Your newborn is the most precious gift from God. You want the best for them and you would give them everything without hesitation. This year, let’s help give your baby’s nursery a fresh and stylish look! We will provide ideas and tips on how you can accomplish this without spending a ton of money!
With a little creativity and some smart budgeting, you can create a beautiful space for your little one without breaking the bank. In this post, we’ll share 5 budget-friendly nursery makeover tips that will help you get the nursery of your dreams without overspending. Whether you’re expecting your first child or just looking to update your little one’s room, we hope to inspire your own nursery makeover on your budget.
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Decide Your Budget & Stick To It
It’s easy to get caught up in the game of keeping up with the Jones (or your best friend on Instagram or TikTok), but you don’t need to spend big money to achieve a big effect if you plan and budget effectively for your nursery makeover.
Budgeting is a habit that takes self-discipline and repeat practice to properly establish. Our destiny is often times decided by the choices we make compounded over a long period of time. If you have great budgeting habits, then this won’t be tough for you to do. However, it you are a happy spender, then you may need to dig deep to find the self-discipline to create a starting budget. Even if money isn’t a huge issue for you, we believe that healthy budgeting is a life skill that needs to be learned and taught from one generation to the next. You’re welcome!
Ok, here’s the room we had to start with. This was originally an office space and is still partially used as an office space:
That massage chair is an Osim massage chair, and is a total game changer! It’s an older model, but it still works wonders after a long day’s work or if you just want to take a short break from house projects. Sorry that was a tangent, let’s continue.
For our project, we decided a budget of $50 and we were not going to go beyond this no matter what. Can we really transform this room with a $50 budget? You bet! It just takes a little time and creativity (mostly time).
The tools we already had so we didn’t need to spend anything there. We also ended up DIY’ing some of the elements that we were initially going to buy, but were too expensive and out of budget. The end result was quite magical.
The funniest thing about this entire project is that it started from a defect on the grey painted wall. If you look close at the picture above, you will see it right dead in the center of the wall. Here’s a closeup:
Does this bother you too, or are we the only ones? Yeah we didn’t think we were the only ones, that’s why you’re still reading. Kudos to you! Whatever your reason is, we hope this article will be able to help you along the way.
Plan On Paper First
When it comes to any nursery makeover, don’t make the mistake of acting too quick and then regretting later. When it comes to putting holes into your dry wall or sticking decals, the damage can be permanent, so you want to make sure that whatever you decide to do, it is well planned before you execute. This will help you stay on budget.
Since we had to cover up that blemish, we decided to go with decals, because it was the most flexible and affordable way to decorate. We are trying to do this on a budget after all. We’re expecting a baby daughter, so at the time of writing this article we decided to go with a heart based theme with cute baby animals.
We also created these super cute 3D puffy clouds using cardboard and a white fuzzy throw blanket that we got for cheap. Once we decided on the materials and decorations we we wanted to use, we started to plan out the design on paper so we know how much we need to buy.
The image below we whipped up in Microsoft Paint really quick, and only serves as an example. We chicken scratched on a piece of paper and we changed it so many times before we were happy with it. We will save ourselves the embarrassment and not upload that picture, but hopefully you get the idea.
If you have photoshop skills, that’s a great way to plan also, which will give you a much better idea of what the end result will actually look like. It is a little overkill. however, so we just recommend using a paper and pencil to just draw it out since it really is just as effective. Measure out the spacing, and count the number of elements you need in total before making any purchases. You don’t want to overbuy and end up going over budget.
In the end, all the decals together along with the throw blanket cost us around $45. We were excited with the direction the project was going. Worst case, we had a few bucks left if we really needed to fill in any gaps.
Mockup Your Design
This really goes hand-in-hand with tip #2 because sometimes things don’t always look the way you imagined once you physically see it up on the wall. This is why a mockup is critical, and can definitely save you the headache of spending unnecessarily for your nursery makeover project.
To mock up the design on your wall, we recommend you use painter’s tape or masking tape (this reduces the chance of damaging your paint). We had some lying around so we didn’t have to spend anything here. You can use scotch tape as well, but it’s not as effective since scotch tape is clear so you won’t be able to see the final design as clearly.
This is what our mockup looked like after taping:
A laser level was used to help us in the mockup process along with a mini Swiffer duster to clean up the surface of the walls a little bit. And most importantly wipe down your walls with a moist towel (don’t use paper towel since it can leave residue) and let dry completely before applying any decals. Took a little bit of work, but result was definitely worth it.
Another reason you want to mockup the design on your wall first is in case you need to make changes. It’s much easier to go back to the drawing board with paper and pencil than it is to have to repaint the walls or patch holes.
If you don’t want to go the decal route and you want to use hanging decorations, then you’ll need to be extra careful with this step since they will require drilling into your walls. We didn’t use any décor that you have to mount onto the walls with hardware, but if you decide to use that kind of décor, then please don’t skip out on this step!
We actually found some super awesome cloud lights that we wanted to install onto the walls, but ultimately decided against it since there would be a lot of extra work to conceal the cables. Would be awful to have cute lights, and then this cable coming out of it dropping to the floor. Budget, of course, was the 2nd reason.
Buy Decals that are “Reusable”
Since we are already recommending decals for a budget nursery makeover, you might find it tough to choose between the designs of your liking. This is one trait you can look for to help you decide. Reusable decals are designed to peel off the wall easily and stick back on without losing it’s adhesion, and without damaging walls.
This tip is pretty self-explanatory. If you are more on the impatient side, then we hope this tip will come in handy for you! With reusable decals, you can plan as you go. Keep in mind, even though decals are “reusable” we can assure you that number of times you can peel it off and stick it back on is definitely limited. Don’t think you have an infinite number of tries. We still strongly suggest that you plan a little bit before getting sticker-happy.
These are the stickers we ended up getting at the time of writing this article. You may not be able to find this exact design by the time you are reading this, but we’re sure you’ll be able to find something that suits your imagination and creativity.
We then started from the top down replacing the painters tape marks with the heart stickers one by one. We knew we would have some extra hearts based on our calculations, so we doubled up on some of the hearts. That blemish was one area where we used two stickers since you could actually still see it after just one sticker! Bleh!
We’re almost done!
This brings us to our last tip.
Get Creative & Use What You Already Have
Online shopping is so convenient today that it’s so easy to end up buying things you don’t actually need. Don’t fall into the instant gratification trap and get creative with your nursery makeover! Look around your home and see if there are raw materials you can use to make stuff.
The clouds you see in these pictures were made from cutting out cardboard from Amazon shipping boxes. We did buy the fuzzy throw blanket, but we were initially going to use white felt that we had laying around, but then we realized we would need to stuff if with cotton balls, and it just didn’t look as natural and would have cost a lot more (cotton balls are not cheap).
In the end, the blanket turned out to be a really wise investment since not only did we use it to wrap the cardboard clouds, we actually use it to stuff the clouds as well. Two birds with one stone!
We’re not going to go into how we made these clouds in this article, but we may do so in another article later in the future. If we do, you’ll most likely find that article in the DIY article category, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
After all is said and done, this was the end result which we are very happy about:
We hope you enjoyed this article and that it inspires you to take on that project that you’ve always meant to do. Don’t be the person that just watches life pass by, grab life by the horns and transform that office space into a cute nursery for your precious little child. We’ll see you in the next article.