When I first got pregnant I said I didn’t need a nursery. I insisted. “But, she’s going to spend most of her time in the cosleeper next to the bed!” I was very, very proud that I wouldn’t need to waste time planning matching nursery decor. Plus, we currently live in a two bedroom apartment and I had my old bed in the room as a “guest” room along with my husband’s desk. We had a guest who used the bed just once, so it was mostly a waste of space. All of a sudden, when I was about 30 weeks along, it was unacceptable that we didn’t have a nursery set up! I was nesting in hard mode. I went online and used some Target giftcards to buy a crib, changing table, and dresser. I knew I wanted a Toy Story themed nursery. I looked and looked online but couldn’t find anything Toy Story related that I liked. I found a lot of Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse nursery sets. I even found a Monster’s Inc nursery set but I just didn’t want it. My idea of a Toy Story nursery just wasn’t going to happen. My husband suggested doing just a general Disney nursery and I agreed.
I’m a little more crafty than most people in that I will try something out if it seems simple enough. I’d rather make it myself than spend a lot of money to buy it, so there are a lot of little touches added. Here’s how her room turned out:
Our Disney Nursery Wall
My first real project was finding a quote for the wall. I own a Cricut Air machine, which gives me the ability to cut vinyl. My husband and I shot some ideas back and forth and landed on “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” with the Partners statue beside the quote. Our apartment walls are textured which created a bit of a challenge. I had my husband hold one end up while I removed the transfer tape from the decal, and then I used a blowdryer to lightly heat up the Oracal 631 vinyl so it would stick to all the bumps on the wall.
A closer shot of our handiwork. Draped across the crib are two blankets. The cloud blanket was supposed to be reminiscent of Andy’s room in Toy Story and the second blanket was one of my own baby blankets. I was going to put a link here but it’s no longer available on Amazon. In the background, you can see Mickey hanging out on the changing table pre-Lucy’s arrival. Currently, he’s packed in a box awaiting our move, but before that he’s mostly been kept in her crib since she doesn’t use it yet for sleeping. On the wall above our quote is a piece of princess decor I found at Target for dirt cheap on clearance.
Another nod to Toy Story. I wanted her name on the wall, but I wanted it to look like alphabet blocks. I achieved this look with 8×8 shadowboxes from a craft store. They were on sale and I had a coupon. You can find a similar box here. I painted each of them the color I wanted and put a sheet of paper on the inside to glue my letter to. They took days to complete because I had to do thin layers and then allow for dry time to achieve the pigmentation I wanted. I think Corbitt did a great job hanging them up!
Our Disney Nursery Lighting
This lamp used to be in our bedroom, but it never really provided as much light as I wanted. We had a different floor lamp in this room, so I just swapped the two out. I googled images from Beauty and the Beast and converted them into cuttable images. I used my Cricut to cut them out of Oracal 631 vinyl and used transfer tape to put one image on each side of the lamp. I really love how it turned out. Because only two sides are ever visible due to its positioning in this room, I can always turn it to showcase two more characters.
The Obligatory Cat in Nursery Pictures
I call these pictures the Places My Husband Does Not Want the Cat pictures. In the upper left corner is our changing table which we got from Target. We cloth diaper, and the drawers have been super convenient for organizing her diapers. The changing pad cover is a Lion King cover we got from Amazon. The crib sheet that Betty is posing on is part of a two-sheet Dumbo set. Finally, we put all of our Disney plushes that we could fit on top of her bookshelf along with our favorite Disney Infinity figures. I really miss that game, but at least the figures are still pretty cool. The only regret with this setup is how easily Betty knocks them down. In our new home (Nursery 2.0, coming soon), I’m going to try to put them somewhere she can’t get to easily because picking them up is a pain.
In a previous post, we discussed the Disney Movie Club. One of the perks of the Disney Movie Club is being able to request lithographs when you pre-order a movie. I framed the lithographs (read: my husband did it) with this frame from Target. It was not easy to get them to all stay how we wanted them at the same time while putting the back on, but he managed.
So, while everything isn’t 100% Toy Story like I’d imagined, I really like the way this turned out. I think I like it better than I would have if I had found all Toy Story nursery items for purchase. I’m throwing around some ideas for Lucy’s nursery in our new house but could always use more input. If you have an idea, please leave a comment below.