A Stylish Nursery on a Budget

Today I’m going to share with you a room I’m super proud of…Kai’s nursery! I’m not only proud of it because it’s really cute (if I do say so myself 😉 ) but because most of the items I used were extremely affordable! I am a firm believer that you do not have to spend a ton of money to get a beautifully decorated room.

Just look at my sweet boy at 11 days old…I’m having all the Mom feelings as I write this post!

The walls are painted a bluish-gray from Sherwin Williams called “Debonair”. My bonus daughter actually had this room before Kai and she picked out this paint color! It just happened to be perfect for Kai’s nursery too and I was elated that we didn’t have to repaint! I really love that it’s a blue but it’s not “in your face” blue. It has a really great gray undertone that keeps it semi-neutral. I’m glad it’s a color that can grow with Kai and not something that we will have to paint over in a few years.

The crib is probably my favorite piece and it’s from Wayfair. I wanted to stick with the same tones as the hardware in our house, which is an oil rubbed bronze. I like that it’s got an industrial feel yet it’s almost antique looking at the same time. It also has the ability to attach a side bar for a toddler as well as turn into a full sized bed later on- again, trying to make it as functional as possible for when he gets older.

 

The bunny print above his crib was ordered off of Etsy from this seller. I just sent it to our local printshop and had it printed in poster size. The frame is from IKEA!

Also from IKEA are the bookshelves next to the crib, the bar above his dresser, the table side lamp, and the little bins next to the changing pad. The “bookshelves” were actually not made to be for books, but are marketed as picture shelves. I think they work great for books! I like that these allow the books to be displayed and they add a fun pop of color to the otherwise neutral room.

I’m sure if you’re familiar with IKEA, you’ve seen that wall bar before. Usually it’s seen with their cute little pots hanging from it. I chose to buy wire baskets from Hobby Lobby and hang those on it instead. I felt it was really important to have everything we would need in reach of the changing station and it’s been very convenient to have it set up that way!

The dresser was purchased from a local furniture refurbisher. Most of the furniture pieces in our home are older pieces that have been re-finished. I love the character they add and I just don’t think they make furniture like they used to (insert my Grandma voice).

The wood shelf above the IKEA bar with the baskets hanging from it is from World Market. We chose to hang the shelf and bar close together so they look like one piece.

The little side table the lamp sits on, the white faux fur rug, and the curtains are all from Home Goods. Their inventory changes often and I took many trips over a span of several months looking for exactly what I wanted!

There are two items I didn’t stick to the “budget” on. I say budget in quotes because I didn’t really have a set amount I wanted to stay under. I just tried to keep most things at a lower price point 🙂

I don’t regret it, but the rocking chair was our most expensive purchase. I knew this bad boy would get A LOT of use so we invested in a La-z-boy. It’s not the most stylish chair in the world but sometimes comfort trumps style. When it’s the middle of the night and you’re like the walking dead you’re going to want something comfy! There are many budget friendly options on Wayfair and I’ll also link a nice one from Target. A big reason we bought a La-z-boy was because I like to sit in furniture before I buy it!

Also, his bedding is from Pottery Barn and it wasn’t exactly cheap. I bought a quilt, sheet, and crib skirt from there. I have no idea why I was so stuck on him having a full bedding set…he won’t use the quilt portion until he’s at least a year old (it’s still in the packaging) and the sheets get changed so often! I do really like the crib skirt though and I would definitely buy it again. Part of the reason I went with this set in particular was because I found it very difficult to find neutral options. However, learn from me and don’t worry about bedding so much! You really just need a few crib sheets!

 

My Tips for Creating the Budget Friendly Nursery of Your Dreams

  • Have a vision and get started early. Browse Pinterest and save rooms you like for inspiration. Make lists of what you need and don’t forget to keep measurements, color swatches, and inspiration with you to refer to while you’re shopping. Getting a head start on your room helps a lot when you are on a budget, because you can just spend a little money at a time as you collect your pieces. This will also give you time to compare items and think about it before purchasing. I’ve found that feeling like you’re out of time is a budget killer!
  • Choose pieces and colors that will last beyond the baby years. Yes, that room with baby decor is adorable, but are you going to be ready to totally re-decorate a couple years from now? Sometimes spending a little more money now is going to save you money later on. Kai’s crib is a good example of furniture that can be used long term. We hopefully will never have to buy him another bed because this crib will work through his teenage years and it’s incredibly solid. I also plan to use the rocking chair in a different room later on, so that also helped me justify the price!
  • Don’t be afraid of second hand. One mom’s trash is another mom’s treasure! Somewhere along the line, someone decided to get rid of that dresser we bought for Kai and the lady I bought it from scooped it up and brought it back to life! If you’re handy at re-furbishing, you can make old furniture look like new again. Visit places like flea markets and yard sales. You never know when you might come across the perfect item!
  • Ask other moms what you truly need. Utilize communities like the Five Plus Kai Facebook Group to get some insight when you’re making your shopping lists. Ask your best friends or family to help you weed out the items you probably won’t need or use.

What are your tips for creating a nursery (or any room) on a budget? Let me know in the comments!

I’ve added the products I mentioned or similar items below.

All the photos in this post were taken by a team of great photographers (who happen to be sisters) at Now and Then Photography, located in Peoria, Illinois. They shot our wedding as well as Kai’s newborn photos and we love them! You can view their site here. Please let them know I sent you!

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