We intend to keep the boys in the same room for the remainder of the time we live in our townhouse which will be at least 4 to 5 more years so I really wanted the perfect nursery that wasn't too babyish so the boys could easily transition in it once they reach the toddler stage. Also, I didn't want to spend a fortune in the process so between bargain hunting and "Do -It-Yourself" ideas I came up with - this is what I created ; -)
I think boys can turn any house into a jungle so why not their own Safari Jungle Room! I wanted a break from the standard blue for boys.
I'm a DIY Girl all the way and I love a good bargain. Why pay a small fortune for items you can find at a fraction of the cost - all you need is a little creativity.
- The wood letters on the nursery door are plain and unfinished from Michael's for $1 and painted them to match the sage walls. Two walls in the room are creamy beige and the other two are Soft Sage Green.
- I made the Zebra Rug out of Faux Zebra Fur that was priced at $12.99 a yard, I bought 1 yard with a 50% off coupon. I used a hot glue gun and covered a cheap rag rug I found at Homegoods. It was a breeze and I plan on making others for the house in other fabrics.
- The vinyl MonkeyTree wall Decal I fell in love with online at Esty.com. It came in a million pieces but was a breeze to mount on the wall.
- The dresser and mirror were black, I refinished them to match the cribs and replaced the drawer pulls with wooden look pulls from Home Dept for $2.80 ea. It was pretty easy, my husband and I did it in one afternoon.
- The book shelf is a coat rack I found at a thrift store for $8. I left it in it's natural unfinished state. These books are classic children stories I found at a thrift store for $.50 ea. I had to hang the football onesies with Sneaker feet :-) Too Cute!
- This elephant is one of my favorites, I found him online for $19 and I call him Squeezy, I might keep him for myself!
- The wicker chest I got from Homegoods for $20, it holds all the baby blankets for now and will transition into a toy chest when they are bigger.
- The Branch and monkey decal are part two of the tree decal from the other wall
- The “First We Had You” verse is a decal I found on worddecor-n-more.com, it was about $25.
- I had one large purchase in mind that I really wanted and it was a giant stuffed giraffe I found online for $350. But once I set up the cribs I had no room so I made one for the wall out of Faux Giraffe Fur and Oaktage Paper backing. It's 7' tall (bigger then the one at FAO) and a real space saver and it only cost $18 (big difference from the $350 I was going to pay!)
- I couldn't find bedding I liked that didn't look to babyish and they all cost a couple of hundred dollars at least - so I created my own set by mixing and matching different pieces I found online in the exact shade of sage I wanted at jcpenny.com (sheets, Dust Ruffle and Bumper). Every piece was under $25
- I made the curtains out of leaf pattern fabric - and with No sewing! Instead I used fusible web to iron the seams together and it holds strong like cement!!
- The curtain ties are little wooden necklaces I found for $.59 at Christmas Tree Shoppes
- The 3 picture frame was actually a Black 3 section mirror from a discount store that I paid about $27 for and used it as a headboard when the nursery was just a guest room. I refinished it to match the rest of the furniture, turned it portrait side and replaced the mirrors with pictures of baby animals and their mommies that I found on Google :-) All of the pictures I found online I resized, color corrected in Photoshop and printed to size and walla - instant artwork!
- To save space the top draw of the dresser was converted into a changing station - the changing pad will sit on top of the dresser and the drawer will hold all the diapers, wipies and other necessities.
- I found a plain unfinished wooden frame in Michaels for $1 - painted it the same Sage color as the two walls in the room, used a $.69 piece of brown scrapbooking paper for the matting and printed the elephant with baby picture.
- All fabrics and fauz furs were bought at Joanns Fabric Store
My favorite parts of the room is the Giraffe, Zebra Rug and Wicker Chest
Keep an open mind and be as creative as possible - think outside the box. I would have never thought I'd make my own area rug but I did and it was a breeze. Youtube and the internet are invaluable sources for ideas. Best of luck!