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Copeland’s Colorful Nursery


C is for Copeland! His nursery is a colorful, creative, cozy, Craigslist furnished, chalkboard walled compilation of new and old pieces that form a great room for sleep and play.


Design Inspiration

I was introduced to Pinterest while I was pregnant, and that is where I found many of the ideas for Copeland's nursery. I also found inspiration from mine and my husband's childhood things that our parents passed down to us.

Decorating Style

Colorful. Bold. Fun.

Project Details

Chalkboard Wall - We measured and taped the area we wanted to be the chalkboard portion, then painted it with Valspar's Chalkboard paint from Lowe's. We then framed out the area with wood trim we painted white.

 Bookshelf Wall - It was inspired by this popular Pinterest image.

I decided I did not want to designate an entire wall to this,  but thought a little corner would be charming. My dad studied the images (there were no tutorials to be found at the time), and created them for me. Lumber specs: 1x3's for the back of the shelves, and 1x2's on each to create the lip to hold the books. We screwed and glued them together and painted them white.

Quilt and Pennant Banner: Custom made by a very talented, dear friend

Blackout Curtains/Bumper: Copeland's Mimi (my mom)

Favorite Items

My "70's orange" wingback chair and footstool, and the bookshelf wall made by my dad. I also really love the pennant banner. I'm also really proud that we did this so cheaply. You can decorate on a dime and still have a great nursery! Big items came from Craigslist, and most of the other things were handmade by friends, or passed down from family.


Don't be afraid to throw in colors that don't match perfectly.  Do work to tie them in somewhere. For example: the one burnt orange yarn ball in the mobile matches the chair and footstool, and the black and white quilt squares in the pennants and quilt match the rug.


I wanted to create a room that was not specifically "baby" so that Copeland would have a room to grow up in. For instance, the chalkboard wall will turn into his headboard once he is ready to transition into a toddler bed. I'm planning on using a platform-type bed so he is close to the floor (no falling too far out of bed, thanks), and I know he will have fun being able to draw on his headboard.


The room isn't all that big, so I chose a dresser to double as a changing table. This kept me from trying to cram so many furniture pieces into a small room. I also like that about the bookshelf wall. I have a place for books that doubles as decoration, and it doesn't take up any square footage.



Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Great work on the nursery. It still working perfectly for today, almost 10 years later. I'm unexpectedly getting to do nursery for our first grandchild, due any minute. at our home. We are about 7 hours apart and my niece thought since we have the room and they will be here often to see granddad it would be better to setup up my husband's crib, that both our boys used too at their grandparents house, than the pac and play. Got momma and daddy's approval and I'm off to the races.

How is Copeland's doing today? I bet he loves the chalkboard wall.

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