Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nursery Room - Alphabet Wall Decor

As I mentioned on Friday, I had my first baby shower on Saturday.  It was so much fun!  Kalia is going to be one spoiled little girl when she comes into this world, and having so much actual baby stuff is making me so excited and anxious for her to get here!  I'll post more on the shower later...

...but having so much baby stuff also made me really anxious to get some more stuff done to Kalia's nursery.  Less than 10 weeks till my due date, and my belly is just getting bigger and bigger.

I've had wall decor for above the daybed for quite some time now, but I knew it was going to take some patience to get it up.  Why?  Well, because I found these alphabet cards on Etsy, and fell in love.
With all 26 of them.  They actually went out of stock before I could buy them, so I looked all around for alphabet cards that I liked just as much.  The only semi substitute I could find was these cards from The Land of Nod...


Which made me laugh.  The first one is A is for adjustable wrench.  They're right up my ally!

But really they weren't quite as cute as the initial ones.  Luckily for me (and Kalia!), the Etsy store owner convo'd me back when they had another set in stock.

I looked all over for picture frames that weren't too expensive (I did have to get 26 of them!), and finally settled on some from the dollar store.  For $1 a piece, I couldn't beat it!

The frames, shockingly, compliment the flash cards pretty well.  I went back and forth between black or white frames, but Erin and Chris both liked the black frames better on the light gray wall.  I think with the alphabet letters being black, they were definitely right!


There was a lot of measurements and math to get this to come out exact with the correct spacing, but after I had figured all of that out, it was simply a matter of me holding the level while Chris marked off where the frames would go, and then nailing 26 nails into the wall.


Yes, if we ever change our mind on these flash cards, patching the wall is going to be a pain!  But I really love the way these tie in with the pillows...


And the overall daybed wall in general!


I definitely love a nursery that has a lot of decor on the walls.  Not busy by any means, but just filled.  I think between the bookshelves and this wall, Kalia's going to have a lot of fun stimulations for her little eyes!

It's definitely much better than where we started.


I'll show you on Friday how all of this looks with Kalia's bookshelves.  Hope everyone is having a great week so far!  Happy Wednesday!

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63 comments:

  1. AHHHHH I can't even tell you how much I love these! They add even more color to the room and the black frames totally make them POP (which is the theme of this whole baby thing, right). =)

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  2. WOW- this is an AWESOME idea! It turned out so beautifully! Great job- thanks so much for sharing! I love that her nursery is not so 'baby'- just perfect!

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  3. OMG! I can't beleive you actually did that! Wow!! It looks amazing! Good job!

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  4. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. These flashcards look fabulous! I'm sure hanging them all perfectly spaced apart was a big project but it was definitely worth it. Your little one is very lucky!

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  5. Love this!!!!!! You did an amazing Job.. new follower!! :) xx Liz Marie

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  6. I am loving your nursery, it is truly one of my favs!!

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  7. that looks sooo good! i love the colors in those cards, they go perfectly with your bright pillows. the tool alphabet is really funny, too. can't wait to see some shower pics, then?

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  8. I love your alphabet wall!!! Great job! I came from Wandering Wednesday and your newest follower. I would love to have you stop by sometime.
    www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

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  9. LOVE these. Such a great idea- and so perfectly done. New Follower!

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  10. This is stunning! Such a fab and original idea, thanks for sharing!

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  11. Oh Wow. This is super-duper fantastic. What a sweet idea. I'm visiting from Trendy Treehouse & just loved your Flash Cards. PS: I'm following you now too. Yay!

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  12. I love this Idea. So Smart of you!

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  13. Cute! Love the flash cards they look great in the nursery.

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  14. Here from the bloghop.
    I follow you on GFC. I'd love for you to follow me back
    Tiffany
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  15. GORGEOUS! What a happy and playful design that will be sure to grow with her!

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  16. I am sooo impressed!!! this is by far the most unique baby's room I have ever seen (and i mean that entirely in a good way!!)...it is absolutely precious! like none other i've ever seen! a labor of love for sure :)

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  17. Fantastic! I love it.
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  18. Love it! I would be perfect for my sons room. www.mylifeunzipeed.blogspot.com

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  19. Goodness Kara it is like we are linked at the brain. We decorated my son't room with Pottery barn Alphabet cards. I display them in pannel windows. I got my cards as a gift 6 years ago or so. I will have to do a post showing it soon. I like your 26 letters. I just tried to use letters that either had pics I liked best, or were significant in our family, since I could only use 4-6 cards.

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  20. The frames came out great! That must have been such a pain to hang up, but the wall looks so nice!

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  21. Wow! I love this. The flashcards are gorgeous and I love the bookshelves on the right. Beautifully done.

    vanessa

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  22. I think they look absolutely fantastic!!!!

