Taking on this project was a lot of work but so much fun! I love DIY projects but a word of caution: you need A LOT of patience and spare time! Luckily I was on summer vacation so all I had was time.. Patience is something I'm working on. =)
Since my sister and brother in law were not finding out the sex of the baby, I had to keep it gender neutral. Seeking something bright and fresh with pops of colour, I came up with this "mood board".
For the most part, decorating is not cheap...especially when starting from scratch. All the little things add up. Fast. The pieces in the mood board add up to about $700. And that's NOT including the crib which my parents were gifting to them. (And of course not including labour or design fees).
My sister and brother in law came back to me with a budget of $300. This was going to be tricky...
First to go was paint. Even though paint is one of the cheapest ways to decorate a room, their walls were textured and would require a lot more paint, not to mention a lot of work. Besides, a white room is just fine with me.
I then went hunting. Online for the best deals, thrift stores for items I could refinish and lastly my parents home for furniture. My mom is something of a hoarder...
Even with these changes a budget of $300 was proving to be impossible... Average rocking chairs alone are about $300.
Thankfully my dad offered to buy the rocking chair for them. I love Eames furniture...one day I hope to afford originals rather than knock offs. We got ours for a really good price at NOOD.
My sister's friend kindly gave us $100 for the room which allowed us to afford this!
I love the knitted grey pouf from CB2 but my sister wasn't fond of it. The Etsy cover is removable and washable so it's more practical than the knitted pouf.
Other items are from Ikea and Fabric.com.
Overall, I'm quite pleased (and relieved) at the outcome. It's not too babyish so hopefully the baby will love it for years to come!
*Update* Links: Toy Chest Transformation, ABC Storage Cabinet, Frames, Change Table