BABY’S BEDROOM TOUR // Making Nice in the Nursery

I’m so excited to finally share our little girl’s nursery with you! Sure, she’ll just be a little baby who sleeps, and poops, and spits up everywhere. And for the first couple of months, she’ll actually be snoozing away the nights (fingers crossed!) in a bassinet in our bedroom, rather than in her crib you see here. But still, it was so fulfilling to put together a fun, friendly, and cute little room for our little girl who will surely have all of those characteristics and more! I hope we can spend lots of time in here, reading together, playing pretend, watching the squirrels run through the backyard, and wave at the trains that go by. Hopefully she will love her room, and when she’s old enough, together we can add special touches of her own.

As an interior design school graduate, and a person who just generally loves to decorate, I was sort of super bummed out by the tiny bit of our budget we were able to allot for putting together a nursery. I told myself it didn’t matter. I reminded myself that babies don’t care about nurseries, and that I shouldn’t either… but none of those things worked. I still found myself obsessing over this project, and somehow managing to pull everything together on a shoestring budget. I feel pleased and blessed to be so happy with the little space. And now I have motivation to turn my attention to planning the decor of the rest of our home.

  • Our drop-rail on the crib is currently facing the wall, and will be bolted to disable that feature.
  • The art hanging above the crib is securely fixed with heavy-duty foam tape.
  • The chord for the balloon lamp on the crib wall has been secured to the wall with coax staples.
  • The flooring in our home is terrazzo, which is marble chips laid into cement and sealed.
  • I shared some planning details for this room at this post and this post.
  • Below, I’ve noted where items were purchased/how they were revamped.

  • dresser: hand-me-down from my grandparents
  • rocking chair: Craigslist find – 1955 rocker reupholstered with a blanket by me and Phil
  • lockers: Craigslist find, repainted by my father
  • pepsi crate: vintage
  • white toy basket on lockers: Marshalls Department Store
  • floating book shelves: Umbra Conceal Floating Bookshelf from Amazon
  • three-unit crate shelf: Marshalls (gift from parents)
  • side table/typist stand by rocker: thrifted
  • yellow lamp: thrifted
  • pouf under typist stand: DIY (my process shown here)
  • set of two interlocking wall shelves: vintage (from Etsy)
  • crib: Craigslist (gift from parents)
  • rug: Flokati purchased on eBay 4 years ago
  • pom pom garland: made by me with yarn scraps
  • rag doll on interlocking shelves: Oh Just Dandy on Etsy
  • striped knit bunny on crate shelves: Bi Bi oj Blaka on Etsy
  • knit bunny in white basket on lockers: BlaBlah Kids
  • all linens (crib sheet and changing pad cover aside): vintage or handmade by me/as gifts
  • coral flock screen print: purchase from Three Potato Four four years ago
  • all other art, toys, books, and clothing: thrifted and/or vintage
  • curtains: Lowes
  • wall paint: Valspar brand (from Lowes- can’t recommend it) color: Champagne Pink
  • curtain rods: Bed Bath and Beyond

81 Responses

  1. I adore every single thing down to the last detail! Your little girl is so lucky! My favorite things are the books on the wall, the girl hanger, the little boxes on the wall, and the white locker as storage. Amazing job! Now settle down mamma, you have to rest!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  2. Mandi,

    It Looks fantastic! You did a great job with your small budget.

    Thanks for sharing, it makes me want babies in my belly. Ha


  3. Wow, this nursery is SO cute. You did an amazing job. Can I live in there?

  4. bibi says:

    I love love love it!!! It’s so great!!!!

  5. Steffy says:

    it is soooo cute!! i love the lockers!


  6. Amanda says:

    I love it. Such amazing finds. I love how she will be able to grow into the space. Excellent job!

  7. see, your gift for decorating places amazes me, and this is so gorgeous. I love the shelves, the furniture (the lockers are great), the art, everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come decorate my boys’ room. It’s boring. Nothing on their walls at all.

    • Mandi says:

      I can’t wait to decorate a boy’s room someday- because it would be a real challenge for me, probably. I thought it might be fun to do some western themes, just because I really loved playing Zoro type of imagination games when I was a kiddo.

  8. Nora says:

    Every single detail is really, really wonderful. It may have been done with a little budget, but it looks absolutely priceless!

