If you're a parent or expecting you'll know how important it is to budget your funds.
Thankfully, subtle changes to the nursery room can make a huge difference without it needing to break the bank. Today we discuss 3 brilliant budget ideas that will improve the look of your nursery and home.
Up-cycle Old Nursery Furniture
Up cycling has been around for a while now but is still growing in popularity, it involves turning old dated furniture into modern pieces by using the latest trending colours and themes.
A typical example of this would be transforming a dark wooden bedside table into a refurbished grey side table as below. With a sanded rough look on top, that replicates many modern furniture’s found on sale in homeware stores across the UK.
For the nursery, instead of trying to find the perfect themed decor on Pinterest look out for old dated cots or tables that have character. You can then decorate them exactly to the needs of your baby room.
My Parents recently got into this and I found the idea exciting.
They purchased an unwanted coffee table for £30 from eBay and with the help of a few tools, transformed it into a modern table worth almost 3x its original cost.
If you are handy and willing to put in the effort, you may only spend a few hours on each piece. The clear benefit? Up cycling saves you potentially hundreds against the cost of brand new furniture even after purchasing the required equipment.
So what do you need?
- Electric Sander
- Chaulk paint/or alternative
Where to buy?
The best place to search has to be eBay; the auction giant holds some absolute bargains. Look out for any furniture, which is collection only for the best deals as there will be less bidders.
In addition, check out other websites such as Gumtree which normally has less to offer but sellers often are on there to get rid and free up space in the home.
Guides to follow
If you have been inspired be sure to check out the below links for guides and advice on bringing that old dated furniture back to life.
Save Money & Paint With Stencils
A great idea we came across recently was the idea of painting your wall decorations on by hand with stencils.
Don't waste time in trying to find them online, this exercise is all about saving money. Instead make them yourself from cardboard or thick paper.
The beauty of this method is that you can customise to your hearts content. If you want a different colour simply buy a different colour paint.
There are some drawbacks however, you have to be very accurate and you may experience over painting at times. You must also ensure every stencil is perfectly aligned if you want to be precise.
Colleen at Lemon Thistle provides a detailed tutorial on how you can perfect this and her blog post is well worth a read for plenty of other tips and tricks too.
Once your little one grows up or if you are ready for a change simply paint over the existing stencils with little or no fuss whatsoever.
Save Time & Money With Nursery Wall Stickers
Your third option allows you to save both time and money with simple to apply nursery wall stickers. Technology now allows us to design high quality vinyl's which are sharp and almost fault free.
There is no risk of over painting or uneven edges so you get a perfectly consistent finish, every time.
Small nursery wall stickers are the best option if you are looking for a simplistic effect whilst minimising the application time. Cloud wall stickers are a typical example of decals which you can 'peel and stick' with minimal fuss involved.
A further benefit to wall stickers and decals is that you will often be saving money in the long run against wallpaper and painting. If looked after they will last for many years indoors and are one of the cheapest ways to decorate your walls.
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