The ABCs of Nursery Decorating

So you've purchased a beautiful mobile for your baby's nursery, and now you need to hang it from the ceiling. You've found the perfect garage sale dresser, and you want to paint it glossy white. You've fallen in love with a new fabric line and want to make blankets and pillows in every shape and size. Wait, how exactly do you do all that stuff? Brushes, rollers, drywall anchors, batting, basting, sanding? Don't panic. If you need a primer on some basic DIY skills, never fear. We've pulled together a few online guides that we think are great essential skill builders to help get you going.

How to hang objects on the wall. This guide from TLC Home has all the basic info for choosing the right hardware and properly installing it so that you can hang light, medium, or heavyweight objects safely.

How to hang objects from the ceiling. Pom poms, branches, mobiles, yeah, you're probably going to hang something from the ceiling. We like that this guide at eHow has different instructions for items that are less than 5 lbs and heavier than 5 lbs. Now off to weigh that branch...

How to paint walls, doors, and trim. Home Depot breaks it down so you can do it right.

How to paint furniture. Sherry and John at Young House Love have fearlessly conquered just about every home renovation project their fixer upper could throw at them. They have an infectious DIY spirit, and they're just so darn cute. They also know their way around a paintbrush.

How to sew. If grandma never showed you how, let jessyratfink over at instructables get you up to speed. Start by threading the needle, taking a few stitches, and soon enough you'll make your first pillow, blanket, or plushie. It's always a good idea to know how to do the basics by hand, and if you someday have access to a sewing machine, you'll be able to take off.

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