Our Baby Girl's Kooky Dr. Seuss Nursery

by Morgan
(Chicago Ridge, Illinois)

DIY Painted Dr Seuss Baby Dresser and Cat in the Hat Nursery Lamp

DIY Painted Dr Seuss Baby Dresser and Cat in the Hat Nursery Lamp

We decorated our baby girl's crazy kooky Dr. Seuss nursery with all of the whimsical storybook characters, bright colors and pictures that we love from the books.

His classic way of telling a story in rhyme is fun for both adults and kids. The clever wording and colorful characters really inspires a DIY decorator's creativity as well as a child's active imagination.

Kooky Baby Dr. Seuss Nursery

DIY hand painted Dr Seuss baby dresser with a Cat in the Hat nursery lamp

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The painted baby dresser had to be a DIY project! Can you tell us how it came about?
We sanded and painted my husband's dresser that came from IKEA into a Seuss theme to use as Eden's dresser. After it was painted, I added wooden pulls to the drawers.

Everything in Eden's baby Seuss nursery is delightful but the wall murals caught my eye right away so can you tell us what inspired the murals?
Each section of the wall mural is based on a different Dr. Seuss book with scenes and characters from Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who and One Fish Two Fish.

The details of the Dr Seuss storybook characters are very nicely done. Could you share some basic instructions so that other parents might know how to go about doing something similar?
I started by drawing out each scene by hand and then scanned and transferred the drawings into the computer. Then I used a borrowed projector and projected the images onto the walls where I outlined them using black paint. I used many different colors of acrylic paint matching up the colors as best as I could to the illustrations in the books and filled in the details for each of the characters and the scenes.

With such a colorful wall painting, was it difficult to find furniture and a baby Seuss baby bedding set that was a good fit?
First we received a Davinci Kalani crib and a Baby Trend brand Dr. Seuss crib set from Seussland as gifts.

Then we added a Davinci changing table that (I believe) we ordered online from Amazon.

Where did you find the cute Dr Seuss nursery window valance?
The Seuss valance came with the baby bedding and was a perfect fit for the nursery window.

I see many more baby Seuss nursery decorations in your pictures. Did you have collectibles and Dr Seuss memorabilia already on hand?
I bought the decorations from all over the place sticking with the same primary color theme. The storybooks, Seuss toys, lighting (lamp shade) in the Cat in the Hat wall shelf came from Seussland,com, Target, Babies r Us. I stored all of the goodies at my parent's house until they were ready to be used in decorating the baby's nursery.

I can tell that you put a lot of time and effort into your baby girl's nursery. Was decorating the room a particularly difficult project?
This was a somewhat tedious job, but lots of fun. I was able to piece different scenes/characters together from each book to create my murals. Completing the room took a full month from start to finish. The first 9 days of the project were dedicated to outlining and painting the murals. I worked a total of 7-8 hours each day on them.

Did you do all of the work yourself or did you hire professionals to help?

I designed and decorated most of the nursery myself but I did have help from my husband and family members with the outlining and painting. My husband set up the furniture and helped paint and sand the dresser.

What's your favorite part of Eden's baby Seuss room?
I love how "alive" everything looks in our baby girl's kooky Dr. Seuss nursery now that it's finished. It is every bit as kooky and whimsical as I expected it would be. All of the shapes and colors are so exciting and it's fun to see how much my daughter loves to look around at everything.

From the webmaster:
Thanks so much for adding Eden's nursery pictures to Unique Baby Gear Ideas' nursery project gallery. I really admire all of the work you put into her room; most parents would have done it the easy way with Dr Seuss wall decals which is fine..but your room is amazing!

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