A Budget Friendly, DIY nursery.

When it came to creating Piglet’s nursery I had a few goals in mind.

1) I wanted it to be gender neutral

2) I didn’t want it to cost a lot of money

3) I wanted there to be parts that were meaningful to us

I didn’t want to be overly “themey” but there are a few themes going on. There are elements of woodland, circles, and alphabet. The woodland and alphabet parts are representative of the mister and I. The circles ended up being a coincidental theme.

I think it is important to first share what we started with, this is a picture that we took during the inspection of our house before we bought it. This is actually our biggest bedroom but because you have to walk through it to get to the third upstairs bedroom, it doesn’t make an ideal master, it’s the perfect nursery though!


I didn’t want to be painting or doing a lot of work on the nursery while I was pregnant so before we even started trying to conceive, we painted, and hired someone to replace the flooring. We have some gorgeous hardwood in our house that we didn’t want to try and match so we chose a dark, wider, floating floor. I chose neutral colors that weren’t overly baby so it can be something to grow with – the green is actually leftover paint from our dining room!


The crib is the only new piece of furniture in the nursery. The rug is also a new purchase from Target, I fell in love with the bright colors! The fabric from the crib skirt and window valences are both shower curtains from Target! $24 gave me enough fabric for the crib skirt, two valences, reupholstering the rocking chair (that you will see soon) and I have fabric left for future projects! The canvas is a piece that I painted, inspired by something I found on Pinterest. The mobile I made with an embroidery hoop, a little bit of ribbon, and little wooden circles that I painted.


The side table belonged to my grandparents, I inherited it after my grandmother moved into a nursing home. Bonus: check out the circles on the side! I had created similar peekaboo prints for a friend with multicolored owls. The Mister asked me if I was going to make some for OUR nursery, so I decided to use black bears as a nod to the college that DH and I attended with bright background colors. This is one of my favorite elements, it is one of a kind art.


My dad created the bookshelf with gorgeous detail on the side. The little rocking chair belonged to my dad, I also used it as a toddler, I am so glad that it is something that Piglet will get to use as well!


This is my nursing station! The chair belonged to my great grandmother, it was in my nursery, again a piece that I am so glad to share with Piglet! I removed the white floral fabric that my parents had used, and recovered it with my modern shower curtain fabric. I am so happy with the results. The table was another piece that belonged to my grandmother – not a piece I would have normally picked out but the size works perfectly for this area.


To save money I did not get a separate changing table. I had this long, low dresser that fits a changing pad on top, plus some space for baskets that have all of the essentials in. The mobile is similar to the one above the crib, I made this one two tiered with a mixture of small and large circles.


Cloth diapers! I will have a separate post that goes into more detail about cloth diapering and all the reasons that I love it!


My favorite project took 38 weeks of my pregnancy to complete. I don’t believe in the sets that you buy because they are wicked expensive and because of recommendations (no blanket in the crib, no bumper) I think it is a waste of money. I decided to create a quilt to match our theme, something that could be used for a longer period of time, and something that Piglet will hopefully cherish when he is older. The border is the only part of this dress that was done by machine, all other parts were hand sewn. Time consuming is an understatement but I am 100% in love with the result. It encompasses all the elements of our nursery including hand quilted circles! It isn’t perfect but it was made with lots of love.



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