Jaxon’s Custom Canvas

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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!

Design 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.

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.

Project Details

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.

Favorite Items

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.


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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    Allie says:

    June 15, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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

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    Kellie says:

    June 26, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    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.

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    Kim says:

    July 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm 

    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.

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

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    mtparadigm says:

    July 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm  

    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?

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    Carobear78 says:

    July 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm

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

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    Kelli says:

    July 7, 2009 at 9:56 am

    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!

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    Maile Doolittle says:

    December 29, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    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.

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    lteddy24 says:

    January 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    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?

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    I love the wall art! Can you please let me know what size the canvases are? Also, are the letters and numbers used above the crib decals or painted on?

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