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The Little Airplane Man’s Nursery….

I need to get pictures for after Levi’s momma got the curtains, crib goodies, etc…

But here’s a preliminary room reveal!  Cuteness!!!

 

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Adore the “pop” of color this red light gives!  It was actually our light from our breakfast nook area when we bought the place.  It was outdated… and brass… and did I mention outdated?  We hit that sucker with several coats of gloss red spray paint and TAAA-DAA!  Instant lighting awesomeness!

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Levi’s daddy both owns his own Aerial Spraying Business (crop dusting) AND his own Excavating/Dirt Work Business.  (Yes, he’s a busy man!  And also my boss, btw!  I do bookwork/data entry for Ragnar and Angela. They’re pretty awesome friends AND bosses. lol!)  Anyhoo… These are toys that belonged to Ragnar (I think? lol!) growing up so they just had to find a place amongst the nursery even if it WAS a plane room!

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This bomber airplane is awesome.  It just is.

We hung it from the ceiling with fishing line, so it looks like it’s just gliding in the corner of the room.

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Angela got THIS bit of awesomeness.  Is it not perfect?  It’s technically made to be a shelf, but we thought it looked WAY cooler hung at an angle without anything on it.  It actually looks kinda like an airplane bursting halfway through the wall.  

Too bad we already established that I’m not an artist…

Otherwise we totally coulda emphasized that it was ripping through the wall…

Ahh well… The room is still awesome….

More pics to follow of the rest of the details!

Totally love how this room turned out!

GREAT ideas and inspiration, Angela!

Check out the tutorials on how to paint clouds even if you have no artistic talent and how to paint nice crisp lines quickly and easily!

How to Paint Clouds for Non-Artists!

DIY in Real Life: How To Paint Clouds for Non-Artists!

 

So…. I’m not an artist.

Not by a long shot…

A very VERY long shot….

I mean we’re talking best sniper in the military LOOOOOOOONG shot.

Yes, I love to paint flat surfaces… But I like to paint them all one color.  Maybe two or three with the help of tape for lines.

I don’t do artist-y things.  Ever.

Creative? Yes, perhaps.

Artist-y? No.

So when my friend (the-overly-confident-in-my-artsy-abilities-Angela) said she would love clouds on the upper walls and ceiling… I freaked out.  Inwardly.

I’m sure that my confident bluffing as I said, “Sure!  Why not!  Let’s try it! WHAT’S THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN??!” totally fooled her! 😉

So I did what any normal person in this situation would do.

I looked it up on YouTube and Pinterest.  (My heroes!)

These are some of the inspiration photos I looked at on Pinterest:

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This one came with a wee bit of a tutorial… I didn’t really follow it, but they were a good basis for when I ended up just “winging it.” Haha!

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Yes… These clouds are totally better than mine.  I’ll totally admit it.

The key is just going for it!!!!!  Even if you don’t know what you’re doing and you’re not an artist!  What’s the worst that happens??!!  You merely re-paint over it and try again?!?!?  That’s not so bad!!!

Then I just looked at pictures of lots of real clouds.  Google Images is magic! 🙂

Then… SINK or SWIM…

I went for it!!!

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I hand mixed several colors with the white, blue, and gray I used for the walls.

4 colors are what I ended up with.

White

Lighter Blue (Mixed about 1/2 and 1/2 of the white and the blue)

Lighter Gray  (Mixed about 1/2 and 1/2 of the white and the gray)

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Blu-ish Gray (Mixed about 1/3 white, 1/3 blue and 1/3 gray)

Then I used those cheap sea sponges.

Yes… I totally forgot to get a picture.  Shame on me.

They are pretty standard though… They’re in the paint department at pretty much any home improvement store…

Craft Store…

Wal-Mart… 😉 lol!

And I grabbed a paper plate.

And just started at it!

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First I did the main shape of the cloud in white…

Then I did the gray shadows…

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Then I started blending along those gray shadows with the Blu-ish/Gray…

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Added some of the blue here and there for depth…

(Okay real-artists… You should leave now.  I’m probably driving you completely out of your miiiiimd! Haha!)

