Creative DIY Nursery Painting Ideas

painting DIY baby nursery ideas Decorating your baby's nursery - it's part of nesting - we all love to do it! It's just utterly inescapable. And what Mamma doesn't want to create warm, welcoming and tranquil place for her new little bundle? But there is the inevitable... Painting the baby nursery! But don't fret as I've got some tips, tricks, and ideas for creative DIY nursery painting to help you create a beautiful and welcoming space for your little one.

DIY Baby Nursery Painting - The Basics

Whichever way you choose to paint your baby nursery you need to know the basics. You need to know how to get started on painting the nursery. Follow my tips and you'll come out with a fantastic looking baby nursery with a paint job to dye for. Haha, get it? Dye? Yes I know I'm a dork.

OK so I better get this out of the way before we begin...

Anyone who knows me well knows I'm all about the natural, and being healthy. So just a few tips to go along with that in mind.

1. Don't leave painting the nursery to the very end of your pregnancy. Wet paint gives off fumes. You want to give plenty of time for the fumes to air out before you bring baby home.

2. That being said - please don't leave the painting up to the pregnant. If you are pregnant enlist the help of hubby or a fiend (or family member). Because you should not be breathing in those fumes either.

3. Just a tip - there are non-toxic and safe to be around while preggers paints. They are called Milk Paint, and it's a fantastic option for any family to make a habit out of using.

OK Let's get started!

Whether you intend to use decorative techniques in you baby nursery painting, or even painting a baby nursery wall mural, you will need to start by giving the entire room a new coat of paint.

paint brush baby nursery painting What you need to get started:

  • paint - 1 gallon per about 400 square feet
  • paint brushes and rollers
  • drop cloths
  • masking tape
  • (optional) those cute paper jumpers to cover your clothes

Start by clearing out the room you intend to paint. If there is already furniture in the room and you do not want to move it all just move everything to the center of the room and cover it with drop cloths. You will need a drop cloth to place under the section you are working on as well.

It is usually good practice to give the walls a light sanding and wash them down with a sponge and warm soap and water before you start painting.

Remove any electrical outlet plates and light switch covers. Use your masking tape to cover over the edges of moldings and windows. Also mask off where the ceiling meets the wall so that you do not accidentally paint the ceiling.

You want to begin by "cutting in". Which basically just means painting the outer edges of the room with a brush before painting the bulk of the walls with a roller. Basically you are going to paint about 1/2 a foot to a foot out from all of the edges of the walls you just covered with masking tape. This way when you paint with the roller, you don't need to get too close to the floor, ceiling, or moldings. You wouldn't want to accidentally paint the wrong places!

paint roller Once you have "cut in" all the edges go ahead and paint the rest of the room with a roller. Hopefully you'll have a painting "team" so that while one of you is cutting in, the other can be painting with the roller. You'll get the job done so much faster. Plus, it helps to be able to switch jobs every once in awhile.

Once you have the room painted you are ready to go ahead and get on with the creative nursery painting!

Creative Baby Nursery Painting

Using Color

So maybe you want a unique baby nursery room without much fuss or effort? One way to get a very modern contemporary feel is by using color alone. Think minimalism, but with beautiful colors and simple decorations.

My tip? Stray away from the predictable pastel pinks, blue's, and off whites. Opt for something bold and bright. Pick a color that is unexpected!

If an entire room painted in hot pink is too much for you, take it a more calm direction and pick just one wall to accent. You can have three walls in a more muted color with one wall to punch it up! You can even calm that wall down a bit by placing some curtains with a more mellow color on the brightly colored wall, to calm things down a bit and tie everything together.

Get Creative With Masking Tape

diy nursery painting

Oh so many ways to create awesome geometric patterns, stripes, shapes and more! You can get really creative with masking tape! Let me count the ways...

All you need is a ruler, a level, and a couple rolls of masking tape.

1. Stripes. divide the room into stripes! Start by painting the room one base color and then use some tape and a level to create vertical stripes. Space the stripes easy for a traditional look, or make them all different widths and colors.

diy striped nursery

diy chevron nursery2. Think geometric! Start masking tape in even patterns starting with stripes or at an angle for a diamond shape pattern. Start in one corner and create a pattern throughout the room. Paint the room as usual but when the tape is removed you'll have a fantastic pattern left behind.

3. Create shape murals. After applying a coat or two of a base color, create "shapes" with the tape. Think trees, birds, animals, whatever floats your boat! Paint a second or third coat in a different color and let it dry. Peel off the tape and you will have a cool two toned mural.

Create Stencils

baby nursery painting ideas diy Of course you could simply go out and buy some stencils. People use stencils to make cute borders and accents. I am talking about making your own stencils and then stepping it up a bit.

Instead of making cutesy little borders, why not make entire murals. Or strategically place a few shapes to match your baby's nursery theme.

Here's how you do it. Search through books, go to the library, or even search the web. Come up with some cute pictures that will make great shapes for a stencil. Need some ideas? Think butterflies, dinosaurs, sunshine, flowers, the alphabet...

Print out the pictures you like. Take your print outs (or book pages) to a local copy shop and have them reproduce and enlarged to a size that will look good on your walls. Get several copies. It can't hurt to get them copied onto slightly heavier weight paper as well.

baby nursery painting ideas with handmade stencils

Side Note: Some copy stores can even make super over-sized copies - for those of you making giant baby nursery wall murals.

Now that you have your copies you can create the stencils. Use a pair of sharp scissors or even an Xacto knife to cut the stencil out. There are two ways you can use them:

You can either use the outline and paint into the stencil


You can stick the cut out shape to the wall with some temporary adhesive and then paint over the stencil. Remove the paper from the wall and you have the shape left under it!

You can indeed use this baby nursery painting technique in some very interesting ways if you get your imagination running.

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