July 15, 2009

Nursery Reveal

Okay, let me preface it by saying this: my goal for this project was to do it as cheap as possible. The main reason being that this will probably be a temporary nursery for us. I KNOW if we have a little girl I'm going to want it to be more feminine than a gender neutral nursery would allow. There were a few color palettes I could have gone with that would have allowed me to take the nursery either way once we learned the gender of the child we'd be getting, but I decided against that for 2 reasons. A.) I wanted something that would photograph well for the Life Book, and 2.) Everything else I had found as possibilities was either too girly, too boy-y(how do you spell that? boyee?), or was really nice, so it would have required spending a lot more $$ now, and like I said...I wanted to wait to make a full commitment to how our nursery would be decorated. So without further ado, here it is:


I set a budget of $75, and was actually able to come in under that. (I'll price it out below.) The room was inspired by the canopy, which I found at IKEA, and then when I saw the little quilt that matched, I thought it'd be perfect! They actually had a show room at IKEA using this canopy in an adorable shabby-chic girls room (and an amazing chandelier!), so I think it can definitely be taken that direction too.

So back to the goal: a big bang for a little buck. I saw the idea to use scrapbook paper to decorate your wall at Spearmint Baby. I thought this would be a great way to add some color without painting and committing to a color scheme. So I decided to pull 4 colors from the quilt, which at the time I thought were pretty subtle. Now that I have them on the wall they are much LOUDER than I anticipated. :) Though the colors do match the quilt perfectly.


Pricing Details:

Crib - FREE (thanks Mom & Dad!)


Bumper - $14.99


Green Blanket - $9.99


Sheets - FREE (thanks Rach!)


Quilt - $14.99


Canopy - $19.99


Mattress
- FREE (thanks Jen!)


Scrapbook paper & glue dots - $15


Grand total: $74.96
(and now I've got 4 cents burning a hole in my pocket.)

Soo...what's the verdict? Love it? Hate it? Dizzy? Is it too much going on at once? Sometimes I love it and sometimes I'm not so sure of myself. If you were a birth mom, would you want your baby to live here? Sound off below please!

37 comments:

  1. It's absolutely adorable! I love the bright colors and think it photographs wonderfully. :-)

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  2. Love it! Wow- I would have NEVER thought of using paper... wonder if my 2 y-o would leave it on the wall? Hmmm...

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  3. I love IT!!! The baby will love the bright colors! It is very warm and welcoming any birth mother will love it!!

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  4. Amazing room, plus when he or she gets older they can color on the walls and you won't care (ha ha!)

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  5. I didn't realize that was scrapbook paper although that is what you said... you gave me a great idea for Mak's room - stay tuned for what I do to her room!

    P.S. My co-workers LOVES it!!!

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  6. how cute! What a great idea using paper!! I think it's precious and will adorable in your life book!

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  7. Hi! New follower here! Finally decided to post! I LOVE the nursery and any baby that gets to live there will love it too! Congrats on completing and my prayers are with you during this journey!
    Samantha from Georgia
    (found you through my dear friend Holly's blog.)

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  8. nice! I think the scrapbook paper idea is genius. I'm wondering if you should also try to get some sort of changing table set up? It may not be worth it (you couldn't really see it very well in the photo probably anyway) but in considering our own nursery, I've been trying to figure that same question out--do we just do the bed or do we also need a changing table or a rocking chair or some shelves or....??? Like your room, ours is small and difficult to photograph, so I'm not sure how much of that stuff would show up anyway. Now you've got me excited to start on our room! paperwork first....

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  9. You are so on top of things! I love it and love how creative you are!

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  10. This is adorable! I've been trying to decorate my son's room this week. I'm going for a cabin-woodsy theme, it's not nearly as cute as what you have going on! Good job!

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  11. Wow! That is just amazing!!!!

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  12. LOVE it! I think it's perfect for either a boy or girl. Since the blocks are solid colors it's not too busy for me. And by the way---I'm new to following your story.

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  13. Impressive! Man, you are good with a budget! ; ) So cute and very gender neutral!! great job!

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  14. You are SO crafty. (BTW you ARE the Sarah I was thanking in the blog. I Love, Love, LOVE the blocks!!!)

    I think it's adorable. I'm totally in to non-traditional, non-baby, baby rooms. It's different in a GOOD way :).

    And I think we have the same crib in a different color - Simplicity?

    Can't wait to see a baby in that crib!!!

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  15. LOVE it! I'm jealous because I am just not that creative... will you come do mine???

    It looks great!

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  16. LOVE it too! I would totally want my baby to sleep in this room...looks like a room fit for a king or queen!:)

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  17. That is so adorable! The colors are so vibrant and happy. It would be perfect for a boy or a girl.

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  18. You did an awesome job! I wish you and your husband the best on you adoption journey!

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  19. Looks great! I love that quilt! And, I would have never thought of using scrapbook paper-- GREAT idea!

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  20. What an amazing nursery...at any price. I cannot believe for less than $75 you could create something so adorable! :)
    Carrie

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  21. Gorgeous! I love how you used the scrapbook paper. The colors are great for a boy or girl.....I hope your baby finds his or her way into that nursery very soon.

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  22. Hey Sarah! That is crazy about Krysta and you just seeing her last night! Her story is so incredible!

    I love the nursery! Very cute! I love all the bright colors--i've always heard bright colors were better than pastels.

    I live in Mena---teach with Kristy. She is a hoot!

    Hope to talk to you more!

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  23. Hi! I found your blog randomly - I'm friends with Jen who went down to visit Kristy this week. I clicked to Hoping and Waiting's blog through hers and saw your comment about working in FS. I live in FS! Small world! Where do you work? Hope you'll stop by and "visit" us soon!

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  24. Hey!! I saw your comment to my friend Susan... We live in Mena! I am in FS all. the. time. We should meet up sometime! =) =)

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  25. WOW!! I love the nursery and I love the price! :) Great job and I love the wall, love the colors, what a lot of hard work, it paid off big time!

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  26. Okay. I absolutely LOVE that wall. I am seriously trying to figure out where to do that now! (It would be so great for my photography!!)

    You did an amazing job. I would have thought you spent 10x more! :o)

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  27. I LOVE IT! You are SO creative! I can't believe you did that for under $75!

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  29. I'm very jealous of your creativity and craftiness. If I were a baby, I'd love that nursery! lol! Looks awesome!

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  30. I was just at Ikea and saw that adorable quilt! I knew it looked familiar and then I remembered you have it! Such a cute nursery. I can't wait to start doing mine...but for now, the carseat and bassinet will have to do. I'm trying not to get too ahead of myself! :)

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  31. Hi! I just jumped over from Heather's blog, and I'm glad I did! This nursery is super! I love, love how creative you were with the scrapbook paper! Best wishes!

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  32. I love the bedroom. I have a friend who is expecting and she is trying to decide what to do for a room. I am going to have to tell her to look here! She will love the idea!

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  33. Congrats for getting on spearmint baby! Your awesome!

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  34. I saw your nursery on Design Dazzle. It looks fabulous! Where did you find that quilt?

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  35. Your nursery is so darn cute! You did a GREAT job!!

    Oh, I'm following your blog and your journey!

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