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Project Nursery: Blast Off!

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  • November 14, 2012

I am so excited because work on the nursery has finally begun! Once we found out Baby P is a boy, I didn’t want to waste any time getting the ball rolling. I’d really prefer not to have to be scrambling trying to finish his nursery when I’m 8 months preggo.

Now, normally JP has very little interest when it comes to the decor choices I make for our home..but when it came down to a nursery for his firstborn son, he wanted to be involved! So we brainstormed together about what we wanted the nursery to look like. Hubs wanted something distinctly first he suggested a sports themed nursery. I immediately started picturing brightly colored decals of footballs and soccer balls all over the wall, and it made me cringe. I was hoping for something a bit more sophisticated and not so in-yo-face. So we sat down and started perusing LayBabyLay (an awesome site with tons of cool nursery moodboards) until we stumbled on this nursery design.

We both instantly loved it. JP has a fascination with all things space related (when that rover landed on Mars back in August, I got daily updates for about a week) and I really loved the color scheme. My mind started filling with ideas right away. However, I want to be careful not to go too ‘theme-y’ with it so that it doesn’t enter Cheeseball Land.

JP suggested that maybe we do a mural behind the crib of the solar system. Again, brightly colored decals filled my mind, and I was afraid of veering into Cheese territory. But after thinking on it for a couple of minutes, I came up with an idea to do a solar system feature wall, but with a twist. Instead of painting all 9 planets (yes, we included Pluto..we’re both firmly on the Pluto-is-a-planet wagon) in all their traditional colors, I decided we could use embroidery hoops filled with fabrics that coordinated with our color scheme. That way it wouldn’t be an in-yo-face-look-at-me solar system mural, but more of an abstract design that wouldn’t compete with other elements in the room. Woot!

The first step was picking out paint colors. I originally wanted to paint the whole room in a light silvery gray, but JP suggested we use a darker color for the feature wall. This turned out to be the best suggestion ever…I am so in love with the darker gray we ended up choosing that I’m scouting other locations in the house where we could use it! The silvery gray is Rocky Bluffs by Valspar, but I got it lightened by 25%. The darker charcoal gray is Semi Sweet, also by Valspar.

Once the colors were picked, JP got to work painting the room. Let me take a small brag break here: my husband is a painting champion. When we decide to paint a room, I pick out the color and usually the next day I come home from work and the room is totally painted. He da man and I would like to dedicate this video to him. Not only is it an awesome song, but also an awesome movie.

Ok, now back to your regularly scheduled blogging.

After the room was painted, we got busy (along with the help of JP’s dad) and were able to finish the wall up that same night!

Originally, we planned to have his dad paint the lines of the rings for us, but he reminded us that white paint over a really dark color would mean lots of coats, and that could make for some wonky looking lines. So what did we use instead? Pinstriping – like the kind they use for cars! We ran out and picked some up at Auto Zone and it worked great! Then we hung the embroidery hoops (keeping in mind that the crib is going to go over in the left hand corner), and taped up a few “stars” that I cut out of cardstock.

I bought an extra embroidery hoop and cut the rings in half and we painted them yellow and hot glued them to Saturn and Uranus. Yep, I just found a way to legitimately use ‘Uranus’ on my blog. Boom. And also, I’m 8 years old.

You guys. I am SO SO happy with the way it turned out! Isn’t Pluto so cute and little?! You’ll always be a planet to us, Pluto!!

{Sidenote: For the time being, we just hung the embroidery hoops with nails, but if anyone has any tips on other more secure ways to hang them, I’m all ears!}

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  • Ceara

    I seriously LOVE this!!! Amazing :))

  • Meng

    I can’t tell you how amazing that looks! You’re really out doing yourself!

  • Jen from insideways

    I’M IN LOVE! Embroidery hoops for planets? YES! Thank you so much for commenting on my blog so I could find you. New subscriber 🙂

    • Dacia

      Aww that’s so sweet! Thank you!! I love your blog 🙂

  • Kim

    Sooooo cute! Great idea with the fabric & hoops. I can see the little man now, standing in his crib, checking out planets! Good job!

  • Nana Parnell

    It looks so cute and it certainly is one of a kind. He’ll learn about the planets early I’m sure. Great job.

  • Lyndon

    wow!! Very nice.

  • nancy

    wow, what a GREAT nursery so far! i can’t wait to see it completed. the light, the planets . . . all amazing. and that mood board is incredible. thanks for sharing!

  • Cathy

    I never would have guessed the decor! You know it is a breath of fresh air! Really different and educational too. I think your need one of those lighting devices that project planets on the ceiling at night.

  • Kerry

    Way cute and creative! Love it.

    • Kerry

      Ok, and just had to hop back over and read the part about Uranus to hubs… because apparently at age 38 I’m still 8 yrs old as well 🙂 LOL

  • Jess

    I seriously love it. Great job!

  • Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

    What a CUTE idea for a feature wall! I LOVE it! I can’t wait to see the whole space all together! Thank you SO much for sharing at Happy Hour!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  • Kimberly

    Wow! What an amazing statement wall! And so clever and cute with the embroidery hoops… we just painted planets on our son’s wall 🙂

    • Dacia

      Thank you, Kimberly! And thanks for stopping by!!

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    WOW! I’m sure your kids love the room so much. Week end to do list.

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  • Jennifer

    I LOVE your nursery! It turned out awesome (: I was wondering if you could post how many of what size embroidery hoops you used? What is name/type of paint color you used on the yellow changing table? Thanks for any info!

  • Amy

    I fell in love with this nursery while browsing Pinterest. My husband and I are expecting our son Orion in June, and we decided to use some of your ideas! I just completed the embroidery hoop planets, and we picked up some yellow paint today. I’m about to order the pinstriping. What thickness did you use? It looks like maybe 1/2″? I loved your rug but wasn’t able to find it, so I ordered a similar type rub, blue and white, for the center of the room. I’m so excited to see it all put together. Thanks so much for sharing your nursery!

    • Dacia

      Hi Amy! So glad you found some inspiration – it’s still one of my favorite spaces I’ve ever put together! The pinstriping tape we used was actually 1/4″, but you could definitely go thicker, if you prefer! I’ve had several people tell me that rug is no longer available – bummer 🙁 I’d love to see photos once everything is done! Send them to

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        I ended up ordering the 1/4″, so that’s great! 🙂 I can’t wait for it to be completed. We’ll also be ordering your mobile from Pottery Barn. I absolutely love it! I’ll be sure to send you photos once everything is done later this spring!! 🙂
        Thanks for your reply!

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  • Krys

    I know this post is pretty old, but I hope you will see this. I was wondering how the pinstriping tape held up over time? Is it permanent or could it be removed down the line? I really want to do something similar to this idea (it’s so so amazing!) but I’m worried about later on if/when it needs to be covered or something, how difficult it would be.

    • Dacia

      Hi Krys! The pinstriping has held up really well! We haven’t had an issue with any of it peeling off, with the exception of one section that our son peeled off 🙂 And it hasn’t done any damage whatsoever to our walls – it peels right off (as evidenced by his 2 year old fingers doing it!)

  • Izzi

    Omg this is amazingly asorable! I’ve been browsing ideas for my two year olds space room and I love this wall!! Where did you get the fabric for the embroidery hoops?

    • lemondroplife_e6u4bd

      Thanks, Izzi! All the fabrics came from Jo-Ann Fabrics!

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