Wednesday, February 13, 2013

DIY Nursery for Two

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.
I want to give a special thanks to my sister and friend for spending well over 8 hours painting this furniture for me.  :)

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