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Baby Boy’s Yellow, Grey, and Teal Attic Nursery


We took this 1/2 story attic space from 1950s/1960s wood paneling to a modern nursery for our baby boy.

Design Inspiration

I was inspired by the combination of yellow, grey, and teal and designed the room around that color scheme. Since many giraffe accessories are yellow and many elephant accessories are grey, those became part of the theme of the room as well.

Decorating Style

I like clean, modern styles. I also like to be practical.

Project Details

  • Crib and dresser: Ikea (I painted the knobs that came with the dresser using acryllic paint and then sprayed a clear gloss spray paint over them).
  • Book ledges were a DIY that we just made up as we went along, but I know there are many tutorials out there on how to make them.
  • I created the prints in the tiny frames on the bookshelf using Microsoft word and printed them on photo paper.
  • My mother in law painted the picture above the book ledges.
  • Yellow love seat cover: target online (it isn't amazing quality, but it washed well and fits the color scheme perfectly).
  • Throw Pillows: etsy
  • Side Tables: Ikea hack made from 2 lack side tables. We cut the legs short on one, then glued them together.
  • Giraffe and Elephant prints: prints from Ikea and frames from Target (on clearance).
  • Paper lanterns: purchased online and strung together using clear beading thread, then tied to a small hook we put in the wall.
  • Mobile was a DIY I created just using my memory of making pinwheels as a kid. I had to glue two pieces of scrapbook paper together because I wasn't able to find two-sided paper that matched my color scheme. I fastened them with metal brads in the middle and attached them to the wood hoop (I painted it grey) with strong clear beading thread).
  • Yellow bookshelf: garage sale find that I spray painted using glossy yellow spray paint.
  • I dyed a white crib sheet using Dylon fabric dye in Bahama Blue.
  • I dyed the changing pad cover using Rit fabric dye in Lemon Yellow.
  • The lamps and most of the bins are from Target, but I purchased them on clearance.
  • Wall color: Glidden paint from Home Depot in "Pebble Grey".
  • Curtians: Eclipse thermal back from Target. Tie-backs are just yellow ribbon.


Favorite Items

There are so many things I love about this room! I really love the built in bookshelf my father in law made with the tiny shelf that holds baby's first Legos just right. Baby boy's dad still plays with Legos. :)

I'm also proud of the pinwheel mobile I made.


I found paint chips that matched the teal and yellow colors I was using, even though I didn't buy paint in those colors. I kept them in my purse so any time I was out shopping and found an accessory that might work, I could see if the color matched. This was a life saver since it can be so hard to match a color from memory and getting something "close but not quite" can clash.

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