted something with longevity).

Here are the curtains.  Mom came up and helped me with these.  They were surprisingly easy... it was just the prep work that was tedious (wash, dry, iron, measure, cut, etc.).  Maybe $15?

Here are some picture frames I strung together.  They're just painted (same cheap acryllic from the mobile) mats that I had laying around. The openings are about 2" x 1.5". Very small.  But I thought it'd be nice for the kiddo to have some silly images of us around. This was pretty much free since I printed the pics here at home and had the mats laying around.

And now I'm stumped.  We plan on getting a rug (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40107787) and some furniture, too.  But since it's a rental apartment we can't do anything fun like painting the walls.  Any ideas on how to lively up the room?

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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2008 10:55:19 AM »

i love it!  maybe you can make some more wooden circles like on the mobil (but bigger) and hang them around the walls.

« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2008 10:59:15 AM »

That looks really fantastic!! Congrats on the new addition.

For the Walls you could use these
or similar, I've found them at walmart, lowes, home depot, and hobby lobby... all different brands of basically the same thing. I've currently got some race car ones in my kids rooms, and when they were little I had zoo animals(that was in an apartment and they didnt damage he walls at all)


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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2008 11:12:39 AM »

I love all these wall sticky things, but they come out to a lot of money if you want to cover the walls, and they're not very re-usable. I got Blik Re-Stik, but even those I don't think can be reused more than once or twice. The glue just stops being very gluey... However, you can make something similar yourself for cheaper. In another thread, someone mentioned using starch to "glue" fabric to the walls, - and since it's just starch, it won't take off the paint when you remove it. I've been meaning to try painting contact paper (since it never comes in pretty colors that don't cost an arm and a leg!) and using that, but there's a good chance that that won't work... Starching fabric, however, should.

Oh yeah, and the blue/green/orange theme is so much fun! Keep it going with whatever other items you make. And I love the idea of using the inside of an embroidery hoop for the mobile!
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2008 11:54:36 AM »

oh i love the mobile and the colours you're using! very bright and bold and good for a baby, but not gender specific. Cheesy

what about for the walls you did something like this:

it's just using embroidery hoops and fabric scraps. even if you don't have scraps, you can always find cheap fabric in remnant bins in fabric stores. and you could try and find fabric in your colour scheme and with cute prints and stuff. it would be cool to have a whole wall of those, i think.

you could also sew some sort of wall hanging, or paint canvass! you could do just abstract shapes in the same colours on canvasses, or even just get small canvasses and paint them in solid colours. my friend does that in her apartment and it adds  a nice splash of colour to the wall.

(can you tell i really like the idea of a blank wall yet to decorate Wink )

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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2008 01:00:50 PM »

I love the colors you chose...and the mobile, and the frames...  I get all excited when I see people posting their baby rooms--I'm planning my daughter's toddler room for when we move and I love getting inspiration.

Those wall sticker things that previous posters mentioned are a good idea.  My daughter has been ceaselessly fascinated with the jungle animal wall stickers she has next to her changing table, and she's 13 months old! 
One thing that I'm glad I did when putting together her room was making a thinly padded area on her floor...I took a queen size egg crate bed pad (bought it at ross, there are probably even cheaper places, too) and folded it in half, then sewed a really simple cover for it using colorful cotton duck cloth.  I put it in the corner of her room and added a few pillows, figuring that it would make playing on the floor more comfortable.  She has fallen asleep on it a few times while playing in her room.  Maybe its too comfortable  Roll Eyes.  It adds color to the room, and its a nice place for me to sit while I'm playing with her on the floor.  I also ended up using it as a bed for many nights in a row when she was first born and I was nursing her constantly (she was a finicky nurser and my milk supply never seemed like enough, I had to nurse really frequently during the first 2 months...sorry, tmi).

painting thrift store shelves/dressers always brightens things up, too... Smiley


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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2008 03:37:16 PM »

this is going to be a great room.   I may borrow the circles mobile idea, I love it!! I am making a hockey themed room for my boy to be, those circles could be hockey pucks!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2008 07:46:13 PM »

I would take embroidery hoops and put brightly colored fabric in them.. all different sizes.  That way you can change them out or take them with you.  This is VERY cute, BTW
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2008 08:13:48 PM »

I knew you guys would have awesome ideas!  Now I'm torn - what to do???  I especially love the vinyl wall decal idea and the embroidery hoops with coordinating fabrics.  Will have to settle on something and get it done while I still have energy to do it.

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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2009 03:25:49 PM »

so what did it end up looking like?

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