We finally finished our baby nursery! For those of you that don't know, we've been getting ready for the arrival of our first foster baby and hopefully our future adoptive baby as well. We finally got the room finished the other day with only a couple days to spare! I thought I'd take you through it and show you how we redid an entire room (almost literally floor to ceiling!) on a budget.
Before, east wall. Bad outlets, ugly high gloss walls, really disgusting looking windows. (All chipped up) And one ceiling fans from the 80's, complete with brass trim and flowery light bulb holders.
Before, north and west walls. Full of storage stuff and old furniture.
After, the north and west walls. I found the crib used in the newspaper, the curtains were 80% off at Shopko and are insulated to help with the sun and heat. The Exersaucer I found on craigslist. The Diaper Champ in the the corner is from a rummage sale.
After, the north and east walls. I've had the rocking chair for quite a while, bought it on super mark down sale on Cyber Monday from Target.com. The bouncy seat I paid full price for, it was one of the room's splurges. The 3 drawer cart came from some of my grandma's old things.
After, the east wall. My "wall of diapers"! I've been stocking up on diapers, not paying more than $3 - $4.50 a package. I also stocked up on any baby freebies I could find including wipes, shampoo, lotion, and more. The cute little stool on the floor I got at a rummage sale. The door is new, the old doors were from the 60's or 70's and very ugly and didn't shut correctly.
After, the south and west walls. I still need to get something to cover up that electrical box in the corner. Planning on painting a canvas picture. I'm also going to paint little chickens above the closet doors. The doors are new as is the ceiling fan. The shelf in this corner is the same as the diaper shelf and I got both on sale at Menards. The swing I found for free on Freecycle.
This was my splurge, the crib set. I was going to get a used one but then I came across this set being discontinued and we fell in love with it. It has little baby farm animals on it!
So here's a cost break down for the room, some things I splurged on and some things we really saved on:
Shelves (2): $9.99 each (Menards)
Crib: $90 (newspaper classifieds, used)
Crib Set: $75 (Target.com, clearance)
Stool: $0.50 (rummage sale)
3 Drawer Cart: Free
Diaper Champ: $1 (rummage sale)
Rocking Chair: Had previously
Swing: Free (Freecycle)
Bouncy Chair: $25 (Target.com)
Exersaucer: $10 (Craiglist)
Large Stroller(not shown): $10 (Craiglist)
Diapers: $120 (various stores, at least enough for 6 months)
Shampoos, Lotions, Wipes: Free (used coupons at Target and Walgreens)
Baby Monitor: Free (Freecycle)
Baby Bath Tub(not shown): $5 (rummage sale, one of those infant to toddler ones)
Various Blankets: Free (from friends, family and Freecycle)
Other Misc. things(socks, shoes, crib sheets, hooded towels, hats, ect): About $10 (rummage sales)
Clothing(not pictured): Free (friends, family, Freecycle, I have 4 large totes worth of various sizes!)
Cloth Diapers(not pictured): $35 (20 cloth diapers in sizes small and medium, I still need larges)
Ceiling Fan: $50 (Menards)
New Outlets, Switches, and Covers: $10
Paint(non-toxic, no VOC): $50
Closet Doors: $50
Main Door: $25
Insulating Curtains: $30 (Shopko clearance)
Total Cost for complete room makeover and most all of what baby needs for many many months: $616.48
I know there are things we've could have gotten cheaper, like the crib and the crib set but we splurged a little on those things. We could have gotten cheaper paint but we've learned our lesson with that. We could have gotten a cheaper ceiling fan but it may not have matched the furniture.
What do you think? Did we do good? $600 is alot of money but we got a completely remodeled room and just about everything we need for babies for quite a while.
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