6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Baby Girl Nursery on a Budget

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. 

 My Mom had an antique dresser in the back yard that had once been my Grandmothers.  One look at the wood and I had an idea.  Muscle man took pieces and made me a shelf, and added hangers to the back. I found a decal at a local craft store and collected little decor from around the house.
 The Little Studs LOVE to play in their sister's room, it is pretty cute! 
 An old beaded frame with a graphic from a card and her first pair of converse purchased at a consignment store..  Cute shelf decor that will eventually be worn.
 I took this photo in our garden at our old house years ago.  I entered it in a photo contest at work where they blew it up.  Muscle Man took old pallet boards and made them into a frame that I spray painted.  Total cost was $2.78 for the spray paint.
 I loved the shape of the mirror so splurged at Marshalls for $20, the window is small and only took 1 panel which was on sale for $6.98 at Bed Bath and Beyond.  The lamp was $16 from Wal-Mart and is needed since there are no overhead lights in the room.
 Could not pass up this quote for above the window for $5
 I had a gift card and found the pink elephant bedding online at Nordstrom, FREE for nice bedding.  The bumper is from the friend who gifted us the crib.
 I have always loved this quote, wall hanging just $5 at Marshalls..  And it is also pretty humorous because it is above the changing table- get it??  HEHEHE

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.
There you have it.  36 Weeks and awaiting our bundle of joy to arrive. 

6 comments:

Kate @ Life on the Pavement... said...

It looks great! You did an awesome job!

Allie said...

Well, first off, it's been awhile since I've checked blogs so I will start with, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Her room looks really cute. That's awesome that your hubby is so handy, it's so much more personal when you paint and build things yourself.

fancy nancy said...

It looks awesome!!!! Seriously wish I had known...I have a bed set (bumper and dust ruffle) that I would totally send your way!! Let me know!! Pink bumper and white and pink dust ruffle from pottery barn.

dreambigrunner.com said...

NIce, it looks super comfy!!

Lullaby said...
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Lullaby said...

Great look! You can combine clothes so good!! Really! I would like to have such a good taste too, but I'm so bad at this. I usually end up buying a lot of stuff at the store, but then I don't wear them( At least my job at DoMyEssay lets me to buy everything I want to))