Decorating A Nursery: On A Budget

February 22, 2017

This post is sponsored byΒ Wild Cedar Co. All opinions are mine alone. πŸ™‚

When you’re expecting a baby, the nursery quickly becomes one of your favorite places in your home. It’s a place to prepare for your little one, to decorate, to dream. Will she want it painted pink someday? Will he fill the bookshelves with cars and robots? It’s such a special place, the room where your little one will grow. I want our nursery to be special for our baby girl, but I’d also like to be able to afford our mortgage. πŸ˜‰ Let’s look together at some tips for decorating a nursery: on a budget! (And get a peek at OUR nursery!)

Decorating A Nursery: On A Budget

Thrift/Re-purpose Furniture

This is my go-to tip for decorating any part of the home! Our living room furniture, for example, came from the following sources: my grandma’s house, a thrift store, and my sister-in-law’s sister. I’ve never bought a brand new piece of furniture, mostly because you can score awesome deals on almost-new pieces at a fraction of the cost! I think this is especially important for a nursery. There are some pieces of furniture, like cribs and changing tables, that you will only use for a couple of years, so why pay full price? Of course, you don’t want to put your baby in a broken crib or anything like that, but ask your friends, scour thrift stores, and check out your local buy/sell/trade pages on Facebook. I’ve found lots of great deals at incredible prices!

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It’s also a great idea to re-purpose furniture! I was keeping an eye out for a bookshelf for the nursery, but I wasn’t having much luck. A few weeks ago, though, my husband began remodeling our bathroom, adding a shower to our bathtub. When he went to remove the shelves that had been above the bathtub, we were surprised to find that it was a solid shelving unit, not individual boards like we thought. After looking the unit over, we discovered it was still in really good shape, so we sanded a little bit, added some paint, and now it’s the perfect bookshelf unit for our little girl’s room! Best of all, it was FREE! πŸ™‚

Choose An Accent Piece

When we found out we were having a little girl, we started putting thought into nursery decorations, and we decided that we didn’t want to have one specific theme. One of the reasons for that is for the sake of future children, but another reason is because we didn’t want to feel pressured to spend lots of money on bedding, decorations, and other items that had to go with our theme. By simply choosing decorations that we liked, we were free to buy less expensive options. However, we still wanted to find one piece that would be special to our baby girl.

Decorating A Nursery: On A Budget
We’re excited to announce that baby Selah (pronounced say-luh) will be joining our family in April!

Enter: Wild Cedar Co.Β Wild Cedar Co. is run by two friends, Julie and Courtney, and they craft the most beautiful rustic wooden signs (plus, they’re super affordable! When they reached out to me about a collaboration, I didn’t hesitate for a second! We settled on their “Little Cub” sign, with our baby girl’s name written on it. It’s the perfect little addition to the nursery, and it’s something that she can treasure for years to come. The lettering is beautiful, and even the package that it came in was so well done! I couldn’t have dreamed of a better accent piece for our nursery. If you’re looking for any kind of wooden sign for your home, Wild Cedar Co. is the place to go; be sure to check out their shop on Etsy and give them a follow on Instagram! πŸ™‚

Decorating A Nursery: On A Budget
We found a couple of animal pieces on sale at Hobby Lobby to complete this wall! πŸ™‚

Be Creative and DIY!

Friends, this is your little one’s room. It should fit yourΒ tastes and your vision, not whatever Pinterest says a perfect nursery has to look like (because let me tell you, Pinterest does not have a budget). One of the things that’s most important to us is Scripture, and we want to fill our children’s lives with God’s Word. That’s why we painted Isaiah 61:1 on closet door in our nursery. It will serve as a reminder for us and for our baby girl (and future children) that God loves her and has anointed her to share His Word. Plus, since I painted it myself, it was a budget-friendly decision and it made it that much more special. πŸ™‚

What’s important to you? If it’s family pictures, then pick your favorite and make a canvas! If it’s Batman, turn the crib into the Batmobile! πŸ˜‰ (Seriously, that would be awesome!) Just have fun! Like I said earlier, the nursery isΒ a space to dream and to prepare for this precious new life that’s coming into the world. Put your heart into it, and put some work into it. It’s good for your budget and your heart.

