Perfect Accessories and Updating Furniture with Paint:: Nursery Tuesday

I think one of the most time-consuming parts of finishing any room is finding perfect accessories for the space.  The right accessories can be so hard to find and almost impossible if you are trying to match tricky colors.  I knew I was going to be in trouble when I picked out  a deep but yet bright pink and lime green for Emma Grace’s nursery.  But guess what?  It was actually easier than you would think.  How?  It’s called one gallon of pink paint and a couple of bottles of lime green spray paint!

So if you remember back I’ve already shared how we transformed a Craigslist dresser into the feature pieces in her room here and then I shared how we created a custom side table here.  Both of those were done using the same gallon of paint I used to paint her closet.  That is what I love about the Behr paint I use, it can go on the wall and then go on furniture and it stands up so well!

The first accessory that I had trouble finding was a lamp.  I knew I wanted a fun and funky lamp to put on her dresser but the idea of finding one in lime green was…well next to impossible.  So what do you do?  PAINT ONE!  I found a really cute lamp at a yard sale that had the right shape but with a black base with a sad-looking shade wasn’t going to cut it.  I took the lamp and gave it a light sand and then sprayed it with primer so that I would get a good base.  We used the same primer from the dresser and the side table (Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1-2-3 water based primer) through the spray gun.

The I gave it a good coat of Rust-Oleum’s Painters Touch in Key Lime (sorry the only picture I could find makes it look very yellow but in real life it is pretty green!)

Then added a crisp white drum shade from Target to match her drum pendent light and viola!

But the fun with paint doesn’t stop there!  My mom gave me these cute little glitter letters that she scoured the Dollar Stop at Target for.  They were a little on the small side so in order to make them stand out a bit more I made a plaque for them to sit on.  I wanted the base to mimic the general shape of her dresser drawers and I think it turned out perfect!  Again, all I used was some scrap wood and a little bit of the same gallon of pink paint!

The last paint project for her nursery was her crib!  We bought the Baby Mod Parklane 3 in 1 Convertible Crib.  I loved it because it was simple with clean lines and the price point was perfect (In other words it was the most inexpensive modern crib I could find that had good safety reviews!)

I know it is a little unconventional but I thought it would be fun to paint it!  No, I did NOT paint her crib…just the drawer!  🙂  Let’s be honest, I know there are a lot of people out there that have painted their cribs but we bought her’s brand new so there was no need to paint the whole thing.  The only thing I did not like about the crib was the fact that the cute little drawer it came with matched NOTHING in her room.  So it was time to bust out the paint!  In the beginning she had a beautiful crib set that I made for her but by the time we dropped her mattress down there was no more room for a crib skirt and the bumper got pulled when she started climbing on it.  So it wasn’t until 9 months when her crib stood there with nothing but an ugly drawer and a white crib sheet I decided something had to change!  PAINT TIME!! I bet by know you can guess the first thing that I did to it was give it a good coat of primer!  This time I just used a foam brush because I didn’t feel like bringing out the spray gun for something so little.  You can see a little bit of brush strokes but after a little bit of sanding I got a perfect smooth finish to paint.

After a couple of coats of the same Behr paint and Minwax’s Polycrylic her crib was looking pretty cute!

I’m thinking of making her some fun sheets out of the same fabric we used for her original bedding but that will have to wait.  In the mean time I’m pretty sure she is enjoying her crib like it is.  She is a goof ball and loves sleeping with her legs between the slats!

Whew that was a lot of painting!  But I think it all looks fabulous!  What about you?  Any big painting projects lately?  Make sure you stop by next Tuesday for the big reveal!!  I can hardly wait to show you!

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3 thoughts on “Perfect Accessories and Updating Furniture with Paint:: Nursery Tuesday

  1. Pingback: Emma Grace’s Nursery Reveal :: Nursery Tuesday | jRoxDesigns

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