Slim Budget, Big Style

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It always interests me to see what people can do when on a tight budget. Creativity and sheer determination can turn out some of the most creative rooms. Today’s Real Room was designed for twins on a slim $400 budget. A bit of a challenge but designer Ashley DeLapp of Evaru Design took the task on with confidence and the outcome was WOW! A do-it-yourself overhaul on both cribs (which were picked up on Craigslist) and a statement rug make this room a favorite (I can’t get over the $40 rug!). Don’t miss all the details on this nursery created for Ashley’s friend Christina and her twin girls, Izzy and Avery.

Design Inspiration

My friend Christina was so sweet to let me design a second nursery for her twin girls. I designed the nursery for her first daughter Cameron and it was full of pink, so I knew I wanted to go in a different direction this time around. Once I found the perfect rug, it guided all the other design decisions.

Decorating Style

I am open to many design styles, but I seem to lean toward classic themes with a modern twist.

Project Details

Budget was a concern with the room, so I got really creative (my favorite way to design!) The cribs were recycled from Craig’s List. I sanded them down and painted them a glossy kelly green. The paint was from Lowes, Valspar ‘Garden Green’; they turned out even better than I imagined. The rug and curtains are from IKEA. The changing table and armoire were gifts from a friend, so I made them a little more special with hardware from Anthropologie. The bedding was stock bedding from Baby Best Buy and I added pink pom-pom trim for some vintage flair. The wall decals are from etsy, and idea I picked up from a Real Room on Project Nursery.

Favorite Items

I do love the rug, but I think the cribs by far steal the show. I toyed with painting them orange or cherry red before deciding on Kelly green. It’s my favorite color and I knew my client loved green, so it was the obvious choice. With the pink pom-pom trim the room really has a preppy-vintage vibe.


Of all the nurseries I’ve designed, this is by far my favorite. This room was completed for under $400, granted the two largest furniture pieces were free, but look what you can do with so little money! With a little creativity there is nothing you can’t do.


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    Faith says:

    January 5, 2010 at 7:31 am  

    I absolutely LOVE the green cribs. If we hadn’t decided on convertible cribs for our girls, I really wanted to have some beautiful bright color. I may have to think about that rug too…$40 you say?

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    i have a ? about the cribs. did you paint them? what kind of paint did you use? i want to paint a crib but was told it wasnt safe!
    thanks so much i LOVE THIS room!

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    Just google how to paint or refinish a crib.  I was thinking about doing the same thing and some dressers, bookshelves, etc.

    I’d like to know which seller on Etsy you got the circle letter decals?  Thanks!

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    I love, love, love seeing budget design.  In my opinion it’s much more difficult to design on a budget and I love the inspiration.  Those cribs are AMAZING.  I am toying with the idea of getting a jenny lind and painting them but I have read horror stories about it taking 14 cans of spraypaint not including primer! yikes.  But they are so stinkin adorable it just might be worth it…

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    For those inquiring about painting a crib, it really dosn’t take that long. A few hours for one (ask for help from your hubby if you can, but I did ours myself!). I used a no-VOC paint from Lowes. I didn’t even sand the cribs and our twin cribs came out AMAZZZING!! We choose a cheery bright yellow color as we are doing a cottage/vintage themed-nursery (see picture of our inspiration nursery – although we are doing more neutral colors). And a picture of one of the cribs after picture I did. I def recommend, however, purchasing or putting a teething rail on your registry if you opt to paint your crib. $14 at Target!

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