Budget-Friendly Boy Nursery Makeover

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by Top Shelf DIY
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5 Days

I love cheap nursery makeovers and my second son's room was no exception. This time, however, I had a little helper with me in the form of Big Brother Evan.

One feature wall and several coats of white paint later, here's how the room turned out:

That's my little William in the photo, posing like the sweet little cherub he is/was.

Did I mention he's a 13 month-old toddler now?

This post is just a tad overdue!

The room glamour shots were taken after his birth for one BIG reason – that little stinker came five weeks early! I was right in the middle of doing polka-dot stamps when my amniotic fluid bag sprung a leak. At first I was in denial, because I had already devoted the day to stamping, but as the trickles continued there was no denying it – this guy was coming with or without polka-dots!

I hadn't packed a hospital bag yet, but your girl had all the paint and stencil supplies ready in the wings 😂

Here's what the room looked like before any work was completed.

Basically this room can be broken down into five DIY projects:

1. Board and Batten Install

2. Repainting the entire room white

Note the streaks of white paint on my supervisor's red pants.

3. Adding custom-length blackout curtains

4. Painting a polka dot stencil wall

Progress photo. This is how Will's room looked the day he was born. Whoops!

5. Building and painting a custom wood sign

I'm pretty sure I jinxed myself using this "To sleep perchance to dream" Shakespeare quote because Will had reflux and wasn't consistently sleeping through the night until he was about a year old. Poor little bud.

Total cost to create this project: $5. The only thing I needed to buy was the transparency paper.

For the full post head on over to Top Shelf DIY, where I provide more tips on how we saved money in this nursery!

Happy projecting!

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  • Leslie Leslie on May 16, 2021

    Hi, the bed and the room turned out beautifully. I love the fact that you were not afraid to put up black curtains. Well done!!!

  • P P on May 18, 2022

    The Shakespearean quote from Hamlet, 'to sleep perchance to dream' is referring to death! might want to be sure it's off the wall before he's reading the play in school!