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I’m re-doing Ansley’s nursery. Yep. I am. And Ryan (my hubby) said, “You should have found out [the gender]  – then you wouldn’t have had to re-do stuff” with a grin on his face.

Backstory: When I was pregnant with baby, I did not want to find out what the gender was. My reasoning (no offense to anyone else): there are too little suprises in life. Well, when I shared my thoughts with Ryan, he had a hissy fit. HE wanted to find out. I didn’t. He was pretty…peeved. I told him this: “Since we’re going on a trip to Maui (our “Babymoon”), how about we have the sonographer write it in an envelope – and we can open it when we go see the Haleakala sunrise?”  He just shrugged.

At 18 weeks pregnant, we were on our way to the big ultrasound – the ultrasound to tell us whether baby was a boy or a girl. On our drive to the clinic, he would not even talk to me. We sat down at the registration desk, and even the secretary was like “man, he’s not very social is he?” I said he’s just mad we’re not finding out.

We got into the ultrasound room, and the tech asked if we wanted to know. I asked her to write it in an envelope. Ryan watched the ultrasound in silence (I mean what a party pooper) unless he had a question for the sonographer.

We got home, and I confronted him. He made a big ordeal out of it – and I asked him why he wanted to know so bad. He said, “I just want to be prepared and do not like suprises. Plus, how are you going to decorate the baby room?” So, I said, “Fine. You can find out.” I tore the envelope open, closed my eyes, and showed him. I then said, “Before I open my eyes, I want you to wipe off any reaction off of your face so that I can’t guess what it is.” And that’s why Ryan decided to find out.

Ryan was sort of right in a way. He knew that I would be re-doing the room after I found out whether baby was a boy or a girl.

Ansley’s nursery WAS decorated in neutral yellow, green, and ivory with lambs and ducks. Kim from work gave me the bedding set (THANK YOU), but now it will be handed it down to my cousin Lisa (who is also pregnant, yey!) to use for her baby.

Monday, I went to Babies R Us, and got a pretty sweet deal on some GIRL nursery bedding. This is the one I got. I also got the matching mobile. Babies R Us was having a clearance sale – and I didn’t see any nursery bedding I liked in the clearance section. I certainly was not going to bed $200 bucks on bedding. So I asked the sales guy if he had any that were on display that he was going to put on clearance. And it was an affirmative. Not only did I get the bedding on sale, I got 30% off because it was a display model, THEN on top of that I got 25% off for their promotion on clearance items. Pretty freakin sweet.

Anyway, now that I didn’t have anything for the walls before that was specific to baby, I wanted to buy some nursery wall decor. I looked at USA Baby, and it was like $10+ per letter. I mean, what if I had named her “Stephanie” – that’s a lot of moo-lah. So, then I went to Etsy. I love Etsy. I searched for “Wooden Nursery Letters“. Same pricing as USA Baby, but a lot more creative and cute. So, I decided to DIY :) Here’s the link that gave me inspiration: link.

There are two ways to make these wall letter decor. (a)Modge podge scrapbooking paper to the letters or (b) Use an embossing heating gun for stamped decor on the letters.

I used both only because I picked bad scrapbooking paper when I decided to Modge Podge it.

Instructions for Version A – Modge Podge:

Letters – 2.99
Hobby Lobby usually has a sale every other week on this for half off. Hobby Lobby has wooden letters, white painted letters (these are the ones I used), whimsical wooden letters, and chipboard letters. You can use any of these. Wal-Mart also carries these letters for 0.97 each, but they are only 3 inches tall and usually don’t carry all the letters you need. Wal-Mart carries the letters that have “dots” on the end of the edge of each letter if you like that style. Jo-Ann fabrics also have them.

Acrylic Paint – 0.99
Modge Podge – 6.97
Ribbon – 0.99
Razors – 1.47
Paint Roller – 0.97
Sponge Brush – 0.97
Wax Paper
Edge  Ink
Scrapbooking Paper x 1 for each letter – 0.44 each

1. Sand. If you using wooden letters, sand them down so they have a smooth finish. Then wipe away the dust completely. For chipboard, white lettering, or cardboard letters – skip this step for now.

2. Paint. Layout the wax paper on your table. Use the acrylic paint to paint the edges of the letters first. Then paint the backside. Lay it down to dr on the wax paper. You’ll have to add about 4 coats for a good cover – wait a couple hours between each coat for it to dry.

3. Modge Podge. Turn the letters right side up. Now, dip your paint brush into the modge podge, and paint the front side of the letters. Put your scrapbooking paper wrong side up, and now stick the letter onto the scrapbook paper. Wait for the modge podge to dry on the letter.

4. Xacto Knife. After the letter/scrapbook paper dries – turn it face down…and cut along the edge of the letter.

5. Inked Edges. Now, take your stamp, then ink the edges of the letters by gently rubbing it towards the letter. Let it dry.

6. Modge Podge Again. Now modge podge the front for extra protection.

7. Ribbon. Cut the length of your ribbon to the length you want it. Use a staple gun to adhere it to the back of the letter.

I didn’t like the way this looked because I (a) used bad unmatching scrapbooking paper and (b) the scrapbooking paper clashed with the furniture and bedding. If the bedroom were more colorful, it may have worked out…but I decided to go with the embossing instead.

Instructions for Version B – Embossing:

Letters – 2.99
Hobby Lobby usually has a sale every other week on this for half off. Hobby Lobby has wooden letters, white painted letters (these are the ones I used), whimsical wooden letters, and chipboard letters. You can use any of these. Wal-Mart also carries these letters for 0.97 each, but they are only 3 inches tall and usually don’t carry all the letters you need. Wal-Mart carries the letters that have “dots” on the end of the edge of each letter if you like that style. Jo-Ann fabrics also have them.

Acrylic Paint – 0.99
Emobossing Heating Gun – 19.97
Embossing Powder – 4.99
Embossing Stamp – 4.47
Stamps- 4.97

1. Sand. If you using wooden letters, sand them down so they have a smooth finish. Then wipe away the dust completely. For chipboard, white lettering, or cardboard letters – skip this step for now.

2. Paint. Layout the wax paper on your table. Use the acrylic paint to paint the edges of the letters first. Then paint the backside. Lay it down to dr on the wax paper. You’ll have to add about 4 coats for a good cover – wait a couple hours between each coat for it to dry.

3. Stamp. Stamp the wooden letters using the embossing stamp pad. Then put the powder over the area you stamped – then blow/knock off the remaining embossing powder.

4. Heat it. Use the embossing heating gun – don’t stay to long on an area or else the base paint might get all nasty looking. Do this for all the letters.

I loved the way this turned out. I know that this is a bad photo, but wanted to give you a close up of one of the letters and the bedding so you could see that it matched better than the modge podge.

That’s it! You DIY – and saved money. In my case, I saved about $60 even with two tries!

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