Oct 7, 2011 - Open House    19 Comments

Giddy Up Cowboy Nursery

My little cowboy is turning 2 this month and I wanted to show off his Cowboy Nursery.  When we built this house I knew I wanted to do Ralph Lauren’s Indigo Denim wall treatment.

Ralph Lauren Indigo Denim Paint Finish

Yep, that is paint, not wallpaper.  It is a simple but time consuming process (totally worth it).  My husband installed the white trim shelf and hooks around the room.  We left the ceiling and upper wall the base sand color of the rest of the house.  A sheep skin rug warms up the berber carpet.
Cowboy Nursery Crib

The white crib in the corner of the nursery was purchased in ’99 when I had my first boy.  It came with a light wood finish.  I had it sprayed white and scuffed it up a bit.

Shout out to my mom for letting me “borrow” her vintage ride on horse.  Giddy up!

Vintage Spring Ride on Horse

A few accessories help pull the look together.  Baby Gap sold a t-shirt and bandanna blanket that has been dragged all over our house, yard, neighborhood, it’s supper soft!  I found this guitar at a local DEH outlet.  After scouring my Borders store I knew I needed “B is for Buckaroo” as a piece of art.  And last, the little white puppy pillow is from ZGallerie.
Cowboy Nursery Accessories When my husband’s grandma Jessie passed at 99, we inherited this awesome vintage farm painting.  I knew it would look amazing on the denim wall, and boy does it ever!
Vintage Farm Painting, Children with Horses

Instead of having the builder basic closets, my husband and I decided to install our own.  Since I knew this was going to be a small nursery, we removed the slider doors on the closet, installed two Home Depot closet towers in the dead spaces on either side of the opening.  This left space for the changing table and a shelf above.  The adjustable shelves in the towers allow for frequent reorganizing.

Remove Closet Doors for a Larger Room

The janitorial supply isle at Home Depot provided great supplies like a bucket turned trash can, a perfect replacement for the nasty Diaper Genie (have you ever emptied one of those?  NASTY!).   Long bins act as storage for my simple changing table.  A messy coat of white paint warms up the sterile galvanized metal finish.  Follow that up with rough sandpaper and these babies are indestructible.

Distressed Changing Table Bins and Trash Can

A cozy chair is a must in a nursery.  I have fallen asleep many times during 2 am feedings.  Now it is the perfect chair to read a bed time story or sing a nighttime lullaby.

Corner Chair in Cowboy Nursery

This room is one of my all time favorites.  It is very versatile, just take out all of the western accessories and this room can grow with my little boy.  What’s next?…dinosaurs, sailing, or maybe rock and roll?!  Stay tuned.

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19 Comments

  • Amanda- I have loved this room since I saw it last summer. It’s darling. I wanted to ask you where you got the shelf/hooks? Is that something Justin made or did you buy it like that? I absolutely love that feature. You are genius!!

  • Amanda, you weren’t kidding- that picture is so cute on the wall and I LOVE the room. If I ever buy a house, you are totally hired!! What an amazing talent, thank you for sharing it!!

  • Patti-Justin built the shelf, put up the rail and installed each of the pegs purchased from a wood working shop. But, have no fear if your hubby isn’t a handyman. Land of Nod had the pegs on a rail that can be put up side by side to fill a wall. It does not have the shelf, but you can still get a similar look with the functionality of the hooks!
    Check them out at:
    http://www.landofnod.com/kids-shelves-and-wall-pegs/kids-room-decor/straight-and-narrow-peg-rail/f7882

    • will do thanks!!! (no, Mike is NOT a handyman!!)

  • Hi Amanda,

    Love your son’s room! You r very talented! Can you tell me where you bought the curtains? i love them!!!

    Thanks in advance,
    Tricia

    • Thank you Tricia, Of course there is a story behind them. I found the cow hide fabric (a thick plush velvety texture) on clearance 12 years ago. I bought it not knowing what I would do with it. When I decided to have a cowboy room I cut it and hung it by clips. Literally, NO sewing. It doesn’t fray and really blocked the light, perfect for baby naps. Just another testament to buying what you love, especially if it is on sale. You’ll use it eventually.
      Amanda

      • Hi Amanda,

        Why is talented interior designers make everything seem so easy! haha..Any suggestions where i can find material like that? i went to Joanne fabrics and they don’t have anything as luxurious as your fabric. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

        Thanks!
        Tricia

        • Tricia,
          Wow, I haven’t seen anything quite like this in a while. Do you have a Home Fabrics near you? Sometimes they have random fabrics that might work. If I see something, I’ll message you!
          Amanda

  • Adorable room – we’re doing a ‘vintage’ cowboys & indians type nursery for our son too. I LOVE the metal bins in the changing table. Where did you get them?

    • Home Depot in the Janitorial department. A quick slap of some white paint and some sand paper, and voila!

  • I too LOVE the metal bins in the changing table. After you paint/sandpaper them does the paint continue to chip off occasionally? What kind of paint did you use? Did you put a sealer over the paint to prevent chipping/scratching?

    • I think I used some old primer that I had. It was a really rough paint job with no sealer or anything. Surprisingly, it hasn’t flaked at all, it has scratched when I have moved it around and used it for different parties but it really just adds to the look. I promise, easiest project ever.

  • I love this! i have been looking for denim wall paper and cant find any that I like. The paint is genius! What color blue did you use?

    • Danica and Donna,
      I can’t find my glaze can, but my guess would be Westport Blue. My base was just my white trim color with the dark glaze (Westport Blue) on top.
      Amanda

  • Such a cute room! What Ralph Lauren denim treatment color did you use?

    • Danica and Donna,
      I can’t find my glaze can, but my guess would be Westport Blue. My base was just my white trim color with the dark glaze (Westport Blue) on top.
      Amanda

  • CAPS DUE TO BLINDNESS PLEASE: I’M AN ARTIST OF DIFFERENT MEDIUMS, AND FOR THE CURTAINS IF CAN’T FINT THE PRINT YOU DESIRE, TAKE A WHITE PERCAL SHEET, BUY TWO SHADES OF THE BROWN TO BLACKISH FABRIC PAINT, AND JUST IMMITATE WHAT IS ON AMANDA’S WINDOW DRESSINGS, WITH BLACK OUT SHADES BEHIND THEM. WHITE CANVAS OR BEIGE WOULD ALSO MAKE A GOOD BACKGROWN FOR THE WINDOW DRESSINGS. WITH FABRIC GLUE ON COULD CUT OUT RANDOM “SPOTS” TO GLUE TO THE SURFACE OF THE MATERIAL. CAFE DOORS AS WELL WOULD MAKE CUTE WIDOW COVERINGS, OR SHUTTERS FOR THE WINDOWS.
    I’VE ALSO FOUND THE KRYLON INDOOR/OUTDOOR GLOSS WHITE SPRAY PAINT IS GRAT ON METAL, WOOD, WICKER, AND MORE MAKE’S A FANTASTIC ATTRACTIVE PAINT TO USE ON ALMOST ANY SURFACE.

  • Hi Amanda! I’m trying the RL denim look out for myself—was wondering if you used a wallpaper brush or the RL branded brush?

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