Small Spaces on a budget!
Welcome to our sweet new arrivals room. There are always some extra little to do’s… but for now I’m glad I got this far before she was born.
Coral and Gold… I have never been a Gold girl! However, I can’t seem to get enough of the little gold accents in our little girls room. The colors mesh perfectly, are soft, girly… yet not Pink! I love it and hope you do as well.
We had a very small space to work with. Actually this is our Guest bedroom, and the end of it we turned into her bedroom (being that there are only a few times out of the year that we have guests… and those times we can have her in our room). We wanted our kids rooms separated for the first year while they go through so many sleep changes.
Because we had such a small space to work with, we wanted only the necessities that a baby room needed. A crib, a changing table (small), and my favorite Rocking chair. In my sons room I loved using a normal dresser for the changing table, that way is had more than one purposes… but for this little one, we didn’t have man options that would fit in this small space.
Being that we are renting, we didn’t want to re-paint… and that shelf just happened to already be on the wall… so we made it work.
Also, most of the items were either free, thrifted or DIY.
I made: the bedsheets, a great way to get exactly the look you want and usually better quality at a better price. I also made the wooden hello sign. I absolutely love these simple boards. They cost about $6 for wood and hardware and I can switch out any paper clippings, photos or sayings all year long. The other wooden vase board I also made. Also $5… or less if you already have the glass like i did… I believe it was an old McCormick jar, washed, rinsed and turned into a vase. (lately I’ve been into using any type of glass bottle or jar to decorate with). The tulip flower jar is an old baby food jar. After a walk on our Whidbey Island Beach, I collected drift wood and made a driftwood ladder to hold all of her blankets- I loved this projects and I love displaying her blankets…. it just barely fits in the room… but I had to keep it and make it work after I made it. It was easy-peasy…. match your drift wood up at the beach, bring it home, and tie it together (I however did nail the pieces together just for extra stability).
Thrifted/garage sale items: The cirb (my husband called and said he found a crib but didn’t know if I’d like it… however, it happened to be almost exactly the look I was going for, small vintage spindles, neutral brown, and only $5. It was from grandparents that rarely used it… and was a steal of a deal. Maybe one day I’ll paint it). The chalk board frame (I had Home Depot-my favorite store- cut a thin board to fit the frame, then painted black chalkboard paint on it), the alpaca dream catcher, clipboard (in free garage sale pile), and the other gold frames we all garage sale finds. The gold leaf was made by my friend for our baby shower (I kept one and placed it in the thrifted frame).
Additions to come: a wood burned quote sign, and a baby mobile (a gold bird, drift wood and pom poms or something to that extent). Put pictures in frames.
It’s always nice to finish projects and have things done. This space was sure tiny to work with… but I feel that with what we had we made it work perfect. I love being in that room and rocking in my favorite rocker! Especially with my new little one. It is a perfect space for her and us. It’s light, airy, whimsical, woodsy, girly,and fresh… all in one!
I hope you enjoyed our little tour.