Monday, May 30, 2011

Nursery Room - Monogram

This is the last nursery project I plan on doing before Kalia gets here.  I actually didn't really plan on having to get it done before she arrived, but since she's showing up fashionably late, the last and final project is complete.  Sort of.  I'm still working on sewing her quilt, but right now my sewing machine and I aren't on speaking terms, so that one most definitely will wait until after she gets here.  Hopefully before her first birthday!  (Kidding...sort of).

For above Kalia's crib, I wanted some of our maternity pictures displayed.  I initially planned on just doing some sort of canvas or frames, but after doing the gallery wall above the dresser, I decided I needed something a little bit different for above the crib.  I walked in and out of there about 1000 times, and finally came up with something that I thought I'd like...decoupaging our maternity pictures to a big huge K.

We have at of scrap wood left over from various build projects, so this project was pretty close to free.  Actually, it cost $5 for the spray paint and pictures.

First up, I drew out my K on a leftover sheet of 3/4'' plywood.  I couldn't decide if I wanted 5 x 7's or 4 x 6's, but after laying out both sizes, the 5 x 7  K was just too big.  I do kind of wish I would've made this so the arms of the K were the same size as the body, but I still like the final outcome.

Chris came into the garage at some point during this, and agreed to make my cuts for me with the jig saw.  I don't fit behind tools anymore, so I either have to bend over waaaay low to get things below my belly, or just pass the task of to Chris.

After Chris made the cuts while I held the board in place, we were left with a huge giant K.

I spray painted that black (while wearing my awesome mask), and then got up in the middle of the night to decoupage our maternity pictures to it.  Sleep is getting harder and harder these days, so I moreso just nap a lot.  My weekends consist of : nap, project, errands, eat, repeat.  Anywho, I don't have pictures of the giant K just spray painted, but just imagine the image above black.

After the decoupage, here's what my K looked like :

I decided the ends needed a little bit ... more ... to it, so I cut out circles of fabric and added fabric type flowers.  It added a feminine touch without being too girlie.  These two fabrics are leftovers from her quilt too, so once I start speaking to my sewing machine again, this will tie in perfectly.

The centers are just pins that I snapped off and then bent into place.  I glued them down using quick grip, and then attached the flower with quick grip to my K, but only where the pins were.   That way I could still ruffle the 'petals' of my flower to have more of a 3D look.

Chris came in and thought the middle of the K needed flowers too, so I made a few smaller blue ones while I was at it.

We put the hangers in the back of it, and hung it above her crib.  Here's the final product :

What do you think?  Too big, too small, or just right?  I debated about painting the K another color besides black, because I do love color in a nursery...but ultimately decided the pictures would look better against a black background.  I also decided the black background went with her crib skirt and crib a little bit better, but I'm still on the fence about whether or not I'm going to add color back in.

Here's how it ties in with her crib :

When she gets big enough to pull things off the wall, we'll either have to put a screw through this, remove it, or pull the crib away from the wall so she doesn't pull it down on herself.  For now, I'm just ready for her to be here already!  Oh, and ignore the wrinkly sheet and bedskirt.  The last thing I feel like doing is ironing these days!

And my favorite's where we started with this wall :

And after a ton of work, here's what it looks like now :

Installed bamboo floors, painted walls and closet, new crib, custom built in closet system, custom built dresser
(To see my documented projects and paint colors I've used on this section, click on any of the links below the picture.)

So that's last and final nursery project.  Maybe Kalia was waiting for me to finish that up before deciding to show up.  I'm done, she can come now!!  I'll do a full nursery tour and recap everything sometime soon.  Unless Kalia shows up...then I'll go MIA for a little while before sharing her with you guys, and then do a full nursery room tour!  :-)

Believe it or not, we had a busy busy Friday and Saturday.  I've got another room that we gave a mini face-lift to show you guys later on in the week, so stay tuned!

Hope everyone's enjoying their Memorial Day today!  Happy Monday!

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  1. What an incredibly cute and creative idea!! It looks gorgeous!

  2. Such a great idea! I have A's for my daughter and R's for our last name ALL over the house! I love them!

  3. What great ideas!! I LOVE the bedroom...and what you did with the "K" is SO cool :) Now following you...

    I really like your blog - I'm trying to get mine off the ground and was wondering if you could come check it out and consider following.

    Hope you have an *amazing* day! :)


  4. It looks great Kara! I think the black background was a great choice, because it ties in with the crib so well. The nursery feels so complete now... and I'm sure you're thinking that it's only missing one thing... that you're ready for that little girl to make her entrance and really complete the room. You always amaze me at how much you do, especially 40 weeks pregnant! I hope you find time to relax a little. <3 Erin

  5. Cute Blog! I loved it so much I decided to follow! Happy Monday! I would love for you to stop by and check out my blog as well! If you like it you can follow back! Thanks! Hope to blog with you again soon!


  6. What a sweet idea! That baby will be able to look up and see that her mama and daddy love her and each other so much!

  7. Love this, it looks great, i think i might just steal that idea.

  8. I love how your "K" turned out and I adore that crib! Oh yeah, and I love the closet. I just found out I'm pregnant, so this has given me loads of inspiration.

  9. I love your K!!! It looks perfect in the room!!!

  10. What a great addition to such a cute nursery. Love how you put three rods in the closest.
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  11. loved the room do you mind sharing where you got the crib set from?

  12. Very cute idea! And I love the name Kalia (I have a Katia!!!)

  13. Great job making the "K" without a scroll saw! I'd love if you linked this up to Sew Woodsy!

  14. I love this idea! I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:

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  15. Congratulations! I love your crib and bed skirt. Funny, that I didn't notice they were wrinkled until you said it. Good Job! I'm your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

  16. aw I love it that is so darn cute :) I think I need to have my hubby cute me a huge monogram for our bedroom now. Thanks for the inspiration. I found this project through TT&J linky party! Thank you for sharing. Come say hi! I love new followers.

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  17. Really nice Efforts! i think I have learned A lot From your about to Decorate the bed Room!
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