Jude’s Vintage Nursery

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An economical ($1000!) nursery for our new baby Jude! Inspired by vintage, antique pieces that were spruced up, bold textures/patterns, and a taste of a winter woodland theme, this nursery was done on a budget and many of the projects were created by us. Accessories, furniture recovering, fabric choices, wall hangings, etc. were DIY and very cheap!

Design Inspiration

Our inspiration was the 1970s and trees.  I didn't want it to get too theme-y, AND we were on a major budget.  I knew I had to get used pieces (except the crib of course...but it was only $99) so I thought that would limit me on what I could do.  Istead, it just caused me to be more creative and think things out a bit more!  I LOVE the colors from the 70s...the burnt orange, browns, and pea green.  I added white to sort of tone things down a bit.

Decorating Style

Bold patterns and textures mixed with modern and a hint of vintage.

Project Details

Here we go...there were LOTS of DIY projects in this room!

The 4 pieces of furniture totalled $400 and were bought second-hand, thrift, and antique, except for the $99 crib! My mom sewed the curtains from fabric I picked out at Hancock Fabrics.

dresser was $99 from a thrift store...I bought some cork cabinet liner and spray painted it tan, then cut the vintage shape and adhered them to the fronts of the cabinets (after a little fixing up and polishing of the dresser.)

We tried to apply a wall decal with a "j" on it but it would not correctly adhere...so my husband just painted the "j" circle himself!

Most of the accessories are from Hobby Lobby and Target, if they were not made.

I chose/coordinated all of the fabric from the crib bedding and had a seller on etsy sew it all up.

I made these wall letters for about $35, including frames! Cardboard letters were painted, covered in scrapbook paper, feathers, and moss. I painted the frames to look like a deep brown wood and put a piece of scrapbook paper in each frame, then adhered the letters to the back of the frame through holes we cut out of the paper backing to make them extra

Favorite Items

The tree branch side table, the "J" on the wall and the trees.


You don't have to spend money to get a satisfying result!  You don't have to order things from expensive stores or have other people design things for you...websites like this are GREAT resources for step-by-step projects you can do in your own home!


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    Amazing !!!!! what a gorgeous room, makes me want to redo my baby girls room,  i voted 5 stars for you : )


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    I love, love, love this room!!!

    Love the unusual colors and all the details!!!

    Great work! :)

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    This surely doesn’t look like a nursery done on a budget! It’s very rich in textures and the colors are warm. The prints look so luxurious, too. You have really outdone yourself.

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    This room looks really expensive. It looks really interesting. You used really beautiful prints or patterns that do not clash with each other. Your details are amazing. I love the use of antiques and the fact that a lot of stuff here are DIY. Beautiful, beautiful room. And I like that it’s not babyish.

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    This is the coolest nursery I have ever seen – you are going to have one stylish baby.  I love the unique color scheme and vintage feel – your fabrics are so cool too.  You’ve pulled this space together perfectly!  This is an awesome room for a baby yet as an adult I would also love to live in it!  And bravo on doing it all on a budget – that makes it all the more impressive, I agree with one of the other comments that it looks expensive.  Great job – five stars from me!  

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    I love this room!!! I have done the same thing Really and I love the light that you have. I was wondering where you purchased it? 

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    do you mind telling me where you got your light fixture?

    I would LOVE something like this for my daughter’s room (due next month) we have a similar aesthetic for her room, just a more girly color combination.

    thanks in advance!!!

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    do you mind telling me where you got your light fixture?

    I would LOVE something like this for my daughter’s room (due next month) we have a similar aesthetic for her room, just a more girly color combination.

    thanks in advance!!!

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    This just might be the BEST nursery on a budget I’ve come across!! It’s much more difficult to plan a chic nursery on a budget and you definitely nailed it.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

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    Love love love the baby’s room! My favorite is the Framed name! So cute and a great DIY project!

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    Wonderful nursery!!! I wold love to know what seller on Etsy made this set for you…it is beautiful.

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    This is one of the best nurseries I’ve seen yet. I love how you combined the textures and patterns, and the color scheme is just perfect. Way to go with including natural, organic elements without having it look like you were trying too hard! And the amount of DIY is inspiring. 5 stars all the way.

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    Seriously….WOW!  Blown away.  Great job.  :)  Looks like it cost 5x what you spent and all around cute.  

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    gorgeous room!! love the vintage feel. do you mind sharing who the seller was on Etsy that sewed your crib bedding?

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    i love everything about the color combos. would you mind telling me what exact colors you used on the walls? it’s kind of hard to tell what the goldy brown color is. thanks for posting.

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    This room is insane (i.e. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) It is hands down one of the most gorgeous rooms I’ve ever seen and I nearly collapsed when I saw that it was done on a budget of $1000!! You should have heard me telling my husband how expensive this room must be when i was looking at the pics. LOL!!! Crazy! You are beyond talented. Great work! A+++++++++

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    I love this whole nursery! Wow! I also would like to know about the tree branches–did you hand paint them or is it a decal? I am going to do something similar in my son’s nursery and love the simplicity of them. Thanks!

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    Can I ask where you found the crib at for $99? And did you paint it yourself? I am thinking of doing the same as the only cribs I see are white or brown color.

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    This nursery is so incredible! You are so talented! Could you please provide a detailed list of the paint colors that you used and any items that could still be purchased online? I would love to build upon your inspiration, but don’t want to get it all wrong. Please help! :)

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