More Budget Nursery Ideas

Here are some pictures of my girls’ nursery. They are really old pictures that some of you have already seen before on our family blog. I decorated the room about two years ago and my taste has changed since then, but I still think it’s pretty cute and there are some good ideas here for…

Here are some pictures of my girls’ nursery. They are really old pictures that some of you have already seen before on our family blog. I decorated the room about two years ago and my taste has changed since then, but I still think it’s pretty cute and there are some good ideas here for cheap decorating that I was hoping to share with you all.

I got the color inspiration for this room from a package of scrapbooking paper, oddly enough. It was great because I made a little reference notecard with samples of all the papers and colors to carry around with me when I went shopping for the room. It was especially helpful for choosing my paint colors.

I bought the rug on sale at Kmart for less than $50. It’s obviously not the highest quality rug out there, but the colors were dead-on and I like the pattern. The baskets under the crib hold shoes and extra blankets. I bought them at Target for around $8 each (although I think you can get something similar at Michael’s for even cheaper with your 40% off coupon). I painted them different colors, which has been helpful in organizing. Grace knows that her shoes are in the pale pink basket.

The curtains are from K-Mart also. Well, actually, I should say the sheets are also from KMart. I bought two patterned flat sheets, split them in two, and sewed some pink pom-pom trim onto the leading edge. So easy. And cheap (less than $20 for everything). The white rods and clip rings are from Bed Bath and Beyond.

I bought the kid-sized pink night stand at TJ Maxx HomeGoods in the kids section. The full price was $49 but I asked for a discount because it was a little beat up on one side (that, to be honest, wasn’t even that noticeable, but it never hurts to ask, right?). They gave me an additional 20% off.
The lamp is from Target. I hot-glued some ribbon and trims to the cheap, white shade to fancy it up a bit.

We found that white dresser on the street. We cleaned and painted it white and lined the drawers with fresh paper. Good as new.
For additional storage in the closet, I bought one of those cheap tupperware towers. I hot-glued coordinating ribbons to the drawer fronts to make it feel a little less like what it is – plastic.
I found the art (above) from the etsy seller belle and boo (I bought the “Lost” and “Found” prints). The artist, Mandy, is so incredibly nice – check out her stuff!

It’s hard to see here, but I found two matching crystal chandelier sconces at Z Gallerie on clearance for $6 each. Steal of the century. I spray-painted them pink.

Other steal of the century: the little wooden pink ironing board seen above. I bought it at Baby Style for, get ready: $0.99! Later, I found an old metal vintage toy iron at an antique store that I cleaned and then sealed for safety reasons, but they look adorable together.

The other accessories in the room (like the buckets, the hooks, the clock) were purchased here and there when I saw good deals. A little paint helps things look like they belong together even if they don’t.

For artwork over the crib, I bought a ton of canvases at Michael’s, two for $3. They were already painted with sad little flowers and that’s why they were so cheap. Normally blank canvas is pretty pricey. Anyway, using scrapbooking cardboard letters, some of the paper I was inspired by, acrylic paint and some ric rac, I did a little ABC series.

A- Arizona (where we’re from)
B – Boston (where we live)
C – Claire (my daughter)
D – Dog (portrait of our old dog, Gus)
E – Eternal…
F – Family
(portrait of our family looking in the reflecting pool at the AZ temple)
G – Grace (my other daughter)
H – Home (ours)
At a used book store, I picked up a great book of Maurice Sendak posters. I framed three of these posters that advocate reading books and supporting the arts. I created my own matting with some of the scrapbook paper.
I also used the paper to decoupage those wood letters that I got at Target.
The children’s table set was purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond with a 20% off coupon that I got in the mail. I think I paid about $20-$25 for the table and two chairs, which I spray-painted.

Claire’s Jenny Lind style crib was a total steal on Craig’s List. I bought the crib and a matching changing table for $30 total. I painted the crib and have the changing table in storage for later. Grace’s toddler bed was originally white. I ordered it on walmart.com for about $40 and had it shipped (for free) to the nearest store, where I picked it up. I painted it a dark purpley-brown that I really love.

Like I said, I doubt I would decorate my girls’ nursery the same way today, but it has served its purpose the past few years. And because I did it all for so cheap, I won’t feel guilty when I want to paint everything and start again when we move this summer! :)

What are your ideas for decorating a child’s room on the cheap?

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17 thoughts on “More Budget Nursery Ideas

  1. i don’t really like our crib, i like the style you have with the skinny rungs that.it reminds me of antique cribs and would go better with our decor… we are planning on 3 more kids so i might as well get a crib i love. now that i’ve just been hesitant because of safety and older cribs. I know now that the slats should be smaller than a pot can and no high corners or cut outs in the head boards and base boards. I’m kicking my self for not picking up a cute crib i saw a wile ago at a garage sale. now that i know what is safe i’ll jump on it. btw what would you consider a “steal” on a jenny lind style crib???0- and i’ll try to get picts of the furniture today.

  2. Hi there

    I am holding a baby nursery contest on my site in the coming months. I was wondering if you would be interested blogging about it?
    You can see the contest page here

    My site is about setting up and decorating baby nurseries and appeals mainly to pregnant women and new moms of all ages.

    The contest will be judged by Melisa Fluhr and Pamela Ginocchio from http://www.projectnursery.com and Dawn Papandrea-Khan of http://nurserymurals.blogspot.com and is sponsored by pinktaffydesigns.com!

    I look forward to hearing from you.

  3. I remember seeing these pictures on your family blog a while back. I thought then, as I do now, that you created a perfectly whimsical girls’ nursery. Your little ones must delight to wake up in it every day!

  4. I agree — you are amazing.

    Can you tell us more about painting baskets? What type of material are the baskets made out of, and what type of paint did you use on them?

  5. Hi again Zoe,

    The baskets are the standard, boring wood baskets that they have at Target and Michaels. They are just the right size for under the crib.

    I just used interior latex paint (like the paint you use for your walls) and a regular paint brush. It took about 5 minutes per basket to get good coverage. It’s a really easy project.

  6. Awesome, thanks again Jenny. I was worried that paint wouldn’t adhere to certain materials. I’ve been having a horrible time finding the perfect baskets to go in the cubbies in my nightstands — I’ll find the right size, but the color won’t be right. Now I have a solution. :-)

  7. Spray paint is even easier, Zoe.

    If you want to send me pictures or a link to the baskets you end up buying, I would love to help you figure out the best way to paint them


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  9. Cute ideas! I follow your blog everyday. I just love it. I am looking for ideas for my boy's (ages 6 & 12) room. They share a room and love blue and Star Wars. Any fun ideas what to do for colors? I would love to add something with a POP of color. We are LDS and would like to add some "churchy" things as well. Thanks for any ideas you might have.

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