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Thrifty Navy, Yellow, Grey Nursery


In general, we prefer to decorate our home with repurposed items we gather from thrift stores, flea markets, or as hand-me-downs. We do this not only because we live on a tight budget, but we prefer the aesthetic and being creative with what we have. Our goal with this nursery was to create a room that fit with the rest of our home, had a clear color theme, and room to easily change things as our little boy grows older.

Design Inspiration

Our inspiration originally were the colors grey, yellow, and white. Once we found out we were having a boy, we added navy to the color palette. Beyond colors, we are inspired by giving old and used items new life and purpose. We love the challenge of not spending too much(or any) money on items.

Decorating Style

Revamp, reuse, repurpose, renew

Project Details

Etsy: yellow/grey chevron quilt, AbC artwork, Crib skirt: used this tutorial, , Paint is the easiest way to transform old dreary items into new items.

Favorite Items

Abacus! My husband wants to find an interesting use for it until our baby boy is old enough to play with it on his own. The funniest idea is to use it as a way to count the daily poop or pee diapers. I also love the fabric wreath because it was made by some very special people!


Color: Keep color swatches with you at all times. I chose the wrong yellow a few times because I was left to my own memory instead of a concrete sample. Understand that it takes time to collect items and fix them up. Gettng free/cheap stuff: besides looking at craigslist, freecycle, or local garage sales, I will often post on facebook that I am looking for an item. I am amazed that usually someone responds and would love to give it away! There is no shame in asking. I also let friends and family know what I am looking for and often they ask around their circle of people or keep me in mind when people give stuff away.


Monday 15th of October 2012

Great job working on a budget and coming up with a cool color scheme.


Monday 15th of October 2012

Nice color choice. I think this is the first time I've seen yellow and navy blue together. It's usually just yellow and white or yellow and grey.