Nursery Project 1: Stenciled Initial Canvases

I finished my first project for the nursery… well maybe!
It is done and up on the wall but I am still debating over a thing or two so I am hoping you guys can help me out a bit with those things.

But here is my project and a glimpse into the colors I will be using in the nursery:

This wasn’t too hard to make so here is how you can make one for yourself.

-Canvases- I used two 8×8 squares and 1 12×12 square
-Wooden letters
-Stencil Paint Brush

To start:
Center your stencil on your canvas and tape in place.
You could also cut out vinyl to use as a stencil if you would like.

On a paper plate, put a glob (that’s a good word for it, right?) of paint. Take your stencil paint brush and dip in paint. Pounce off extra paint on the plate.

Begin filling in your stencil by using the pounce method.

Continue filling in the entire stencil.

(Sorry- darn picture turned and can’t fix it!)
Fill the entire stencil and then remove it while the paint is still wet.

Once the paint is dry, shift your stencil over and line up the pattern.

Continue to fill in the stencil. (No brainer there!)

I wanted the patten on the edge of the canvas as well so I just folded the stencil over the edge to complete.

Keep shifting the stencil around the canvas until you have your desired pattern.

Here is the completed canvas.
At this point, I took some white paint and fixed any areas where the yellow paint may have bleed under the stencil.

I painted one yellow, one coral, and one turquoise.

Onto the letters:
I sanded them a little and painted them gray.
I also painted them with silver glitter paint for a little something extra.

I just glued the letters onto the canvas and hung them on the wall above the crib using Command picture hanging strips.

You can see the glitter a little better in this shot.

I think they look great above the crib!

But….. here is my question: I am trying to decide if it needs something else, perhaps some little rosettes or something or will that be TOO much?!

Also, I am not sure if I like the spacing of them. I kinda want them closer together but with the battens I think it would look strange. What do you think?!

Help a sista out and tell me what you think in the comments!

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  • Kristin
    February 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Really cute!

  • Sandie
    February 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I adore them. I love your spacing and I think the simplicity is nice. I don't think I would change a single thing. 🙂

  • laxsupermom
    February 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I like them as they are, but some rosettes would be nice, too.(I'm a more is more kindof gal.) I like the spacing as is. It fills in the space over the crib nicely. Thanks for sharing.

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}
    February 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Too cute, Allison! The painted canvases look professionally done. I love the look! Personally, I like them just the way you have them on the wall. And without any more embellishments than just the pattern on the canvas. 🙂

  • Q @ JAQS
    February 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Love these. The colors and design combo is amazing.

    Love for you to join my linky party here 🙂 –


  • Karen
    February 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    It looks great! I love the stencil you used and the letters are so cute too! I say keep it the way it is. Looks fabulous!! Did you get a blog makeover? I LOVE it!!

  • Veronica and Daniel
    February 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Love it! I am a less is more girl, so I personally would not add anything – and I love the spacing. They fit perfectly right there!

  • Anonymous
    February 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    This is precious! I love your use of the stencil!

  • Courtney C
    February 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Soooo cute. Love the spacing. Where did you get the stencil? I am jonesing for it!!!!

    • AllMich
      February 16, 2012 at 4:06 am

      Thanks so much Courtney! The stencil is actually a Martha Stewart stencil. I got it at Michael's and it is in a pack with other stencils.

  • Jen Lossing
    February 16, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I think those turned out great! Love the color scheme! I say more is more! Go for it!

  • Karah @ thespacebetweenblog
    February 16, 2012 at 1:25 am

    This is great Allison. I think the spacing looks perfect with the battens. And I think rosettes could be cute. Great start…looking forward to the progress. 🙂

    • AllMich
      February 16, 2012 at 4:09 am

      Thanks so much Karah! We'll see if I add some rosettes. Maybe I will wait until my husband sees it and sees what he thinks.

  • A Lived in Home
    February 16, 2012 at 3:44 am

    These are adorable! Very cute addition to the nursery! Great job!

    • AllMich
      February 16, 2012 at 4:10 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Kendall
    February 16, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I think these are so cute- maybe try placing them a little higher {on the yellow portion of the wall}. I love that idea- Joanns has large cardboard letters to do monograms as well. I think I am going to get a big W for my son Wyatts door. I just love monograms!

    PS: I'm having a give-away on my blog and I'd love for you to enter momma!


