Now that Tommy is starting to toddle around a bit the nursery was overdue for a little update. If you were reading way back in May when I posted his Monterssori-inspired nursery you’ll remember I kept things down at his level. Well that quickly translated to “baby wrecking the room” as he began to get around a little better! Here is what his nursery looked like when we first moved four months ago:
The plant and picture frames were the first things banished as he started cruising. Plus, having everything at his level kind of left the room lacking any interest on the upper half (other than the adorable canopy of course!) I set out to give the nursery a frugal update and decorate the walls a bit. I knew I’d be moving the framed Eric Carles book pages up onto the wall but I needed more than just that. Off to the thrift and dollar stores I went. Ten dollars later I came home with this: two dollar store baskets, three dollar store frames, and a thrifted bucket.
Enter Krylon Dual Spray Paint. The folks at Krylon contacted me a while back and asked me if I wanted to try out and review their Dual paints. Being the spray paint addict I am I jumped all over the chance! The Dual paints are paint and primer in one which I love because 1) it reduced me having to have a separate primer on hand and 2) it cuts out a step which is a bonus if you try to sneak in crafting time when your kids are occupied like I do! I chose to try it in Gloss Black, White, and Ivy Leaf to complement the nursery colors.
Okay-on to the good stuff. Because the Krylon Dual is supposed to work on a variety of different surfaces I really wanted to test it out. My thrifted bucket was metal, the picture frames were veneer, and the baskets were straw. I also threw in some chipboard scrapbooking and wooden letters for good measure. The paint covered everything wonderfully-even, easy spraying and fast drying was a bonus. I even let my five year old spray the baskets and there were no issues. Here are my transformed pieces and how I used them to update the nursery:
I used painted chipboard letters hot glued to the containers to label them. While I had the chipboard out I remembered this canvas I pinned on Pinterest and made a little one for Tommy by hot gluing the chipboard letters to a small Walmart canvas then spray painting the entire surface.
The Dollar store frames looks super cute hanging on Tommy’s wall, I filled them with free printables from Beautifully Rooted, Mr. Printables, and vixenMade. By the way, I have tons of free printables on my Printable Pinterest Board if you are even looking for some!)
So here is the new improved nursery, I’m thinking of putting in a floating shelf above the expedit for his radio to sit out of reach as well.
Do you like his initial and little banner? I spray-painted a wooden letter from Hobby Lobby and below that hung dollar store flashcards from baker’s twine with mini clothespins.