I have always liked the idea of using polka dots to create a nursery and when we found out our second child (due in 3 weeks) is a girl, the creativity started flowing and that is how we made her Pretty Polka Dots Nursery!
We only painted one wall, in an own brand paint called lilac dust. The photos do not show the colour at its best, but it is a very pretty pastel shade of a mixture between pink and lilac.
On one feature wall we used pastel coloured polka dots (in pink, lemon, turquoise and purple). The polka dots were very user friendly. They are wall stickers that are removable and were from Next UK. I ordered them online.
The crib and other furniture was what we had for our son and was from a local baby store. I also always wanted an "old fashioned" rocking chair. I bought this second hand and cleaned it up. I re-covered the cushions to go with the polka dot theme and appliqued some polka dot inspired flowers onto the front of the cushions.
We used the same bedding as we had for our son (it is still in excellent condition and we wanted to keep costs down!) It is a Disney cot set, with Winnie the Pooh and friends. It matches the colours of the room perfectly. This time I chose to "bring out" the pink in the design by using a pink cot sheet, rather than a blue one that I used with my son.
My favourite part of the room is actually the curtain that I had great fun making! It is made
from two layers of dark pink tulle and then I appliqued polka dots made from pastel shades of felt (the same colours as the wall stickers) in different sizes. I used metallic threads to give it a sparkle. Again unfortunately the photograph does not do it justice. I have always liked the combination of tulle and felt and this was great fun to make.
Above the changing unit I painted a collection of canvases using acrylic craft paint. The border of each picture has the polka dot theme and then the pictures are of ladybirds, butterflies and flowers. Again the polka dots are intertwined in the design.
On the changing unit, I also added three handles that are flowers and fit the theme well.
As far as lighting is concerned, I have ordered a pink paper lantern for the polka dot theme, but unfortunately it has not arrived yet in time for the closing date of the contest.
We have a large wardrobe in the room where most things are kept. I also use the changing unit for storage. On the top of the unit, I have bought some pink baskets to store things such as wipes, cream and nappies.
The idea took several weeks to bring together. I made all the accessories and my husband helped me paint the wall. It was great fun to make and we can't wait for our daughter to use it! My favourite part is the chair and the curtain and I love our polka dots nursery because it is just so pretty!
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