I’ve had so much fun designing and creating our little man’s nursery! I chose to do 3 different DIY projects to make his room extra special (and to save a little money of course). Today I’m sharing those 3 fun, easy and inexpensive wood projects that you can add to any space! Not just a nursery!
You can make any wall in your home extra special just by adding some easy picture shelves to share your favorite photos, signs, frames and more! These shelves are so easy and inexpensive to make you’ll want to make some for every room! I chose to make (2) 4 foot shelves for our son’s nursery. I followed Ana White’s shelf tutorial which you can look at here. You’ll want to see her tutorial first before you look at mine! It’s very helpful.
She made here shelves 8 feet long. Since I chose to do 4 foot shelves all I had to do was cut all my wood in half. Easy peasy! I also wanted my shelves to stick out off the wall less so I used a 1 x 3 instead of one of the 1 x 4’s she used in her plans. This made the shelves stick out off the wall a little less and I am still able to layer up to 2 photos on each shelf. I wanted smaller shelves because I was planning on putting them above my changing table in the nursery. I didn’t want the shelves to be in the way or for there to be any chance of hitting my head on them!
- (1) 1 x 2 x 8
- (1) 1 x 3 x 8
- (1) 1 x 4 x 8
- 2 inch wood screws
- Liquid nails (wood glue)
- Nail gun & 2 inch finish nails
- Wood filler
- 120 grit sandpaper
- Stud finder
I found my wood at Home Depot. I chose to go with their furring strips. Which are super cheap but most of them are bowing and not in the greatest shape! I took my time and looked through all the piles to find the straitest pieces. Home Depot does have better 1 x 2’s, 1 x 3’s and 1 x 4’s in pine down another aisle. The pine costs a bit more but you probably won’t find as many bowed pieces.
All my pieces were 8 feet so I just cut them in half to make 4 foot pieces. I double checked my cuts to make sure I was actually getting 4 foot pieces! I attached all my 1 x 3’s to my 1 x 4’s using my wood glue and 2 inch screws. Then I added my 1 x 2 pieces using wood glue and finish nails.
Once the shelves were put together I filled my holes with wood filler. Since I was going to be painting these shelves I also filled all the knots and grooves in the wood as well. Once your wood filler is dry you can use your sandpaper to smooth out all your spots! I also sanded down all the edges on my shelves. If you’re planning on staining your shelves I would stain all the pieces of wood before you attach everything. I also recommend, if you’re going to paint your shelves, put them together first and then paint them.
My husband and I attached our shelves to the wall using 2 1/2 inch screws and a level. We screwed the shelves right into the studs. These shelves aren’t going anywhere! They are extremely secure. After they were up on the wall I painted over the screws. Your frames will hide all your screws so don’t worry about them showing!
Here’s a little sneak peek of the finished look in our baby boy’s nursery!
I also got a little creative and made some wood mountains. All it took was some extra wood, a miter saw and some angle cuts! You’ll have to wait until the full reveal to see everything! Only a few more days!
My next DIY is the popular blanket ladder! There are so many ways you can make this ladder. Tons of different styles! I was inspired by this blanket ladder tutorial I found on Pinterest and made my own version.
I made my ladder out of 1 x 2’s and decided to make it 6 feet tall. I also stained it using Minwax Dark Walnut. I love how it turned out!
- (3) 1 x 2 x 8’s
- Wood screws (I used black drywall screws. It’s what we had and I wanted black! They worked just fine and I didn’t have to pre drill holes)
- Liquid nails (wood glue)
- Measuring tape
- Miter saw
First things first, I cut all my pieces! The two sides I cut to 6 feet. The middle pieces I cut to 16 inches and I did 4 middle slats total. Sand all your pieces by hand to get rid of the rough edges and you’re good to go! I set one of my 6 foot pieces on our work bench, measured down 12 inches, marked my line and attached the first slat. Don’t forget to add a drop of wood glue between your pieces!
I was going to clamp the wood to the work bench but it wasn’t working out for me so I clamped the wood together and let it hang off the edge. I made sure the bottom part of the ladder was still on the table so it wouldn’t fall off while I was adding my screws.
If you drill slow you are less likely to crack your wood. If you want to be safe you can pre drill your holes. Once your first slat is attached you’ll measure down 12 inches again and repeat the process!
Once all your slats are added you’ll add the other 6 foot piece to the other side. Flip your ladder and do the same steps!
That’s it! Once your ladder is finished you can choose to paint or stain it.
I stained mine. Once it was stained I let it dry and sit in the garage for a few days before bringing it into the house and putting blankets on it.
Last but not least! My DIY wood sign! This wood sign was so much fun to make! I was a bit discouraged at first because I had never made such a large sign before but I’m so glad I went through with making it because it turned out better than I had imagined. I’ve made several smaller signs using this sign making technique (no cricut/vinyl machine needed) but making larger signs seemed challenging. Little did I know it was so easy! To see my smaller sign tutorial click here.
