Smaller Cooler 2009: Jack's Colorful & Thrifty Nursery

Smaller Cooler 2009: Jack's Colorful & Thrifty Nursery

Janel Laban
May 25, 2009

Name/Age: Jack, 2 months Family: Jack, mom Laura and and dad
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Room Size: 100 square feet Division: Baby

Tip for Living Small with Kids: We're still brand new at the sharing of our home with a child, but one thing we've learned is that we don't need all of the baby gear that we were told we would need. Most of it is superfluous and just clutters up your space.

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in putting together this room?

There are no windows in this room! It's an interior room and can be very drab...but other than that our biggest challenge was that we're living in a rented home and everything has to be temporary. We aren't allowed to paint or put holes in the walls. I love color so I tried to include it in every other place possible. We chose gray, orange, teal, and lime green for the colors and used them all over. We painted the crib lime green, dyed the sheets and the carpet (a t-shirt latch hook rug that I made) grey, and used the same coordinating colors for a quasi-bookcase that we built.

The room has two built-in units in the corner. One has shelves, but the other was just an open space (it used to be open to the next room, which is now a separate apartment) so we built boxes and rectangles out of 1x6's to use as shelving. The lanterns were purchased with the colors in mind as well, and they were hung from the ceiling with 3m's removable hooks.

The other, smaller challenge was money- we are on a very tight budget, but we were able to pull off this space for about $220:

  • rocking chair from a thrift store: $30
  • lanterns, bulbs, wiring, and hooks: $90
  • wood and screws for bookcase: $45
  • paint: $30
  • robot wall decal: $5
  • latch hook rug supplies: $25
  • crib: free from a friend who was cleaning out her garage!

As far as resources go, I found lots of inspiration on your site (and flickr and


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