When I was a little girl, I never thought to myself... I wanna grow up and be a BLOGGER!!! I mean, email didn't even exist until I was in 8th grade or so... ANYHOW, all that to say: had I never started this little humble blog, there are so many amazing people I wouldn't have ever virtually 'met'! And that brings me to introduce my new DIY bloggy friend Megan, who also happens to live in a cornfield just like me!
Ok, maybe she doesn't literally live in a cornfield. But she too lives in Iowa, which is basically one big cornfield.
What was that? I lost you?
Let's just let Megan take over... shall we? (SHEESH)
Greetings, Sawdust and Embryos readers! This is Megan at Moxie Design Studio, a fellow Iowan blogger,
re-finishiner of furniture and general DIY'er. Beth has been so gracious to let me blog at her site this
week and I'm so excited for this opportunity.
I know that Beth has a ton of great readers, so I was kind
of nervous about what I should post about. Then, I thought back to all the great posts Beth did about
doing her daughters' nursery. I was pregnant with my daughter at the time and starting to think about
what I would do for my own little babe. While I still like pink and frilly things, I much prefer them on
dresses and cute little outfits than to deck out a whole room in the overly girly stuff. Therefore, I tend to
lean much more towards the sassy and spunky style for a girl's nursery. So go refresh your memory with
Beth's nursery HERE, and
then get ready for Sutton's room reveal.
I would say that 99% of the projects in this room were DIY and the cost was really very minimal The room was already painted a limey green from when her brother was in that room before her. Normally, changing the paint color wouldn't phase me, but I had just finished painting stripes in my half bath and I was in no mood to bust out another paint brush.Besides I could make this color work for a girl. Originally I thought I would do jungle type animals in purple, teal, magenta, and yellow. That was the plan until I found the animal alphabet canvas at Gordman's. I just loved the variation of blues, rust reds and oranges. I knew I could make this work and truly make a unique nursery, one that you just don't see everyday.
The crib was purchased from Target and was originally used for my son, Rowen. I decided to keep the
bedding fairly simple, using just a plain white fitted crib sheets from Target and a DIY'd crib skirt. The
crib skirt was about as easy as you can make it, using iron-on hem tape and velcro to attach it to the
foundation of the crib. In lieu of a mobile, I used Beth's tutorial for tissue paper poofs to hang above
the crib. My hubby screwed eye hooks into the ceiling and we hung them with fishing line and VOILA,
Moving onto the changing table area...
The changing table was also purchased for my first baby and re-used
for Sutton's nursery. I decided I wanted something custom for the changing pad cover. The zebra print
fabric was actually a set of twin sheets found at Dillards for $5! I could not pass that one up, and I was
able to get two changing pad covers made with plenty of fabric leftover.
The focal point of this area is
definitely the painting I did on the wall. No, I am not a freehand painter. Like Beth, I make good use of
a projector when I want to do large painting projects. I just found some clip art I liked, traced it onto a
transparency and painted out a cute little owl and my little one's name.
The other main functional area is our rocking chair and nightstand. Again, the furniture was all left over
from the nursery in our first home, but I wanted to girly it up and still keep within our loose animal
theme. I used the same zebra fabric to make a pillow with a teal panel in the center. The wall behind
the rocking chair is the biggest focal point in the room, the only part of the nursery you
see as you walk down our hallway. This was definitely a projector project and I spent quite a bit of time
painting this bad boy. The feminine lines of the tree definitely helps define that this is a girly room,
rather than just a unisex space. I used 3 shades of blue, a red and orange for the flowers of the tree. It's
just such an unexpected color combination for a girl's room and that's what makes me love it.
I also chose to have our books for storytime close at hand. The books are actually stored in vinyl rain
gutters! This is probably all over Pinterest, but I found this inspiration online several years ago and it's
my favorite way to store books, as I love how the colorful covers add a playful touch to the room.
Here are some more detail shots for you....
I created these adorable little prints using clip art and basic publishing software. The frames were
found a Goodwill for so cheap, I can't even tell you, but they were originally black. A couple coats of
white spray paint and now they perfectly pop off that lime green wall.
Aaah, the hair bow holder. Every
little girl has to have one right? I found a pair of frames at Goodwill that I thought were a great size,
sprayed them with my absolute favorite color (Rustoleum Night Tide) and took out the glass and all
backing material. I simply stapled twine to the back of the frame and I had a darling little place to clip my
I'll sign off with the little lady herself. She's 10 months old already which is incredibly hard to believe.
I think she makes a pretty cute model!
Thanks again to Beth for having us! We'd love to have you jump over to our
site and check out all the cool thing's we've got going on. Moxie Design is all about blogging about
our DIY and home adventures, our re-purposed furniture and accessories in our shop. Click HERE to check out our blog!