Ever since finding out we were having a baby boy I have had a growing imagination about how I could invisage our first ever nursery looking.
I have spent many sleepless nights pinning a variety of pictures to my Pinterest board, aimlessly searched through baby magazines, baby and children’s online retail pictures and walked around ‘dream’ set ups in baby stores.
One of the things I instantly realised is how expensive everything is. Ok I want the nursery to be beautiful & of course perfect but not as a result of spending an absolute fortune.
I can understand why people do spend a fortune, just like weddings. We want perfection but I want to prove it doesn’t mean spending loads. I am planning a wedding and the arrival of our first baby so I know that the moment the word ‘wedding’ or ‘baby’ is used the £ signs are high.
I personally decided I didn’t want to spend £500 plus on our furniture. In my head I knew exactly what I wanted though, so I decided every day to keep an eye out for little pieces/furniture and all the things I wanted but with a price in mind.
I knew I wanted a 3 piece white furniture set, I kept an eye out on all of the sales on line and compared lots of websites and stores. I found you get what you pay for. The cheaper budget furniture had terrible reviews and of course the high priced pieces were highly recommended. I spent many days working my way through Gumtree the local paper and eBay. I found myself watching a lot of different sets but none of them were the ‘perfect’ set.
Last week – I was very excited to see a white 3 piece set a few years old but in good condition on EBay. Listed at £70 and based just 5 miles away. I couldn’t risk this going. I emailed the seller and we agreed on a buy it now price of £100. What a result! An ex £599.00 3 piece mamas and papas furniture set for £100. My fiancé and brother in law picked it up and I was over the moon with it.
We decided to have a feature wall. One of the reasons I chose the wallpaper I did is because I didn’t want anything too young/baby related. We don’t plan on staying in this home for more than 2 years before selling so ideally I wanted the room to appeal to a buyer whilst also being perfect for our little boy.
I chose a ‘deck chair’ stripe wallpaper from B&Q, we only needed 2 rolls and they were £9.00 each.
I chose a B&Q sky blue colour paint in silk. The tub was around £13.00 and that was enough to give two layers on the walls.
We did all the work ourselves and felt really proud after!
One of the problems we have in our home is the lack of storage. Therefore I wanted to try and be storage wise in the nursery for everything to have a place.
Here are some of the pieces I have got so far:
Large white basket £4.99 – Homebargains store. Perfect for the early years soft toys.
Hard cream baskets £2.99 each The Range Store.
Baskets that for perfectly on top of the wardrobe – £0.99p each from the 99p Store.
Blue plastic baby hangers 0.59p for a pack of 6 – Home Bargains
Under the cot I have put roller boxers for all the toiletries and nappies for be stored away. I already had these and had got a pack of 2 from Argos for £9.99.
We still have the mattress to get where we won’t be cutting any corners and will be getting a full prices spring mattress from John Lewis but I think this is important and hopefully means it will last longer.
We also purchased a black out roller blind from Dunelm for £11.99.
We are so pleased with the nursery. I am currently washing and ironing all the clothes and putting them in there places 💙💙 it all feels like it is coming together nicely. Without spending a crazy amount of money!
Plaque £1.99 Home Bargains
One of the things to remember is that all the searching for the right items to come up can take time and patience. Especially when you just want to get it done. Luckily we had enough time to keep an eye out for the bargain pieces.
I love the nursery just as much as I would have if we had spent a fortune!
Whether you do your nursery on a budget or pay full price for everything. It’s such an exciting room to put together and it really creates that ‘reality’ feeling. I find myself walking in and out of there just to have a look around and imagine our little boy in there 💙.