  • Suzy
    February 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    These are adorable! I'm going to be working on my granddaughter's new room and I think she would just love these. I know what you mean about the spacing. I think they would look great butted up against each other. As long as you keep the largest one centered on the space it wouldn't look funny at all. I have a giveaway going on, in case you're interested.
    Take care!

  • Lindy
    February 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Allison – these are gorgeous!!! I love them just the way they are and the spacing is perfect.

  • Kelly
    February 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Too cute 🙂 I was going to ask where you got the stencil too — saw another follower asked. YAY!
    Thanks for sharing, Allison!!

  • Kathy
    February 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Loving this!!! You have given me the courage to attempt stenciling a canvas & of course, adding the awesome monogram letters!!!

  • Linda @ it all started with paint
    February 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I. Love. This. To pieces. I pinned!


  • Meeha Meeha
    February 17, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I especially love the bold colors you chose for this cute project (but hay – it's a nursery:))

  • Our Delightful Home
    February 17, 2012 at 1:37 am

    This is such a cute creative idea. Thanks for sharing!

    PS: I am your newest linky follower.

    Mrs. Delightful

  • Cristina @
    February 17, 2012 at 2:34 am

    That's SO cute! Love the colores too! and the letters just add the final touch!

    I'm following on Linky and GFC.

  • Anonymous
    February 17, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I shared these on facebook because they are super cute!! Thank you for linking up to my weekly party!!


  • Anonymous
    February 17, 2012 at 6:43 am

    What a great idea! Love how they turned out! I'm dropping by from the Every Creative Endeavor Linky Party.

  • ChaoticallyCreative
    February 18, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Love the colors! These are so nice and fresh ! Great job!!!

  • Karen
    February 18, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Allison- you have GOT to link these up at Friday Frolic!! When you get the chance, stop by and join the party! Have a great weekend:)

  • Classy Clutter
    February 18, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Ohhhh my gosh! Simply adorable!!! Hope you'll link this up at our new linky party! We feature our favorites each week! We're your newest followers and we'd love to have you link up and follow if you'd like!

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  • Meg
    February 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I think they are perfect as-is! Adding more might make it seem too busy and the stencil adds plenty of detail. This is going to be a super cute nursery, I can tell!

  • Amy
    February 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Oh, WOW! These look aMAzing! Love the colors, the stencil, everything about them! I love them for a nursery too; not so "cutesy" and "babyish", you know? I think they look fantastic. I'd be thrilled if you'd share them here:

  • Tanya
    February 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Nice job!

  • Nikki
    February 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    These are adorable! I also think the spaciing is just right.

  • The Scott Family
    February 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Found this on Be Different Act Normal and loved it!

  • katy
    February 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Very cute, super job on the stencils, they are perfect.

  • Rosemary@villabarnes
    February 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Adorable. The colors and pattern are so cheerful. Nice job.

  • gail
    February 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I wouldn't change anything! Love the stenciling. 😉
    thanks for sharing at Catch as Catch Can!

  • Designed by Dawn Nicole
    February 21, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Those are too cute! Perfect in the nursery! 🙂 Congrats!

  • Toodie
    February 21, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I love them too! Maybe just hang them from a ribbon and that will be the "something else" that you're looking for. 🙂

  • Lindsey
    February 21, 2012 at 3:13 am

    This is exactly what I was thinking about doing in our nursery too! Now I have some tips to follow! These turned out absolutely adorable! You did a great job. 🙂 Thank you and come visit at !!

  • Laurel @ Ducks in a Row
    February 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    What fun fun colors in a nursery – love this idea!

  • Alison @ Oopsey Daisy
    February 22, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Okay I LOVE the colors for your nursery! So, so pretty!

  • Katie's Nesting Spot
    February 23, 2012 at 12:44 am

    The stencils look beautiful and I love the colors you used! Thank you for linking it up to A Crafty Soiree, I've featured it on the newest one.

  • Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper
    February 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I love this project! I featured you on Fun Friday Finds. I hope you will stop by and check it out and grab a Featured button while you are there.

  • Laura @
    February 28, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Love these! What a great idea! I will be pinning this!

  • Krissy
    March 5, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I love this! Can you tell me where you found your letters….they are the cutest I have seen. Thanks =)

    • AllMich
      March 5, 2012 at 2:10 am

      Thanks so much! I bought the letters at Hobby Lobby.