So you’ve been dreaming about bringing your little bundle of joy home to the nursery of his/her dreams… Ok-Ok- more like your dreams, but that’s beside the point! But now you’re realizing that between the baby showers, doctor appointments and parenting 101 classes you’ve signed up for, who the hell has the time or money to create a dream nursery?
YOU DO- that’s who!!!
If you’re familiar with some of the leading, designer baby stores (RH Baby and Child, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, Crate & Barrel & Serena & Lily, etc.) than you already know that the nursery of your dreams can easily cost you a small fortune- That’s if you’re foolish enough to let it! But since you’re one savvy mom who refuses to compromise on design or budget, I know you won’t do that!
What kind of “budget” exactly am I talking about- just so we’re on the same page and I don’t waste your time… I spent right around $1,200 for all the major items you see in my nursery & listed in this post. Now I completely understand that $1,200 may still be more than some moms want to spend, that’s what I spent to achieve this look!
Will it take a little planning, spending and effort to create the nursery of your dreams- Duh! But last I checked, you’re pregnant so take this opportunity to kick your feet up and read my simple tips on how I created a super chic dream nursery…. on a dime!
1. DECIDE WHAT LOOK, FEEL & COLORS YOU’RE GOING FOR!
Is cozy, clean & simple your style? Great let’s make it happen!
Are bright colors, geometric shapes & cute animals your idea of fun? Awesome, let’s do it!
Heck maybe choosing a gender specific color is a no go for your gender neutral dream nursery.
For me, choosing my paint color was the super easy part! Listen, this isn’t EcleticMommin.com or VintageMommin.com- This is MODERN Mommin.com- and that means this mama still loves her home to look modern and chic- on a dime! That said, neutrals were the obvious choice for me! So spend an afternoon visiting your local Lowe’s, pick out a few colors you love and please take the time to try a few samples out on your actual wall!
Here’s my paint color if you want to try it…. Olympia Pearl Ash (color D33-1) in eggshell. It’s the perfect warm, oatmeal color with grey undertones.
2. LET’S TALK CRIBS!
In my opinion, the most important part of creating an awe-inspiring room is knowing where to go cheap and where not to. So where did I put most of my nursery budget? I put it into the masterpiece of any dream nursery- the crib! Somewhere between dreaming of a Restoration Hardware crib & realizing their prices where simply not something this mama could swing, I decided to search online (links below to the main secondhand online stores/apps) for a used RH crib & let me tell you the nursery gods delivered!
- Craig’s List
- Facebook Marketplace
- Letgo (app)
- Mercari (app)
- Offer Up (app) If the idea of a used crib kind of grosses you out, you may want to consider that many parents, myself included, have bought beautiful cribs that their little ones have never even slept a night in. This was exactly the case in the crib I bought on Craig’s List and I repeated the cycle because my daughter too has never slept a single night in her crib- no judgments please!
Not only did I find a RH crib I’d been eying for a steal of a price on Craig’s List, but the way it came to me was nothing short of destiny- I’ll make this story short and sweet, but feel free to just skip to the next paragraph too…
My hubby was coaching college basketball at the time. One Saturday morning while scrolling through Craig’s List, I found THE crib! I responded to the post & was ready to negotiate with the seller until I got the worst news ever- the crib was 5 HOURS away from where we lived! Wooomp Woomp- That was a no go! I called my hubby super disappointed that it was too far and that’s when the nursery gods stepped in for me. My hubby then asked where the owner was located. I gave him the name of the town (which I’d never heard of) and to my utter shock- it was exactly where my hubby & the bus with his basketball team were headed! Crazy, right?! I contacted the owner who also “thought it was meant to be” & later that day my used, in mint condition RH dream crib was heading home to me in the back of a basketball bus! LOL.
Designer crib (average cost): $1,000- $3,000
My used RH crib: $500
3. DON’T BE AFRAID OF A PROJECT- OR MAYBE TWO!
One major money-saving tip I can give you is don’t you dare buy a crazy expensive rocker for your nursery- and pssshhh little secret… THEY’RE ALL STUPID EXPENSIVE! Don’t do it! Do what we did (ok, my hubby really did the work but whatever)… convert your own beautiful chair into a glider for a fraction of the cost!
We bought a beautiful and affordable chair with no swivel from Ikea (link below) and then we went on Amazon and bought a swivel to attach to it (link also below). I swear the entire project took him no longer than an hour. Totally worth doing it and literally saved us $1,000 just like that! Just go to Amazon and search for “Swivel Base for Chair”. One quick tip (from the hubby)… make sure any chair you buy has a wooden base underneath because that’s what you’ll have to screw the swivel on to.
https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S59272715/ (Our Ikea chair for $150)
https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80410338/ (Our Ikea chair cover for $30)
Designer nursery glider: $1,200
My Ikea, home-made, glider: A little over $200 (with swivel/glider attachment)
4. ADD TEXTURE, MIX FABRICS & DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF CURTAINS!
Just like a cake needs sprinkles and icing to make it pop, a room needs different textures & fabrics! This part really shouldn’t cost you much at all… not when you can find super affordable rugs, bedding, curtains, etc at your local Home Goods or online at Overstock & Wayfair… All have great options! Just think about incorporating lush textures like; sheepskin (fake of course for us animal lovers, faux fur, satins and velvets) or look for weathered woods and elegant metals.
Here’s the link to the sheepskin rug we bought… It added the perfect touch of GLAM to the room! https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Safavieh-Prairie-Natural-Pelt-Sheepskin-Wool-White-Shag-Rug-3-7-X-5-11/6378519/product.html?tid=BOJ_CT
And here’s a link to the RH satin crib skirt we splurged on…. Again, know where NOT to go cheap! https://www.rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod402092&category=search
Sheepskin rug: $170
Satin crib skirt: $50
Curtains: $40 (from our local Home Goods)
5. ADD A SPECIAL PERSONALIZED TOUCH!
Last thing I did which is truly the most special thing you’ll find in my daughter’s nursery (and the cheapest by the way) was make her something with MY bare hands! Yep, if I did, trust me so can you! While I may not be too shabby at décor, I am the furthest thing from being “crafty”.
I actually made her two special items for her nursery… one was a practical item- a bow rack. I knew with a little girl on the way, I’d likely be neck deep in bows. The other was a decorative letter “M” for her name- Mila! Both of these D.I.Y projects took no more than one hour each to complete and cost roughly $40 total. If you’re interested in making either of these, click over to my “D.I.Y Nursery Projects” page to learn how to make them…
D.I.Y Nursery Projects: $40 (each)
Here’s the dresser I bought. Look for a soft creamy/milky white- not a bright white for a more elegant look; https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Kolcraft-3-drawer-Transitional-Dresser/10001948/product.html
Also don’t forget to search for local FB mom groups to see if others would like to swap or sell used baby gear or check out the local baby consignment stores in your area… You never know what steal you’ll find there.
Ok, that’s it! That’s how I created my dream nursery for a bit over $1,000 and let me tell you- I’ve gotten plenty of oohs and aahs from our guest and I think it packs a pretty good design punch for the price!
May the nursery décor gods be in your favor too!