Baby girl’s cupcake nursery

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}
Originally posted February 29, 2012. Updated February 19, 2019 with edited photos + descriptions because, wow, has photo quality ever improved in seven years!
 
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We moved into the house a couple of months before finding out if we were expecting a boy or a girl, so this bedroom stayed exactly as it was for a while …

As soon as we found out our second child was going to be a girl (!!!) I went into overdrive decorating her nursery.

We started by painting the top half of each wall a soft aqua (CIL’s “Bali Hai Teal”) and freshening up the white board-and-batten on the bottom. I painted the chair rail what I call “Barbie pink.”

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

Then I started on a massive “cupcake tree” mural for the main wall. I sketched it with a pencil and did the white trunk/branches first, then painted different-sized cupcakes frosted in pink, purple and yellow icing.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

I specifically painted 28 cupcakes because I was 28 years old — and would be, too, when the baby was born.

(Oh, and I outlined everything with a thin black Sharpie to make it crisp!)

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

You might recall that D didn’t have a dresser until months after he was born (!!!) so we were lucky to get a hand-me-down dresser for C from Darling Husband’s sister. It was PERFECT for the paint treatment I had in mind ...

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

Pink ombré! I sanded and primed the dresser, bought three sample cans of pink paint from Home Depot, and did each row a different shade. I also swapped the hardware for simple + shiny white knobs.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was a HUGE transformation!

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

The dresser came with a mirror for the top, which I also painted white and added.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

Above the dresser, I painted wooden letters to spell out C’s full name. There’s also a coat of silver glitter on them — yay glitter!

(I remember being disappointed that I couldn’t get all of the letters I needed in the same font, but I think it still worked.)

Over by the door is her hairbow holder — just an old frame I painted pink (the pale pink from the top row of dresser drawers), coated with more glitter, and hot-glued ribbons to the back.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

I made tissue-paper poms for two of the corners of the room, using two different shades of pink (as well as light blue/aqua) — and instructions from the one-and-only Martha Stewart.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}
Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

I painted a hand-me-down wall shelf pink (more leftover dresser paint) and sewed bright pink curtains for the window.

Her rocker and ottoman were the same ones I had used in D’s nursery — espresso wood with “butter” yellow cushions.

The white side table was a vintage metal one I’d had in my room as a teenager.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

Above the rocker, there was a serious of six tiny canvases with cupcakes on them. I painted them pale pink (yup, yet more dresser paint) and hot-glued on foam cupcakes I’d cut out.

I brushed glitter on some, glued sequins on one of them, and cut tiny “sprinkles” out of foam for another. It was an easy, fun craft.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

Here’s one quick shot of her closet, where I bought pale pink hangers (Dollar Store FTW) and made size tags out of more pink foam.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

Across the room, C was of course going to use the same crib we’d used with D. (Still in good condition, just with lots of gnaw marks!)

I sewed an extra-long crib skirt (full tutorial here) so it could graze the floor even when the mattress was at its tallest setting.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

And, just like with D’s nursery, I sewed a baby-sized quilt for the crib.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

Super simple: just three different types of pink fabric for the squares, pink minky for the backing, and thick pink silky trim for the edges.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

D had to “try it out” on one of his dolls while we waited for C to make her big arrival.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

Above the crib, I had a pink-painted mirror (yep, more dresser paint — that stuff goes a LONG way). There were actually two identical mirrors, each bought for 50 cents at a yard sale the previous summer.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

For this piece, I cut out the letters of C’s name from different pink fabrics (including quilt leftovers), ironed them onto a piece of floral fabric, traced them in glittery gold fabric glue, and hot-glued the whole piece around a canvas. Then I added a few felt rosettes and outlined those in glitter, too.

Our baby girl's cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of Baby C’s DIY cupcake nursery! I had so much fun putting it together, and — as you’ll see in newer blog posts — it transitioned beautifully into a bedroom she enjoyed for YEARS.

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Our baby girl's DIY cupcake nursery {Heather's Handmade Life}
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P.S. Take a look back at Baby Boy‘s nursery in our condo here, back when he was a tiny little thing. Try to pick out all the items we’ve reused in our little girl’s nursery!

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