An elegant nursery.

Getting ready to turn that spare bedroom into a nursery? You’re going to spend a lot of time in there with baby, so it makes sense that you’ll want it to look nice and have everything you need.

While it’s fun to look at a picturesque nursery remodel on Instagram, furnishing and designing an entire room from scratch can be intimidating and expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.

Here are tips to help you stay within your budget and achieve the look you’ve always imagined.

1. Choose a theme

Before you go shopping, consider establishing a nursery theme. Choosing a theme can help you narrow down your ideas to one cohesive style or color scheme. Your theme doesn’t have to be complicated — it can be something as simple as neutral colors, animals or shapes.

If you can’t decide, start shopping and perhaps you’ll develop a theme based on what you’re drawn to.

2. Repurpose what you already have

Examine your home and storage area to see if you already own items you can repurpose to suit the new nursery. If you have a spare dresser, for example, you could repaint it (to match the theme) and use it for the baby’s clothes or convert it to a changing table.

3. Look for gently used items

Ask family and friends if they have anything you could use. You never know if someone has furniture or baby items that are still in great condition. If you have relatives with kids who are past the newborn stage, they might be happy to give you some of their things — whether it’s a crib, changing table or even a clothes bin. You can also explore local garage sales or thrift stores for items and decorations for your new nursery remodel.

4. Research sales and discounts

You can still pull off a budget-friendly baby nursery when shopping for brand-new items, too. Just be sure to research sales and look for discounts.

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5. Spruce up walls with decals and paint

One of the easiest ways to transform a space is by adding some fresh paint to the wall. But paint is expensive, and it’s hardly ever on sale. Rather than repainting the entire room, consider an accent wall — which is just one wall a different color from the rest. That way, you can buy a half-gallon or even quart-sized amount of paint and still get that new room feel.

Wall decals, or durable stickers, are another budget-friendly way to decorate your nursery. They come in all shapes and colors and typically don’t cost more than $25 per pack.

6. Print your own pictures

Instead of buying framed wall art, consider printing out your own images for the nursery. If you have a photo printer, you can find license-free images online and print them at home. You can also send images you like to a photo-printing store, like Staples.

Then, grab a few frames from the dollar store, and you’ll be good to go.

7. Build a bookcase with reclaimed wood

A bookcase can make a great addition to your nursery room remodel. You may want to read a few books to baby before bed or during those restless nights in the nursery. If you have a few spare pieces of wood lying around, you can actually make a DIY bookcase easily — you can find tons of creative ideas and tutorials online for this type of project.

Transform your spare room without draining your finances

Preparing for a baby can already be pretty expensive. On the bright side, your baby nursery remodel doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can pull it off on a budget, so long as you plan ahead, use your creativity and shop wisely.