A Penny Parlor Nursery Part 1


It's about time I get back to blogging! I've been delaying projects for a number of excuses, mostly due to being pregnant. A nursery seems the most practical subject to start back up again.

When I started thinking about a baby's room, I knew I didn't want anything too "babyish". I truthfully wasn't even going in a pink direction for a girl, until I saw crib bedding that I just could not resist. It is classy and elegant, but most importantly for me doesn't scream baby with teddy bears and ducks. (No offense to readers, just my own taste).

CoCaLo Daniella Bedding

The room was completely a blank canvas, as you can see:

When planning for this space, I thought it best to keep the walls light since I picked out dark furniture and because the room is not particularly large. I went with Valspar paint from Lowe's. The bottom color is China Silk and the top color is Bombay all with Antique White trim by Duron.

If I had done a chair rail, rather than a plate rail to separate the colors, I would have done the darker color on the bottom because a chair rail would be a lot lower. I like how the dark furniture stands out against the lighter color. 

Trim: I used flat pieces of primed MDF in 3.5" x 8' lengths for the plate rail and crown molding where the wall meets the ceiling. In the corners of the crown I used pre-made blocks. I cannot stress enough how EASY they are to use and make crown molding something ANYONE can do. You can find them at Lowe's. No miter cuts at all. I also used them in my powder room, you can find the post HERE.

Pre-painting the trim before install makes for easy touch up and finishing after the molding is up.

After installing the trim, caulk the seams, fill in any nail holes and touch up with paint.

The crib furniture is Baby Cache Royale and can be found at Babies R Us. Here's a tip, look for floor samples in the furniture department. We were able to get the changing table for less than half of the original price.

Stay tuned for more nursery related projects as I work to complete this space.

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  1. Amanda! This nursery is going to be so beautiful. I love it. I agree about things being too babyish--ducks and teddybears are not my favorite ;) You're doing a great job. Can't wait to see the final project.

  2. I love it! I really like those fancy things you put in the upper corners. One day when I have a house I want to do something like that. I Hope your blog will still active by then so I can learn how!

    It won't be too long until your sweet little girl and you are spending lots of time in this room together :)

  3. Anonymous12:12 PM

    The end crowns the work.

  4. I am a total beginner at home improvement. How did you attach the corner blocks on the crown molding? The blocks look fairly thick so I was wondering if the could even be nailed. Did you nail or glue? If you nailed, could you tell me how, please?

  5. The blocks are actually hollow. We used nails and glue! Hope that helps!!

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