George's Nursery + Spray Painted Jenny Lind Crib

I'm such a wanna be in the decorating department. And I've particularly struggled with my nurseries. Having three babies in a few short years combined with our not finding out their gender before birth......let's just say, a lot has happened in this room over the past 4.5 years. Boy, girl, boy, my sewing and crafty stages. Y'all, this room has been crazy town!

So, for George (now 15 months old), I wanted to get it together, a sweet and soothing space, not perfect but something I could be content with. I basically just painted the crib, rearranged some artwork, and removed over half the stuff in this room - the curtains and several pieces of the furniture.

quilt made by my cousin

This is the second time I've painted this crib. The first time (a couple years ago) I failed to do the prep work by sanding it. Typical. I also failed to buy enough spray paint not just one, two, three, or four times. Five times I went back to Home Depot. FIVE TIMES. Can anyone say live and learn?! My husband was dying laughing at me that day.

This go round I bought five cans, all that was on the shelf at Hobby Lobby. Color is Catalina Mist. Stephen sanded off the previous avocado green color and he lovingly did this project for me. He knows I hate DIY and that I probably would have ended up in a bad mood by the end. This ain't our first rodeo.

With artwork, I came full circle and I hung these Walter Anderson prints above the crib. My mom bought these back in 2008 when I first found out I was pregnant with my oldest child. 

By the closet I hung this pair of water colors by my oldest. 

What inspired me most in this "makeover" was a conversation I had with a decorator friend at a dinner party. She said she did not dress or decorate using a lot of patterns because the busy-ness of patterns made her feel stressed.

I, on the other hand, love patterns and lots of color, but this room had an overload. Pinpointing that all the stuff (loud curtains, extra furniture) in the room made me feel stressed, enabled me to see that I just needed to take everything out and start over. Now it is a clean, white room with pops of color, my favorite look! And what I've been going for all along.


  1. Sweet! Love the crib color.

  2. so inspiring! love that your hubby did the crib for you - that is true love :) And I adore that shade of blue/green.

  3. Impressive!! Love seeing your developing nursery. And I am thrilled with seeing Stephen Small's artwork. It's up at my house and in my office too!

  4. I love it!!! So fresh! Also, I'm glad I'm not the only person who doesn't particularly enjoy DIY. I'd rather eat PB&Js all month and pay somebody!


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