As I prepare my heart to enter into motherhood in the next 7(ish) weeks, I can’t help but pray for our daughter to know and follow Christ above all else. Yes, I want her to be smart and talented and graceful and athletic and creative. I want her to care for people and chase her dreams and make a difference. But far above all of that, the desire that’s immeasurably stronger is for her to walk in her anointing and to pursue God all the days of her life. We painted this on the closet door in her room as a reminder for her and for us. I know it will be years before she fully understands the depth of this verse, but it’s the strongest truth I know to share with my children. Baby girl, you are so blessed and so anointed. πŸ’•

A photo posted by Abbey Phipps (@smalltownsoulblog) on

Now it’s your turn.Β Have you decorated a nursery on a budget? What are some other ways to save money when decorating?

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  • Abby @ WinsteadWandering

    February 22, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I love her name! She’s going to be so at home in the special room y’all created. For our 3rd baby, I bought a can of paint of refinished a crib, a changing table, and a dresser. I also spent several months keeping my eye out for special pieces at low prices. I think nurserys are more special when they’re put together with love.

    1. Abbey

      February 22, 2017 at 11:02 am

      You’re so sweet, Abby! Thank you! πŸ™‚ I absolutely agree! It’s those special pieces that we create that mean the most!

  • Julie Hoo

    February 22, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Abbey!! It looks so cute next to the elephant picture. Once she comes, hanging pictures of her would also be an inexpensive way to decorate!! πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      February 22, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Thank you for creating it, Julie! We absolutely love it! πŸ™‚ Oh that’s a great idea! I need to hang some pictures of us, too!

  • Patty

    February 22, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Love, love, love this! Love her name! I love the Bible verse you incorporated, too! When we were preparing for our son, we wrote Bible verses on the walls before we painted it. We painted over the verses, of course, but it’s special to know that there’s little bits of Scripture right below that paint. We also did incorporate framed verses in his room. May your little one be blessed!


    1. Abbey

      February 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you, Patty! You are so sweet! πŸ™‚ My family did that in a house that we painted when I was younger, and it was so special! I love that idea!

  • Courtney

    February 22, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Thank you for sharing this, Abby! I adore the idea that you and your husband have put so much love and work into this space for Selah. It’s more than money, it’s the effort, thought and care. She is already so loved and you are leading her to love Jesus even before she is here!

    1. Abbey

      February 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Courtney! Your words mean so much! We sure do love our little girl! πŸ™‚

  • Leighann

    February 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Looks wonderful! I love the all art! We have twins, so we are all about frugality, esp with their room!

    1. Abbey

      February 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you, Leighann! Frugality is so important, and I’m sure even more so with twins! πŸ™‚

  • candy

    February 22, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    You have shown it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to make a cute nursery for the new baby.

    1. Abbey

      February 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you, Candy! That was my goal! πŸ™‚

  • Holly

    February 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    So sweet! LOVE the scripture on the closet door πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      February 22, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks, Holly! πŸ™‚ I think that’s my favorite part, too!

  • Rose

    February 22, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Fantastic tips tips! It’s amazing how many deals you can find on thrift store or second-hand furniture. I absolutely love your DIY touches in the room!

    1. Abbey

      February 22, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks, Rose! πŸ™‚ You’re so right; there are so many great deals out there! DIY touches are my favorite!

  • Tricia

    February 22, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Your nursery looks great! We did our nursery on a budget too. Well, our entire house, really! πŸ™‚ I especially agree with budget decorating for a nursery though since the room will be changed in just a couple short years!

    1. Abbey

      February 22, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you, Tricia! πŸ™‚ We’re decorating our whole house on a budget, too! You’re absolutely right that the nursery is so temporary; it’s important to keep that in mind!

  • Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    February 23, 2017 at 12:08 am

    I am all about DIY and decor being budget friendly. I actually didn’t put hardly anything up in my daughter’s room when she was born besides a picture and a little shelf with a few small knick-knacks. I love that you point out that nurseries don’t have to be Pinterest perfect. Good luck as you continue getting ready to meet your little one!

    1. Abbey

      February 23, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Thank you, Shani! I totally agree! Plus, if you think about, the baby really doesn’t care about decorations! πŸ˜‰

  • Kaycee

    February 23, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Great tips! Preparing for a baby can be very money-consuming if we aren’t careful. And I love that little bear…so cute! Selah is a beautiful name.

