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Baby Girl's Nursery - Part 1

Time is flying by at the 24 week mark of my pregnancy and we are knee deep in our baby girl's nursery renovation. To be writing these words is really thrilling for our family, as it has taken a long time to get here. We are so grateful that after two painful miscarriages to be at this point of our journey. After almost a years worth of heartbreak, fertility drugs, various specialist and a lot of prayers we feel so grateful to be expecting again. We are praying daily for a healthy, baby girl to join us in October. <3

Designing this nursery has been such a labor of love, I am so excited to share with you the project thus far!

Design Inspiration

Designing a nursery for my son was something that came to me instantly, I chose a theme (transportation) and just went with it. Low and behold, 3.5 years later, my baby boy is OBSESSED with all things transportation! When we found out we were having a girl, my mind was blank! I am not a pink person, so the stereotype that comes with baby girls really messed my head up for a minute.

I took a step back and decided to choose the color palette before I tried to fit into a certain "theme" or label. I would call the theme retro/eclectic/boho. I first started browsing peel and stick wallpaper and found this amazing floral wallpaper from Wallsneedlove.com! I immediately envisioned a half wall of wallpaper and mint green shiplap behind the crib.

After finding the wallpaper, I ordered a sample and found a good color match using my Sherwin Williams color kit. I chose "Mint Condition" (SW 6743) and "Retro Mint" (SW 9036) in flat paint. I pulled a creamy color in my swatch book ( Captivating Cream) to inspire a rug color and I found this gorgeous rug with shades of cream and gold on overstock.com inspired by the color.

Shiplap

I'm sure you already know I have obsession with wainscoting and shiplap, as the rest of America, thanks to Joanna and Chip Gaines. I envisioned a darker green shiplap to pair with the wallpaper and this is how we made it happen.

1. We purchased 7 pre-primed 12 ft boards (8" high, 1" depth) from Home Depot and had them cut to 11 feet. Depending on the look you are going for, they make various heights.

2. We removed the trim from the accent wall.

3. After finding the studs throughout the wall, we used white wood screws, spaced using a quarter, and screwed each board into the stud. Each board has 8 screws, this will vary depending on the size of the wall.

4. Once the boards were in place, we spackled the screws and let it dry. Then sanded it down for a smooth finish using 100 medium grit sandpaper.

5. After using painters tape to tape to protect the wall and carpet, we used an angled brush to edge the boards and a SMALL foam roller to apply 2 coats of flat Sherwin Williams paint, allowing an hour in between for drying time.

We still have to install the wallpaper, then add the ledge on the top of the last board and trim on either side. More to come on my next blog, stay tuned for part two!

For a video of the progress, check out my highlights on my instagram.

Here is a gallery of the process:

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About Ashley

Ashley Mancione is a wife, mom, freelance graphic designer/developer and home decor enthusiast. Stay tuned to read more about styling House 3, favorite recipes and her DIY adventures.

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