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{modern painted feature wall in ella’s nursery}

How we created a feature wall in the nursery that is both baby-friendly and modern

Modern Painted Feature Wall for the Nursery at {nifty thrifty things}

Before we moved into our apartment about a year ago, I had already planned out Ella’s baby room to the most part. We already owned most of the furniture; some of it was actually my own nursery furniture.

With all that vintage furniture, I wanted to balance it out with something more modern and decided to paint a feature wall.

Modern Painted Feature Wall for the Nursery at {nifty thrifty things}

I have to admit that I was a little intimidated at first, thinking that this was going to be really time intensive. With my mom’s help, though, we knocked this project out in just one afternoon.

We started by dividing the wall into 6 equal parts, using painters tape and a level. Next we taped the diagonal lines. In each division, we marked one diagonal line with the same degree to the vertical lines. From there we just measured up and down the same distance until each division was filled with diagonal lines.

Modern Painted Feature Wall for the Nursery at {nifty thrifty things}

Modern Painted Feature Wall for the Nursery at {nifty thrifty things}

I wonder how long it’ll takes until I’m tired of looking at the wall. For now though — about one year after painting it — I’m still liking it very much.

Modern Painted Feature Wall for the Nursery at {nifty thrifty things}

Here are a few tips and tricks that we found helped the progress:
  1. Make sure the painters tape sticks. Run your fingers on both sides of the tape to push out any wrinkles and bubbles. This will ensure crisper edges and less touch up.
  2. Start by deciding where to paint the darker colors. Take a look from across the room to see where to paint the dark shapes first. Work your way to the lighter colors. This will help balance it out better.
  3. Let the paint dry for about an hour before removing the tape. Don’t remove the painters tape too early and risk it bleeding. Don’t wait too long either and risk it sticking to the tape and getting pulled off when removing the tape.
  4. Use paint samples. Since you won’t be painting a whole lot with each color, it will probably be enough for one wall to just use paint samples.

Modern Painted Feature Wall for the Nursery at {nifty thrifty things}

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22 Comments

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    Rosie
    Friday May 5th, 2017 at 06:32 AM

    Thanks for sharing. I love this idea and I think my daughter will be happy to see them.

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    PrettyPotato
    Saturday May 6th, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Wow what a striking wall! It’s really beautiful. I’m not sure I would have had the guts to try it out but it looks really lovely

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday May 8th, 2017 at 09:08 PM

      Thank you so much for your kind words. :)
      It really wasn’t half as bad, hehe.
      Have a fabulous week!
      XO, Vanessa

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    Cristina
    Sunday May 7th, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    It loos so lovely! You had a great idea!

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    Ali B
    Monday May 8th, 2017 at 12:51 AM

    That looks amazing! I can’t believe you finished in one afternoon. Your tip to use paint samples is brilliant!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday May 8th, 2017 at 09:42 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Ali! :)
      I hope you’ve had a great start into a wonderful week!
      XO, Vanessa

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    Iris Nacole
    Thursday May 11th, 2017 at 01:58 AM

    Oooh, I love it! The whole room is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at The Creative Circle Link Party!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 13th, 2017 at 10:40 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Iris! :)
      I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Will I see you at tomorrow’s {nifty thrifty sunday}?
      XO, Vanessa

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    Justine @ Little Dove
    Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 at 07:41 AM

    Oh my goodness, I love this whole space but that wall it truly amazing! I love the colors you choose and the design adds a nice modern touch without being cold or impersonal. it’s just so inviting and fun!

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    Jeanette
    Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 at 09:13 AM

    I think it’s really adorable and it is nice colors.

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    Caitlin @RogersPartyof5
    Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 at 02:31 PM

    This is one of the most stunning, unique nurseries I have ever seen! Simply beautiful. Great work, mama!

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    Tabitha Blue
    Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 at 04:47 PM

    It’s SO beautiful!!!! Love the wall! A lot of effort, but so worth it.

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    Amanda Maxwell
    Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 at 05:37 PM

    Oh my gosh- so gorgeous! Love this. Well done on the commitment- I just paint everything gray!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday May 24th, 2017 at 09:34 PM

      Thanks a bunch, Amanda! :)
      I tend to stay with more neutral colors as well, but thought it’d be a little more kids friendly to use some color in the nursery.

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    Jennifer Corter
    Saturday May 27th, 2017 at 01:15 PM

    That is just GORGEOUS! I love it!

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