I wanted to create a woodland nursery, but wanted it to be more sophisticated and of course gender neutral. I fell in love with gold rub and buff and realized how easy it is to make anything inexpensive look a little more upscale (even plastic!). I was definitely sticking to a tight budget so I DIY'd as much as possible and working in a tiny space for twins.
My inspiration came from the Going Stag print I found on Hawthorne Threads website. I love that it doesn't necessarily scream baby but is still fun and comes in both Aspen (blues and greens) and Tulip (pinks and corals) colors and is what I ended up using for my crib sheets; everything else came together from there.
I have a pretty mixed style between shabby chic in some rooms, contemporary and modern in others and a little eclectic. I'm a big fan of upcycling as much as possible.
DryCribs from Walmart Stork Craft Sheffield Gray; these were a steal at around $100 each
Faux sheepskin rugs from ebay; I wanted the Ikea TEJN rugs which are actually super cheap but sadly I live no where near Ikea and they don't sell them online so I found some that were identical, just a different brand on ebay
Gray dresser from Walmart, used gold rub and buff on the plastic drawer pulls so now they look like gold metal!
Gold leaf lampshade from Target
Hello pillow from Hobby Lobby
Heart pillow from Walmart
Gray smile pillow from Target
Rocking chair Craigslist find that just happened to match other paint colors perfectly
Cube bench and bins Threshold from Target (I made the cushion using foam from Michael's and a yard of Birches fabric from Hawthorne Threads to match the changing pad)
Book shelves are spice racks from IKEA painted Valspar Hint of Mint, those you can order online
Silver and Gold Star wall decals all found on deals at Jane.com
Changing table another Craigslist find I used rub and buff to paint the top gold and gold washi tape used on drawer fronts, and replaced knobs with some from Hobby Lobby. Wish I had a before and after since it looks so different from when I purchased it.
L and R letters were clearance finds at Michael's
Wood chalkboard signs were wood slices purchased from Hobby Lobby and then painted with chalkboard paint
Though she but little...Etsy seller Makewells
Love sign from Hobby Lobby
I love you more than all the stars and He counts the stars...Etsy seller INVITEDbyAudriana
Let Him Sleep...Etsy seller ZoomBooneCreations
Follow that Dream sign from Hobby Lobby
Deer heads were actually just $3 paper mache from Hobby Lobby that I painted and then used gold and silver leafing paints, I added a little flower to the pink deer and a little bow tie to the blue deer
L and R marquee lights, from Hobby Lobby, painted to match rooms colors
ABC wall banner from Target
Love is Everything canvas from Walmart
Light fixture, Lowes (another item I wanted from Ikea but found one almost identical at Lowes)
Room wall color, Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige
Closet Wall color, Valspar Hint of Mint
I love how the star decals turned out and love the gallery walls. I also love the touches of gold since I feel like they give it that "glam" woodland look I was going for!
If you are on a budget, search and search some more. Every time I found something I loved and it was too expensive, I searched until I found a cheaper version. DIY and upcycle to get a more "upgraded" look if that's what you're going for. If you like the look of gold, seriously look in rub and buff, its so surprisingly easy to use and works on anything. Even the gold frame on the dresser was a paper mache frame from Hobby Lobby that I used the gold rub and buff on and then put a coat of sealer over it. So cheap and so easy!
If you are working in a tiny space like I was (especially for twins), get creative! We tore out shelves in the closet so we could turn the closet into a changing area.