How to Decorate a Nursery on a Budget

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It is Possible to Decorate a Nursery on a Budget

Getting started decorating the baby’s room can be very daunting especially if you need to stick to a strict budget.

It is very doable to have a beautiful nursery even if you have a small amount of money to spend.

Decorating a Nursery is so Much Fun

Decorating the nursery was what I looked forward to the most, and luckily, it was the one thing I got to do before the you know what hit the fan. You can read about the beginning of the s hitting the fan here and here.

I think if I was going to redo my career choice; I would be an interior decorator or an interior designer. Decorating has become a huge passion of mine. Plus, I had been scouring Pinterest for inspiration for 2+ years.

Regardless of what we were going to have one day, there was a plan and a nursery idea, I am a type A after all.

What to Consider When Decorating a Nursery on a Budget

When thinking about the decor of the baby’s nursery, I took into consideration what I was doing throughout the rest of the house too.  This isn’t necessary, but I like a cohesive feel when floating room to room.

We have an industrial/farmhouse theme going on in our house.  But, we have pops of color here and there throughout the house as well.

At the time, I didn’t care for the wood finish on the cribs.  It just wasn’t my style, so my daughter’s room is probably the outlier in the house.

Finally, think about where you want the majority of your budget to go. To the crib? The glider? Dresser? Paint?

Think About the Gender of the Baby (if you know it)

For me, it was important to take the gender into consideration as well.  I personally didn’t want a gender-neutral nursery.  So, this means there would be no buying anything for the nursery until after 20 weeks at least.  This is when we would find out what we were having.

One last thing to consider, do you plan to have more kids?  This can change, but if you answer yes, now, take that into consideration when you are buying nursery furniture.

You wouldn’t want to buy a pink crib for you daughter’s arrival then in a couple of years have to buy a new crib because you are having a boy.  The room itself doesn’t have to be gender neutral, but you might want to think about gender neutral furniture.  Or, at least a gender-neutral crib.

Because this too will save you money in the long run if you do decide to have more kids.

What Do You Want the Nursery Theme to be?

If we were having a boy, I, for some reason, wanted an airplane themed room.  This sport obsessed mama wanted an airplane themed room.  It was so odd, but when I would see airplane themed nurseries on Pinterest, they just spoke to me.  I think this would have complimented the rest of our house nicely.

My husband wasn’t exactly on board with this theme, but maybe he will jump on board if we have another one.

Do you want safari animals, sports, or a princess theme in your baby’s nursery?

Do you want a safari theme, sports theme, racecars/cars theme, farmhouse theme, nature theme (think red and black buffalo plaid), etc.?  If it’s a boy, do you want the room to be centered around different colors and go from there?

If we were having a girl, no matter what pink was going to be involved because well it’s a girl, and it is my favorite color.  I didn’t have a particular theme I wanted for a girl’s room.  I wanted it to be girly and child-like, but also something that would grow with her as she got older.

So, there were not going to be safari themes and baby animals in our daughter’s future.

The one color that I wanted to make sure that was incorporated regardless of gender was gold.  We have gold touches throughout the entire house.  So, having gold in the nursery, would help in tying it to the rest of the house.

When Considering Your Budget, What Do You HAVE to Have in Your Baby’s Nursery?

There are so many options out there from cribs to dressers, to gliders.  It can be extremely overwhelming.  Knowing where to go to get the best bang for your buck is hard.

Before we can go further, you also need to decide what are your must haves in your nursery.

My must haves were a crib, a dresser, and a glider.

I wanted a nice, durable crib that was reasonably priced and would work for a boy or a girl.

Once we found out we were having a girl, I wanted a pink dresser with gold pulls or knobs.

Gliders have such different styles now.  I wanted it to rock but not look like a rocking chair. What color the glider would be was giving me fits too.  I wanted a pink glider, but I couldn’t picture it close to the pink dresser, so I was torn.

Anything else that would complete the room would come as there was extra money.  This would be pictures, lamps, side tables etc.

Where Can You Go to Decorate a Nursery on a Budget?

I suppose this depends on what you want for your nursery.

Get second hand furniture from family or friends

You can start by seeing if your sister, brother, or cousin have a crib or dresser they are no longer going to use that you can have.  I don’t have siblings, unfortunately.  My cousin’s crib didn’t match the picture I had going on in my head, so my mom took their crib for her house since we live in different states now.

If you are tight with your neighbors, you could always see what baby stuff they have left if they offer or if you are comfortable asking.

Consider the floor model

We got our crib and glider at Pottery Barn Kids.  Our store was closing so we got some amazing deals.

I was hesitant to take a cream glider off the floor where everyone had touched it or rubbed up against it. However, I found a vinegar solution on Pinterest to clean it and you would never know it was ever on the floor of the store.

This is the glider we chose and was a floor sample.

The store was giving 20% off everything in the store plus a percentage off for getting the floor model.  After everything was all said and done, we got the glider for close to 50% off.

Now, this obviously won’t be the case for everyone, but negotiate the price of the floor model. Definitely don’t take full price for a floor model.

Our crib was actually an open box in the back without the hardware. (Makes it hard to put together, right?)  We took the crib, and called the company and told them there was no hardware in our box.  They shipped us new hardware no problem.  But, first, we tried to find the hardware at Home Depot and Lowes, with no such luck.

Examine the floor models for dents, dings, scratches, etc., and seriously consider them.  This will help you save some money.

Buy Buy Baby isn’t the only place to shop

There are so many more options out there now depending on what you want to do and how much you want to spend.

You can shop at Amazon, WayFair, Rooms To Go, Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Joss and Main, baby boutiques. The options are endless.

I said this before, but I just wanted to focus on the crib and glider from a store, and I wanted to find a dresser to refinish.

You could consider second hand stores for furniture and give them a makeover.

This is what the dresser looked like before its makeover.

I actually found the dresser for our daughter’s room at Salvation Army. We spent just over $100 for it.

You could do the same. Do you have furniture around the house that could use an update and work in the baby’s room too?

When it comes to refinishing furniture, I typically like to use chalk paint, and my husband and I usually make our own because there are way more color choices.

This is what the dresser looked like after I changed the knobs and paint

This time however Lowes had the paint color I wanted, so I chose a pre-made chalk paint this time around.

Chalk paint is generally VERY easy to use. The furniture just needs to be clean, and it doesn’t have to be sanded or anything.  The more coats you apply the smoother the feel as well.

**If you want to make your own chalk paint, all you need is 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris mixed with a 1/3 cup of water then mix that with 1 cup of paint be sure to stir thoroughly.

In the end, you have to do what works best for you and your budget, and what is safe for your baby.


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