I am so excited to finally get to share Emalyn’s COMPLETED nursery! I am a type of person that doesn’t really like to show off a project until it is completely finished & if you ask my husband, her nursery was completely finished the day paint went on the wall and a crib was set up. I on the other hand, had a lot more on my mind! When we found out we were pregnant, our first concern was finances. How were we going to do everything+more for a little one on the budget we had? Thanks to pinterest, my insane obsession with interior decorating, & the help of friends, we were able to create what I think is a pretty dreamy nursery on a pretty DIY budget for our sweet little angel. I can’t believe she will be here so soon!
When we first started looking at furniture for the baby room we seriously almost died at the prices, as I am sure most with children can probably agree. So I decided to put one of my new found skills to work, thrifting! I am one of those people with champagne taste on a beer budget. I picked up my nack for thrifting the minute I priced out what it would cost to decorate the first place I had when I left my parents nest!
We originally had plans to use the baby furniture set my parents had used with the me & the siblings, but a part was missing and that just wouldn’t do. So I was set to go to work!
We got our crib at the JcPenny Outlet for just $140. Once the crib was purchased, I needed to figure out clothes storage & a changing table. Even though we got all the pieces separately, I still wanted them to look somewhat like a complete set. Both our changing table & dresser were FREE finds from family, but both went through major renovations to match up with our amazing crib! Those major reno’s only cost about $50 in materials & I found awesome baskets for the changing table to match the crib’s wood tone for just $40.
The glider was another DIY transformation which will be a whole separate post later! I was extremely picky when I was looking for gliders & I wanted to stay within a reasonable budget. So of course, since my expensive taste kept meeting an expensive price tag, I had to do it myself. The chair itself only cost $15 & the whole chair renovation cost less than $100 total. I am pretty pleased!
The little details are what really make her room to me & most of them are so special to me & daddy B. The doll house turned bookshelf was mine as a kid, as well as some of the artwork the decorates her shelves. The small rocking chair was a gift to me as a child from my grandmother, so I couldn’t resist including that as well! Her adorable elephant coat rack was her daddy’s as a kid made by his grandpa (we just repainted a little :)) The dresses hanging below were also mine, minus the one in the middle!
Her precious hospital picture outfit was made by myself (inspired by easy) & embroidered by the wonderful ladies at The Prickly Pear.
Last but not least, her light fixture (pictured below) was her daddy’s perfect little touch! I wanted a chandelier, her dad being logical & financially reasonable, wanted a fan or recessed lights (he’s also an electrician, so lighting to him is about function & not looks!) I was pretty dead set against a fan so I did my duty once again! Everything I found that I liked chandelier-wise was way out of our budget, until I stumbled across this bargain! I found this at marshall’s as a candle holder. It was supposed to hang with a candle in it but, excuse the pun, a light bulb just clicked when I saw it! I am obsessed with the gorgeous shadows it creates when it glows! Thank you daddy B for making my lighting dreams come true 🙂
Overall we spent around $600 on her nursery. The pottery barn bedding was my splurge and put me over the $500 mark! I am sooo pleased with how her nursery turned out. I can not wait until she graces us with her presence & I can to bring her home to her own little nest!
also, a big shout out to my amazing friend who helped complete my vision. you know who you are & I can’t wait for Little Emalyn Louise to know you too 🙂
Hope you all enjoy as much as I do!
I will be posting more about my personal life & baby during my maternity leave. Blogs have become such an amazing helpful tool for all kinds of things and I hope to help someone through mine too! BRING ON THIS BABY!