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Baby Carter’s Folk Art Fun


Bright nursery for my baby boy, Carter. Based around a folk art painting I've had for about 10 years.

Design Inspiration

I have had this folk art painting for over 10 years and thought it would be fun to incorporate it into the baby's room. I didn't know if we were having a boy or girl so it needed to be neutral. I really wanted something fun and bright. The room is really small though, so I wanted to keep the walls white. This will also allow me to change it easily with fabrics in the future as Carter grows.

Decorating Style

eclectic, folk art, cottage

Project Details

I bought a used Jenny Lind crib for $35 and painted it yellow with Benjamin Moore's low VOC Aura paint. The glider was found used for $40 and recovered, the bookcase/cubes were found, sanded and repainted to match the crib. The flokati rug and rocking "moose"  and lamp are all Ikea.  I found a line of fabrics by Westminster Fabrics , Kaffe Fassett's line. They worked perfectly with the painting and the fun, whimsical look I was trying t achieve. I took left over pieces from the cushion recover and the crib bedding and used fabric glue to piece together the fabric panel. The window is tiny so I started the fabric from the ceiling to help make the window appear larger then it is. The biggest change to the room and the hardest to convince my husband to agree to was to paint the pine panelling. I am thrilled with it's outcome! It brightened up a dark, dingy, old room

Favorite Items

Painting by Cornbread, a southern folk artist who's whimsical work lent itself perfectly for a child's room. Also the new white walls gave it that cottage look that I love.


Painting the crib was very time consuming. I hand painted with a brush with a semi gloss. If you plan on painting a crib, be prepared for it taking a LOT of time!


Friday 6th of August 2010

Love love love love your room! :)


Friday 2nd of July 2010

I love it! We have a small paneled room (using as a closet now) that we're going to use as a nursery too. I like how you kept it bright and fun but not too cutesie and pastel. Art work is so often overlooked in nurseries.