Sydney’s DIY Pink And Teal Nursery

Check out mama Heidi’s amazing nursery for her new baby girl. It is hard to believe that the elements of this pink, grey and aqua chevron room are almost entirely DIY’ed and purchased from the thrift store or Craigslist. This nursery proves that you don’t need to break the bank in order to have a stunning room for your new baby!

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

I searched and searched for color inspiration all over. I went back and forth on a decision between pink and grey and pink and aqua until one day I decided to just mix all three colors together. Why not? I was pregnant and basically sitting at a desk all day, so I had LOTS of time to scour the internet and come up with a plan of action. I even created a mock room in Photoshop to see what it might look like once I had an idea I liked! 

What are the main colors?

Pink, teal, grey and white.

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

Well the main inspiration behind the room was a piece of chevron fabric I found and a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I was sent a free stencil of my choice to review for their website (check it out on MSW!) and when I saw this damask pattern, I knew that was the one for the nursery! How could it not be!?  Now - to pick what color the stencil would be…

I definitely pinned many different ideas and went nuts on little projects. I started looking for old or vintage-y frames that I wanted to paint. I found another pink and aqua fabric to go with the chevron. I had so many ideas in my head, I just hoped I could put them all together when it came time to actually do the room.

As for the gallery wall - I had collected so many old frames and I lined them up on my floor a million different ways, re-arranging and switching them around until I found an arrangement that worked. Then, I just started hammering nails in the wall and hoped they were in the right spot!

Where did you find the key elements and fun details?

Honestly, almost everything was found through Craigslist and thrift stores. I was so excited when I saw a brass chandelier on Craigslist, so I snatched that up right away and painted it. All of the frames and mirrors that hang over her dresser were found at thrift stores and garage sales. Most of them were ugly brass or wood before. It’s amazing what a little paint can do! 

One of my favorite finds was the dresser: another Craigslist steal. I was planning on using an old dresser we had in our basement but when I saw someone selling this baby - how could I pass it up!? It was definitely old and cracking, but once I painted it, it turned into such a cute, shabby little piece and It definitely MADE the room! Check out how I did it here.

The crib bedding is handmade. My mom sewed the bumper and I made a no-sew crib skirt since I am definitely not a sewing expert!

I accidentally ordered two sets of the curtains, but they were so cheap I just kept the second set and turned it into a little canopy above the chair.

How did you keep your room budget-friendly? 

Like I said before, thrift stores and Craigslist saved me hundreds of dollars with this room! I wanted to DIY a lot of things and was willing to put some effort into the room, not only to save money, but to add personal touches to it. The crib bedding, the dresser, the chandelier, the frames… they were all DIY projects. I saw an amazing crib bedding set online which was SUPER expensive and I knew my husband wouldn’t go for it. So I ordered similar chevron fabric I liked, along with a few other pink and teal fabrics for the bumper my mom made. I saved about 300 bucks on that alone!

What do you love most about the room?

It’s so hard to pick one thing! I just love that I was able to bring all my ideas together. I love that the stencil is the first thing you see when you walk into the room. And the bumpers my mom sewed are perfect! And I especially LOVE how the dresser turned out. It is the perfect addition to the shabby feel of the room. Sometimes I go a little overboard and get carried away when I have an idea in my head! (No way!) Although it might be a lot of mismatched patterns and ‘too much’ going on for some people, I love it and hopefully my daughter does too!

Did anyone else give any input on the room? If so, what?

I threw some ideas off my mom and sister. My mom and dad were a HUGE help with the stencil wall, as I was eight months pregnant at the time. My dad was all up on the ladder with his tape measure hanging the chandelier while my mom and I did the stencil. It was a labor of love - that’s for sure! As for my husband, I tried to ask his opinions, but he said it wasn’t his forte, so he just let me go to town. 

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

Anything is possible! Find ideas you like and don’t order the first thing you see. If you love something expensive, there are probably ways of finding it or doing it yourself for much cheaper. If you are willing to put a little time and effort into it, there are many DIY possibilities. Everything in this nursery could have been ordered or bought for hundreds of dollars more… like the dresser, the chandelier, the crib bedding - but I found ways to make them for less. AND I like them so much more because they are are more personalized and they turned out even better than anything I could’ve purchased at a store. I am obsessed with DIY-ing! Give it a try or ask for help! And most importantly, have fun with it!

6 Responses to Sydney’s DIY Pink And Teal Nursery

  1. This is one of the most amazing nurseries I have ever seen!

  2. I love the bright colors! Great job mama!

  3. I seriously adore this nursery! Great job, mama!

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  6. Where did you get the fabric?

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