Nursery Decor, on a Budget!

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Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

Hello, friends!

I really wish I had this blog a year ago when I was preparing for and decorating Jade’s room. I had SO much fun creating personal touches to add to her room decor. Did you know that babies are expensive? Did you just laugh out loud? If so, you must be a parent!  But still, we didn’t have a lot to spend to get her room ready for her. Even though her room has been done for quite awhile, I thought I’d share my 2 cents about nursery decor, on a budget! But first, here’s a few pictures of what her room looks like.

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

I really wanted a peach and mint room. I decided to paint the walls peach, with accents of mint and gray throughout the room.

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

I just couldn’t cut that little peanut out of the picture! She counts as decor too, right?

Shelf straightened

The adorable tree picture above this shelf was a gift from the hostesses at my baby shower. All the guests used their thumbprint and signed their name as the tree leaves! I love how it turned out.

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

My favorite part of the room, the dresser! I’ll go into more detail on that in a minute.

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

This teething rail guard on the crib is amazing. Not that she’s using it yet, but is it weird that I’m actually excited for her to? Mainly because I made it and for cheap! It’s just fleece cut and tied on. I used this tutorial at Jane Marie Photography. Incredibly easy! I saw a cute rail guard that matched my bedding that I wanted to get, but for $30! No thank you, I’ll make my own for $5 instead. I still need to make ones for the crib sides, but I’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I fear that will be way. too. soon.

Ok, so the dresser. Isn’t it pretty?

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!  I had seen so many cute colored dressers on Pinterest, and I had to have one. I got onto Craigslist and found an old sturdy wooden dresser for $50. I brought it home and got to work! Since I was pregnant and really didn’t feel like putting any time or energy into sanding, I found this amazing primer. No sanding required!

Primer

It’s called Zinsser Cover Stain Primer, and I found it at Home Depot.  If you were being lazy like me, seriously use this primer. Just be careful, it’s oil based so it’s messy. Use a brush you can throw away, there’s no point in trying to save it! I think it was $8 for the quart. Well worth it!

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

I decided to keep the old looking handles, as I thought it gave the dresser character. This minty dresser probably cost me about $65 total (with paint and primer), which is FAR less than some I’ve seen for a few hundred! And because it was old, it’s super well made with sturdy wood, which I wanted since it also doubles as our changing station.

Finding cute wall art can sometimes get expensive. So, why not take advantage of free printables on Pinterest?

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!  I found a couple sayings, a couple Bible verses, and some butterflies that I printed on card stock. Then, I went to one of my favorite places, Goodwill, and found these 7 frames. I spray painted them all white and, voila! Wall art that cost a total of about $18. The spoon on the bottom was a gift, and it has Jade’s name and birth date.

Jade’s mobile is a little different than most mobiles. We didn’t really have a “theme” or “animal” per say for her decor, so we decided to have a few butterflies around the room.

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!  This was actually a wind chime that I found on clearance at TJ Maxx, for only $7.99. Score!  It had bells hanging on the butterflies, but I took them off. It was originally a copper color, so I painted the chains and ring silver, and  the butterflies mint. We used a sturdy hook in the ceiling to hang it from.

Jade loves to touch the butterflies when we’re getting ready for naps. Who says a mobile needs to play music and wind up/rotate? As long as it’s visually interesting, it still gives the baby something to look at!

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

I love this wall art hanging above her crib because it’s so simple. Can you guess where the frame is from? Yep, Goodwill! This frame has gotten a ton of use – we used it in our maternity pictures, and I use it to take Jade’s monthly growth pictures as well! I just spray painted it white.

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

I had also found a pack of three new canvases at Goodwill for $3, so I used one and found this gray chevron fabric to cover it with. I then cut a “J” out of cardboard, and wrapped it in pretty mint yarn. The orange butterfly I found in a 4 pack at Michael’s for $2 on clearance. Not only was it easy, but it’s cute! (And cheap!)

