Making a nursery for two posed a few challenges. One I had no budget which means spend almost no money. Two I have an apartment, so I can't paint walls,, put in built-ins to conserve space etc. Three the room is small.
Friends gave us a toddler bed which saved us from buying a new crib or toddler bed. My crib is a converter crib, but my 18 month old needed to move out for the baby. Now all we need to buy is a new mattress for the crib.
All of my furniture was mismatched either pieces that were given or craigslist purchases. Also, I can't brag about the quality of any of these pieces, so painting them was a more than viable option. I chose to paint all of them white not only to save on cost of only having to buy one color but also to create cohesion in the space.
To add a little spice to my plain white furniture, I painted a bold green stencil on the baby-doll cradle and the end table. The stencil was a find while going through my parents basement c. 1983. I'm not a big fan of stencils, but I wanted something graphic and bold. Forcing myself to choose from my already acquired acrylics also helped saved me from spending money.
Space is a HUGE issue in this room. Using a dresser as a changing table helps. Keeping baby toys to a precious minimum is also a huge space saver. A 18 month old only needs so many toys of each variety. Utilizing closet space well keeps clutter out of the bedroom. I love using wicker baskets to hold diapers, burp cloths, etc. The key to good space management is to rearrange rearrange, and rearrange furniture. One must find a furniture placement that fools the eye and still lends to a good flow.