  9. heather says:

    This is SOOO cute! I love it! And its always so much more satisfying when you’re forced to be creative and use your imagination to bring things together. Its so sweet and vintage and a room that will easily grow with her.
    We also used an old family dresser in our nursery, and I love it! After our girl outgrew the changing table, it became just her normal dresser and she keeps her treasures and ‘fine jewelry’ on the top. She’s also inherited my love of decorating at all of 5 years old, and its so funny to see them develop their own tastes and style!

  10. hillary says:

    Oh, it’s charming! I really love the vintage furniture you’re using. We also used a vintage drop-side crib but the construction on ours (built by my dad for me in the 70’s) makes it impossible for the drop side to detach unless the baby literally ripped the screws from the wood (which would cause a danger even in a non-drop-side). I think a lot of the dangerous drop-side cribs were ones built with plastic parts holding the drop side in place. As usual, older stuff is built to last. :) Even though our baby didn’t sleep in the nursery much, I really enjoyed nursing and playing with her in there. I don’t think you’ll regret having the space designated for her! We’re not making a nursery for our 2nd because we think the guest room will be more valuable real estate for the first year, but I am looking forward to decorating another big girl room in a couple years!

    I also love the look of the floating bookshelves…great space-saver for a small nursery! One babyproofing aspect you may want to consider is replacing the books on the bottom shelf or two with soft toys when your little one is mobile, as a young baby pulling up could bring a pile of books crashing down on her head.

    • Mandi says:

      Thanks, Hillary! I did consider how practical those book shelves will be, and I’m not sure if we will keep them in there in the future, for reasons you mentioned, but also… here’s fun one: my little cousin was playing in the nursery and was trying to climb on them! haha! Didn’t expect that one, though I should’ve.

  11. Becky Bedbug says:

    This is so beautiful! It looks like something from a magazine. Wonderful!


  12. kenda says:

    this has to be one of the cutest nurseries i have every seen. you all did such a great job putting it together.

  13. Sunnie says:

    You did an OUTSTANDING job! Everything came together so nicely and it’s feminine without being too girly. It seems like it will transition easily as she grows, too. I especially love all the vintage touches :)

  14. Lovely! I’m smitten with the dalmation, but the whole room has such a peaceful feel; I’ll bet your little girl will love growing up in it.

  15. Katie says:

    amazing job, mandi! can’t wait to see your little girl in that room :)

  16. Bekuh says:

    It looks fabulous! I love all the pops of color and sweet vintage details. I would expect nothing less from you. Perfection.

  17. Wow Mandi! This looks phenomenal! You totally nailed it!! XO

  18. What a sweet space! It is so unique and perfect…and I love that you did it on a small budget. Very inspiring! :)

  19. Elizabeth says:

    absolute perfection!!

  20. Amanda says:

    wonderful job! i love everything about this. i have a question about the wire shoveling unit. is it from a marshalls store? do you know how much it cost? thanks!

    amanda from kc :)

    • Mandi says:

      Yes, it’s from a Marshall’s store, and after I went to Marshalls, I went to T.J. Maxx and found the same thing for ten dollars less! The nerve. :) The one from Marshalls was $50, I think. I can’t remember exactly, since my mom was with me and purchased it as my parents’ baby shower gift to us. But I do remember that the one at T.J.Maxx was a whole ten dollars less! They also have vintage-looking crates/baskets that match. A friend just told me yesterday she also bought a couple, and went back later to get them, and they had sold out. I’m not sure how often they get them in, or if they will again. Good luck! :)

  21. Karen King says:

    Beautiful job, Mandi :) What a lovely little space you have created for your little girl <3

  22. Oh mandi, it is so sweet and perfect. I love all the little details. the chair is probably my favorite thing..and the lockers. Those are pretty killer. Can’t wait to see pictures of your little on in her space. Soon!! So soon!! :D

  23. roxy says:

    great job mandy!

  24. elsie says:

    It’s SO beautiful, mandi! i’m so impressed + happy for you too!

  25. Love the vintage eclectic look! I could never make a bunch of stuff that didn’t come together look nice!

  26. Rebekah says:

    I am in love! Mandi, it’s so perfect and clear that you spent a lot of time and care. Someday she’ll be so appreciative! How exciting :)

  27. Devin says:

    Everything looks beautiful Mandi!!

