Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Big Reveal

It's like in Extreme Home Makeover- "Move that bus!" Here's the nursery!

I am taking credit in that everything is "Designs by Dolly" and most of it came from craft stores or the clearance racks. That's right moms-to-be out there, you don't have to fall into the Babies R Us you-must-buy-these-30-items-to-complete-your-nursery trap that can cost as much as a used car. I'm not trying to mock any moms who did go that route, but I considered it a challenge to not spend that much. In fact, if I total everything, we didn't spend more than $450 on EVERYTHING you see in this room. EVERYTHING. I can only say that with the gracious gift of the glider from Donna & Jerry (THANK YOU!!!). But the crib was used & came with the mattress set, furniture is used and got a paint job, art was handmade with supplies from AC Moore, and all accessories like sheets or baskets were from the clearance racks or under $10. My Grandma Margaret always said I was a sucker for those bargains, and now I just plain take pride in it. See those little flower stickers in the 2nd picture that are on the smaller canvases? My inspiration hit me like Evan Almighty in the aisles of JoAnn Fabrics when I saw those little suckers. The rest was history with a little creative thinking and Google :)

Here are some before pics of the blank canvas...


  1.'ve done such a great job. I'm just starting to think about our nursery and have no idea where to start!
    Where did you get your area rug...that is just the style we're looking for but with different colors?

    -friend of Andrea's, Jess G.

  2. First, I must say Jessica that your parents gave you a great name. Second, the rug came from Target in the regular rug section- not the kids. If you're lost on where to start, I would suggest finding your "style" with a Google image search with something like "nursery ideas" or "neutral nursery". From there you can get ideas and maybe even pick the color family you like. Just take that color family and hit the stores! It takes some will power mixing and matching from a bunch of different stores' selections, but eventually it will all come together in the room.

  3. I LOVE IT! it turned out SO GOOD!!!