I am in love with these gorgeous coffee filter flowers! They were really cheap and easy to make, too. Coffee filters are under $2 for 200+, so you really can’t go wrong. I followed this tutorial from U Create to make them.

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

Then, I painted the inside of a mason jar with mint paint, and added a piece of leftover chevron fabric to make it a little more exciting. I also glued on one of those cute little butterflies! this probably cost me $3 to make, since I had most of the materials. The little tray was a Goodwill find, too!

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

Banners are amazing and easy decor. And, they’re super cute! I made these using a free banner printable from Shanty 2 Chic. I printed the letters out on a peach colored paper, then cut larger triangles in a pretty gray fabric to glue behind. Clothes pins from the Dollar Store are a great way to hang it from twine. I added another one of those butterflies for a little extra excitement, and done!

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

I just used wooden push pins to hang it on the wall, and tried to cover them a little by tying a bow with the twine.

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

Books are another great decor item for cheap. Chances are you’ll get plenty for your little one, so stack them flat for a more fun way to store and display them.

Have you seen those beautiful Pottery Barn wooden ruler growth charts? They are amazing, but spendy. I think I saw them for $60! I really wanted one for Jade’s room, and I had the perfect little wall to put it on. However, I wasn’t about to pay that much.

Nursery Decor - on a Budget! Tips on how to decorate without spending a fortune!

So, I found an awesome DIY tutorial on how to make one at 517 Creations. It’s super easy to follow, though I tweaked it a little. It’s cheap too, just buying the wood was all I needed and was only $8! I used a sharpie instead of a paint pen to color in the numbers, which worked great. I also made my own wood stain using vinegar and steel wool, and a black tea stain as well. It came out better than I expected! I even made a second growth chart to have ready for when we decide to have another baby. I like to think ahead!

There are so many ways that you can decorate a nursery (or really, any room!) on a budget. It just takes a little creativity and time, but in the end, it’s so worth it! I think it makes you appreciate the room more too, because it’s  your OWN handiwork! Maybe someday Jade will appreciate it too. :) Hope you all have a great rest of the week!

Do you have any nursery decorating tips for a budget?

(To see more fabulous kid’s room decorating ideas, visit HERE!)

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42 comments

  1. Shelly says:

    Loving your color combo – mint and peach is delish! And your adorable green dresser reminds me of the one I painted for my son’s nursery.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you! As soon we found out it was a girl, I knew I HAD to have mint and peach. I love painting furniture; that way, we get exactly what we want for SOOO much cheaper! Have a happy Friday :)

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, Kim! So glad you came to look! Budget decorating can be more fun, I think! It’s like a challenge, and I love challenges. :) Have a great Saturday!

  2. Amanda {Burlap & Babies} says:

    Hi Amanda! I featured you at our Motivational Monday party this week. Thanks so much for sharing!

    I loved to see what you came up with. I’m expecting in November and currently working on putting together my little ones nursery on a budget so loved reading your tips! Thanks again!
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    • Amanda says:

      Hi Amanda! (Fantastic name! :))
      Yay! Thank you so much!! When in November are you due? My little one was born November 3rd. Putting together a nursery is SO FUN! Hope you were able to take away a few tips for yours! :)
      Amanda

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Selene, you’re so sweet! So glad you liked this post, and for stopping by!! Glad to connect with you. :)

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, AmieJo! I looked all over for a growth chart I liked, too. I was so glad I found the one I did! It’s really easy to make, too. Just a little time consuming but worth only paying around $10! Have a great evening! :)

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, Bismah! I agree, babies really DON’T have to be as expensive as most people thing! Thanks for visiting, have a great Sunday! :)

  3. Adrian says:

    I love your decorations! So cheap and easy. I never thought to SPRAY PAINT picture frames! I have so many and won’t hang them because they don’t match anything. Dollar Store, here I come:)

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you! Yes, I’ve spray painted SO many thrift store frames. I can’t remember the last time I bought a new one!

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