Olive’s DIY Vintage Inspired Nursery

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We're so proud of the nursery we put together for our first child, a baby girl named Olive, who we welcomed to this world on December 1st. Like many others we wanted her room to grow with her & not make it too "baby". We also incorporated used pieces and DIY projects to keep the overall cost low.


Design Inspiration

I started with a few basic items I knew I wanted to bring in...a white Jenny Lind crib, an old dresser I had refinished, the arrangement of pictures frames we collected to use as table numbers at our wedding, and ivory ruffled curtains. I also knew I wanted to do "greige" horizontal stripes around the room to bring in something different. The other colors weren't chosen until I went shopping at our local fabric store for her bedding.


Decorating Style

Vintage / Shabby Chic / Whimsical

Project Details

Dresser: $15 garage sale find (Anthro knobs)

Rocking chair: Hand-me-down from my aunt & uncle. Repainted pink.

Quilt & Crib Skirt: DIY

Flower pillow: DIY (Ring bearer pillow from wedding)

Letters about crib: DIY (Yarn & letters: Hobby Lobby. Flowers: JoAnn)

Favorite Items

Such a hard question to answer! The whole room was such a labor of love...we spent hours painting those stripes, building the closet, sewing the bedding...that its hard to say I like something more than something else. I guess if I had to choose it would be our wall quote that I see every time I walk in her door...its so perfect. She really has brought more joy than we ever imagined to our family. And the custom design by the awesome people at WallQuotes.com was just perfect for her room.



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    This is a gorgeous nursery! I thought it was a designer one when I first saw it. Love the dresser and the quote on the wall is so sweet!

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    Wow,this is just beautiful! And I love your baby’s name =) I really like the colors you put in here. Lots of textures in the room…very nice!

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    You have officially inspired my baby room! We won’t know if we’re having a boy / girl until February 20th, but I figured this room could be tailored to either one. You have done a beautiful job, and I’m sure Olive will love her room as she gets older! Would you mine sharing the 2 paint colors that you used, as well as the brand? Thanks!!

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    Love the soft, subtle, classy and delicate colors. Your little photo frames look lovely on the wall, too.

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    This room is adorable! I love the beauty in the simplicity of color and texture! This quiIt is beautiful and my daughter wants it so bad. Is there an actual site that tells the dimensions of this quilt and size of chevron? I would greatly appreciate any information you are willing to share with me.

    Thank you so much!

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    Where are the name blocks from? I’m seeing a lot on Etsy but absoluately love the look of these!

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    Hi Amanda! I actually just bought a crackle paint kit at Lowe’s…it came with lots of instructions. Good luck!

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    I wish I knew! We had them match a Valspar color so that we could use the no-VOC paint. A good rule of thumb is to choose 2 colors from 1 paint card so that they are within the same color family and don’t clash. Good luck!

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    Hi Katerina! They were a gift for my baby shower – a dear friend had them made. So sorry!

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    Hi Liz! They were a DIY project. The letters were purchased from Hobby Lobby & wrapped in yarn.

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    you are amazing! i was wondering where i can get the fabric to make the skirt and quilt? thank you!

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    Hi! I love gray and am do happy you have shown a feminine way to use it! Would you happen to remember the paint brand/color you used on the dresser ( dark grey)?

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