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DIY Rustic Wood Nursery Decor

This past spring, I spent some time on Pinterest looking for ideas for boy nursery decor.  I’m such a girly girl that I was having a hard time visualizing a boy nursery.  I did actually have a color scheme in mind, but I needed some fun decor ideas for the room.  I came across this pin and knew that I wanted to do something similar above the crib.  There was no tutorial attached to the pin – it was simply a picture.  I figured it couldn’t be too hard to put together, though, and I was right!  So, here’s my own personal tutorial for how to create a piece of rustic wood nursery decor.

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Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

Supplies Needed:

      1. Five 1x4s (more or less depending on what size you are after)
      2. Wood Stain
      3. Foam Brush
      4. Black Paint, Satin
      5. Paint brush
      6. Coarse Sandpaper
      7. Wood Glue
      8. 1-Inch Wood Screws
      9. 2 D Rings Picture Hangers
      10. 2 20 lb Picture Hangers
      11. Large letter

The first thing I did was measure the space above the crib and determine how large I wanted the piece to be.  I decided to make it approximately 2.5 feet tall by 3.5 feet wide. 

Originally, I wanted to use reclaimed wood for this project.  In the end, though, I ended up just purchasing some pine 1x4s from the hardware store.  Based on the measurements I had decided on, I knew that I needed five boards.  I wasn’t worried about getting the highest quality (or most expensive) wood because I was after a more rustic appearance.

I wanted the boards to have a staggered appearance size-wise, so I ended up with 3 boards at 3’6″, 2 boards at 3’0″, and 2 boards at 2’9″.  

Then, it was time to stain.  I randomly pulled two boards out and set them aside for paint.  I then put one coat of stain on the remaining 5 boards.  

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

Since I already had some Minwax Wood Stain – Provincial on hand from a previous project, I just used that.

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

For the remaining two boards, I put one coat of Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel Paint – Satin Black on them.  

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

I chose to only do one coat, as I wanted this to look somewhat rustic and imperfect.

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

Once the stain was dry, I went over all of the boards with a coarse sandpaper.  Again, I wanted a rustic feel to the piece, so I wasn’t worried about perfection.  I simply wanted to get some variation throughout the stain.  

Then, I added a second coat of stain to two of the boards to provide even more variation in color.

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

When everything was dried, I laid it all together for a little preview.  

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

Then, I flipped the boards over in order to secure them together.  My husband had cut two boards that were just shy of 2’6″, which is how tall the piece was, to be the back boards.  We laid a board on either side of the piece and marked each of them.

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

We laid wood glue down the entire length of the piece to help secure the back board.  

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

This was done on both sides.

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

Then, we put two screws per side into each horizontal board.

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery. Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

Finally, we attached a D-ring picture hanger to each back board.

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

The final touch was the large metal initial I hung on the front.  

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

I purchased it on clearance at Michael’s and spray painted and distressed it myself.  It was fairly lightweight, so I simply used a small nail to hang it from the wood.

Find out how to put together this amazing piece of rustic wood nursery decor. It's easy to make and creates a unique piece for any nursery.

I love the way it turned out, and it fits perfectly in the nursery.  (To see more nursery pictures, go here.)

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9 Comments

  1. Love, love, love Amy and your tutorial was so detailed and well explained too. They way you mixed the colors and stains on the board gives it so much depth and it matches the decor in the room just perfectly

    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! It was totally a last minute project, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. It was so much easier to put together than I imagined it would be. 🙂

    1. Thank you! You should make one for yourself. It really wasn’t difficult at all! If you make one, be sure to let me know how it turns out.

  2. Can I just say you deserve an award for finding time with 2 cuties to decorate so well! Love the nursery! Still haven’t even painted my daughters room yet and she’s over 6 months LOL! Came here for inspiration 🙂 Thanks xo

    1. Haha! Well, actually, I only had 1.5 cuties at the time that I made this. 😉 So, that made it significantly easier. My son is 5 months old, and I’m just now starting to feel like I have a little bit of “free” time again. Good luck with your daughter’s room! 6 months is such a fun age. And thank you for stopping by!

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