For the longest time I couldn’t figure out what I wanted this nursery to be. I only knew that I wanted something soothing and simple and gray. And I wanted to keep it inexpensive because hey, when you’re choosing between dropping some bucks in the college fund or blowing $500 on nursery bedding….yeah I’m in the college category.
As it turned out, “soothing and simple and gray” was inspiration aplenty to create the space I’d hoped for.
Of course to really appreciate it, you have to see this room back when it was a thrown-together playroom.
Nearly every decor detail of this room was either hand made or repurposed from elsewhere in the house.
You may remember the gray striped dresser from our Craiglist makeover post, and this sweet metal painted bin was given me by a friend who’d used it for years as a magazine holder in her living room.
I love using little baby clothes as decor, and these are two of my favorite outfits…from my mom when we were expecting our first boy. Why not display them on the wall and get more aesthetic use out of them?
Don’t have one of those fancy schmancy label makers? No worries. To keep organized I just printed these on plain white paper, cut them out and taped them on the drawers. (Now let’s hope we can stay organized!)
The two frames above the changing area I’ve had for ages in black, but sprayed them white. There’s nothing in them yet because we’re staying mum about baby’s name and his initials will go here.
I cleaned out the master closet and reorganized it, freeing up a shoe rack that I decided would do the trick here in the nursery to provide some extra storage space.
Love this caterpillar from my friend Courtney and these colorful books from a shower my office threw me.
Now IF we hadn’t had to buy a crib, this would have been the cheapest room makeover I’d ever done, ringing in at $125.52.
Here’s the breakdown:
$17.55 handmade stencil wall art
$6 handmade bird silhouette art
$16.99 gray blanket to cover a chair we already had
$12.99 gray/white striped pillow from Homegoods
$7.99 lampshade from WalMart (I recycled the lamp base from a friend and painted it, and embellished the shade with some scrap ribbon)
$24 for 2 changing table baskets at Target
$40 paint from Sherwin Williams
- – -
But alas, we didn’t have a crib and needed to “splurge” on a WalMart $140 jobbie. This took our grand total to $265.52. (I searched Craigslist in vain for a crib that met the new safety standards with the stationary side rail, but couldn’t find one and didn’t want to risk it.)
The beauty of this neutral and serene palette is that I can punch it up with any color I want when we’re ready to transform this room to something more energetic and boyish!
Okay, one more time with the Before and After because I can’t get enough of it!