Nursery Colors Finalist Entry #5: Libby's Orange and Lime Nursery

Nursery Colors Finalist Entry #5: Libby's Orange and Lime Nursery

Alejandra Valera
Nov 14, 2007

Child's Name and Age: Libby, 9-months-old
Location: Califon, NJ

More photos and video below the jump...

Other favorite nursery from the contest: Oh my gosh, you want me to pick ONE favorite? I can't, I love them all! Being an artsy type — and a huge fan of color — I adore each and every one of these nurseries, all for very different reasons. Talk about inspiration! The parents have brought such wonderful creativity and individuality into their children's rooms and that is so special. Please don't make me pick one, I just can't!

In your child's room, tell us about and show us your favorite colorful object?:
I call this the "Color Me Happy" bedside table (nightstand) It is one of the more recent projects of color I created for Libby's room. I didn't have a nightstand, or table when she was born, which was silly really, because I needed something to set her things on beside the rocking chair when I fed her. Several months later, I'm looking at this big a pile of stuff sitting in our living room ready to go to a yard sale, and that's when I realized I had a nightstand all along. It was previously in our guest room, which we didn't need anymore. I guess I just didn't see past the white.

Creating the finish wasn't too challenging. First, I covered the surface with gesso — which is like a primer that allows you to paint acrylics on pretty much any surface. After letting it dry overnight, I then started on the outside. Using red and yellow, I took two small bottles of craft acrylic (the cheapy stuff), dripped the paint on the top two shelves and — using a wide, flat nylon artists' brush — slapped the paint about so that it blended but in a messy way. I did the same on the sides using greens, I used pinks and purples on the inside and I painted the feet blue.

Once it was dry, I loosely drew the flower shapes on the door with a pencil and filled them in with red paint. The finishing touches included hot-gluing the beaded trim which was left over from the shades and valances on her windows. The small squares of color that are pasted on the inside of the door are left-over scraps from the canvas Libby and I made when she did her foot print. It's so joyful to sit and watch Libby open up her nightstand and discover the goodies that are hidden inside. I like to change it up every now and then to keep her wondering what she might find next. The "Flower-Power" posts are another of my fave colorful features that's new to her room. They're a leftover from Halloween. I had decorated a wagon and these were the four posts that sat in each corner.

It seemed a shame to tear them apart or throw them away, so instead, I used some Styrofoam and placed them in a pot. The doweling rods are covered in green felt, and — using sheets of colored foam and a bajillion pipe cleaners — I created the flowers and leaves and hot-glued them to the post. I also found some lights which operate with a small battery pack. They look so pretty and twinkly. Libby loved them on her wagon and I'm so glad she gets to keep them for her room. Do hope you like Libby's nursery — she hopes you'll LOVE it!, just like she does!

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