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Design Reveal: Alphabet City

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!


What was your inspiration for the room?
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!

What best describes your 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!

Please share with us your choice of paint colors, furniture, art, diy tips, etc.
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.

What is your favorite item(s) in the room?
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.


Is there anything else you would like PN readers to know?
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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  2. avatar ashley says:

    Where’d you find the dresser! I LOVE IT!!!!

  3. […] pedig mi adunk egy kis lendületet. Nézd csak a fenti képet (forrás itt»). Ez az ABC igazán urallja a helyiséget, ezért csak oda javasoljuk, ahol […]

  4. avatar April says:

    Hey I totally got inspired by your post. My only question though, how did you hang the letters? Is it sturdy enough that they wont fall?

  5. avatar Tammy says:

    Would love to know where you got the letters G and X. I am looking for those now and love the ones you have. I am doing a playroom for my grandchildren!

  6. avatar Susan says:

    I love love this room. I am also doing ABC theme for our little ones nursery. If you had a secret to hanging the letters on the wall…that seems like alot of tiny nails. Let me know!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. avatar Dajon says:

    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!

  8. avatar Valerie says:

    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?

  9. avatar Candice Burnham says:

    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 [email protected]!

  10. avatar Dajon says:

    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!

  11. avatar Nanette says:

    This is STUNNING! Great job, mama!

  12. avatar Air says:

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

  13. avatar Crisy says:

    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!

  14. avatar Brooke says:

    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!!

  15. avatar AEOT says:

    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!!

  16. avatar sarah jane says:

    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!

  17. avatar Melinda says:

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