nursery progress + a quick and easy before and after

It’s amazing how a few key items can really make a space feel like it’s pulled together, even if it’s not quite close to being finished!  Last week, I received my crib bedding and curtains for the nursery and not only did they both turn out even more amazing than I expected, but they really make the room feel so much more cozy and almost complete! I’m still waiting on art so I can hang her gallery wall and for  bedding to arrive for the daybed, but things are coming along!  I know these are some sneaky peeks, but I promise to do a full reveal once everything is completely done…so, in the meantime, here are a few progress shots for everyone who has been so kind as to email about the nursery!

One of my dearest friends back at the beach happens to be an interior designer and master seamstress and her gift to Baby Girl was to fit the windows in her nursery with some gorgeous curtains.  They turned out amazing and not only soften the entire room, but they compliment the peachy/coral ceiling paint and look fabulous paired with bamboo Roman blinds:

I ordered sample cards of linen in every color you could imagine from Gray Line Linen and, after pouring over them for a ridiculous amount of time, ended up going with flax panels with a four inch band of coral linen.  I was very impressed with the fabric weight, the color varieties (there are a TON!) and customer service over at Gray Line Linen; the fabric arrived three days after ordering!

From the very moment I found out I was having a girl, I had my heart set on a champagne crib; it has been the one item throughout all the planning for her room upon which every other detail was based and I am in love with how it turned out!  To be completely honest, it was no way near the easy process I anticipated-from finding the perfect shade of metallic champagne paint (it’s harder than you think!) to getting it sprayed (twice!), it was a real pain in the ass, but, in the end, it was definitely worth the hassel. 

I decided on a Jenny Lind-style crib from the get-go; I loved the simplicity and antique feel of the spindle style and you couldn’t beat the price! I’m not a fan of oversize, convertible cribs, so this one was perfect for me.  After an exhaustive search for paint, I ended up going with Ralph Lauren’s Regent Metallic paint in Champagne Toast – the perfect pale gold, it complimented the ceiling paint and crib bedding fabric beautifully.  Another major bonus was that it was a one-step process, unlike many metallic paints where you have to prime, paint and then apply a metallic top coat (all of which is hella expensive, might I add!)  Here’s a little peek of both the crib paint and the bedding:

I NEVER sub out any of my furniture, but I wanted a smooth finish with no brush strokes, so I had it sprayed professionally.  The paint is so gorgeous-great coverage and the most amazing pearl finish. The only drawback was that the air compressor sucked up most of the metallic, making it look more like a wheat-painted crib, which was NOT what I wanted.  So, I picked up a quart of Metallic glaze in gold from Sherwin Williams; a light coat was all that was needed for that extra shimmer and it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Above the crib we mounted a hand-carved mermaid that my aunt found in an antique store in Newport, RI.  An older, retired gentleman makes them by hand and I especially love that half of the proceeds go to military families.  At almost FIVE FEET LONG, she is absolutely stunning and has become the focal point of that side of the room!  Isn’t she gorgeous?

There have been quite a few DIY’s in the design of this nursery, the easiest of which has been a quick and easy paint treatment on a lamp.  I loved the lines and shape of the Audrey lamp from Lulu and Georgia, but at more than $200, sadly, it was way out of my price range.  I found the one below left on sale for $50 at Hobby Lobby; I loved the shape and burlap shade, but the brown faux wood finish had to go.  To help it blend in a little better with my framed Animal Print Shop prints (I used large mat Target frames that I painted in this gold spray paint), I applied a light coat of adhesion primer first and then broke out my liquid gold leaf and voila!

What a difference, no? 

And last, but not least, the making of a gallery wall…the sail boat was painted by a lovely friend (see my tutorial on how to make linen picture frame mats here), the “Prayer for a Little Girl” hung in my nursery as a baby and the navy mermaid is from Pottery Barn.  It was actually the very first thing I bought for the nursery! Still waiting on a few little pieces of art and a handwritten calligraphy piece, but it’s starting to come together nicely:

Finished pics coming soon!

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  1. angie on December 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the mermaids!! Looks like her name will start with an L?? πŸ™‚

  2. Shana on December 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    It's beautiful!!!! What is the bumper and skirt fabric?

