(Closed) How much did your nursery cost?

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
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Busy bee

missmagpie:  Thank you! I wish our bedroom looked as good as her nursery too 🙂 It’s true, because her room is the only room in the house that is actually complete and doesn’t look like its still a work in progress.

Post # 17
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Busy bee

The big things were the dresser ($500), the glider/rocker/recliner ($500), the crib ($150), change table ($150), blackout curtains ($300), diaper pail ($80), and cloth diapers ($500). Then like someone else mentioned, you can spend a fortune on decor and bedding.

This was the first kid. For the second kid we’ll reuse everything and our cost will be 0.

I’m glad we cheaped out on the crib, I love the fancy glider (sitting in it now), the curtains were a must. I wouldn’t have bought the diaper pail if I’d known that there are gorgeous giant wet bags for cloth diapers that just hang on your towel rack. Love the cloth diapers.

I should have used kijiji to try and score some stuff secondhand. It was my first baby so I was being a wiener, but there are great deals to be had!

The colors in his room wound up being green and blue because that was the colors of the dresser drawers. And unlike a previous poster, we moved him in to his room at two months old and we get tons of use out of his room! It all depends on your preferences!

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

ADiamondInTheRough:  I love white furniture in a baby’s room!!! Your nursery is dream like!!

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re still painting but it’s going to be a little over 3k. Biggest ticket items are the crib and dresser (gifted to us black friday deal) for 550 and the recliner is also being gifted (480), just bought the rug for $300. Colors are blue/grey and the theme is woodland animals

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

ADiamondInTheRough:  wow. A stunning nursery indeed. My DD’s is still a work in progress and she’s one!!!! 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

You might want to research Montessori baby and toddler rooms. I think it’s a really interesting concept even if I personally wouldn’t apply all the ideas. 

It’s all about encouraging development, exploring, independence, etc. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our nursery didn’t really cost us too much. DD’s crib is white and will go from toddler bed to full size. It was great that it was a gift from a grandma. I had a huge babyshower with family and another at work, resulting in a yrs worth of diapers wipes, car seat, and glider chair. Only had to really buy a dresser, paint ($50) and wall decals $30). Looking for something to hang on the walls though. Since her rooms small (town house) we have a dresser but no changing table or other fun extras To save on cost and space.

Crib- $300, glider w/ottoman-$200, dresser ($125)

 

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didn’t spend much.  $200 used crib and dresser.  Paint probably $70.  Rocker- $25 (waste of money anyway since I always fed her either in our bed or on the couch).  I probably spent $60 on frames and shelving for books and sourced free prints online and had them printed at a photo place.  Sheets, bedskirt, and changing pad + cover were from land of nod (probably $150ish). Skipped the quilt because you can’t use them. I spent more on my cloth diapers (probably $500-$600) though I plan to use those through 2 kids and then sell them off for a couple hundred. 

The best deal I found were these paper balls from land of nod (something like $9, $15, $20 each for s/m/l and I got 10 of them to create something similar to the link on clearance for $1 each)

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/331647960033107609/

I went the opposite and did not want to buy expensive furniture because kids destroy shit (if not on purpose, than just by accident or happenstance).  I would buy a nicer bed/dresser when they are older and can take care of things better.

You really can go as fancy or as cheap as you like, it’s for YOU.  The baby sure as hell doesn’t care.  Most of them don’t even sleep in it the first 6 months.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

missmagpie:  this is a pretty thorough breakdown (pre sales tax for most items) so bear with me, please. 🙂

Crib (Delta Bennington in white): $280

Glider (Stork Craft Tuscany): $220

Nightstand (IKEA): $40

Lamp (IKEA): $20

Frames (Joann Crafts): $40

Blackout Curtains (JCP): $55

Mobile (homemade): $10

Bookcases (IKEA): $260

Fabric/supplies for crib set (Joann Crafts): $200

Hardware (new drawer hardware & curtain rods): $34

Shelves (IKEA): $30

Hamper (Amazon): $20

Canvas (painted w/ colors we already had): $10

Dresser (Craigslist): $75

paint/primer (Lowes): $50

canvas totes (Amazon): $20

changing pad/cover (yard sale): $10

However, my parents are super excited and gifted us the crib and $140 towards the fabric i used to make the crib set.  We found a great dresser on Craigslist that we just refinished with leftover paint from the accent wall and I made, or bought used, some other things.  We also sold a mattress/box spring set to pay for most of our IKEA purchase. Also, this is baby #1 for us so we had absolutely nothing to start with.

Out of pocket total: $675

i can’t seem to upload photos so I’ll have to try again later, or from my computer.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have since made a valance out of leftover gray fabric that matches the crib set.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

About 3k

Post # 27
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Busy bee

ADiamondInTheRough:  love your nursery, and I have the same mobile! Can I ask how you hung it? We haven’t decided yet. 

I’m not done with mine yet, but it’s probably going to be about 1500-2000. We are very frugal so that felt like a lot, but we also wanted things that will last. This is our first baby, so for example, we wanted a chair that would hold up for multiple kids. We also bought an antique dresser custom painted (400 total), but it’s solid wood and will grow up with our daughter. We’ve bargain shopped for little things like picture frames (ikea for the win!), and waited for sales on a lot of stuff. We got our crib almost 100 off on sale! The room was also the same ugly paint color as the rest of our house, so we had to factor in paint and had family help us get it done. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

MrsEvergreen:  Love this! How did you do the design on the wall??

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Perhaps I am jaded, but I’ve always felt that people decorate nurseries for themselves and not really for babies.  My only word of advice is that please do not have a nursery that is super cute but totally not conducive to sleeping.  Infants do not care what color the walls are or cute lamps.  Right now we just have a sage green color wall.  We do not have anything stimulating in his room.  He sleeps there, we read him books in there before bedtime/naptime, we occasionally do tummy time in the crib and put up a mobile for him when he’s awake, but that’s it.  I figure once my son gets older and starts having preferences, we can decorate in whatever theme he likes.

The crib/mattress/sheets cost ~$1100 all in.  After reading through Baby Bargains, we decided we wanted a nicer crib and the one we got was El Greco, which is a NY manufacturer that makes solid wood cribs (they sell them at Room & Board and Land of Nod).  We have a $200 mattress (rated best in the medium cost category in Baby Bargains).  We have Magnolia Organics sheets (about ~$20 each), which are excellent quality and can be bought on Amazon.  We use an existing dresser as a changing table and we just have the basic $20 Summer Infant changing pad that most people use.

Other than that, we spent about $250 on custom blackout shades.  Once installed, we noticed a gap at the top where light was still coming through, so we actually threw sheets on the top to block out that light…ugly but effective.  If there’s one thing you need for a nursey for naptime, it’s blackout shades/curtains!!

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