Your Dream Nursery on a Budget

Not everyone has the budget to design an extravagant nursery for their little one. I certainly didn't but it came out better than I could have ever imagined. When I was designing my nursery I looked to Pinterest for ideas and then found the most cost effective ways to make them what I wanted. Here are my tips on how to make sure you don't spend a small fortune when getting your nursery ready for the arrival of your tiny human.

floating shelves

1. Keep it Simple

First and foremost, pick a theme and/or color scheme but keep it simple! This is the first step to the design process. When we found out we were having a girl we chose a mostly gray nursery color with white and pink accents and elephants for the animal (factoring in the color gray). Basic, easy colors. I knew that pretty much everything came in those color variants so I wouldn't have to be buying some crazy expensive thing online to go with my nursery theme. I wanted the wall color to be neutral and something that would go with any other accent color.

Eventually when Grace gets older she will want a different feel to her room, but one of the reasons we chose gray and white as the main paint colors is because they will go with whatever she chooses later on. My husband and I didn't want to have to repaint it numerous times as she grows. Once you have your theme picked out, read below and figure out how to start designing on a budget!

2. Repurpose

Baby furniture is so expensive! Like really expensive. Good news though? You have so many budget saving options when it comes to furniture for a nursery. Don't spend hundreds of dollars on designer cribs, changing tables, etc. Use what you already have in your house or items you may find at a flea market or garage sale. I'm telling you, it will save you so much money.

That super old dresser that sits in the basement can be painted and refinished and voila! it's your baby's changing table. An old end table that used to be in your living room? again, refinish it and use it as a night stand next to your rocker, glider or whatever sitting/feeding furniture you have in your nursery.

I got really lucky because my mother-in-law found a piece of furniture that someone had put at their curb on garbage day and it was beautiful. Real wood, barely used and perfect for a changing table. It was in prestine condition. A few scratches but a little sanding and they would be gone. So the actual piece was FREE! Such a steal. She refinished it with the same exact color paint as the crib ($30), ordered new drawer hardware ($10) to make it work with the nursery design and bam! we had our changing table! A changing table for under $50! So incredible. Not only was it inexpensive, it is a piece of furniture that had love put into it and that alone makes it that much sweeter.

repurposed changing table

You could pretty much repurpose any type of furniture you have in your house and use it in the nursery. There are also apps like LetGo and OfferUp where people sell their old furniture for cheap. Items like this are perfect for buying low and refinishing to make it what you want. Just be creative and you will definitely save on your budget.

3. Get Crafty

We all like to think we are a little artistic from time to time and decorating your nursery is the perfect time to be crafty! There are a few ways to do this. If you or a family member are artistic, create your own wall decor. Paint something special for your new bundle. It'll be something that has extra meaning and will look great on the walls.

Another get crafty option is to go to your local craft store and get supplies for some DIY projects for the nursery. It could be as simple as getting some paper prints and frames to hang up on the wall. Pinterest is your best friend for DIY nursery projects. There are endless ideas that you can make your own. Be sure to keep it consistent with whatever theme you picked for a cohesive nursery look.

second hand crib

4. Think Ahead

When deciding what crib to buy remember one thing, your baby won't be a baby forever. Sad to think about, I know. But in order to save money you need to think ahead. The best type of crib to buy (in my opinion) is a convertible crib. This is exactly what you think it is. Your crib will be able to convert into a twin bed as your little one continues to grow. You can get some really decent ones for under $200. This will save you money down the road. By purchasing a convertible crib you won't have to worry about buying a 'big kid' bed for when your little is a toddler and ready to make the transition from crib to bed. Definitely a good investment!

Another option if you don't want to go with that is a second hand crib. Maybe a brother or sister has already had a baby and no longer has any use for their crib and they could gift it to you. That is what we did. Michael still had Julia's crib from when she was a baby and it has been perfect and... FREE! Another huge budget friendly option.

What did you do to save money on your nursery?

See you soon, E