th e g n e ati u ’v Cre o ey i ng m m o a h dre n e be of! Vol. 5 # 8 DOING IT RIGHT With help from D4 Construction How to Decorate the Nursery When Your Budget is Small We all have a vision of the perfect nursery… There’s no need to spend a fortune to create a beautiful nursery... © 2010, Joanne Spruyt D4 Construction But is there really any need for you to spend $2,000 in order to decorate and furnish a space that, in a couple years, will be outgrown? This month we’re going to look at several different ways in which a nursery can be decorated no matter how small your budget. ⇒ You don’t have to be artistically in- clined, but if you want, why not add some stencil designs to the walls? This is an inexpensive and easy way of adding different elements and features to your baby’s room. It’s best to choose stencils which will match the theme of the room. ⇒ As far as the floor is concerned, make sure that you have a stain resistant carpet, or choose a hardwood floor with some scatter rugs on it. If you already have carpet and you’re worried that it may not stand up well, why not get an area rug which will cover and protect it? ⇒ When you’re decorating your nursery Follow these steps… ⇒ Paint the nursery instead of using wallpaper. Choose colors that’ll coordinate with the baby’s toys, rather than going for the traditional colors. Invite friends and family and get them to dip their hands into a pot of paint and place their handprints on the wall. They could even sign their names underneath if they want. By doing it this way your baby will get to enjoy a brightly colored room full of contrasting patterns. This is of especial appeal to young infants. It’s also an interesting way of introducing them to those people who’ll be important in their lives as they grow up. consider buying some secondhand, or lovingly used, pieces instead. You may find items that are of a higher quality than you’d normally be able to purchase. You might even find a vintage piece of furniture, which you can then refinish to match the décor of the nursery. ⇒ Get an old, beat up chest of drawers and paint with a high gloss paint and replace the handles on it. ⇒ Consider buying a piece of furniture that can be used for many different things. Don’t spend money on buying a changing table but instead buy yourself a dresser that’s about waist high, and put your changing mat on top. Doing it Right ⇒ Then fill the drawers with all your dia- ⇒ Add some colorful characters to the per needs. In order to stop the pad from slipping, place a small bath mat with a rubber backing face down underneath it. Once your child is older, the chest of drawers can be used as it was intended. ⇒ Instead of spending large amounts of mals help to money on buying storage boxes for your nursery, why not use baskets and shelves instead to store toys and other infant essentials? make the ⇒ Create a wooden letter wall accent by Stuffed ani- purchasing wooden letters that spell out your child’s name. Give the letters a fresh coat of brightly colored paint that matches your chosen décor and hang them with a ribbon from the focus wall or ceiling. room cozy and inviting... walls. Use stencils, decals, or posters to add a mural to the focus wall. Storybook characters from nursery rhymes or books work well—characters such as Raggedy Ann and Andy, Noah’s Ark and Mother Goose. There are many decorating ideas around which could save you a lot of money. If you want still more ideas simply Google “decorating a nursery”. Hopefully, the ideas above will help you when making your decorating decisions. Upcoming Topics ⇒ Decorate Your Child’s Room ⇒ Decorate Your Teen’s Room ⇒ Add some stuffed animals. Create a small grouping of stuffed animals on a dresser or bookshelf to add that cozy feel to the room. As your child gets older they can become his/her toys. The ⇒ For more Remodeling articles see our website— www.RemodelingItRight.com D4 Guarantee D1 – Your job will be done for the price specified— there are no surprises or hidden costs. D2 – Your job will be completed the way you want it done. D3 – If you aren’t satisfied with the finished product For more information: If you’re interested in: • D4– All work comes with a 2-year guarantee on work- Protecting the value of your home • Turning your house into your dream home • Have remodeling questions—needs we’ll fix it for free. manship Making the Most of Moldings Then you need to call Mike Spruyt 250-572-4812 Not interested in receiving future issues? Send us your name and address via snail mail or email and we’d be happy to remove you from our mailing list.
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