Gigi’s Lil’ Book Nook and scallop wall how-to

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statement wall book nook
statement wall book nook
statement wall book nook
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Forever ago I showed you guys that I had finished a scallop statement wall in Gigi’s room. (You can see a before picture after the jump). Well, then I had a baby, and stuff like that, and Gigi’s room is still in the process of being completed! BUT schoollockers.com asked if I wanted one of their adorable kid’s lockers, and I was like, YES PLEASE! Because I thought it would be the perfect thing to go in Ginger’s little enclave.

The nook is part of an exposed closet in her basement room. I wanted to keep it open to help make her room seem larger. At first I wanted to make it an art corner, with a desk and some adorable art supplies. And then one day (after HOURS of looking for the right desk and chair) I realized that was the DUMBEST IDEA EVER. Ginger sleeps in a big girl bed and rips her room to shreds when she wakes up from her naps and in the morning. It buys us more sleep-in time so we don’t really mind, but why in the world would I have her trapped in her room (she doesn’t get how to open doors) with unlimited art supplies and NO supervision???

So then I decided I wanted it to be a book nook, so I tried installing all these shelves, but the covers of the books looked too busy with the background. So I wanted something solid white. I also wanted a place to hide all of her tacky stuffed animal friends…and THAT’S why this locker is the PERFECT solution!

gigi's animal buddies
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Ginger LOVES stuffed animals. They are her world. But they usually just junk up her bed and floor space. So I convinced her that the locker was a new special home for her friends. I showed her how to open it and close it, and now she is obsessed with putting them in their home! I could possibly be a genius. There’s a great spot for books on the other side of her room, and I’m still figuring out what exactly I want to do.

I made the scallop wall with some awesome wall decals from Walls by Mur.

Here’s how I did it!

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This is a whole shot of Gigi’s closet. There weren’t doors on there, and like I said, I didn’t want to put them on there. The closet on the left is more than enough space for her clothes and whatnot.

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So here’s the space all ready for some scallop love.

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I used Walls by Mur “mini dots” in black, silver and gold. I did some math to figure out how many lines I wanted and how many half circles I’d need and all that jazz.

The easiest way to make lines on your wall and make them PERFECTLY is to make them with painter’s tape, like I did for Rad’s wall letters.

I didn’t use a level, I measured from the top of the wall and made 3 marks horizontally, 8″ (or something like that) from the top of the wall, then I placed my painter’s tape in a straight line. THEN I ran my pencil lightly along the top of the tape to make a PERFECTLY straight line, so the tape acts like a ruler. Then I removed the tape and measured down (for the next line) from my freshly drawn pencil line. Make sense? I did this all the way down the wall.

You can kind of see some of my pencil lines in the picture above, I think there are just 3 there.

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To get the scallops I just cut the circles in half. The easiest way to do this was to just use scissors and the grid marks that are on the back of the sheets of wall decals. I tried cutting them lots of ways and this was the most accurate.

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After I placed all the semi-circles on the wall (you just put them on like stickers) I used a Magic Eraser to clean up the pencil lines. I was like 7 months pregnant and it took me a couple of hours.

Here she is all done!

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I’m still not 100% sure if I’ll keep the lil’ chair and bow in there, but for now, Gigi is pretty happy. And pretty freaking cute. Also, I’d like you to know she COMPLETELY ignored me the entire time I took these pictures. She was on cloud 9 that I was letting her play with my special Alice In Wonderland pop-up book with minimal supervision and she was milking it!

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Here’s where all the stuff is from, you know, in case you want to know!

Mini Dots c/o Walls by Mur
White Kid’s Locker c/o schoollockers.com
Aztec Rug c/o The Land of Nod (it’s on SALE!)
Sequin Bow & Sparkle Pillow c/o The Land of Nod
Sherpa Anywhere Chair purchased from Pottery Barn Kids
Faux Fur Rug purchased from Ikea
Wall art by Amanda Visell
Gigi’s hair pin from Ila’s Garden on Etsy

Have a happy day!

xo,
Alison

6 Comments

  1. Alison! I love everything about this little space. You made the locker fit in perfectly! 🙂

  2. I want to put a locker in my girls’ room by their bunkbed. This looks perfect! Thanks!

  3. What a lucky little lady! A beautiful space to call her own! Oh, and it makes me cry to see sweet little girls wearing my clips! It is silly to get so emotional over those things! I hope Ila will actually wear them when she has enough hair, it might motivate me to keep making them.

  4. This alcove is adorable. I love the random gray and gold mixed in. She is one lucky girl!

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