Doing up the girl's nursery DIY style has been not only gratifying, but also saved us some big bucks! Here are some final pictures… and at the bottom of this post, I've given a breakdown of the cost of each item and it's source.
The truth is, we started with the mustard walls… and had NO idea where we would go from there. I'm not one of those people that dreams up a full mood-board in my head in advance. I'm a design-as-I-go kinda girl. It works for me. But you were skeptical in the beginning… weren't you!?! Don't lie!
But I did know I wanted a Jenny Lind crib, and I waited a good long time to find one for CHEAP! I was originally going to paint it a bright cheery color, or white… but when I fell in love with the white paisley eyelet fabric for my DIY pumper pad and crib skirt, I knew the crib needed to be black!
When I found the curtain fabric, it was a no-brainer! I loved the turquoise with the mustard, such an unconventional combination!
But things were becoming a little too gender neutral for my taste. So why not throw in some pink! The room really started to come together when I made the obnoxiously large tissue paper mobile.
The changing table project was a special treat. If you missed that post, I encourage you to catch up here. I wanted to pull the damask pattern from the curtains into the changing table somehow, and I loved the idea of doing it asymmetrically.
I think I've covered all the major items in the room, and you can always go to the individual posts for each item/project by clicking the links I provided.
Wall Paint – $23 – Better Homes and Gardens Paint: ‘Tan Almond'
Jenny Lind Crib and mattress – $40 – craigslist
~ paint for crib – $11 – Krylon glossy black
~ fabric for bumper pad and crib skirt – $60 – Joann Fabric (on sale)
~ foam bumper pads – $26 – walmart.com
Fabric for curtains – $42 – Amazon.com or HERE
~ Curtain rods and hardware – $43 – Walmart
Reclining Lazy Boy Rocking Chair – $25 – craigslist
Tissue Paper Mobile supplies – $10 (see post for full tutorial)
Changing Table – FREE (out of my grandma's barn)
~ wood to rebuild/reinforce rotting changing table – $40 – Menards
~ paint – already had
~wrought iron shelf brackets – $18 – Hobby Lobby (on sale!)
~ shelf wood – $7 – Menards, particle board
~ homemade quilt – FREE – Grandma
~ paint chip bunting – FREE supplies!
~ doily garland – $2 – garage sale doilys and twine
~ floating shelves/book rack – $10 – designed and built by husband!
Patchwork Stuffed Animals -homemade by mom – can be purchased HERE
Chandelier – $15 – craigslist
~ paint – $4 – Krylon: ballet slipper
~ white wall paint – already had
~ rope lighting – $11 – Walmart
~ plastic crates – $6 – Dollar Tree
Grand total for furnishing, decorating and accessorizing: $393
The best part of this nursery is that we poured ourselves into it and created memories in the process, making it such a sentimental labor of love for our girls that we worked so hard to conceive. We fashioned it to be not-too-cutesy so it can grow with them. Not to mention, the color scheme can easily be converted to accommodate a possible future baby boy by simply losing the pink accessories and replacing with navy blue or charcoal gray. In fact, I look forward to that very much! (but not till the girls are potty trained!!)
This concludes our lengthy nursery saga, a journey that we've loved every minute of! In the weeks before the girls were born, I found myself wandering into the nursery just to look at it. I would stand over the crib and imagine my princesses sleeping soundly. And now it's a reality. Our biggest accomplishment yet.
And because everyone loves a good before and after: