I began nesting early while expecting our third daughter’s birth. I mean that literally. That winter I saw birds, nests and bird houses everywhere. I thought they were adorable.
It wasn’t long before I felt the urge to “update” the nursery for our little Gracie’s arrival.
I used this whimsical tree created for a Pottery Barn Kids photo shoot of Bird Houses as inspiration.
The colors weren’t quite right and I really wanted to create something with my own two hands. I also wanted to see if I could do the job for less.
I trolled the craft store for unpainted houses that had a flat back. Then I grabbed three small bottles of acrylic paint in shades that matched our baby blanket. The bird houses, paint and fabric for the stuffed birds totaled less than the price of one bird house at PBK. I was off to a good start.
Things went awry when I attempted to paint the tree. I sketched the tree out in pencil.
My then 3 year daughter saw me drawing on the wall and asked if it would be a good idea to ask another mommy to help me draw the tree!
I did. It was a good call. My version of this tree looked a little creepy.
I did, however, give the tree a second coat of paint with the paint used to trim the room. As it turns out, my artistic talent is limited to coloring inside the lines and painting large flat blocks of wood.
Total project time including travel to and from the craft store and asking someone to come over to paint was a full day. Plan 10 minutes of painting time per house and an afternoon to paint the tree.
When at first you don’t succeed call on a talented friend. She’s got your back.