But first, let me show you the room we started with... bright green walls with pink trim and flowers.
We wanted a neutral color that would work for both a baby's room and any future use of the room, such as an office or guest room. We decided on Behr's Paint and Primer in One in French Silver, a gray paint with a slightly bluish hue. We used bright white for the trim, closet, and door.
I love the rectangle signs that are so popular these days, but once again, this cheapskate doesn't want to spend money if she doesn't have to. After completing the embroidery hoop art, I had a little bit of fabric leftover. I also had a leftover shoe box, so I decided to cover the lid with fabric.
organizing my crafts last week, I found some old letter stickers. I used the outlines of the letters as a template to make the words on my sign.
|The Star Trek theme continues... "To Boldly Go!" (Where no baby has gone before?)|
The floor is a painted wood floor, and it's pretty rough in spots. Refinishing it, repainting it, or carpeting it is cost prohibitive for us at this stage, so we decided to go with a nice shaggy area rug with a carpet pad to not only provide soft flooring but also insulate the room.
Best Home Fashion Silver Star Print Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtains - Antique Bronze Grommet Top - Navy - 52"W x 84"L - (Set of 2 Panels) ) that also do a great job of blocking out the light.
We brought in my recliner that my hubby got me for Christmas, an old side table, and an old dresser that I hope to refinish one of these days. The in-laws got us a crib. (We still need a mattress, but we have time, especially since the baby will be in our room at first.) I found a lamp on clearance, as well as some cloth boxes to hold toys, blankets, and diapers in the closet. After I hung up my artwork, it really came together!
|You can't see it in this picture, but I hung up one of my daughter's paintings that won a blue ribbon at the County Fair.|
|I'm still in love with my barkingbirdart print from Etsy!|
|Thermal curtains open...|
|Thermal curtains closed!|
So, what's left to do? I'm going to hang a few yellow paper fan "stars" leftover from our wedding last year, and I'm finishing up one more Star Trek cross stitch. These will all go on the embroidery hoop wall.
|More stuff for the wall.|
|Maybe hang some stars above the crib like a mobile?|
Now, I know $500 is still a lot of money. The decisions to spend more on carpet and curtains were calculated ones. I figured that we could have made it all work for less than $100 if we needed to, with second-hand throw rugs, dyeing the curtains, and using cheaper paint, and it still would have looked nice. It just would have been slightly colder, draftier, brighter, and noisier. (*Edit*- Actually, we could have made it work for $0 and not changed a thing. The baby wouldn't know the difference! The key to affordable home improvement is knowing what is necessary and what is optional, and this nursery was definitely optional.) On the other end of the spectrum, it would have cost us well over $1000 to refinish or fully carpet the floor! So, the thick area rug seemed like a good choice. Plus, we hope to save money in heating and cooling costs with the insulated curtains (and hopefully gain some much needed sleep by the reduced light and noise at night!). The high quality paint *should* last us for many years, barring any kid artwork with permanent markers.
We decided to invest a little more now in hopes the room would last longer and be more functional. But either way, DIY artwork is cheap! Some fabric, embroidery hoops, thread, a shoe box lid, markers, hot glue, and some imagination and time is all it takes. :-)
PS- Lest there be any question about our family's love of Star Trek, I recently found this picture of a drawing my daughter did a couple years ago. This baby doesn't stand a chance!
|Star Trek logo, drawn by my daughter when she was 8.|