    I would have lost it measuring all that out. It would have never been straight. LOL

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  23. Congratulations on your baby! I'm due with our first baby (a little girl, Karoline) at the end of June. Our before pics look a lot alike! I'm further behind than you though and need to get it in gear and get our room more finished than it is now!

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  24. Oh, and (pregnancy brain!) I forgot to tell you how much I like the alphabet wall! That took a lot of time and patience!

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  25. This is absolutely incredible! I can't believe two people - neither of which is secretly starring on HGTV or Martha Stewart - made this! Seriously, I'm pretty sure this could be on Pottery Barn's inspiration board! I'm about to be your newest follower because I love your stuff! : )

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  26. Love how you framed each card. My favorite is definitely R for Ribbon! Beautiful job.

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  27. This is possibly the cutest nursery I've ever seen. We aren't looking to have any kids for another year. Is it too early to start decorating?! I don't want to forget your adorable ideas.
    www.marthahasminions.blogspot.com

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  28. So fun!! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  29. Wow, I am absolutely in love with this wall in your nursery! What a wonderful idea. Not only beautiful to look at but educational as well. I would love the exact same set up for my preschool classroom. I found you from the Girl Creative Blog Hop. I am so glad! I can't wait to read the rest of your posts. Oh, and I love the picture of your lab. I have a lab that looks exactly like yours as well as a black lab. Great dogs for kids!
    Shauna
    http://myshaenoel.blogspot.com/

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  30. That is a super fun project. It look stylishly baby chic (did that make sense). Clever!

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  31. Hi stopping by from Friday blog hop
    I love that Idea and the bed/couch. I want one of those.
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  32. Blog hopping! I'm your new follower and would love a follow back! www.adeliciousobsession.com Thanks!

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  33. What a great Idea!!! I might have to do this too!

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  34. This is amazing!!! I am in love with those cards. GREAt job & congrats on the bun in the oven :) Just popping in from TT&J :)

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  35. love it LOVE It, what a sweet practical idea!

    Carlee,
    ladybirdln.blogspot.com

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  36. This is so sweet! Love the happy vintage feel ;)

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  37. I love love love this! If you change the decor down the road she can still use the flashcards.

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  38. The whole room looks great! Love the alphabet!!

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  39. I am a little obsessed with alphabet walls, and this one is stunning. I really love how great those black frames look on those super-awesome cards, and the way you hung them... I don't know exactly what it is, but something about it is super cool. I featured you today on my favorite things :)

    http://sunshineandchaucer.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-favorite-things_28.html

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  40. They look amazing. Work really well with your wall and the room. Well done!

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  41. Okay, this has to be the cutest idea for a children's room ever! Thanks for sharing!

    Hey, my name is Cara too!!!

    Come visit me at miscellaneousme.wordpress.com

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  42. This is so cute! I love how the whole thing ties together. You are so creative!

    I am having an "every crafty blog" linky party and would love for you to come and join!

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  43. This looks BEAUTIFUL! Tell me...was it maddening trying to get them all straight and perfect? Hee Hee

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  44. I stumbled this post... I absolutely love it! I'm such a sucker for all things ABC. Thanks for inspiring!

    ~Alison

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  45. So fun and stimulating for the little one. The black and the bright colors will definitely turn her head a time or two. What an awesome idea.

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  46. I agree, hanging these looks daunting! But you did a great job and I love the cards you ended up with :)

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  47. I love the vintage look you got using those cards. Very fun.
    ~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 
    {Check out how I made my name 'clickable'.}

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  48. TOTALLY AMAZING! I am in love. I hope you can come by Next Monday for CraftOManiac Monday and link this fabulousness up. winks-jen

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  49. Congrads. This was the most viewed link last week at the Whatever Goes Wednesday party. I am highlighting it today! Grab my "featured' BUTTON. I love, love, love that nursery! The wall, the daybed and that bookshelf! I need to make me one of those!

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  50. Totally adorable! You did a great job.
    CAS

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  51. I saw your alphabet wall featured. I just love it. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

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  52. What a great idea! These are so cute and colorful. They make a great statement on your wall!

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  53. Chiming in late here...just discovered your blog. These alpha cards make me want to have another baby so I can do this in the nursery!!! :-D LOVE your blog!!!

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  54. very talented and creative,WOW!!! Royal Bambino features a large selection of Nursery and Children’s Wall Art, with over 1000 different items by over 36 different designers! Your child’s bedroom or nursery is their own space, to play, dream, and relax. Choose Nursery Wall Art in bold colors, landscapes, art deco patterns, or designs that reflect your child's creativity, personality, and interests.

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  55. i'm a new follower and love the alphabet wall art. Those letters will look great in my grand child's room. Thanks for sharing.i make fabric wall art, among other things for nursery rooms,childcare centers, churches or any child's room. Please feel free to join my blog.

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  56. Are the picture frames plastic or wood?

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  57. Top marks - we are loving all things alphabet at the moment and you have given us some great ideas. My favourite so far has to be our alphabet frieze.

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