  28. Mandi,
    Wow – any baby would be gaga over this nursery!
    I have the same “try a little kindness” embroidery and Raggedy Ann & Andy chalkboard (minus the stand)!
    Fabulous vintage touches and color.

  29. Casey says:

    Oh my goodness! I have been dying to see the finished nursery since you posted a bit about your plans. I love how vintagey the whole thing feels and that it was done on a shoestring. (We too have a tiny budget for our nursery; especially since we had to just go out and buy a sleeper sofa because the baby will be forcing guests out of the spare room! ;) I really adore the soft wall color too. I think there will be a lot of room for her to grow with this decor, and as it gets swapped out for this she wants can easily be repurposed into other areas of the house. Beautiful job!!!

  30. Kristian says:

    I adore ever single detail! Is the dresser going to double as a changing table?

    • Mandi says:

      Yep- sure is! I have the supplies stashed in the top right drawer, and since we are cloth diapering, I have a tiny pail for wipes and a lined trash can for dirty diapers, all next to the dresser. They kind of cramp my style… but you know. Babies will be babies. :)

  31. Lesley says:

    So cute! You did such a great job! I’m jealous of the lockers. They’re going to come in handy!

  32. Jan says:

    How did you hang the books on the wall. What a great room!

  33. tincy says:

    first of all…I wish I could be your daughter. I want to live & dream in this room! The clothes may be a tad small but i’m short haha…kidding!

    My favorite has got to be the locker doors, floating shelves and your pouf. UHHH-MAZ–ING !!!

  34. Ohhh It is so so wonderful!! Every little detail! Really love it all! Such a special and happy space!! :)


  35. I just came over from Pinterest. This is one of the cutest rooms ever! I love all of the vintage components – especially the painted lockers. Absolutely adorable!

  36. stav says:

    you should be so proud, it’s a lovely room to begin your life in! lovely soft visuals everywhere..i wish this had of been my 1st room!


  37. Claire says:

    This room is really beautiful. I love all the little details present across the room and I think the challenge of making a child’s room without falling into the cliché of a room too “childish” is really successful. Congratulations for this work.

  38. Kristie says:

    I love the rocker. I used to have one in blue velvet….sadly it was loved to death. I would love another! I wanted to pin the picture that featured the chair but no luck!

  39. Amanda Baker-Hughes says:

    Where can I find a tutorial on how to make that adorable pom pom bunting(?) hanging from the windows? I want some!

    Really cute nursery! I’m sure the little one will love it! :)

  40. ruby says:

    it’s beautiful mandi!!! that pink typist table is just super sweet. now, i am itching to find one! i just know your little girl will love it!

  41. kendra says:

    it’s perfect Mandi!
    when (and if) my time comes, i’ll fly you out to do my nursery

    It’s sad you have to put all the notes in…knowing that people are going to jump all over your case about everything.

    It’s really the most perfect, sweet little nursery. I adore it.

  42. ali says:

    This is adorable. You need to pick your father’s brain and give us a how-to on painting lockers. I just put the 5th(!) coat on a set I’m re-doing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’ll turn out, but painting metal is tricky.

    • Mandi says:

      haha This makes me laugh…. and I will tell you why. (long story) This was supposed to be a father-daughter project, like most of our projects are. Of course, I couldn’t do the painting, because I’m pregnant. But together, we went to look at the blue lockers. I thought I liked the peacock blue, as long as I got a set of three that were in good shape (there were like 15 available). The problem is, all of the lockers were hooked together (sharing side panels), except for three. Which are the ones I bought. Of course, the three I bought were in the worst shape, missing one handle, banged up on the side, and majorly in need of a paint job. Dad said, “I can sandblast them and spray paint them for you.” No biggie, right?
      Well, a month later, he finally had them finished. Turns out, sandblasting the metal (except for the doors) was warping the sheet metal, so he had to use a very labor intensive process of using chemicals and very fine grit sandpaper to remove the blue paint. He disassembled all of the lockers, stripped some screws (accidentally- they were in there tightly), decided he should get all new screws, and so was working with the bare bones- stripped metal, laying in pieces across his backyard. He had to paint them immediately before the sheet metal rusted, so he used his spray booth (he has an air compressor and a spray gun that he puts diluted paint into and sprays very light coats, to avoid drippage) to prime, and then paint all of the pieces. Very tedious. Especially since I selected a different color for the inside. Then, after all of the coats of paint had dried and cured, he had to reassemble the whole beast, using the new screws and bolts he purchased, and at that time was able to rearrange the walls so that the dented pieces were on the inside of the lockers.

