Bright and Comfy Nursery on a Teeny Tiny Budget

  • Crib - Crib Skirt and Blanket made from 2-D Zoo Fabric by Alexander Henry1/12
  • Homemade Tissue Paper Pom-poms2/12
  • Crib and Bookcase3/12
  • Thrifted Bookcase with Retro Style Lamp4/12
  • Curtains made from Alexander Henry 2-D Zoo Fabric5/12
  • Chair with Recovered Pillow and Footstool6/12
  • Homemade Paper Mobile7/12
  • Thrifted Shelf8/12
  • Changing Table and Family Photo Gallery9/12
  • Cute Little Bird Hook and Fabric Covered Switch Plate10/12
  • Decor on the Cheap - Embroidery Hoops with Colorful Fabric11/12
  • Velum and Colored Paper Garland12/12
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Description

Ok, so this nursery probably won't be gracing the covers of any baby magazines, but I was really happy with how it turned out. I wanted to create a bright and cheerful, but gender neutral nursery for our third baby, and without spending a lot. I was motivated to post this to show that with some creativity and resourcefulness, you can create a nice looking, cohesive nursery without spending a fortune. My total cost - including furniture, bedding and decor - less that $250!!

Design Inspiration

My initial inspiration was the Alexander Henry fabric I used on the curtains and crib skirt. I've recently started sewing and I knew I wanted to try my hand at creating some of the room elements myself, so I went on a hunt for the perfect fabric. Because we're not finding out the sex of our baby, I needed something that would work for a boy or girl. I knew I wanted something bold and modern, that was fun, but not too babyish. When I found this fabric, I knew it was perfect. And it worked with the blue color already on the walls - Bonus! Since the colors in the fabric were so dark, and the room was so...blue, I knew I wanted the furniture to be white to lighten things up. The rest of the elements I chose around the fabric colors, then I added some pops of orange and other bright colors in the smaller details.

Decorating Style

I don't know if I have one specific style. I like things that are clean and modern - not too fussy. I'm not a fan of the minimalist look for a baby room, but I also didn't want it to be too cluttered or busy. Most importantly,  I wanted it to be bright, colorful and fun.

Project Details

Aside from the Alexander Henry fabric I used for the curtains, crib skirt and blanket, almost everything in the room is either thrifted, re-purposed or homemade.

Favorite Items

One of my favorite elements of the room are the tissue paper pom-poms. They are so bright and fun, and add a lot of color to the room - and I made them all for about $4.00! I also really like the footstool - a thrift store find that I topped with foam, and recovered with bright orange duck cloth. Again, I love the pop of color it adds to the room - plus it's really comfy!

 

Advice

If you're looking to design a cute room on a small budget, look for your larger items second-hand. I found all my large furniture items on Craigslist or thrift stores. Re-purpose or re-paint things you already have around the house. As for decor, try making things yourself! Go to sites like Pinterest or Craftgawker for tons of ideas and inspiration. It will save you lots of money, and it's fun!

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    Love those little table and chairs! Intrigued by those egg-like things beside the flowers on the shelf.

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