So a couple of weeks ago I shared Adam’s Nursery! Eeek! Still so excited it’s finished! I wish I could sleep in there, it’s the only room in the house that is fully decorated! I still plan on painting the trim white eventually, but that is a long process and I’m working my way through the house!
So when we first found out we were pregnant, we knew there wasn’t much in the budget for a nursery. With two older kids and knowing we were about to have to buy a house and get out of our rental, it just wasn’t in the cards. Then we found out it was a boy, and I pretty much immediately knew what I wanted to do, so I started shopping garage sales, thrift stores, and my own house!
A DIY Nursery on a Budget
Honestly, most of it is from garage sales and thrift shops. I am pretty sure I listed everything in the room, but if I left it out, it’s because it was something I already had.
My main inspiration piece for this room was the wooden train. It belonged to my husband when he was little and it is just so “me”. I love old beat up things! It feels like they have a story you know? And what a better place to have a story than a nursery!My sister gave me that little wooden sign when she came up to visit when Adam was born. That quote is one of my favorites for a nursery! It is more than true, and we love Adam more and more each day!
Dresser – Tutorial Here – Painted in Creme De Menthe from Mainson Blanche $25
Shelves – Garage Sale Find Painted in $2
Green Tool Box – Garage Sale Find $5
Both Maps – Knick of Time – $3.75
Wooden Hanger – Purchased Here $5
Clock – Pick Your Plum $10
Wooden Sign – Purchased at Shopko GIFT
Vintage Camera – Thrifted $3
Mini Globe – Hobby Lobby $4.50
Big Globe – Garage Sale $3
Old Wooden Train – My Husband’s when he was a kid FREE
The wooden arrows were the first thing I made for this room, and probably one of my favorites! I can’t even tell you how I thought to make those, it was like it was just in my head and I had to create it. Probably one of my favorite projects to date! The crib, I listed here, but it was actually the same crib I used for my daughter, so that wasn’t an expense I had when putting together the room, but if you are putting together a nursery I thought it might help with budgeting ; ) The curtains were one of the most expensive things in the room, but I love them. They look even better in person too! Try to to focus on the ugly trim! I hate that stuff!
Curtains – Tutorial Coming Soon! $50
Rocking Chair – Garage Sale Find $5
Wooden Arrows – Tutorial here – Approx $15
Crib – Tutorial here – $50 (Used with my daughter) Painted in Silver Mink from Maison Blanche
Crib Skirt – Tutorial here – Approx $20
Crib Blanket – Garage Sale Find $2
The paint I used was actually sent to me free of charge from the fabulous Maison Blanche! Seriously love that paint… and the colors I used. If you are looking to try some new paint, give it a shot! You don’t even have to sand your furniture and I’m all about finishing the project as fast as possible!
Barameter – Garage Sale Find $6
String Art – Tutorial here – Supplies on hand + $2
Little Box – Hobby Lobby $2.50
Paint – $70
GRAND TOTAL: $283.75
My Out of Pocket Expense: $163.75 (minus the crib and the paint)
You just can’t complain about that! Now if I can just do all the rooms in my house for this much ; ) I’m sure trying. Next up on my list is our dining/kitchen area! So excited to share that with you. Hopefully later in the spring when I can get outside more.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY Nursery!
To see more photos, be sure and check out the full nursery reveal!
Ann C says
Love the arrows, and they go well with the curtains chevron pattern. Just an idea I had was if you wanted to change it up a little you could take the middle arrow out and put a dowel in between the front and back ones to make it look like an arrow. Love the color of the changing table.
Thanks Ann! That could be a fun idea to change it up later on! Thanks for stopping by!
lynn cockrell says
I love the colors of your nursery. Soft and sweet, but with a touch of the masculine with the brown and wood accents.
Thank you Lynn! The wood accents are my favorite part! I usually love everything to be white buy I have been into dark stain lately! : ) Thanks for stopping by!
I love your nursery!! The colors are beautiful! Love the train, arrows, maps and globes. Incredible!!
Thank you! I kinda want this for my room… haha! At least the colors ; )
Love this nursery!!! What paint color did you use on the walls and dresser???
Thank you so much!! The walls I’m not sure, they were already that color when we bought the house, but I’m guessing it’s just a builder’s grade tan. They are a pretty straightforward tan color. The dresser is Creme de Menthe from the Maison Blanche Furniture Paint. You can find the tutorial for the dresser here: https://cherishedbliss.com/how-to-paint-a-dresser/
Love the curtains. Where is the fabric from? Will the tutorial be available soon?
Thank you! The curtain fabric is from OnlineFabricStore.net … I will be doing a tutorial eventually. I’m just in the middle of some pretty big home renovations : )
Do you know the brand of your crib? I’ve been trying to find a spindle crib with a drop side like that and can’t seem to find it :(
I am not sure that you can still purchase those cribs in the US. So if you are in the US I would recommend going to us.gov and checking out their new crib laws. Good luck! (It is now even illegal to sell/give away older cribs.) I do have to say that I love this room!!! And appreciate the budget plan too!!!
yes, there are lots of cribs that are illegal to sale now. I did buy this one used, but I can’t remember exactly where I called, but I checked to make sure this style was still safe by the current standards. I had to order replacement parts to hold the mattress in place and they aren’t allowed to sell parts to cribs that no longer meet safety standers. I’m pretty sure I just googled it though. Hope that helps!
Love this! We are expecting twin boys in May and they will be sharing with their 5 year old brother. We picked up some vintage style posted in Disney World of things like the Monorail and some elements of this travel theme would work perfectly! You lucked out getting the globe for that price I can’t seem to have any luck finding them cheap at garage sales.
Thanks so much! Yours is just going to turn out perfect with those posters! It took me several months to find that globe, lol! I ended up finding one right after at good will for just a few dollars, so you might check their too : )
Rachel Peters says
Great ideas! Thanks for sharing! I just wanted to say that cribs are not $50, that would be a miracle. The least expensive crib I have found at a store is $100 without tax. Just wanted to note that for people checking this blog out and thinking they will find a crib for $50.
Hi Rachel, Yes, cribs are definitely not cheap. Mine was a craigslist find for $50. I see them all the time for around that price if you keep an eye out. I also find good deals at second hand stores.
I found the fabric link – sorry, I was clicking on the wrong one!
Can you tell me what brand your crib is? It’s beautiful and I haven’t found one like it.
Haha… no worries Jenny! Good luck on your crib skirt! Have a great weekend!
Such a cute room. I love the decor. I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this in a nursery roundup if you don’t mind.
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