Modern on A Budget

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I knew from the beginning that our daughters room wasn't going to have one specific 'theme'.  We were also working on a pretty tight budget.  We bought our home a year ago and have been focusing on many other home improvements.  This room sat pretty much empty until a few months ago.  When we moved in we installed brand new carpeting but that was about it. Our first thing to tackle were the walls, the top half was covered with horrible wallpaper from the 80's and unfortunately the previous homeowners didn't prime the walls before gluing the wallpaper so if we took it down we would have had to hire a professorial to re-texture the walls which equaled lots of $$$.  So...we researched painting over it  (something I never thought I'd resort to) and it ended up turning out great.  We also took down the closet doors and painting all the dark oak trim a nice bright crisp white.

Design Inspiration

After the walls were painted I started researching bedding.  I didn't like any 'set's in stores so I decided to mix and match my own with fabrics found online...but I don't sew nor did I really have the desire to learn (more on that later).  Next came the furniture.  I started browsing craigslist for a long dresser that could double as a changing table. I ended up stumbling upon a free dresser that I could refinish.  It's now probably my favorite thing in the room.  After deciding to paint the dresser hot pink the rest slowly fell into place. 

Decorating Style

Modern, Eclectic, &  Budget friendly...I knew I could have fun with the colors in this room since I tend to play it safe with color in the rest of our home.

Project Details

Dresser/Changing Table: Craigslist find $0 and painted tink pink (Home Depot Behr Disney color)

Crib: Graco-Lauren 4 in 1 crib $149 (gift from my mom)

Rocker & ottoman: Craigslist find-perfect condition $120 (gift from my husbands mom)

Bookshelf/Storage: Target Closetmaid 6 cube organizer $44.99, Target small milk crate baskets (2) $12.99 and pink fabric basket (baby shower gift)

Closet Organization: Bookshelf, closet rods, and baskets from Ikea.

Window Treatments: Ikea set of curtains $19.99 and blackout shade from home depot.

Bedding/Changing Pad cover: Fabric for crib skirt found on along with the changing pad cover fabric (that my mother in law sewed).  Crib sheet I found on clearance at Target for $7.  I followed Young House Love's tutorial on the no sew bed skirt. 

Corner Mobile: Leftover decorations from my baby shower along with one new pack of lanterns from local party supply store.

Artwork/Gallery Wall: Frames mostly from Ikea.  Artwork inside mostly DIY, fabric samples, wrapping paper, collage (baby shower gift) and fish canvas print souvenir brought back from Maui this spring.  Large orange flower print-had for years from Ikea.


Stuffed animal net- $7 amazon

Crane humidifier-$25 amazon

Pink/Red lamp-Ikea

White lamp-Target

Pillows in crib-Target clearance $9/each (will eventually go on glider)

Alphabet Wall-something I've been collecting from all over for years with the help of my family.



Favorite Items

Probably the dresser that I found I craigslist for free.  A little paint, time and hardware goes a long way! 


Don't be afraid to DIY and craigslist is your best friend! 


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    I think the dresser changing table is just terrific, so great that you found it, and I think it’s the centerpiece for all the inspiration in your new little girl’s room. Brava!

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    I love that shade of pink you used for your changing table/dresser. I also love your alphabet wall!

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    I think you did an amazing job! I just LOVE the sunset colors- you made some EXCELLENT and very SMART choices :)

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