Nursery Reveal & Budget Breakdown

As Aaron showed off last week, the former kitchen-turned-craft-room was seriously upgraded into a proper bedroom just in time for us to hit the May market in hopes of selling our house. Given that we have a baby looming whether we sold or not, we decided to plow forward with decorating the nursery. If we stayed, we’d be ready for him. If we sold, the nursery would move with us. So that’s what we’ve done.   Want a tour?

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IMG_3028 image2 (2) image2 (1) image3 image1 So as you might have spotted, our nursery decor also reveals the name we have picked out for our little man: Magnus Leo Allard. It means Great Lion; which was the inspiration for his circus themed nursery. I wanted the room to feel happy and fun and fit for this child that we already love so much, and on the whole I’m very happy with how the room has turned out.  I’m not in love with the paint color for the room, but it’s what we already had in there, and I couldn’t see the sense investing to repaint a room we hoped to be leaving. It’s Limish by Valspar and looked great in the room’s former use but wouldn’t be what I’d have picked starting fresh. I think it’s fine, but if/when we move I’ll be remixing the paint color for sure. Anyway, on to all the fun details

As always when cooking up a decorating scheme, I try to work with pieces we already have on hand and balance splurges and steals to achieve my desired look without breaking the bank. I’m proud that through a combination or re-purposing, auctioning, discount code shopping, and DIY we whipped up an adorable nursery for less than $1500, especially since the first glider and ottoman combo I had my eye on would have cost as much as nearly our whole nursery.  In case you’re curious how I pulled it off, here’s a source list and budget breakdown

Dresser – Craigslist LA circa 2009, painted with DIY chalk paint
Headboard – Craigslist Indy circa 2011, painted an Oops yellow from Lowe’s
Orange Desk Lamp – Crate and Barrel Outlet circa 2011
Bedding – Threshold Seersucker Duvet Set, Wedding Present, Target
Crib – Jenny Lind, purchased at auction $99.00
Under the Big Top Crib Quilt & Pillow Sham – Land of Nod, purchased of Ebay $23.00
Under the Big Top Crib Skirt – Land of Nod, purchased on clearance $19.99
Kids Accent Table Locker Nightstand – Target $79.99 ($61 after coupon codes)
Powel Round Spindle Table, yellow – Target  $84.99 ($62.66 after coupon codes and $10 gift with purchase Target card)
Glider – Little Castle Charleston Glider in Halo Orange – Target $449.99 ($364.88 after coupon codes and $20 gift with purchase Target card)
Ottoman – Little Castle Charleston Glider in Halo Orange – Target $139.99 ($109 after coupon codes and $10 gift with purchase Target card)
Book racks –
BEKVÄM Spice rack, birch, IKEA $3.99 each Ottoman
Jumbo Architect Floor Lamp – Target $99.99 ($75 after coupon codes)
RubbermaidHomeFree Series 3-ft to 6-ft White Adjustable Mount Wire Shelving Kits – Closet Organizer – Lowe’s $93.00
ClosetMaid 6 White Laminate Storage Cubes – Lowe’s $39.99 
Nursery Baskets – Circo poly cotton bin, red and white – Baby Gift, Target
Gallery Frames – NYTTJA frame, white – IKEA ($1.99, $2.99, and $9.99)
Framed Art – All DIY and pictures
Book Bunting and Welcome Sign – Baby Shower Decor made by sister
Glittering Eyes Art – DIY
Such Small Things Story People – Baby Gift, Amazon
Lion Lamp Base – Target $35.99 ($27 after coupon codes)
Lamp Shade – White Dotted Glow Table Shade – Land of Nod, on sale for $29.97 (-10%)
MAGNUS letters – Framework Metal Letter $7.95 each (-10%)
Keekaroo Peanut Changer – Cherry – purchased at auction $41
Crib Sheets – Navy Stripe – Circo Rugby Stripe $9.99, Red Stripe – Candy Stripe Fitted Crib Sheet, Land of Nod $24.00 (-10%), Trend Lab Crib Sheet, Rainbow Chevron, Amazon $14.99
Hot Air Balloons, Large Red ($80), Medium Blue ($40), Small Yellow ($21.62), Amazon
Ubbi Diaper Pail White, Amazon $79.99 (-15%)

This week also marks the reveal of another design project I’ve been working on: our local community theater group the Mill Race Players opens their production of Willy Wonka tomorrow at Columbus North Auditorium. If you are in the area, there are performances tomorrow (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and an additional matinee on Saturday at 2:30. Tickets are available online here, or at the door. I’ll be back soon to show off my work but I’ll tease now that it involved several dozen foam pool noodles, hundreds of feet of aluminum foil and was enough work to land me back on bedrest during tech week (oops). It’s going to be a great show though, and I highly recommend you check it out!

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