Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Baby nursery

During my pregnancy, I was obsessed preparing the nursery – and to make it more challenging- on a tiny budget. Score! I achieved my budget thanks to generous family and lots of hours at op shops and Ebay.

Originally, the nursery was a “junk” room. I know everyone has one – ours is just a little (very) messy. It took me roughly a couple of hours to clear the room on a 30degree day and being five months pregnant.

I wanted a black and white theme, clean and not too “cute”. Does that make sense? I mean I didn’t want the nursery to be too “baby”, I wanted something different.

Here is a list of the items, approximate cost and where it was purchased from:

Curtains - Spotlight $70
A simple black iron rod with approximately 4 metres of sheer white curtain and the first item that went up in Project Nursery.

Hanging pom poms – Made out of tissue paper $6
I found the tutorial in the Martha Stewart website. Gorgeous little trimmings for the room.

Rocking chair – Ebay $22
One of my first finds. Needed a good sanding and varnish. I was considering painting this white but loved the timber so decided to varnish instead.

Throw blanket – IKEA $8

Cot – Hand me down from my uncle and auntie $0.
This needed some t.l.c. as it had been stored in their garage for around 9 years. A lot of scratches and bite marks but came out using the electric sander. Mattress is from Toys r Us as a gift from my brother and his fiancé.

Mosquito net – Op shop $12
I found this on one of my op shop trips. It was practically new, no holes and the stand came with it. A wash and the stand wiped down with disinfectant and I’m over the moon!

Hanging tea light candle holder – Dusk $15
Desperately searched for a bird cage and couldn’t find one that was 1) small enough 2) in my price range 3)chic. Stumbled across this one on the sale rack at Dusk and loved it.

Toy box – Ebay $20 IKEA Material $8
I did a post on this previously here. Again sanded and painted the box white and fixtures black. Ripped off the foam on top and recovered with IKEA material. What a difference!

Chest of drawers – Ebay $45
This was originally unvarnished pine when I bought it. Did the usual, sanded and repainted white. I also covered the knobs with fabric (see post here)to give the drawers some character.

Lamp – Op shop $3 IKEA material leftover
Had wanted to redo a lamp for some time and had the opportunity to do so when I found this lamp. See full post here.

Kitsch print – Op shop $4.50
See previous post here – how cute!

Stereo –already owned.

Monitor – Hand me down from uncle and auntie $0

Laundry Hamper – Op Shop $13
See previous post here.

Change Table – Op Shop $23
I found the change table the same time I bought the mosquito net at the same op shop. So imagine my excitement that day! The change table is IKEA and untreated pine. Again sanded and repainted to match the furniture.

Cane book shelf – Op shop $10
See previous post here.

Rug – Lincraft $17 Non –slip mat $8
I originally wanted a white shaggy rug but was not prepared to pay hundreds of dollars so needed to improvise. Browed my local Lincraft store and found a piece of remnant throw rug which was – in my opinion – too coarse to use as a throw rug. And then a light bulb went on in my head and I realised this would be great on the nursery floor. I had to buy non slip mats to place underneath to avoid any accidents.

Not bad right? All you need is some disinfectant, an electric sander, paint, varnish and elbow grease! It’s so rewarding seeing the final result and I can’t wait to do it again!


Anonymous said...

Looks great. I love the all white, so clean and airy.

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! I love the freshness of white spaces. I love how the bright green pompom gives the room such a fun pop of color! Great work!

Debbie~ said...

Your nursery is truly baby beautiful, you've done such a wonderful job putting it all together, it also seems very soothing! (I found a nice fluffy white rug at one of my local thrift stores, so don't give up looking quite yet)! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Stephanie Lynn said...

What a lovely room to welcome your little one - Congratulations! This space is simply stunning. Love the green and white poms in the corner - perfect touch! Great job! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~Stephanie Lynn

Anonymous said...

Wow you've done a great job with the nursery! I especially love how you managed to do things so creatively and the results are great. I especially love the pom poms (I was going to do this for my baby shower) and the toy box.

Wanderlust said...

Wow, gorgeous! I'm very impressed. Thanks for participating in the blog carnival.

Toni said...

WOW I totally LOVE this room. The whole B&W idea is awesome and you have decorated the room beautifully.

Brenda said...

Very nice!!!

Happy Blog Carnival Day.=)

Abby said...

It is beautiful! I love the black and white, and that hit of green, it's perfect :)

Nice ebaying, too!

Sparkling Adventures said...

You've done a great job in creating an especially lovely room. I love white furniture too -- it's a great base for changing the accessories!

Be A Fun Mum said...

Gorgeous! I love it!

I did a vintage craft that would look wonderful in here:

Veronica said...

It looks gorgeous!

ash said...

That's gorgeous! $22 for that rocking chair!!! Wow! Love the pom poms too. You've inspired me today! :)

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