  3. Kate on December 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    It's just lovely. So beautiful and perfect! That crib fabric is to die for. So, so perfect for a baby girl's nursery. I am in love!

  4. Kelly Stivers on December 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Angie – thank you so much! Shana – I actually found the fabric on a clearance rack at a fabric shop months ago. No one there seemed to know the manufacturer or name and I haven't been able to find it, either, but if I can track it down, I certainly will post and let you know!

  5. Kelly Stivers on December 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Kate – you are always so gracious with your comments! I am in love with how nicely it's turning out, as well πŸ™‚

  6. Linda@Limeninthecoconut on December 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the colors…all the shimmery gold, and those wall mermaids are divine! She will be all eyes! When are you due?

  7. Kelly Stivers on December 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you, Linda! I'm due 26 December, but don't think I'll last that long! It's a waiting game now πŸ™‚

  8. Amber | His & Hers and the Dogs' on December 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I not having a baby, I just want to move into this room myself! That champagne crib, to die for! Did you also paint the curtain rods? Beautiful mix of the linen with coral.

  9. Kelly Stivers on December 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you, Amber! Yes, the curtain rods are actually 1 3/4 inch dowel rods from Lowe's that I painted to match the crib paint! One of my favorite tricks for curtain rods πŸ˜‰

  10. SarahS on December 19, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Where are your framed animal prints from? I just discovered your blog tonight and am in love!

  11. Kelly Stivers on December 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Sarah – they are from Sharon Montrose's Animal Print Shop! The link is above in the post πŸ™‚

  12. Elle on December 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Hi! This is such a gorgeous nursery! Would you mind sharing the ceiling and wall paint colors? Thanks!!!

  13. Kelly Stivers on December 22, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Thank you, Elle! A full source guide to follow once I post the finished nuraery!

  14. Gina on April 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Hi…I love the paint colors on the walls and ceiling of your little gal's nursery…would you mind sharing the colors? I am re-painting my daughter's room and think it would be a beautiful color scheme.

  15. Angie on April 10, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Dying for a full reveal!!

  16. Megan on April 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Hello! I am due with a little girl in September and this is the exact color palette that I want to use in her nursery. I'd love to know what colors you used on the walls and ceiling as well as see the full finished product! It looks gorgeous!

  17. lindsay on November 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Did you sew the coral panel on your drapes or did they come that way?

  18. Kelly Stivers on December 1, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Lindsay-I had them sewn that way by the seamstress!

  19. Beth on January 9, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Just purchased the lamps at Hobby Lobby. Did you use the lamp shades that came on the lamp or switch it out? Thank you.

  20. Kelly Stivers on January 9, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Beth-yes, I kept the same burlap shade it came with! πŸ™‚

  21. Janelle Sisk on July 24, 2015 at 1:05 am

    I was wondering if you would share the name of the antique store in Newport from which the mermaid was purchased. My husband is in the navy and we have lived in Newport 3 different times. It is truly my favorite place on earth. I have a baby girl and her nursery has mermaids in it. I have a similar mermaid print that my mom gave us as a gift. I would appreciate any information you can provide. Thank you!

  22. Kelly Stivers on July 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Janelle! The mermaid was a gift from my aunt and uncle; they said it was a little hole in the wall right by the water but they don't remember the name. They had two – the ivory one they got me and a mint one but they've never seen them again. I'm sorry! πŸ™ If I hear anything else, I promise to let you know!

  23. Elizabeth on October 22, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Hi. Can you share both the wall and ceiling paint colors? Thank you!

  24. Kelly Stivers on October 22, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Hi, Elizabeth! The ceiling is Ben Moore Teacup Rose and the walls are Ben Moore white. I listed every detail and sourced them all in a post labeled, "Lydia's nursery", if you want to see how it all came out!

  25. Kris on December 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    hi I'm copying the curtains! Curious is the linen from the Judy or Warsa line?

  26. Kelly Stivers on December 3, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Hi, Kris! It's the Warsa line! I included all the sources for everything in the nursery in a post here:

    Best of luck!

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