Grace’s Shabby Chic Nursery

The long-awaited photos are here!! While it’s not 100% finished, it’s picture ready. Items left to do: rug and glider. The glider should be arriving shortly before or after Grace.

IMG_9520If you know me, you’ll know that part of the joy I have in decorating is doing it well… with as little money as possible. Embroidery hoops are cheap – especially when you have a grandmother-in-law who sews and a friend who hordes an excessive amount of them. The fabric in the hoops was all thrifted and includes pillow cases, fabric shower curtains,  and twin sheets. Each cost only $1-$3.

The mobile is an old lamp shade which I tore the fabric from and wrapped the wires in scraps from one of the pillow cases. I got the idea here. For the hanging pieces, I bought a HUGE book of scrapbook paper from Michael’s and some clear jewelry wire (which resembles fishing wire).


IMG_9524We needed to figure out to do with the awkwardly shaped window in her room. The window is small and high – so it’s unlikely that anyone would be peeping into it – but it makes me feel better to have some sort of covering. I had tons of fabric left from the embroidery hoops so made a fabric garland using fabric strips, some lace ribbon and twine.


IMG_9525With all the extra scrapbook paper left from the mobile I modge-podged paper onto some cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby (each cost $1). I was going to do the entire alphabet, but I thought better of the idea and thinking I might become hateful toward modge podge – and the alphabet – by the end of the project. So instead I simply completed the letters of her short, 5 letter name. And just to instill the English language into our sweet little genius, I bought a vintage-style alphabet poster that I hung from a wooden pant hanger. The poster was purchased from for only $4 [note: it’s actually wrapping paper]! I also loaded up on awesome maps for $4 a piece that are in my living room. This website is worth a look.


Considering we received a TON of books from my baby shower we needed a bookshelf, and I wasn’t really loving any I was seeing while thrifting. Our living room makeover freed up a cheapo laminate bookshelf I bought at Walmart 8 years ago. Instead of throwing it away, I found a great tutorial on how to paint laminate furniture and enlisted my husband (dad of the year) to do the job. NOTE: do not do this tutorial if your an expecting mama. The fumes are are horrendous.


And now for the changing area. Chris’s grandparents had this old dresser in their basement so we snatched it up! The changing pad (which is HUGE, by the way) doesn’t quite fit, but Chris will cut a piece of wood that will help stabilize it. No one wants a poopy baby falling off the changing table! The hanging dress is Chris’ family baptismal gown that Grace will wear at at her baptism. However, my baptismal gown (which was made for me by my Aunt Robin) will actually hang there once Chris’ grandma gets the puke stains out of it.

So that’s Grace’s room! Glad to have it [mostly] finished. More photos of the house coming soon!!


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