    1. Abbey

      February 23, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Thanks so much, Kaycee! You’re so sweet!

  • Kristin

    February 23, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I love all of the decorations!!!! We reused when it came to furniture but with our second bought some new stuff. We did get lucky since we did a Dr Seuss theme that we had old cat and the hat stuffed animals that made perfect decorations for now and will be fun to play with later.

    1. Abbey

      February 23, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks, Kristin! It’s definitely a good idea to buy new sometimes. πŸ™‚ And using toys for decorations is BRILLIANT!

  • Sarah Althouse

    February 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I can’t wait to decorate a nursery once we have a baby. And I will definitely be repurposing pieces of furniture!

    1. Abbey

      February 23, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      It is so fun, Sarah! I’ve loved working on it! πŸ™‚

  • Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    February 23, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    That little cub sign is gorgeous! I’m not one for DIY projects, but I like to decorate with my own paintings and photographs to keep costs down when I decorate. πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      February 23, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you, Crystal! πŸ™‚ That’s such a smart idea!

  • Madison Weaver

    February 23, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    This is the cutest nursery! Congratulations on your sweet baby! ❀

    1. Abbey

      February 23, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Madison!

  • Brittany Putman

    February 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Aw! Your nursery is adorable! I think that she will be one very happy little girl!

    1. Abbey

      February 23, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you so much, Brittany! πŸ™‚ I sure hope so!

  • Gina

    February 23, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Awww I LOVE this! I repurposed furniture for our nursery as well, cannot wait to share. Your’s looks amazing!

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Thank you, Gina! I bet yours looks wonderful! πŸ™‚

  • Neely Moldovan

    February 24, 2017 at 11:00 am

    We DIY’d a ton of our nursery and did so many etsy finds!

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Etsy is so great, Neely! πŸ™‚

  • Rebekah

    February 24, 2017 at 11:29 am

    We don’t have a nursery, but I love these tips as they work well for any room in the house! Also, love your daughter’s name. I have friends with a Selah, and I love how it is becoming more popular.

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:31 am

      That’s so true, Rebekah! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Vickie Munton

    February 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    So cute! <3

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Thank you, Vickie!

  • courtney

    February 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    DIY is so key for decorating on a budget, I’m helping my friend decorate her little girls nursery and we are doing so many little DIY projects and repurposing so many vintage pieces. It really makes a difference.

    La Belle SireneΒ 

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Absolutely, Courtney! It’s fun, too! πŸ™‚

  • Diana

    February 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    This is beautiful! I can’t wait until I get to do this <3

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Thanks, Diana! πŸ™‚

  • Tess Bridges

    February 24, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I loved your post. I definitely agree that there are different ways of making a nursery on a budget. We found a old dresser at Value Village for $20 and refurbished it. We now have a lovely white dresser that will double as a changing table. I also love your baby girl’s name. PS Your nursery is cute.

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Thank you, Tess! That sounds like a great deal! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany Ferrell

    February 25, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Yes, I completely agree with repurposing! It is economical and add such a great look to the nursery! We found an old set of vintage drawers that we turned into a changing table! A little paint and cute knobs and voila! Something old is new again. Great tips!

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

      That’s awesome, Brittany! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • Kate Al

    February 25, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I love the idea of repurposing the old shelves from your tub! Saves money AND reduces your waste- two birds with one stone. Perfect!

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Thanks, Kate! It was a great discovery! πŸ™‚

  • Danielle

    February 26, 2017 at 7:23 am

    These are great tips! DIY is great! πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:33 am

      It sure is, Danielle! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Catherine Short

    February 26, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    It’s very easy to get sucked into the myth that you must spend lots of money on a nursery or even have a fully finished nursery before baby is born. We were given a hand-me-down crib and all of the furniture is from other places in our house. I’d still like a chair but that’ll come in time.

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Exactly, Catherine! The baby isn’t too worried about having the perfect decor! πŸ˜‰

  • adriana

    February 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Oh how cute is this!!! I love it, it came out beautifully!

    1. Abbey

      February 27, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Thank you, Adriana! πŸ™‚

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