How we decorated the nursery without breaking the bank #Do It Yourself#Families#before and after#furniture#nursery Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Mar 16 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 Leopboard": A boring cupboard turned leopard-print conversation piece I got this small cupboard at an antiques and bric-a-brac market. In this case, the cupboard was in good nick, just a little dull. So... 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 How do you talk to your kids about people kissing on TV? NEXT Incontinence pads saved my new mattress from messy sex Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] this is not only a FAB blue (which is what caught my eye) but a fantastic idea…Now i feel the need to go out and find a dresser (i don't have one) and make it rock!!! Reply Reading this bolg makes me REALLY wish I could paint my walls and had time to do my furniture. I may go Oops!-paint shopping and take on my knock-down and pre-fab furniture with some fun paint colors. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour 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. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.