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Decorating baby’s room on a budget

The baby still sleeps in a bassinette in our room at night but I need to get his room organized and decorated before he moves in. My husband already painted the walls a pale green, a color that is supposed to be calming and relaxing (perfect for a baby’s room). The baby can grow with this color so we won’t have to think about repainting for a long time. We use a paint that stands up to handprints and dirt: spots can be wiped off with a damp cloth. Even if this paint costs a bit more, it is so worth it since you can keep it looking decent for a long time.

The rest of the room will have to be done on a budget. I plan to purchase bedding for the crib from Marshall’s or another store that sells brand names at discounted rates. I’m not stuck on having everything ‘matchy-matchy’, so I can look for curtains that fit the color scheme but don’t necessarily come with the set.

Posters, pages from colorful child-oriented calendars and even cards and postcards can be framed with inexpensive frames from craft stores. Michael’s and A.C. Moore craft stores have weekly coupons for 40% off which can be used for these. When baby gets older, it’s always nice to frame some of his artwork and hang it on his walls.

I may also hang the beautiful quilt my mom made for my older son on one of the walls.

A wall paper border or wall paper ‘stickies’, which come in many shapes, themes and colors are another easy way to dress up the walls.

And finally, I will be sure to start hitting the thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales for other odds and ends. Vintage toys and knick-knacks can make a room interesting and unique. I like the idea of buying some old-fashioned tin cars and trucks to display on baby’s dresser or on a shelf.

Now that the wheels are spinning in my head, I think fixing up Jack’s room will be fun. I will continue to look at catalogs and magazines for inspiration, and duplicate some of the looks I see without spending an arm and a leg.

I’d love to hear anyone else’s ideas for decorating baby’s room on a budget!

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