Make It Yours: A Dozen Ideas for Customizing a Basic Big Box Store Crib

Shelf paper adhered to the crib ends add texture and a visual interest in Zara's nursery.

The selection of stylish, affordable cribs gets better every year, but options are still pretty limited if you're on a tight budget. With a little ingenuity and some DIY spirit, you can customize a big box store crib to make something uniquely your own. Here are a dozen examples from straightforward paint jobs to custom add-ons.

Chalkboard vinyl attached to the end of the crib in "Baby Capton's" nursery (Apartment Therapy).

An IKEA Sundvik crib with painted ends and a bicycle stencil (Mohaus).

Fabric added to the inner and outer ends of this IKEA Hensvik crib gives it a softer, vintage look (Project Nursery).

Outdated drop-side crib rails are repurposed with a new platform and sides to make this very mod looking crib (Nepacena).

Similarly, new sides and a bottom shelf were added to this IKEA Leksvik crib to emulate the look of a David Netto crib (The 818).

A $100 crib looks deluxe after the addition of a platform storage drawer (e.Claire Creations).

A new base was added to this Walmart crib specifically to match a dresser in the room (Apartment Therapy).

A Billy bookcase and Gulliver crib join forces to add storage to this crib, modeled after ducduc's AJ crib (IKEA Hackers).

A classic Jenny Lind-style crib goes glam with a gold paint job (Live Beautifully).

This crib was supposed to be painted international orange as an homage to the Golden Gate bridge, but there was a mixup with the colors and it ended up this lovely, bright coral. (Apartment Therapy).

A two-tone painted crib cashes in on the color blocking trend (origin unknown).

(Image credits: reader Nicole; Krista C.; Mohaus; Project Nursery; Nepacena; The 818; e.Claire Creations; reader Erin; IKEA Hackers; Live Beautifully; Kim Lucian; unknown)