      Anyways, I asked him how he would describe his process if any of my readers asked. And he said, “If anybody asks how to refinish lockers…. JUST TELL THEM DON’T DO IT!” hahahaha

    • Mandi says:

      Oh, also- I should say that we purchased an epoxy paint, like the kind you would use on an auto-body. It works best with metal. And, of course, you need to prime it properly. My dad has learned a lot about painting through the years by asking for advice from a specialty paint shop in the area. He even has a tab there now, because he’s gotten so friendly with the owners. :)

  43. Alicia says:

    This is so adorable! I love every little detail in here (and I LOVE that little sailor dress… I want one in my size!). Seriously, I wish it was my room (care to adopt a 22-year-old? :P).

    • Mandi says:

      Seriously! I told my mom that my style must be very juvenile, because all of these cute girly vintage things I’m finding, I always wish were in MY size! haha

  44. Jen Johner says:

    Love it all so much, you pulled it together wonderfully! So sweet!

  45. Lauren says:

    seriously adorable! and it makes me so happy to read your blog by the way! I am in San Francisco but from the Cleveland area and you make me feel less homesick. :)

  46. Mel says:

    I can’t believe you accomplished all of this on a budget!! It is so beautifully put together without being too cutesy. Really, fantastic job. I have no doubt that the lucky little lady that will be sleeping here will absolutely adore it. I’ve been meticulously scanning all of the pictures to be able to remember all the fun details, but I guess that’s what pinterest is for!

  47. kris says:

    so lovely!! what a lucky little girl. can’t wait to hear her name….

  48. Marcelien says:

    Wauw! SO PRETTY!

  49. Naomi George says:

    Everything is amazing! I love it all :)

    ? Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  50. Claire says:

    I just noticed the two colors of the walls, it makes the room even more beautiful in my eyes.

  51. This is perfection. I love it. Just love it. What a special space for your little darling. :)

  52. Amazing room! Great work.

  53. Miki says:

    Wow, Mandi! You have great sense of style! Love what you’ve done, your baby is a lucky girll! ;)

    Hope you have a fun weekend! ;D


  54. Christine says:

    I love the locker cabinet, and I love her collection of softies and dolls :)

  55. Laura says:

    Just beautiful. xo

  56. This is amazing. Seriously, truly amazing. I’d love a room like this in our home.
    And I’m so happy for you, pretty girl. xoxo

  57. Marissa says:

    Yay! The nursery looks great! My favorite detail is definitely the lockers! So adorable!

  58. Heather says:

    Lovely :) We’re excited right along with you.

  59. Malayka says:

    Super cute! Sometimes I think that spaces turn out a lot better when they have to be done on a tight budget. Maybe it’s because it forces people to be more creative or something. Ha ha we don’t even have room for a nursery in our house at the moment, so our little one is going to be bunking with us for the first 6months to a year. I am in the middle of give our room a makeover though and will create a comfy little baby corner. Everything is also going to be either thrifted or handmade (also on a tight budget!). xx

    • Mandi says:

      You’re right! Creativity seems to flourish when you put restraints on someone. Or at least, I work better that way. :) You’ll have to pop back in and share the link to your bedroom when you’re finished! I’d be eager to see it.

  60. What great finds. The room is awesome!

  61. Celeste says:

    Can I move into this nursery?! Love love love it!

  62. Anke says:

    Oh well done! It’s so fun and cozy at the same time. I’m really loving all the little details and the big white rug looks so soft!

  63. What a lovely nursery. Simply beautiful. Love how she will be able to grow into some of the decor too. How rad is that locker cabinet! Congrats & enjoy every minute. :)

  64. Lovely little room. I always wanted a super rad room when I was a kid and totally dreamed about how cool it would be to live in an attic type space. Now my little daughter has an attic room in red and turquoise that I just love! She’s not even two yet, so I’m pretty sure she doesn’t really care, but it doesn’t matter. She’ll love it someday, and I’m happy to enjoy the space when spending time with her there.

    I have a few more touches to make on the room and will hopefully post about it once it’s good and done!

    Thanks–love your blog! Just found it today!

  65. Cindy says:

    Lovely decor. What is the total cost of all the items?

  66. just having fun poking around your blog here…love what you did with the nursery…so, so cute!