Working on Nursery #2

With another baby coming in a short 4 months (eek!) I decided I better start getting to work on the nursery. Luckily I had most of it already set up due to all the babies in our growing family (having a nursery handy for nursing friends and sisters is so nice!), but decorations are lacking for sure.

With this room I am going for a rustic, natural not-too-babyish themed nursery. So it made sense that my first project was on leftover reclaimed wood from an old fence. We scored this wood a few months back when a friend was tearing down a fence. All we had to supply was the labor of putting it into the truck and driving it home. Yay!

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My awesome hubs cut the piece into three equal sized pieces. I lightly sanded and cleaned up the edges.


I then applied finishing paste to each piece of wood to seal it. This is seriously one of my favorite products. I love how easy it is to apply and it only takes 15 min to dry.

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My next step: hopping on to the world wide web and printing off pictures of the animals I wanted to paint on these pieces. Here is what I found.

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After cutting out the insides of these prints…I’m not gonna lie, that was the worst part of the project…I laid them on top of my pieces and secured with sticky tack.

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I painted with acrylic paint and a teeny tiny brush. It took me about an hour to get all three done. Not bad in my opinion!


As you can see above, I thought maybe it would work better to trace the animal and then hand paint the animal. I quickly decided that was not the best option and went back to laying the stencil on the wood and painting.

I love how they turned out and can’t wait to hang them on the wall!


It looks like I got paint on the middle of this board, but that is not the case! It is a part of the wood and looks just fine in person. : )


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