Name: Beth, Tyler and the Boy!
Child's Name and Age: Our little guy just turned 18 months old
Location: Olympia, Washington
Size: 800 sf home; 76.5 sf nursery
My favorite source is our family. The dresser/changing table was the boy’s aunt’s when she was little, and it was set to be sold at a garage sale before we carted it home. The table was made by the boy’s great-great-grandpa, and the little chairs were from an old kindergarten classroom where my father taught. When you save your money with some things (babies and toddlers can be so utterly expensive!) you can splurge on whatever it is you feel is important to you and your family.
What inspired you?
We’re inspired by our lack of funds (we went to one-income/Mom-at-home when the boy came) and our desire to re-use/refurbish and make the room a happy place.
As our little guy has grown we’ve swapped out some of the more baby elements (kitchen for rocking chair, etc.) to create a new play space (the only other space in the house for play is a small area in the living room). The whole room cost us about $150 (we bought the crib with gift cards), including all of our toys, books, rug (we wanted to save the hardwood from too many toy bonks) and furniture.
If you can’t find what you want, try to make it. We don’t have space for a big, plastic play kitchen and we don’t have money for a fancy, wooden play kitchen. The answer?: I jotted out a design on scrap paper based on a picture I’d seen online, and with time, around $30, with my Dad’s tools and some paint we had on hand I made a little kitchen for the boy (he love, love, loves to play with kitchens) with hidden storage for a toy basket below. The small closet in the room is used for storage for family items so we need all the space we can get for toys. Oh, also: hide things. For example, my maternity and work clothes and the boy's baby clothes are in baskets under the crib.