Nursery makeover (on a tight budget)

Hooray! I am finally finished putting together our little man’s nursery. Whew. I have to admit, from a decorating standpoint, it isn’t one of the rooms in our house I am super in love with (like my living room), but I am satisfied that I accomplished my mission of creating a peaceful, serene space that invites relaxation and creative play. Just to re-cap … here is what we started with:

As you can see, this room was a catch-all for everything (and also a great place to build forts) :). Now, it looks like this:

I kept the wall color that was there when we moved in – it’s Balsam Beige 96221 (from Walmart) – and I also kept the curtains left by the previous owners (I washed them, of course). I did trim the tassels off the valances (to make them a little less “frou frou”) and I primed and spray-painted the tiebacks in a nickel finish to match the ceiling fixture.

I decided that, with the neutral color scheme going on in the room, a retro vibe would probably work best.

I reused our daughter’s crib. I made it look new again by going over the worn spots with fresh stain. I bought the crib skirt and fitted sheet from Target, using gift cards I received at my baby shower.

One of my favorite pieces in the room is this thrift store artwork I created for above the crib.

Another favorite is this homemade mobile I created from white ceiling hooks, 4-lb. fishing line and model planes purchased at Hobby Lobby.

The large plane is the same type of aircraft (C-130) flown at my Air National Guard base. I love using items in a room that have special significance.

Speaking of significant pieces in the room, I took this F-16 photo while on active duty at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. It hangs above little man’s changing table. He loves to look at it!

On the other side of the room, I hung these tin plane prints, which I purchased for about $12 apiece at

I also love this book nook I created. I bought the shelves at Hobby Lobby for half price ($20 each, I think), using a gift card I got for Christmas. For the deets on that project, click here.

These decorative baskets, which I bought at Home Goods, function well as diaper and toy storage.

This Target basket was previously used as a hamper, but now works as blankie storage.

Overall, the only items I purchased new for this room without any gift cards were the recliner chair (from TJ Maxx) and the changing table (from ebay).

I did spend $89 total transforming little man’s closet space. I kept the cost low by using old parts from other closets. For the deets on that makeover project, click here.

So … what do you think of our little man’s space? Honestly, it is one of the few rooms in our house that I can say is totally finished and organized. Sometimes, when I start to get overwhelmed with all the chaos and mess around here, I like to go upstairs and sit in this room and just … breathe.

I’m linking this up to Beneath My Heart and Seven Thirty Three.

More nursery progress

Last week, I continued to work diligently on our son’s nursery, which is a good thing considering he is almost two months old!

I am determined to finish this room before I move on to any other major projects. I have discovered a bad pattern … I get almost finished with a room and then lose interest and move on, leaving the final details undone. This has happened with my dining room re-do as well as my office re-do. I must stop this vicious cycle!

With that said, let’s look at the latest on what’s been accomplished in baby’s room.

For Christmas, I received a Hobby Lobby gift card from my brother in law, so I headed over there immediately and purchased two shelves, which I used to create this little book nook. (To fully understand my obsession with Hob Lob, read this.) These shelves were 50 percent off and I was able to wrangle another 10 percent discount off one of them because it had a scuff mark on it. After using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and some elbow grease, it is now good as new!

I consider this little vignette functional art! It works well in the room because I’ve kept all the other details neutral and subdued. My goal for this space has been less is more … simple, peaceful and calm. I think kids today are often over-stimulated with toys, media, entertainment and activities. I want to leave room for creative play and imagination.

What do you think of the nursery so far?