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And then finished blending it with white again.


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TAAA-DAAA!

Okay… Just to Re-interate…

I am NOT an artist!

BUT I tried it!

And it doesn’t look half bad!

And Levi (The little man munchkin that lives in this room now) apparently can’t stop looking at the clouds on the ceiling!  So at the end of the day, I’ll consider that  a smashing success!

So TRY it!  Just TRY it!!!

What’s the worst that could happen?!??!?!

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Check out the nursery reveal I updated and the tutorial on how I managed to paint these super crisp lines quickly and easily!

 

 

 

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How to paint a super-crisp line….

Okay…. So…

You know the drill… When you want to paint a crisp line, you…

1. Paint first color….

2. Tape the line…

3. Paint over the line with a light coat of the first color to seal any bubbles…

4. After that dries, paint the 2nd color…

5. Remove tape!

Waaahhh-laaahhh!  Perfect line!

 

But what do you do if you have a room that is already been previously painted and you want to paint a crisp line but don’t have any of the original paint to seal the tape with?

If that’s the case for you, you’re in the right spot!

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This was a nursery I helped a friend out with this last summer…

(Before had nursery on my brain! Haha!)

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This is what it looked like before.  We were doing an airplane room, so the green had to go, but we liked that brown stripe!

 

This is how it all went down:

1. Tape the line.  After it’s been taped, press along the tape like crazy!  Rub it… You can even use an old credit card or something.  Whatever the case, just put a little effort into getting as many of those bubbles out as is humanly possible!

 

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2. “Paint” a light coat of Modge-Podge along the entire line that you will be painting.  No need to “goop” it on.  You just want enough to seal any remaining bubbles. Obviously I would suggest using the matte Modge-Podge if you’re painting with a flat paint and the high gloss Modge-Podge if your painting with a higher gloss paint.  Not that you’ll ever really see it, you just want the sheen to be as close as possible.

 

3. Once the Modge-Podge dries, (it doesn’t take very long!) paint your remaining coat.  (We did sky blue above and grey below.  It’s kinda awesome!)

 

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4. When the paint is semi-dry, pull the tape….   Then you merely need to OOOH! and AHHH! over the nice crisp line you have going on.  And show it off to everyone who visits.  Go ahead.  They’ll be impressed! 😉

 

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Will be doing a complete nursery “reveal” soon so you can ogle all the plane adorable-ness. 🙂

Also, check out the tutorial on how to paint clouds even if you have no artistic talent! 🙂

 

 

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The most adorable bedding in all the world….

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Okay… Are you with me here???!  This just HAS to be the cutest bedding EVER!

The downside?  I’m cheap and $129.99 is more than I’d spend on bedding for SAM AND I let alone a munchkin that would never know the difference between this or anything else! 🙂 lol!

But drool with me… Take it all in…

The light turquoise sheets with little white polka dots…

The girly yet TOTALLY FUN flowers…

The fantastic colors that would fit in that room puuuuuurrfectly!

And did I mention all the polka dots?  I love polka dots.  A LOT!!! 🙂

Okay…. So now I can get giddy about a GIRL nursery…

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Ahhhh yes!   A GIRL!

 

We’re super excited about getting a girly room started….  Like I said, we’re not overly into “pink-inizing” our young munchkin but I do want her room to be fun AND girly!   I mentioned before I loved the thought of lots of this:

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Chinese lanterns… Paper pom-poms… And that garland…

All of it kinda ADORABLE, girly, AND fun!!

Here are some other tutorials of inspiration photos for what I’d like to see above out little LADY’S crib!

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I pinned this for the arrangement above the crib….  But just now, while looking at the picture, I noticed the book nook below the window!  Cuteness!

Note to Self: Do that in the Munchkin’s room!

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Again with the cuteness!   In other news… Loving that pallet daybed!

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A tutorial on how to make these ridiculously cute flower-looking pom-poms!

