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Design Reveal: Jaxon’s Custom Canvas

I have to give mucho kudos to my older brother. He and my sister-in-law are expecting their first little monkey this month and I need to say how impressed I am by their new digs for baby Jaxon. Of course, my sister-in-law propelled much of the design, but my bro has many Martha Stewart-DIY qualities, and this room would not have been complete without his say or inner designer touches. So take a look and see what they did!

What was your inspiration?
Our inspiration was to put together a nursery that was cozy, happy and not too overly “babified”. We wanted a clean, modern look that reflected the style we have throughout our house.

Share with us choice of paint colors, furniture, art, diy tips, etc.
For paint we wanted to use blue since we’re having a boy but we wanted to have fun with it and use a few different shades of it to make it more interesting. We weren’t able to find a lot of wall art we liked so everything you see we made/painted, except for the monkey painting on the wall shelves. For the race car track, we just painted a couple large pieces of pre-stretched canvas and added a stick-on racetrack that you can configure any way you want to. We also have a cute pillow under the window with a similar race car on it that pulls the two together.

The other artwork above the crib was also designed on large pieces of canvas. We wanted to incorporate numbers and letters that are also on the crib bedding. We spelled out our baby’s name “Jaxon” and just at the least second, we went back and did the 1, 5 and 6 in brown to pull from the other features in the room as well. For curtains, my wife found a couple bed sheets we liked a lot so she hemmed the bottom of them and there you go, inexpensive curtains that look great. I bought the stainless steel curtain rod to pull together the stainless steel on the bottom of the legs on the crib, dresser and wall shelving brackets too. The chair in the corner came from my office and was originally a natural wood colored. I gave it a quick sanding, primed it and then painted it the brown you see throughout the room. My wife did the same thing with the bookcase under the window too. Painting pieces you might already have in your house is a GREAT was to save some extra cash$. The chair we were looking at for the baby’s room would have cost over $500. So…. re-purposing my office chair and refinishing it with supplies we already had; cost us nothing.

What is your decorating style?
We like a clean contemporary look. We don’t necessarily follow all the “rules” of design, we tend to go with what WE think looks good. You hear some designers critique some rooms, and you think “does anybody really like that?” Keep it simple and do what you like.

What is your favorite item(s) in the room?
I think our favorite items in the room are the custom-made art pieces over the crib. We feel it looks sharp and classy while adding a lot of interest and a great focal point.

Anything else you’d like to share?

We had a blast putting the nursery together and doing it as a team. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb and try something you might not normally do. Look at a lot of different room designs and find a style or concept you like and decide if it’s something you can see in your house. Most importantly, have fun with it and don’t take yourself too seriously.

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  1. avatar Bill Konrath says:

    Love the room! Where did you get your furniture?

  2. avatar Tangela Weston says:

    I love the name painting also. I would love to try to do this for my son’s room. Did you stencil or free hand the letters? What size canvas did you use? Can you give me step by step instructions? Thanks! I know it’s been a while, but I wanted to see if you all were still responding, if so it will be greatly appreciated!!

  3. Something you got on clearance shouldn’t ever be the basis of this many decisions! I’ve done the same thing too many times, and regretted it, not to mention I’ve accumulated enough bargains to furnish a small country. Maybe Vatican City. Really, think about the easiest way around this one. Anyone buying your home in the future can easily change out the faucet, but not the shower/tub fixtures.

  4. avatar lteddy24 says:

    I love the bookcase under the window. I have been shopping everywhere for one just like it and havent been able to find one yet. I am thinking I might be able to build one myself, but not sure of that task yet. :) Do you by any chance remember where that piece came from?

  5. avatar Maile Doolittle says:

    I really like the decals over the canvas. Did you have to seal the decals to keep them from peeling up? Iam having issues with my decals peeling up in places and was wondering if there was a spray sealant I could use.

  6. avatar Ererbenlada says:

    Excellent blogpost, amazing looking weblog, added it to my favs!

  7. avatar Kelli says:

    I love the name painting. I am going to try and duplicate it. Did you stencil or free hand the letters? What size canvas did you use? Can you give me step by step instructions? Thanks!

  8. avatar Carobear78 says:

    I love the wall art! We are naming our son Jaxon, as well. Where did you get the race track stick-on decals?

  9. avatar mtparadigm says:

    I saw the blue diaper caddy from JJ Cole. Did you know they are coming out with matching collapsible storage boxes and hampers in Sept?

  10. avatar Kim says:

    The bedding was from Target (DwellStudio™ – School Book), but I think it has been discontinued now.

  11. avatar Kim says:

    The main wall color is Adrift (SW 7608), the darker blue is Blue Cruise (SW 7606), and the lighter blue is Dockside Blue (SW 7601). All paints are by Sherwin Williams – their flat/ scrubbable paint.

  12. avatar Kellie says:

    I would like to know the color of the blues you used in the room. My son and his wife are
    naming their baby Jaxon also. Wel loved the room.

  13. avatar Allie says:

    I love this nursery! Where is the crib bedding from? Thanks!

  14. avatar Crisy says:

    I love the race car wall art. it is truly one of a kind and is so adorable.