One of the biggest things my husband and I were very conscious of the entire time we were working on the nursery was: THE BUDGET. We had a very strict budget and we tried to save in every little area that we could. When we moved into this house we got a ton of furniture and our bed at a quite reasonable rate which you can see here to learn more, but as now our financial status is a little tight cause we are planning for our child’s future education, we have had to cut some corners to save money.
Babies aren’t cheap and, well, we didn’t want to go blowing all of our savings on just redoing a room.
One of the ways we saved a TON of money was doing an OLD furniture makeover and making it NEW by repainting or refinishing it.
The first piece we tackled: the DRESSER!
This dresser was actually in my HUSBAND’S nursery when HE was a kid! How cool is that? It was a very pretty brown wood, but it just felt outdated.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a REAL before, before picture because my husband and his dad had already sanded, primed, and painted the first coat before I could get a snap.
But, you can see the natural wood color on the inside.
The key to an old furniture makeover dresser like this one is being sure it’s sanded well and primed well. Otherwise the paint can fade and wear really quickly.
We then opted to do an ombre effect on the drawers! I just picked out four greens (one of which is actually the green on the accent wall in the nursery) and we got the little paint sample jars of each color from Home Depot.
We then went to Hobby Lobby and got different mis-matching knobs to put on the drawers. They were each buy one get one free!! WOOP!
And here is the finished product!!
Total cost of dresser re-do: $24!
Next was the bookshelf.
I’ve had this bookshelf for YEARS (I think I got it in high school). And while it was a fine bookshelf on it’s own, it was actually a more “shiny” finish and a more “off-white” color than I really liked or wanted.
So, on a whim, husband and I decided we were going to re-do this bookshelf as well!
I don’t have any pictures of the actual process, but thankfully, we didn’t actually need to PRIME this one. So, we just took white paint we had laying around and painted the WHOLE thing. Then, we took those same ombre green paint samples from the dresser and used the rest of those on the shelves and bottom drawer. We opted NOT to paint the back of the bookshelf because the height of the shelves is adjustable and we may want to change the height down the road.
And here is the finished old furniture makeover:
I also had a TON of fun “styling” the bookshelf. I went primarily for the “organize your books by color” idea.
So, you can see that the books on each shelf match or “go” in a general color scheme.
Budget for this old furniture makeover project:
Total real cost: $3!
Then came the under-the-window table. This piece will make more sense when I show you the final nursery reveal. But, I was looking for a table that would fit well under the window next to the glider.
I found this little end table at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store Warehouse for $15.
This one definitely needed like three coats of primer to fully cover the black paint. We also sanded down some of the rougher areas to smooth it out.
We then opted to paint it with some leftover extra high gloss white paint. This also needed at least two, maybe three coats. So, it was a lot of painting… took a whole night. AND, the extra high gloss paint takes a while to set… so we left it to dry for almost two days before we took it up to the nursery.
Total cost of this: $15 (the cost of the table)
Then, I had been searching for a shelf to hang next to the changing table so I could put the wipe warmer and coconut oil on it.
I found this beauty at Goodwill for $0.69 cents.
I primed it and put two coats of paint on it and BOOM. Done.
$0.69 cents for a brand new looking shelf that works PERFECTLY next to the changing table!
So, all in all, we got a “new” dresser, a “new” bookshelf, “new” window table, and “new” changing table shelf for a total of: $42.69!
Not too shabby. In fact, the only “new” pieces of furniture we bought for the nursery were the crib, changing table, and glider. BUT, we got them all on sale! Duh. 🙂
What about you? Have you done any old furniture makeover projects recently? What areas are you saving money?