With Baby #3 on the way and one income, we were on a budget. But I have never had a real nursery/baby room that I have designed and decorated so I really wanted to do it this time. The room was blue, so I knew that paint would be a must. I did not want to go gender neutral, so hopefully she likes pink :) Muscle Man learned how to put in a simple chair rail and had the room transformed in a couple days. The paint and supplies were a bit more than I would normally spend but I think it makes the room look classy and will really grow with her.
The crib and changing table came from a friend, and the mattress from another buddy. Since this was our guest room there is a Queen bed in the room, which we will keep for a while. I spent a bit on the dresser but it is something she will have for a long time and I got it on SALE so it really was not too much.
Grandma bought her first Piggy Bank when we went on a short vacation in April, I had the baby girl frame in my hope chest and found the cute board book and rattle cheap at Marshalls.
The room has changed a bit as we have received more toys, gifts, etc. I love the peaceful and tranquil vibe that I get when I walk in. This is a space that will grow with her and that I hope she will love and be proud of. We will have her in our room in the bassinet for a few months but the room is ready when we are.
Tips on how to save $ for a baby nursery:
- Ask for hand-me downs: You may have a friend, co-worker or family member who would love to give you furniture, decor or gear for baby.
- Check out the Garage Sales, Craigslist, secondhand or consignment and facebook forums: People are always selling lightly used items, if the timing and price is right you could save a lot of money. Safety and cleanliness are a top priority so be sure to do your homework for any recalls, etc.
- Shop Around: I live down the street from Marshalls and frequent it often. Going back regularly I end up finding some great things at low prices.
- Re purpose: Do you have an old frame in a box, or a basket in the corner? Think about what you already own and if it could be painted or simply dusted off and used in a new space.
- Forget about name brands: Yes everyone may want a BOB, but at the end of the day if you are on a budget it may not fit for you. Do what is right for you and your family. Our baby girl's closet has many items from Target because the price is right.