Category Archives: Nursery

March 11, 2014

White Wood Planked Walls + Mint Ceiling

The nursery is moving right along, and thankfully so, considering our little guy is due to arrive in just over a month now. Last time I’d checked in, I’d shared a mood board illustrating our plans for the space, looking something like this:

Nursery Mood Board |

The past week or so, Ricky has been chipping away at the first phase of the room, what we’ve been calling the “construction” phase. For us, this meant covering the existing popcorn ceiling with new smooth drywall, adding horizontal wood planks to all the walls, trimming out the window and closet opening, re-installing baseboards, adding crown molding, and finally, painting all of it. Easy enough, right?ย I have to credit most of this to Ricky, although, I was able to jump in with some relief on all the painting.

Here’s the most recent shot of the room, that I’d shared with you guys after whipping up a quick book display (Lizzy still occupying the room at the time):

Quick & Easy Book Display |

When Lizzy moved into a shared room with Zoey we emptied out most of the items, but the rest has now found it’s way into the dining room, garage, and anywhere else we could temporarily squeeze things in. That’s also been fun. Changing table in the narrow hallway for a few weeks, why not?

Once completely cleared, Ricky laid down rosin paper to protect the floors and taped off the closet with a plastic barrier (it was filled with nursery items).

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |

First up was new drywall on the ceiling. The decision to cover our inherited popcorn ceilings was something we’ve always wanted to do. They were poorly done and super distracting in the space. Plus, the rest of the home has all smooth ceilings, so eventually covering the bedrooms to match was in the plans since day one. What we didn’t anticipate were popcorn ceilings that had been painted – aka, scraping them smooth was not an option. Although we have different plans for the other bedrooms, in here, we opted to just go over them with a thin new layer of drywall. Quite the delay time-wise, but worth every minute in the end.

Covering a Popcorn Ceiling |

As for the planked walls, we followed this tutorial almost to-a-tee, so I won’t go into the details (just follow the link for an in-depth walk-through). However, we made one exception when it came to the corners of the room, by skipping out on the vertical trim pieces. Instead, a quick sweep of caulk prior to painting seemed to cover any gaps where the boards met.

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |

Because each wall in this room is about 11′ long and the wood only came in 8′ lengths, we were a little worried about seam placement. We went with a simple pattern to keep things consistent, but were pleasantly surprised at how well the joints vanished after painting. In fact, if they’d been bothersome enough, we probably could’ve eliminated them completely with a little wood putty. You can barely see in the photo above, seams about 2′ off the corner at every other board (just along the wall without the door).

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |

Once the wood planks were up, Ricky re-installed the baseboards, hung crown molding, and installed craftsman-style trim to match the door on the window and closet opening (check out this post for a full tutorial on how we did that).ย DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |

And finally, I painted. Everything.

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |

SW-Snowbound on all the walls and trim (a bright, but not stark, white) and SW-Lighter Mint on the ceiling (a pale mint with a touch of blue).



DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |

I’m crazy in love with the ceiling color. We wanted something really subtle. I love a bold ceiling, but in this space, we just wanted a hint of mint to compliment the brighter colors we’ll be using elsewhere. It’s noticeable when you enter the room, definitely, but I think once we add the cobalt blue dresser, it’ll read as more of an accent color than the star of the room.


DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |


You can already see below how well it picks up on the aqua floor baskets from the mood board.


DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |


Sneak peak at a few accessories in the closet.


DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |

Here you can really see how well the caulk worked to join the boards together at the corners.

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |


I was a little fearful that adding the wood planks to all the walls might make the room feel even smaller than it is, or that all the crazy horizontal lines going on would get distracting, but I’ve found quite the opposite. I think the bright white makes more of an impact than the actual wood itself, opening up the room even more.


DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |

And I’m head-over-heels for the contrast against the floor.

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |

I was also always under the impression that I loved the craftsman trim and the crown moldings throughout the rest of our home because their bright white color popped against our gray walls – not the case. The white on white has me begging for more here:



DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |

I still need to do a few touch ups around the window, as well as empty the closet and give it a fresh coat of paint, but for the most part, we’re moving onto the fun stuff!

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls |

I painted the crib last month, so that just needs to be reassembled. I’m working on the dresser as we speak (!) and the arm chair has been making itself right at home in our living room for weeks. Lighting, rug, curtains – all in the works! Closing in on the industrial pipe bookshelves ๐Ÿ™‚



February 22, 2011

Someone Kick Me

Yes, I know that phrase is “someone pinch me” but this news calls for kick.

