When you're expecting, there are so many things to think about. Aside from all the preparations for the baby's arrival, you probably have a bunch of ideas swirling around in your head about how to decorate the nursery. With all the costs associated with bringing a baby into the world, pricey nursery decor might be out of reach, or at least an unwise extravagance.
Luckily, there are a number of creative ways to create a charming nursery without depleting your savings. Check out these tips to create a gorgeous budget nursery:
- Paint Existing Furniture
You don't have to sacrifice on charming furniture if you can't afford to buy all new pieces. You can easily take an existing piece of furniture, such as a dresser or night stand, and breathe new life into it with a fresh coat of paint. Just be sure to buy non-toxic paint that's safe for kids.
If you don't already have such pieces laying around, you might be able to snag one at a local garage sale or thrift store. Adding a new coat of paint is not only a great way to renew an old rocking chair or armoire, but it's also an easy way to add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space. This is especially helpful if you're keeping the baby's gender a surprise until delivery, and need to keep the room neutral!
- Dust Off the Sewing Machine
Making your own pillows, bedsheets, comforters and drapes can really help you save a bundle. If you have t a little experience with a sewing machine, by all means, use it! You don't have to be a professional or tailor to sew a few straight lines on hems. By sewing all your own textiles in the nursery, you have a lot more creative freedom and fabric selection. You'll be able to create a fully customized nursery for your baby.
- Channel Your Inner Artist
If you've ever gone shopping for artwork for the walls, you already know how expensive such pieces can be. Why should you blow your hard-earned dollar on buying art prints when you can make them yourself? Not only is it cheaper, but it also helps you to really personalize the space with your own touch. You can get some inspiration from websites like Pinterest, or simply rummage through a consignment store. You don't even have to be an artist – you can even cover wood boards with pretty fabrics with creative patterns, and use them to add an artistic flair to your baby's nursery!
- Look For Easily Transitioned Pieces
Rather than repeatedly buying new furniture pieces as your child grows, look for furnishings that can easily be transitioned from one phase of your child's life to the next. For example, look for a crib that can be transformed into a twin or double bed. These popular pieces allow parents to easily convert a crib into a big-kid bed without having to spend more money. Think long term when it comes to your child's room to help you save a ton of money in the long run.
Stick to what you really need, and look for creative ways to reuse and recycle pieces that just need a little TLC. You can easily create a charming little nursery on a budget!