One of the biggest reasons I chose to make this sign was to hide the small thermostat located on the wall in my son’s nursery. Sounds silly right? Well this thermostat was keeping me from making my dreams come true so it needed to go! I wanted to put something above the crib on my accent wall but everything I chose seemed off because of that dang thermostat (which we never even use). Putting a sign over the thermostat seemed to be my only option. The only thing that would look right!
My next dilemma was trying to figure out how to make my sign come off the wall a tad so it would go over the thermostat and hide it. No one would ever know it’s there! Except for you guys of course! Creating this accent wall actually helped a lot in hiding the thermostat. The trim pieces on the wall would push the sign out more so it would easily go over it.
I chose to use 1 x 2’s for the sign border. This would hide the thermostat, make the sign come off the wall more and also give me a way to hang the sign. At first I knew I was going to make the sign and the frame but I was thinking of taking the easy way out with the lettering and purchasing a vinyl quote. I’ve used my own handwriting before and it’s extremely hard and very stressful. Being pregnant I’m trying to stay away from stress!
I was so inspired by this sign I had seen all over Instagram. I loved the quote but I didn’t love the font so much. This sign is also pretty spendy (spendy for a reason because these signs take a lot of attention to detail and time to make) so that’s one of the many reasons I chose to make my own. You can shop this sign here.
Once I decided on ordering a vinyl quote of course I could not find one anywhere with this quote! Just my luck. So I went back to the drawing board and thought about how I normally make my signs. I got on my computer and did a little dilly dallying. I figured out I could design my own quote, choose my own font and also blow up the quote to make a large sign! I was getting somewhere!
I measured my sign out on the wall before I purchased my supplies. I love using painters tape to figure out where to hang signs and photos. You can also use this technique on the floor to map out furniture! So fun!
Once I figured out my dimensions I went to Home Depot and purchased some already sanded half inch plywood. I had someone at Home Depot cut the exact size I needed (28″ x 52″) for free. This saved me a lot of time and frustration. I wouldn’t have to carry the big sheet home and try to cut it on a table saw. Thank you Home Depot!
This is what the plywood looks like. I sanded down the edges and painted the plywood with two coats of Valspar Ultra White Signature Satin paint. This is paint I always have on hand for projects. It has great coverage and it’s the perfect bright white!
Once the plywood was painted I then printed out my quote. To print out my quote I figured out how to blow the quote up larger and have it print out on several 10.5 x 8 pieces of paper. I won’t be going into detail with how I did this because it was pretty complicated and not everyone has the same computer. I can say I do have a mac laptop and I used the app called EazyDraw. I used the option Page Layout to change how many sheets of paper I wanted printed. I’m sure whatever program you choose to use you can can ask the program for help and try to find where this option is located. You could also get your font to a certain size and have a printing place blow it up for you.
When finding a font you can just use one from your computer program or visit my Pinterest board for tons of font options! I also have two favorite font websites I like to use. Myfonts.com and Dafont.com.
Once the papers were all printed I cut the edges with a paper-cutter. Even though I chose no border on the prints the printer added a white one. Once the borders were removed I put the quote together like a puzzle on my board and taped everything together.
After your quote is put together you’ll flip the entire sheet over, take a pencil and shade over all of the words. Make sure all of the words are completely covered.
Once your words are shaded you’ll want to flip the sheet back over and trace over your letters with a pen. You want to press down hard as you’re tracing but don’t press down too hard. You don’t want to rip a hole in the paper!
After you are finished tracing your words peel the paper off and you’ll have a faint outline of your quote on your plywood. Yay!
All that’s left is painting your quote! I used a small angle brush to paint the larger parts of the letters and then went back with a smaller point paint brush to paint the lines. I did about 3-4 coats of navy blue acrylic paint. You can also use a Sharpie paint pen. They’re pretty handy when filling in letters!
This is about 2 coats and you can kind of see a nice paint brush effect. If you like your letters faint like this you can leave it! I wanted my letters darker so I kept adding more coats of paint. The trick is to go very slow and try to make all your lines straight.
After everything was dry I cut my wood frame, stained my pieces and used my nail gun to attach it. I also added some wood glue for extra strength. When I added my wood frame I made sure my plywood was pushed more to the front of the trim. Since the plywood is a 1/2 inch thick and my 1 x 2 is 1 and a half-inch thick this would give me a space behind the sign to hide my thermostat and hang it. We marked the studs on the wall, used our level and added (4) 3 inch wood screws. This sign is so sturdy and it worked out so perfectly for our nursery!
You can’t even tell there’s a thermostat behind the sign unless you’re looking for it!
Moral of the story wood is so much fun to work with. It’s inexpensive and most of the time it costs way less making something you love rather than buying it from a store! It feels so great completing these projects.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope these projects inspire you to make your own! If you have any questions please don’t be afraid to ask.
See you next time!