Zoey’s nursery is featured on Chic & Cheap Nursery today! I’m totally spazzing out over here. Not to mention so incredibly honored to be presented alongside some of the most adorable nurseries around. Sigh… ๐Ÿ™‚

Head on over and check it out!

January 28, 2011

Nursery Sources

So, a few of you guys have been asking about sources for the Nursery and instead of answering comment upon comment it’s probably easier for all of us if I just lay it all out at once. Enjoy!

Wall Paint Color – Ben Moore, Stonington Gray HC-170

Crib – Babies R Us,ย Babyletto Modo Crib (no long sold at BRU, can be found on Amazon) – $379.00

Crib Bumper Fabric – Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Power Paisley – $/yard

Crib Skirt Fabric – Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Kelp Dot Green – $/yard

Window Panels Fabric – Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Barnacle Net Coral Colorway – $/yard

All Bedding and Window Panels – Made by RockyTop Design

Glider & Ottomanย – Babies R Us, Graco Avalon Glider & Ottoman – $220.00

Rug – Cost Plus World Market, 5 x 7 Shag Rug – $229.00

Window Blinds – 2″ Faux Wood Blinds – $29.00

Frame Ledges – Ikea, Ribba Picture Ledge – $15 & $10

Love Print – Made By Girl, Love Pattern Print – $9.50

Framed Letter “Z” – Homemade

Letter “Z” – Anthropologie, Zinc Letters – $18.00

Crochet Elephant – Etsy’s Five Sisterz, Elliot the Elephant – $14.00

Duck Print – Ikea, Kort Art Cards 5-pack – $5.00

Galvanized Tub – Lowes – $20.00

Dresser – Ikea, Expedit Bookcase – $69.99

Dresser Double Drawers – Ikea, Expedit Insert with 2 Drawers – $35.00

Dresser Single Drawers – Ikea, Expedit Insert Single Drawer (no longer sold) – $35.00

Coral Knobs – Anthropologie, Granita Knob – $6.00

Dresser Legs – Ikea, Capita Leg 4-pack – $10.00

Galvanized Bins – Lowes, Galvanized Storage Bin – $10.00

Green Lamp – Home Goods, Not Sold Online – $30.00

Giraffe Frame – Gift

Changing Pad – Gift

Changing Pad Fabric Cover – Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Rockweed Coral Colorway – $/yard

Wicker Cradle Basket – Gift

Framed Fabric – Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Collection – $/yard

Frames – Thrift Stores, Home Goods

Whew! Hope this helps everyone! Happy Hunting ๐Ÿ™‚

January 26, 2011

Featured on Made By Girl!!

I struggled to come up with a name for this post for quite some time. As corny as it sounds, there really are no words to describe my excitement about this news! So I apologize for the lack of originality. I’m a mess over here. All that kept coming to mind was “peeing in my pants excited…”. Yea, a little much? Probably not the image I want to convey, ha.

So… if you haven’t already seen, Zoey’s Nursery was featured yesterday by Jen at Made By Girl!!! And if you didn’t already know (how could you not?) Jen is an “It” girl. She’s amazing. Her work is brilliant. And I am absolutely blown away for the time being.

Yea. I’m pretty happy right now.

I can not thank all of the support I’ve received this past month enough. You guys are awesome! Thank you so much Jen, for featuring us over here at Cape27! I’ll be in la-la land the remainder of the afternoon ๐Ÿ™‚

January 12, 2011

Picture Perfect

I’ve neglected to show you guys a little update that we did in the nursery a few days ago. The wall between Zoey’s door and the closet doors had been bare for quite some time. I was set on doing one of her professional newborn pics, but it took me this long to get around to finally settling on one (she’s now over 2 months). We can go ahead and blame that indecision on our AMAZING photographer, Nikita Gross. She specializes in Wedding & Boudoir, but we were able to snag her for some maternity and newborn shots! Definitely take the time to check out her brand new website. It is magical (make sure you have your sound on!). Here’s what we came up with in the nursery ๐Ÿ™‚

This would be a good time to go ahead an announce my all-time favorite store for affordable yet stylish frames. Ikea! Love, love, love. This frame measures about 20″ x 20″, came with the matting, and is a steal at $19.99. The only thing to watch for is the actual size of their mat openings. For instance, this frame calls for a 11″ x 11″ photograph. Not the most abundant size around. We ordered our copy from Costco, which had a 12″ x 12″ size option. Target is also an awesome source for ready-to-go picture frames. I’m loving the way it came out.

If you’re wanting more, check out a few of our photos here!

Floor updates in a few hours! (promise this time)

Jessie R.