One of the most exciting and fun things to do when planning for your new baby is designing a nursery. If you’re anything like me as soon as I found out that I was pregnant I spent a ton of time building my nursery idea board on Pinterest. Picking out my color scheme, theme and items that I just needed to have for my little girl.
When you start to plan your dream nursery two things become very clear:
#1. Everything costs way more than you thought it did.
#2. Your little one is going to have the best most well designed room in the house.
We all want our baby to feel as comfortable and as safe as possible when we first bring them home. Also, lets be real, the nesting period towards the end of pregnancy is pretty serious and could lead us to spending way more money than necessary in order to create the perfect nursery.
I can honestly say I built the perfect nursery for my little girl and I did it without spending a ton of money. My husband was happy, I was happy and Freya has a beautiful well-organized nursery to call her own. Here’s how I did it:
1. Start with a Plan
I found that it is really easy to spend more when you don’t have any idea what the color scheme or theme of the nursery is. You just end up buying anything cute and there are a ton of cute things out there for new moms trying to design a nursery. Don’t fall into the cuteness trap! Plan out the colors for your nursery and the theme in advance so you can stick to only searching for specific items. For Freya’s nursery I decided I wanted her to have a woodland theme with this color scheme:
2. Find One-Of-A Kind Used Furniture
You can really make your nursery stand out by finding unique slightly used furniture and giving it some DIY love. I promise fixing up a piece of furniture to fit into your nursery can be really simple and cheap! I used local Facebook buy and sell groups to find the perfect antique farmhouse style dresser for my nursery. It was only 30 bucks! It needed some TLC but after some sanding and a fresh coat of paint I was absolutely in love. Here are some before and after pics:
I also found a glider rocking chair in the same Facebook group for $25. Most gliders cost at least $100 brand new. So I saved a bunch and Freya loves being rocked to sleep every day.
3. Craft Stores Are Your Friends
Hobby Lobby saved me so much money when I shopping for nursery decor. Follow their sales and you can save on shelving, pictures, frames and more. I am not endorsed by Hobby Lobby so I can tell you I’m being 100% honest and not being paid to promote them. Hobby Lobby almost always offers 40% off 1 full priced item if you visit their website and print off the coupon. While you’re there you can see what is on sale this week. Also, you can bet that if an item you want is not on sale this week it will be the following week. So it’s worth it to wait on the sales. I really wanted Hobby Lobby’s floating cloud shelves for my nursery so I waited until they were 40% off. They also had some slight scuff marks on them so the cashier took an extra 10% off for me. I ended up getting all 4 shelves for $30. I also purchased frames, Disney Princess artwork and wall flowers. Everything I always bought for 40% off or more. So in total I spent just under $80 for everything.
5. Think Outside the Box
I didn’t want to go through the trouble of painting our nursery because we live in an apartment and we only plan of renting for another year. Paint can also be expensive and messy. So I searched for other options and found birch tree vinyl removable decals on Etsy. They gave my nursery the theme I wanted and I could pick the color of the trees and the birds. I also am a huge Harry Potter fan and I didn’t know how but I knew I wanted to include something Harry Potter in my nursery. I found a vinyl decal quote from Dumbledore on Etsy around the same time I was ordering the birch trees. I was thrilled and it ended up costing way less than it would've to paint the whole nursery - around $100 for both decals. I will insert a slight warning here about large decals - make sure you have help. They can be really difficult to apply but once their in place they can make the theme of your nursery stand out and look professionally done. I luckily had my husband to hang the shelves and apply all the decals. It was so sweet seeing him carefully apply them and take so much time to work on the nursery. He wanted everything to be perfect just like I did.
6. Don’t Forget About Your Registry
It’s easy to want to just go out and buy everything for your nursery right away but don’t forget about your baby registry. Give family and friends a chance to buy things that you may need for your nursery. Things like crib bedding can be expensive for no reason other than businesses know that it’s something you’ll need to buy. I added my crib bedding to my registry and one of our family members was very excited to buy it for us. My mother also wanted to purchase our crib so we didn’t spend a dime on the crib or the crib mattress, which a friend also purchased for us. I saved a bunch of money this way and I know it’s tempting not to wait for your baby shower but it’s worth it and you’ll find that your family and friends want to play their part in helping you design your nursery too.
The Finished Product:
Scroll down for a few pictures and a video of how my nursery looked when it was finished. I felt so prepared and happy that I had a beautiful place to spend time with my baby when I brought her home. One last tip: I highly suggest not waiting until the last min to start designing your nursery. It takes time to find bargains and having your nursery ready early helps to calm your stressed out preggo brain.
Have any questions about how I designed my nursery? Want to share some tips or pics of your nursery? Leave all the love in the comment section below!