Alphabet City

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Today’s Real Room makes Melisa and I two proud bloggers. The parents-to-be came across an alphabet themed wall from one of our past Real Room posts and it proved to be the inspiration they needed when designing their unborn baby’s nursery. They are waiting to find out the baby’s gender (so fun!), who is due on Mom’s birthday (double fun!) and wanted to be sure the nursery was filled with vibrant energy. I have to say I absolutely love what they did with the lime green dresser, its given me a bit of inspiration to update my daughter’s nursery furniture to make it new again. Welcome to Alphabet City!

Design Inspiration

The idea of doing an ‘ABC’ room actually came from Project Nursery’s Real Room: A to Z post. I loved the alphabet wall. My friend, Casey, even called me one day asking if I had a ‘U’ yet!

Decorating Style

Very random…I start with one piece that I really like and go from there. My living room started from a container of paper scrapbooking flowers I saw at Michael’s and my spare room started with a scrap of fabric. I don’t like to go and purchase a room as you see it in a store. I’ll find items at thrift stores, discount chains, up scale stores, relatives

basements and make a lot of things myself! I couldn’t find art for my living room, so I looked through pictures I had taken of flowers and edited them in Photoshop to be the colors I wanted! It was inexpensive, custom made and added just the pop of color that I’d been searching for!

Project Details

The room was freshly painted prior to us buying the house in June. I liked the neutral color. We don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl and I was beginning to get tired of seeing pastel green and yellow, so I wanted to add some bright colors. While collecting the alphabet, I found ‘ABC’ linens at Target, which I took to several stores to find matching papers and paints to decorate the ABC’s. I tied in the patterns from the ‘ABC’ wall by lining the back of the storage unit and creating the wall art with the same paper. The dresser was a free find from my mother-in-law’s basement! We just sanded, added chipboard letters and painted it ‘Giggle Green’. I found the green fabric for the curtains and chair pillow on the clearance shelf at JoAnn’s, which just happened to match the dresser and provide a fun punch of color on the back wall. I also added two photo frames with pictures of family to surround our baby with the faces of loved ones.

Favorite Items

It’s probably a tie between the ‘ABC’ wall or the ‘ABC’ dresser. I had fun hunting for and decorating all of the letters for the wall. I really like the way the dresser turned out. I spent a while choosing the color, but became nervous after they mixed it at the store. It seemed almost neon in the container! My husband reassured me though and I really like the final product. The chipboard letters give a little character without taking over the piece.


Try not to stress out over the nursery. Enjoy the process. People kept asking me if I had the nursery ready, but I just took my time and enjoyed the process. I finished it with 6 weeks to spare! Sometimes I sit in the glider chair and just imagine how great it’s going to be when there’s actually a baby in there!


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    Melinda says:

    October 22, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Wow! The alphabet themed wall is fantastic! Your labor of love has paid off!

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    sarah jane says:

    October 22, 2009 at 9:36 am 

    oh this is darling!!! I love alphabet…well, letters in general…and this is a great post. Decorating a nursery is so exciting…love it!

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    AEOT says:

    October 22, 2009 at 10:45 am 

    That wall of letters is one of the most well executed things I’ve seen. It could totally be in any upscale baby catalog. I just love it and am so impressed with the design. Congrats and welcome to the new baby!!

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    Brooke says:

    October 22, 2009 at 10:53 am 

    I love what you have done with this wall!! I too have been doing wall letters for a while now and I know you had a blast making each and every letter. If anyone is interested in what I do then visit my site on Etsy
    I have done two sets of Alphabet wall letters for customers and am presently working on my third. These are very popular nursery decor items, and well worth the work!!

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    Crisy says:

    October 22, 2009 at 2:01 pm  

    This is gorgeous! I have always disliked alphabet decor because it usually seems childish- But this is such a chic BEAUTIFUL modern nursery. I love it!

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    Air says:

    October 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    great room! I am wondering if you ever posted Savannah’s alphabet wall?

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    Dajon says:

    October 25, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for all of the nice comments! The alphabet wall certainly was a fun project. I wouldn’t have had the inspiration if I hadn’t seen the Project Nursery post about Stephanie’s A through Z alphabet wall posted back on May 31st. Thanks Project Nursery!

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    Candice Burnham says:

    November 10, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Where could I find the alphabet letters? If you make, how much would you charge or how did you make them? I would love this for my daughter’s playroom but couldn’t find the different font letters anywhere! Thanks! My email is!

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    Valerie says:

    November 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm 

    I think this room is so cute. Did you make the LOVE sign or did you buy it somewhere? If you made it what materials did you use…fabric or paper?

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    Dajon says:

    November 20, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Yes, I made the LOVE sign. I just bought a 4-pack of chocolate cork board at Michaels. Then used scrapbook paper for the background and letters. I used regular craft glue and modge podge to complete and seal the project. The cork boards are light enough that they’ll stay up with the sticky pads that come with. It’s a fun project because you can find some really fun papers to personalize the letters and it’s cheap! Total cost if you use a Michaels Sunday paper coupon is: $12!

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    where did you find all these letters? I’m trying to do an alphabet ledge for our baby’s nursery. Your’s looks amazing!

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    I love this room. I am having my first baby October 2010 and we are not going to find out the gender. So, I am totally loving your idea for the nursery. I have been having a hard time deciding on a theme because I hate most of the “Crib Bedding sets” from the stores. You are sooo creative and should be proud of your masterpiece!!! Wish we could see the rest of your house too!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!! Stephany

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    Wonderful job with the theme. I was going to go in this direction, before my husband had an idea to do ours in sock monkeys. One suggestion, since it is alphabet-centered. This room needs more books! Include a comfy adult and child’s chair or floor pillows. Invite your little learner to throw themself into the alphabet world completely! Oh and a stuffed “wise old” owl would be perfect in there!

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    Where did you find all your letters for the wall and the chipboard?  How do you put the paper on and decorate them the way you did?!  I LOVE it but am so nervous to buy all the letters and not know how to decorate them like you did!  It looks great!  I would love to do something similar!

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    i like the theme of this’s educational and beautiful in the eye at the same time.good room for my baby. ^_^

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