With Baby G’s due date approaching, my hubby and I just finished transforming our guest room/home office into her nursery. Come take a look. And, I hope my bargain-hunting tips help you save some $$ in your own nursery project!
The room, before …
The room, now …
Luckily, we were able to repurpose so much from when Little G, now 3½, was a baby, including big-ticket items such as the crib, glider, and double dresser. So Baby G will be living it up in a hand-me-down nursery, with a few new elements.
You may notice that the finishes of the hardwood differ on the crib and dresser. My mother-in-law kindly gifted us with the solid oak crib, which she found on an excellent sale at a baby boutique in Dallas. Meanwhile, I discovered the Ethan Allen dresser for just $200 on Craigslist here in San Antonio. These high-quality pieces of furniture were simply too good to pass up, despite their mismatched finishes. I’ve tried to minimize their differences by situating them on opposite sides of the nursery.
In addition to her older sister’s hand-me-downs, I incorporated some fresh touches into Baby G’s nursery. An inspiring starting point was this turquoise-colored Sea Glass Lamp, which Little G and I stumbled upon at Pier 1 ($40 on sale that day, originally $50).
The colors for Little G’s nursery (now toddler bedroom) are pink and yellow, and I wanted to work with a different color scheme for Baby G. The calming blue/green of this turquoise lamp struck me as perfect, especially when paired with pink. I knew we’d be reusing a lot of pink products from Little G’s babyhood: blankets, burp cloths, Breathable Mesh Crib Liner. So turquoise and pink it became for Baby G.
Soon after, I was delighted to find this turquoise-and-pink Claudia Medallion Crib Fitted Sheet at Pottery Barn Kids, also on sale (just $10 with free shipping that day—yes, I’m a shameless bargain hunter!). I love the hearts in this Moroccan-toned design. I added another on-sale sheet to my online shopping cart (plus we have several sheets from Little G), so now we’re good to go on bedding.
Above the crib is a cross with a turquoise stone (coincidentally) in the middle—a gift from good friends two Christmases ago. The cross represents my hope that Baby G’s life will be a joy-filled one, and reminds me of the beauty of friendship.
Another new element was this Turquoise Framed Chalkboard with Burlap Banner from Hobby Lobby ($20 on sale, $40 originally). I still need to borrow some chalk from Little G to write Baby G’s name on it. In the meantime, I think it offers cheery, whimsical décor to that corner wall.
By the way, that chocolate-colored glider … possibly the comfiest chair I’ve ever sat in. I believe you can still find it on Amazon, here. A friend made the accompanying pink blanket before Little G was born, and I’ve had that pillow for more than 15 years now. It reads, “Best friends are we, my sister and me”—a gift from my younger sister to me. I don’t think she’ll mind that I’m passing it along to my daughters.
Speaking of mementos from years past … the stuffed pink pig you see here, peeking out of that basket, was a gag gift from my hubby to me back in the early 2000s. Yes, I still have it after all this time! Still have the hubby, too. 🙂 The basket is new, though: $20 on sale, $40 originally, at World Market. It’s deep enough to hold a lot of toys, yet has more panache than the see-through Sterilite containers I use in Little G’s playroom.
A sweet friend kindly hosted a cozy diaper shower for me (and Baby G!) this past Saturday morning. Over warm drinks and muffins, she and other friends thoughtfully made sure I had plenty of diapers before Baby G’s arrival—including this diaper cake, which is almost too adorable to take apart. I’m so thankful for all the love that awaits Baby G.
After the shower, I finished washing some of Little G’s old clothes, along with some new ones. (Gymboree is in the midst of its semiannual sale—up to 75 percent off!) Using the dresser’s built-in dividers, I organized the outfits into sizes (1) newborn, (2) 3 months, and (3) 3-6 months. We’ll see how long things stay so tidy …
Meanwhile, the closet is assisting with additional storage for more outfits as well as wipes, blankets galore, and odds and ends.
Baby G, we’re ready for you, and we’re so excited to meet you soon!