One of the first challenges, if not the first, in designing the nursery is setting a reasonable budget. Staying within the budget becomes a whole different challenge later on! Having gone through the process myself, I’ve come across various ways to save when designing your baby’s nursery. Here are my top three favorite ways:
1. Craig’s List finds: you can find some amazing pieces for the nursery at amazing prices on Craig’s list. Granted, you’re going to have to be very patient and check back often. Throughout the last two trimesters, my hubby and I checked back regularly. We ended up finding two of my favorite pieces in the nursery: the wooden rocking horse and the vintage radio flyer car above.
Tip: before you head out to meet the seller, make sure to ask the right questions (why are you selling, dimensions, condition, etc) and if possible, request more pictures of the item from different angles. This will save you a lot of time and disappointment.
2. Refurbish it: A typical dresser/changing table in the nursery can cost anywhere from $500 – $2,000. Refurbishing an older item will cost much less! I have not done this myself, but you can find many mommies and bloggers doing this. They find a piece of furniture (typically a dresser) for a steal (from Craig’s list, yard sales, etc) and they give it a new look through applying different finishes as you can see from the pictures above. The result is a unique and beautiful piece that would have cost much more to buy.
Resources: white dresser – green chevron strips dresser – coral dresser
Tip: When looking for a piece of furniture to refurbish, make sure it’s made of solid wood as it is much easier to sand and refinish. Compressed and composite wood can get damaged when sanding or look terrible when a new finish is applied.
3. Free nursery printables: The web is filled with talented folks creating art and putting it up free of charge for us mommies to use! When designing Luke’s nursery, I took some time to create printables with my color pallet. If you don’t have the resources/time to do that, fret not, pinterest is loaded with great quality printables in all styles and colors.
Resources: To the moon and back print – think left print – I love you print - we will never part print – alphabet print – goodnight stars print
I hope these tips will help you save some bucks in the process of designing the nursery! Have a wonderful week ladies!
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