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Robot Baby Nursery

by Cory Newton-Smith
(Seattle, WA, USA)

3 paneled robot mural

3 paneled robot mural

3 paneled robot mural
Robot Baby Nursery
Changing table and robot paintings
Bedding and mobile

The robot nursery theme was my idea; I have always loved robots. My husband and I are both computer programmers and we loved the idea of doing something less traditional for our son's room

What brand and color of paint did you use?

Behr paint - colors were custom mixed.

If you added stripes, polka dots or other paint effects, tell us how you did it.

The blue accent walls have robot-speak reading "beep, bop, boop". I achieved this effect by painting the base blue color, creating letter templates using manila folders, using painter's tape to mask off the letters, covering the edges of the painter's tape with matte clear paint (to prevent bleeding), and then painting the lighter colored accent letters in.

What brand of crib did you buy? Where from?

Babyletto Modo 3 in 1 Crib with Toddler Rail from Amazon.com

What brand of furniture did you choose? Where did you buy it?

  • Crib – Babyletto
  • Dresser & closets – IKEA
  • Rocking chair and ottoman – BabiesRus
  • Grey ottoman\poof – CB2
  • Teal ottomans - Target
  • Orange Child’s chair - P'Kolino Little Reader Chair

What bedding set did you use? Where did you buy it?

  • Robot Bedding was custom designed by me and printed via spoonflower.com
  • Robot pillows were hand sewn by my mom.
  • Robot blanket with custom sewn 'C' for my son Cooper was created by my sister in law.

Tell us about your window treatments, lighting, rugs, wall decor and accessories. Where did you buy them - were any handmade?

  • Window panels – Target
  • Lighting primarily from IKEA
  • Rug tiles from FLOR.com
  • 3 paneled Robot Mural designed and hand painted by me - the icons in the painting all represent places that my husband and I have traveled together, and the blimp\hot air balloons are cartoon representations of our 4 cats - Auri, Zandy, Poly, and Finley.
  • The stacked storage boxes were hand painted by me as Rosie the Robot from
    the Jetsons - the boxes are plywood storage containers from IKEA.
  • 3 acrylic paintings of Bender from Futurama, r2d2 from StarWars, and a baby AT-AT from StarWars are all painted by me and matted and framed in IKEA frames.
  • The sock robot was created and sewn by me, as well as the Flensted style mobile created with paper craft robots I designed.

How did you store all your baby goodies? In baskets, on shelves?

Most things are stored in the dresser and giant closets we installed.

Diaper and wipes are stored in the Rosie the Robot storage boxes.

The teal ottomans from Target are used to store blankets and toys.

How long did it take you? Was it easy, fun, difficult? What was your favorite part?

It took me roughly 4 months and it was a complete transformation of the space. Prior to this project the room was used for storage. It was definitely a labor of love, it gave me something to channel all my creative energy into and I knew all the hard work would be something my son would someday love and appreciate.

My favorite part was creating the giant 3 panel mural, recalling all the places my husband and I have been lucky enough to travel and painting icons that represented all those great memories that I could someday share with my son.

Did you do the entire nursery on your own or did someone help you? Who? What did they do?

Almost all of the work was done by me. My husband helped to assemble the furniture. My mom helped to create the robot pillows, which I adore, and
my sister in law created the cool robot themed blanket.

What do you love most about your little one's finished room?

I love all of the handmade details. When I spend time in his room with him I recall all of the hard work that went into creating those unique accents and how much fun I had creating everything in the robot nursery theme.

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