Now that Emma is finally here, I can show you her finished nursery! The expression "labor of love" has a whole new meaning for me now, but we did put a lot of hard work and care into getting her nursery just right. If you remember back to my initial post about the nursery, this is the design plan I started with:
And here's what the room looked like before:
Starting with a firm budget of $1500, we set out to try to create a sweet, DIY inspired, eco-friendly nursery...
Here's the breakdown of what we DIY'd:
- Painting the walls, ceiling, trim, Poang, bookshelves, and built-ins
- Fabric covered 7″ cornice for the window
- Crib skirt
- Crib/play quilt (Amy Butler pattern from Little Stitches for Little Ones)
- Gum Drop Ottoman
- Monogrammed throw pillow for the Poang
- Paper circles mobile
- Bird mobile
- 2 DIY art prints
- Laundry bag
As I mentioned before, we set a firm $1500 budget for the nursery - and while my husband had serious doubts about my ability to stick to that budget - I'm very proud to report that I came in UNDER BUDGET at $1302.24. The biggest expenses in the room were the Naturepedic organic crib mattress ($259), the Ikea Hemnes dresser ($199), the DaVinci Rivington crib (on sale for $191.99), the Elfa stacking drawers for the closet ($99), and the Naturepedic organic changing pad ($89.10). Together, those purchases made up almost 2/3 of our whole budget. We could have cut corners a bit by not going organic for the mattress and changing pad, but raising Emma in an eco-conscious way is very important to us, so we were willing to invest a little more for those things.
Here are close-ups of most of the things I DIY'd:
Monogrammed throw pillow
I hope you like it! Well, really I just hope Emma likes it. :-) It was a lot of hard work, but we couldn't be happier with the final result. Leave me a comment if you have any questions about resources or any of the DIY projects!