Addyson’s Bright and Colorful Nursery

Mama Say What reader Briana shares her daughter’s cheery and distinctive nursery, which went from zero to ‘finished’ in the nick of time. Only a couple of weeks passed before the master bedroom was transformed into a bright, welcoming abode for baby Addyson.

If you are waiting to ‘remodel’ a room in late pregnancy, this room shows that having your basic thoughts planned out ahead will make your vision a reality. 

How did you decide what theme or style you wanted for the room?

Deciding on the nursery decor was a struggle. While we knew the baby was a girl, we didn’t want anything pale pink, nor did we desire anything really trendy. Nothing against the beautiful nurseries decorated with owls or birds, but they just aren’t ‘us’ and we searched and searched before deciding. Once I found the bedding set designed with its circles and angles in brighter colors of darker pink, orange and green, everything started falling into place for plans in the room.

What are the main colors?

The walls are light cream. One accent wall has bold pink, orange and green, tying it into the bedding color. The light walls are nicely off-set by both dark espresso and white furniture in the room.

How did you bring it all together? Inspiration boards, Pinterest, all in your head?

My mom actually came up with most of the ideas, especially the accent wall. She hand painted the wall design to match the bedding and it brings the whole room together. I guess we’d have to say the ideas just came to us as we started furnishing the room.

Where did you find the key elements and fun details?

As I mentioned, it was a long hunt finding what we wanted. I actually scored the bedding set, which was pre-owned, on Craigslist. We also bought all the furniture used, except the crib, which I already owned from my firstborn’s nursery. Babies are expensive enough so I didn’t feel a need to spend a fortune completing the nursery! The colors are unexpected, which is one of the reasons I love it. However, I was concerned that finding additional sheets to coordinate would be a challenge, but Target (of course!) came to our rescue.

How did you keep your room budget-friendly?

Used, hand-made and recycled— that was the key! We bought the bedding set used from Craigslist. My mom found a complementary fabric to the bedding and made the curtains. I spray-painted my son’s oak-colored crib that he used ten years ago, changing it to an espresso color. (I love that both my children have used the same crib!) I found another tremendous Craigslist deal for a tallboy dresser and a shorter, wide dresser which we are using as a changing table. They were both orange oak colored, and my mom repainted them with white chalk paint, which transformed them amazingly! She also changed the knobs on the furniture to espresso, tying the white furniture to the dark of the crib and bookshelf in the room. One creative and inexpensive touch is the canvas above the changing table. It is four dollar-spot canvases painted in the room’s colors and hot glued together, with a ‘LOVE” cutout  in the nursery green glued atop it. It provides a customized look for a $5 expense! The final pre-owned piece in the room is the glider/recliner. My in-laws and husband surprised me with it as a Christmas/baby shower gift. I had been drooling over the ad on Craigslist about the swivel rocker recliner for weeks, especially since the color would look great in the room! 

What do you love most about the room?

I love the accent wall above the crib! The hand-painted designs make the wall very custom, and a script name cut-out painted the nursery green color provides the finishing touch the wall needed.

Did anyone else give any input on the room?

My husband and mom were a huge help with making decisions and then putting the thoughts into action. They did all of the work since I was barely weeks away from delivery when the nursery was put together. Our master suite addition was finally completed during my eighth month, so we didn’t have a lot of time to move from the vacated bedroom/future nursery to our new suite before baby arrived.

What advice would you give to other mamas about how to make their dream room a reality?

Find a color scheme you like and don’t be afraid to think outside the box! While I may have purchased used bedding, babies hardly ever use the comforter, and in our case, the sheets were like new as well! We saved a significant amount of money over purchasing new items, so don’t be afraid to check Craigslist, garage sales, mom-to-mom-group sales, or consignment sales to find what will work best for you.

A nursery needn’t break the bank to be adorable and a perfect fit for your child! Happy hunting!

2 Responses to Addyson’s Bright and Colorful Nursery

  1. this nursery is absolutely adorable! Great job to all involved!

  2. This is super cute! I am doing a grey nursery right now….not very colorful!

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