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Kellan’s Gray and Lime Green Elephant Nursery


This is the first nursery designed and created by Nurseries By Jay and is for our first child Kellan who is due in October.  We loved the idea of something less traditional using gray and lime green and using elephants as a theme.  The toy box, growth chart, both wall paintings, and shelves were handmade and painted by Jay.  The elephant blowing bubbles wall painting has a built in light for a night light.  We love the room from his alphabet wall with his name, to his toy box.

Design Inspiration

When we first started planning our nursery we loved all the pictures we saw of baby elephants.  So we knew we wanted to use elephants as our theme throughout the room.  While shopping for baby things at Target we found a gray and lime green outfit with an elephant on it and that was the inspiration for our colors.  We loved how non traditional the colors were yet still worked well for a nursery.

Decorating Style

Our style is based on upcycling, repurposing, DIY, frugality, and blending themes and colors throughout.  We took items we already had or acquired for free and upcycled and repurposed them to work in our room.  Our changing table used to be our wood stained bar and had cabinet doors on the front.  We removed the doors, sanded it, matched the paint to our crib and couldn't be happier with it.  Our room isn't the largest room so we needed to use space wisely.  We repurposed an ikea kitchen cart to act as our diaper caddy on wheels.  It came dark gray so we painted one shelf with key lime paint and used that paint throughout the room.  Jay made the floating shelves, the elephant ears wall painting out of an old ikea bed slats, the elephant bubbles night light our of an artist canvas, the toy box on caster wheels, the growth chart, and the chevron table from an old wood stool we got from a flea market.  We used the same paints throughout the project so the colors would flow through the project.

Project Details

Wall Color- Behr Subtle Touch in Eggshell

Ceiling Color - Behr Subtle Touch in Satin

Crib - Baby Cache Montana Crib in Glazed White from BRU $400

Changing Table - Repurposed and painted from an old bar we had, color Behr Offwhite in Satin - Cost of paint and time lol

Rug - Ikea Nordis rug - $80

Chair - Little Castle - Morgan Nursery Swivel Glider in Crushed Silver Fabric BRU - $450

Diaper Cart - Ikea Raskog Kitchen Cart in Gray painted with Rustoleum Key Lime Spray paint - $50

Changing Table Baskets - Ikea Byholma baskets Gray - we had 2 from our wedding already - $13 ea.

Curtains - Target, gray RE - $10 ea.

Curtain Rods- Ikea Racka rod, Betydlig bracket, and Vasetnlig Finals - we painted the finals with Key Lime Paint - $9.50 total per window

Curtain Tiebacks - we got from Lowes and painted Key Lime $10 ea.

Corner cubby shelf - We already had this from the Millstore, repainted it in Behr Gray Area paint and lined the back with chevron stone wrapping paper my mom had from Bru's shower gifts- cost of paint

Chevron side table - This we found as a stool at the Brimfield Fleamarket.  Jay loved it because it was solid wood and the height could adjust simply turning the top.  He took the stool top off and replaced that with an 18 inch round table top from Lowes which we had laying around from our wedding.  He painted the table in Gray Area paint from Behr and then used Chevron Frog Table to do the top, Cost of paint and Jay's time lol

Toy Box - This was custom made by Jay using stair treads from Lowes, angle brackets he painted with Key Lime, gray casters he got from Lowes, painted it with Pewter Mug Bher paint, and then Stenciled it with a custom stencil ordered online.

The floating shelves - Jay made from wood he got from Lowes and then painted 2 in Behr Dark Ash and the other in Key Lime, he plugged the holes in with plastic caps which he painted in coordinating colors

Our hamper is from HomeGoods - $30

Growth Chart - Jay made this too using a piece of poplar from Lowes, painted it with Silver hill paint from Behr, the numbers are mailbox numbers from Lowes Jay painted Key Lime and the dashes we used from a vinyl decal off of Etsy

Picture Wall Circles - Ikea Heat cork Trivets -We repurposed them to use as picture holders and Jay painted these with Rustoleum Painters Touch spray paint in Key Lime and Granite - $2.99 for a 3 pack

Elephant Hooks - Hobby Lobby - Jay painted these with the Key Lime - $3 dollars ea.

Elephant Ears Painting - Jay made this from old ikea bed slats and painted it by hand - cost of paint

Alphabet/Name Wall Mural - JaneyMacWalls - Large oversized wall letters, Vinyl - customized for Kellan - $110 tell them Kellan Sent you lol

Elephant Bubbles Night Light - Jay made this out of an artist canvas, LED lights, and he painted it using latex paint.

Little green Elephants - Jay cut those out of 1/4 inch plywood and painted them using the Key Lime paint, they were part of sign for my Shower



Favorite Items

Tough to decide but we especially love the toy box, alphabet/name wall, elephant bubbles night light, and our white elephant on the top shelf which we brought back from Bru's mom in Brazil


Use and repurpose items you already have so you save money and can spend that on the bigger items you want.  Pick colors and use them throughout the project so it looks fluid.  Above all have fun and remember it's your babies room!

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Monday 30th of June 2014

Where did you get the lime green elephant art above the chair?


Friday 28th of March 2014

Adorable! Where did you get the elephant with the bird on the big shelf?


Tuesday 12th of November 2013

I love this nursery! Green and elephants! two of my favorite things! and that toy box is awesome!


Saturday 9th of November 2013

I just LOVE the nursery and I'm planning to do somethine similar for my little boy. Can you tell me what are the color that you picked for the Alphabet? Thank you very much.