DIY Decorating: Combined Master Bedroom and Baby Nursery

While moving into a McMansion could certainly the solve space issues we are encountering in our modest three-bedroom home with two children and a third on the way any day, it is not in our fiscal future any time soon. Even if we had thousands of extra square footage at our disposal, I think we’d still somehow congregate in one or two rooms 95% of the time anyway. So when Baby # 3 arrives, it will be sharing our space in the master bedroom.

Our master bedroom was in need of some personality before we knew baby was on the way, so I was excited to look for ideas and gender-neutral color schemes that could calm both the adults dwelling in the room as well as our new baby boy or girl. Time and cost were certainly key factors contributing to the update, so any updates we made needed to be done within a few weeks and stay well under $1000.

I did come across a few ideas out there on Pinterest for combined master bedroom/nursery spaces, as well as clever ways to bunk siblings together if need be. I’ve decided to share a gallery of before-and-after pics of our combined master bedroom/nursery  here as a way to offer some ideas up to those parents out there like me – trying to creatively do more with less. Included in the gallery are some easy DIY projects to personalize your little one’s new space. I got the kids involved to make some handpainted wall art, as well as a unique crib mobile.

As for color scheme, I love the contrast of white, green, and chocolate brown (I love anything chocolate!). The whites are bright and clean, while the apple green and other green hues add a fresh update to the room while also remaining gender neutral for our nursery. Now, we just need our new bedroom guest to arrive!

Here are some of the key pieces you’ll see in the photo gallery – all available at local retailers.

Wall Decals (Target): While I love hand painted art work, I didn’t want to hand anything heavy right above the babies crib. Target has a great selection of vinyl wall decals that you just peel and stick.

Wall Art (World Market, Homemade (by the kids), Walmart frames): I fell in love with the floral piece above the bed. It had all the colors we used to tie the room together, but was also very calming. I flanked it with two hand painted pieces by the kids.

Pillows, Linens, Rug, Curtains: (Home Goods, Target, IKEA): It’s amazing what some throw pillows and a rug can do. It helps give the room a burst of color and a cohesive look. Not only is the animal plush blanket on the bed so cozy to cuddle up with, it adds a whimsical touch to the room.

Baby Armoire: Originally housing an oversized tube TV, we opted for a flat screen mounted on the wall and are re-purposing the armoire as baby’s closet. I installed a tension rod to hang baby’s clothes and decorative storage boxes from IKEA for blankets, bottles, etc.

Baskets, Wicker Chest (Hobby Lobby, IKEA): When combining your master bedroom and nursery, you have to be sneaky about storage. Things need to serve a dual purpose, e.g. a table and a toy storage bin. We kept our futon in the room for “unexpected” guests (i.e. other children who are afraid of storms, feverish, etc.), but it serves as a nice area for feeding or reading to baby otherwise.

“BABY” sign (supplies from Joanne Fabrics): This project only took a few hours, but I was able to enlist the kids to help and the end result is a cute addition to the room. Simply cover thick cardboard pieces with fabric and hot glue. Mount painted letters onto the fabric squares and then string ribbon behind.

Crib Mobile (supplies from Joanne Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, concept from Sew She Sews): I cannot take credit for this idea. I saw it on Pinterest and fell in love with it. For each child, I have created one hand-crafted item for their nursery. For my son, it was a painted mural. For my daughter, it was a painting with her name on it. For this child, it was this handmade crib mobile. I used the same fabrics I had used for the “BABY” sign, which helped tie in the browns, greens, and whites of the bedding. It was relatively easy to make, just following the directions on her blog.

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