Baby Tristan’s DIY Nursery from B Hull Photography
June 17, 2013
When it comes to interior design in general, I don't discriminate  But I must admit that nurseries hold a special place in my heart. The amount of love and attention, planning and time that goes into these particular rooms is always so apparent; it warms my heart to no end. And this shabby chic nursery, carefully crafted by this lucky little boys mama, is no exception. Captured by B Hull Photography, there's so much more right here.
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From Tristan's mom... As soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to do a vintage/shabby chic theme for my nursery, regardless of the sex of my baby. I love everything vintage and knew how much fun it would be to do it myself. Once we found out were having a baby boy, whom we named Tristan, I automatically decided that I would go neutral and opt for all white furniture. I'm not really into the traditional blue/pink nursery color stories or animal themes, and wanted specific details that only I could bring to life. Picking up random accessories I thought would bring together my design also helped in customizing the space. Only a few things in his room were actually store bought, the rest were all my own personal touches making my baby’s nursery all the more special.

We started out by painting the room a pure white. The space is pretty small about 8‘x9’, so I wanted to bring as much light and brightness to it as possible. Also, with having such a small space to work with, rather than purchasing big and bulky nursery furniture, I opted to find much smaller petite pieces I knew wouldn’t clutter such a small space. I scored the perfect little antique Baronet drawer for free at a local garage sale. After hand painting it a pure white, l sanded the edges to give it a vintage distressed look, gave it a top coat of satin polyurethane and added beautiful brushed nickel knobs I purchased from Home Depot.

The armoire and crib were awesome finds on craigs list, costing me only $50.00 each. I did the same painting a distressing process as the dresser, and applied matching hardware making all three pieces appear to be one complete set.

Instead of purchasing your traditional crib mobile, I decided to make my own. I wanted something that looked natural, rustic and would contrast nicely off of all the white in the space. So I grabbed a few branches off of a random tree and spotted the cutest little faux blue birds at Michaels Craft store. After rinsing off the branches and coating them with polyurethane, I simply glued on my little birdies. By cutting out the top of a shoe box into random sized leaves, painting them with silver nail polish and using fishing line to hang it above the crib, I was able to achieve what looks like blue birds on tree branches. Exactly what I was going for!

As for the wall art, I just went online and searched for children art and nursery prints. I was able to resize and print them out free of charge, and arrange them in awesome frames I picked up for close to nothing at a local thrift store.
I picked up a really cool wicker light fixture from ikea, which came in a natural maple wood color. I decided to stain it a dark walnut so that it would stand out better against the pure white ceiling.

The wall shelving are from Michaels craft store. They came in a natural wood color so I hand painted them white and sand them to give them a more vintage/distressed look, tying them in with the furniture. I figured they would be a nice touch to the little random accessories I’d choose to add to the space.

I purchased the bulletin board on clearance at Marshalls and found the iron baskets there as well, surprisingly in the pet section labeled as pet supplies. However, I figured they would go perfectly on the board next to the changing station, and used them to house the diapers, wipes, soaps and lotions. The vintage keep sake box placed on the armoire; the glass jars; hippo bank, and wall mirror, were also all random accessories purchased from Marshalls.

The two bird cages were from Michaels Craft Store as well as the Ashland candles I put inside of them. Other items I picked up from Michaels were the monogram letter T for his bulletin board; the Blossom vase; and the faux flowers I put inside of the vase.

His room is by far the most peaceful room in the house. Every time I enter the space, I think about all the love and planning that went into it and how I used to stare at his crib, dreaming of the day when we would get to meet him. And now that he is here, it is everything I dreamed of and more.


Photography: B Hull Photography | Light fixture: Ikea | Crib bedding: Trend Lab via Amazon | Wall art: online printables | Blue bird mobile: handmade | Wall mirror, Bulletin Board, + Iron Baskets: Marshalls | Monogram Letter T, Blossom Vase, Faux Flowers, Mini Bird Cages, Ashland Candles, Wall Shelving (painted and distressed): Michaels | Hippo bank: Home Goods | Shag rug: Walmart