How we decorated the nursery without breaking the bank #Pimp my kid's room#babies#diy#nursery decor Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jan 26 2011) Guest post by Laura Libert If this bed was in my size, I would totally live here. I just recently finished the nursery for my six-month-old son, Sammy, and I thought I would share some of the tricks that kept my budget from going out of control since it's so easy to get carried away when it comes to this sort of thing. Pick your colors and/or theme first. Early on in my pregnancy I decided that the primary colors to be used in the nursery would be turquoise and aqua regardless of the sex of my baby; I came across the Owls bedding set by Dwell Studio and instantly fell in love with the gender-neutral design. By knowing the general theme of the room way ahead of time, I was able to score some great deals on accessories for the room that would complement the overall look, like this awesome owl bank that I purchased on clearance for $2 at Target. Sammy playing in his new room! Don't be afraid of buying second-hand. I saved a ton of money by purchasing my crib second-hand off of Craigslist. The seller posted all of the crib's information in the ad so I was able to make sure that it hadn't been recalled and I wound up getting an excellent deal on a beautiful crib for a fraction of its original retail price. Thrift stores and consignment shops can be your best friends. This tip goes hand-in-hand with #2. You can really find some unique accessories at these stores, especially if you're going for a vintage vibe in your nursery. A lot of these places carry furniture like the 1930s chest of drawers that is currently pulling double duty as a changing table in Sammy's nursery; a can of paint and a little bit of elbow grease can turn your thrift shop find into something truly amazing. Find new uses for inexpensive things. I was having a really hard time finding a valance for Sammy's room until I had an eureka moment while in Ikea; I found a green fleece throw in their bedding department and really liked the pierced scalloped edging that it had. I pulled out the ever-present swatch of colors that I carried with me and saw that the green was a match. Some iron-on hem tape, scissors and a trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics for the rick-rack trim were all that were needed to make this custom valance–and it cost a grand total of $8 to make. Related Post The Bot's Room The illustrious blogger, soon-to-be mama and previously Offbeat Bride-featured Steampunk Bride, The Pregonaut, did an AMAZING job with her little Bot's room and was stoked... Read more Go "shopping" in your home. Some items in my son's nursery have graced my home for years, like nearly all of the artwork adorning the walls and the George Nelson-style clock (don't worry — it's a knock-off that I found in TJ Maxx). It's a fun and inexpensive way of adding a bit of your personal style into the nursery. Besides, if it's something that you love chances are your child will love it, too. For more photos of Sammy's room and a list of resources, click here! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Laura Libert Laura is a history dork, military spouse, and a new mom. When she's not suffering from a mild case of sleep deprivation, you can find her blogging at L to the third. http://www.el-cubed.blogspot.com PREVIOUS I want to be pregnant… but I don't want to be a parent NEXT Be Who You Are: a book about a transgender child Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Oh holy cow that turquoise dresser you refinished is KILLER. Reply super cute!!!! i love it!!! Reply That refurbished and repainted blue dresser is nothing short of amazing! Beautiful room! Reply Love it! I used a lot of these type of techniques/tips when designing my daughter's nursery, and it yielded an expensive-looking room, on the cheap! Three cheers for sweat equity, and great job!!! Sammy's a lucky boy. 🙂 Reply we did the same thing for my little girl to take her room from baby to toddler. Her room is awesome and it cost us a total of like 75 — that's bedding, furniture, and accessories. Reply I did pretty much the same thing with my daughter's room except I got a majority of my items at the GoodWill, hand me downs, or taken from my other parts of the house. I think the only truly brand new item in there is the crib since a majority of family members who had babies recently moved out of the country/state. Reply Great, now I want to redo my whole house. Thanks for nothing! And of course, those refurnished drawers are amazing! Reply I LOVE decorating posts! Reply Offbeat Home coming soon — yayaya! Reply We are going to try to make a baby soon and this has given me great ideas for the nursery, i love thrift shops and wouldn't dream of splurging on new stuff when you can get so many great things second hand(if only my darling hubby agreed with me!) I was never the kind of girl to dream about my wedding but i've always dreamed about what my bubbas nursery would look like! Many thanks! Reply Thank you all for the lovely comments! Believe it or not, that chest of drawers had been used as a sawing board in my friend's basement before it came home with me–I love how it turned out and it's definitely my favorite thing in Sammy's room! Reply Where did you get the mobile? I love it! Reply The aqua theme is beautiful, and your tourqoise dresser is wow!! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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