{thrifted} colorful vintage nursery :: part one

After a flurry of nesting activity spanning several weeks, I’m so happy to say that our combo guest room and nursery are done! I’ve been singing that Wizard of Oz song with my own words in there…la, la, the nursery’s done, the nursery’s done, the nursery’s done!

As soon as we found out this little one was another sweet girl, I started gathering ideas and regularly hitting up our local thrift stores. No, wait. Scratch that. I’ve been gathering ideas for another nursery since I did Little Bit’s nursery two and a half years ago. Cause that’s just how I roll.

I knew I wanted a bright, colorful, vintage-y, happy vibe. So I started with fabric. I hit the vintage fabric jackpot one random day at a thrift store and that really got my brain going. Thrift stores are the perfect place to find fabric, y’all. Sheets, pillow cases, table cloths, bed skirts, unfinished fabric craft projects, fabric remnants – it’s all there for super cheap.

I was really drawn to graphic, bright, prints in a variety of colors. So here’s what you see coming in to the room…

Y’all know I love to not spend money and use what I have and repurpose things, so let’s break it down. We’ll start with the guest bedroom side of things. The guest bed is a queen – a bit big for the room, especially for a combination nursery. BUT it is what we had and it’s comfortable for our guests. Sometimes {actually, most of the time for me} you just gotta work with what ya got! I think we tried the bed in every possible position in this room and this seemed to work the best. Definitely not ideal, but WWWYG. {Work with what ya got!}

Guest Bed Details:

I thrifted a white duvet cover for $13 to replace the dark brown duvet cover that was on the bed. It was then that I realized I had stuffed an old BLACK comforter inside the old duvet cover. And the new white cover had lace cutwork in the middle of it. Which equals black showing through my white duvet cover EVERYWHERE. So I did what any lazy girl would do. I found an old white sheet in the back of the linen closet and sewed just the corners of the white sheet {I’m telling you, super lazy} to the top of the old black comforter. Now you just see white through the lace. And I am happy because I didn’t have to spend any money.

I had the white bed skirt on the bed already. I also already had the red & white ottoman {gift from my sis a couple of years ago} and my mom gifted me the white ruffle-y shams. I thrifted the two crocheted blankets from a local shop for $5 each. The bright coral pillowcases came from Walmart for $7 for the pair. I thrifted the two throw pillows for $5 each and the quilted flower sham came from Tuesday Morning for $10. So under $50 for a complete bed remake. Be still my thrifty heart.



So come on around to the other side of the room, where the crib is.


Crib Bedding Details:

All the fabric for the crib bedding was thrifted, except for the aqua & orange dot fabric and the ribbon piping. The outside of the bumper is yellow dotted swiss fabric. I love that is has a texture. The bumper ties are some really bright graphic vintage napkins I thrifted {$3 for set of 4} and cut into strips. Crib sheets are white ones from Walmart. The skirt is layered – the bottom layer is a thrifted bed skirt {$3} that I just had to make a little smaller. {By the way, I totally did this the lazy way and just folded it underneath the crib mattress to be the correct size. A true seamstress would have cut and sewn and done it right. Good thing I’m not a seamstress.} The top layer of the crib skirt is a vintage sheet I thrifted {$2} and again, folded under the crib mattress to be the correct size. And really, in the long run, the lazy way is great because when you have to lower the mattress, you can adjust the length of the skirt really easily. Or maybe that is just how I justify being lazy.


On to the walls.

I wanted the gallery wall to wrap around the corner over the bed. To try to help the bed position make sense. And to try to detract from the fact that there is a giant half-door for our AC over the bed. I’m not sure if the gallery wrap-around wall helps, but I do like it. Everything was thrifted – frames, embroidery hoops, fabric, vintage needlepoint, and the vintage floral painting.

So that’s a lot of pictures and words and typing. I’ll do part two tomorrow, and cover the other parts of the room, alphabet cards, and crib mobile. Stay tuned!

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4 comments to {thrifted} colorful vintage nursery :: part one

  1. Kari says:

    Yes! Goodwill is so expensive! We went to find some clothes there for an 80s party a few years ago and we ended up finding stuff at Target that was cheaper. Lame. Anyway, there aren’t many options around here besides Goodwill, but I will keep looking. I wish I had your talent!

    • Kat says:

      Well, we’re even…we might have thrift stores but we don’t have a Target. Or a Chick-Fil-A. Maybe that will make you feel better :)

  2. Kari says:

    I love it! I want to know what thrift stores you go to… Goodwill type places or hole-in-the-wall places? Goodwill is the only thrift store I know of around here and it’s never got anything good. Well, at least I don’t think it does, but I don’t have a crafty brain, so I could be wrong! You did a great job!

    • Kat says:

      Ok, so thrifting…apparently where we live is a mecca for thrift stores. Within 10 miles of my house, I’ve got a Salvation Army and like 10 random thrift stores. I don’t know why. But I’m not complaining :) I would definitely look around for some others besides Goodwill. And I think I might be the world’s biggest cheapo if I type this, but Gooodwill is getting expensive. :)

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