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AWESOME way to overhaul some faded paper lanterns… Incidentally, I have a few of those.  I have a feeling I’ll be getting some tissue paper and making some like these! 🙂

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Definitely not opposed to some glitz in there!  Every girl needs a little glitz! 🙂

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This looks like a fairly simple tutorial from Thoughtfully Simple! I could do that!!! 🙂

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How’s this for a FUN different texture??!  Tulle Pom-poms!  Brilliant!

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This one is an awesome Tutorial by “Southern Belle Soul” and it shows how to make each of these orbs.  Mmmm!   I love brilliant people who do tutorials and work out the kinks for me! Can’t wait to try some of these myself!

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Again with the brilliance!!!  Cheap upscale!  Awesome!  Great Tutorial by The Idea Room!

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Also a fun different texture!   I like the thought of oversized ones better than smaller ones… But totally could work these in pretty easily! 🙂

Anywho….. That’s what’s running through this pregnant, obviously-nursery-crazed  brain right now… Probably need to get the bedding though before I start with any of these… It’ll be easier to match colors that way! 🙂

I should go look at bedding!  Muaahahahaha!

(Ignore that last part if you’re reading this, honey!)

Of Little Lady Munchkin Nurseries….

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Ahhhhhh yes…..   Pinterest is filled with nursery ideas for a little lady!

While neither Sam or I would be huge fans of our possible daughter being overly “pink-inized” I’m not opposed to moderate amounts of pink in a little lady’s nursery.  😉

 

Here are some A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E rooms that make me happy!

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My FAVORITE nursery!  Is this not totally drool-worthy?  I love the chandelier… I love the color combination… That bed ruffle…  The pom-pom trim on the curtains… And I love the chevron rug.  Again… Let me take a few minutes to drool.  😉

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Again with that color combo!   LOVE!!!!

And the little-noticed rug??  THE POLKA DOTS!  Mmmmmm!

Love the pink and white accent wall… the happy colors that are girly but not “pink-inized”… Even the simple and happy wall art.    *love*

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Are you kidding me????   A GLITTER WALL?!?!?!?!

Ummmm yeah?  If it’s a girl, she’s TOTALLY getting a wall of glitter!!! (Apparently it’s a gallon of glue mixed with glitter and when you paint it, the glue dries clear leaving SPARKLE!)

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Totally LURVE the thought of paper pom-poms… chinese lanterns… etc… above the crib. It just kinda makes me happy!  🙂

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Kinda like the curtains around the ceiling… Still trying to decide about the colors.  I don’t immediately LOVE it, but I think it could grow on me.  What do you think??

After ogling all these inspiration pictures I am trying very very hard not to hope for a girl! Haha!!!

Of Little Man Munchkin Nurseries….

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Boy?  Girl?

I am soooooo anxious to find out!!!

 

Wanna know the number 1 reason why?

 

 

I want to mentally start decorating the nursery.  🙂

 

Here are some inspiration pics from my Little Man Munchkin Pinterest Boards!

 

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Okay….  Loooove the paint job on the walls and the unexpected pop of color on the ceiling!  And a jungle theme would be awesome for our little “Lyon!”

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In continuing with the whole jungle theme…  I love the giraffe art.  Adorbs!

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Apparently, if it’s a boy… I have a definite inkling towards jungle!  This rug is awesome.

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Is this color combo not awesome??

If I didn’t want to paint animal print in the whole room, (Maybe just an accent wall?)

this color scheme would be pretty awesome!  Especially since the walls are already that blue color.  Maybe blue walls and orange pops of color?  Wheels are turning! 😉

 

 

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Love how classy this room is.  And I kinda love the shelving on each side of the crib!  Ummm… Yeah.  Kinda awesome!

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I know, I know…  Enough with the animals already!!! 🙂

I’m just totally digging the bright, happy colors in this color combo! Mmmmm!

Anyhoo….  Just a few of the ideas scurrying through my brain as I try not to fall in love with either the idea of a boy OR a girl! 🙂 Haha!

Girl inspiration post coming soon!

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