Decorating a Nursery on a Shoestring

Last week we finished up the nursery for our little girl due in September. This time around I wanted to make sure that I did this cost-effectively because as my husband put it, “she isn’t going to know if her room was decorated.” So I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration and tackled this new project being mindful of cost. Here’s a look at what we did:

Furniture: Many things I read talked about getting two of many things when you are expecting a second child so close together with the first. I’ve decided to make things cost effective and NOT go with that. Our little berries will be 15 months apart and I think that I can get by without the large furniture costs of another crib. 


Tyler slept in a Lulyboo until about 6 months (one of our best purchases!).  We eventually put this in his crib, but it could just have easily been in his pack-n-play, or anywhere. So my first cost-saving measure was to use the same crib furniture. We moved it already into her room, but Tyler is just sleeping there because it’s cooler in the lower level. We spent the money instead on a twin bed that he will move into once she is about 6 months. This was also cost saving over a toddler bed. We found a reasonably priced one at Shopko and a guard rail at Goodwill.


We did buy her a dresser, but otherwise we moved the rocking chair and changing table all from Tyler’s room to her room. Avery moved downstairs to the guest room so we were able to make use of her white shelves that were left behind. 


Decorations: Here I worked to save money this time as well. We used the same grey theme that Tyler had and this time accented in lavender instead of navy. My husband wasn’t too thrilled to paint this room again (we had just painted it six months prior for Avery), but I won that battle.

 I was able to use the curtains Tyler had in his room and tie them with purple ribbons instead. We also used the same crib bedding as it was white and grey chevron.


Last time I spent money on prints from Etsy, but this time I didn’t want to do that. Instead, I went to Google and typed in “free nursery prints purple.” My selection was more limited, but I was able to find a few cute prints that I printed at home and the cost: FREE!

Then it was time to turn to Pinterest for some inspiration. I wanted to make some decorations for her room. Mainly, I had my eye set on a cute dahlia flower canvas and a hair piece holder. I didn’t want to spend the Etsy prices, so I made something myself. I also used Pinterest for inspiration to make her a hanger for all her headbands and barrettes. 

Next we headed to Michaels craft store where we were able to make the monogram for above her crib. IMG_3722The letter and backing are from the craft store. We used grey and purple spray paint for that and for a lamp shade we already had. While we were at Michaels, we also got the lavender ceiling decorations. They were a Martha Stewart collection for parties. 


Finally, I made a few Goodwill runs to find lavender accent pieces, pillows, and other accessories to finish the room off. Who would have known how hard it is to find little girl things in purple instead of pink!

I’m pretty happy with how things turned out AND how I spent very little in the process! Now comes the hardest part…waiting three more months for our baby girl to arrive!


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