24 Amazing DIY & Repurposed Project Ideas: Nursery & Playroom Edition
Want a designer look for your baby’s nursery without the steep price-tag? Then find some time to take on a big project or two – or even a few little ones to create a magazine and swoon-worthy nursery!
Inspiring ideas, projects and tutorials after the jump.
Do It Yourself...
Be inspired by this eclectic mix of fun and fabulous ideas!
Shabby Chic Masterpeice
This whole nursery is the epitome of all that is repurposed. If you take a look around you’ll find (aside from the obvious and awesome dresser / change table) a revamped glider, shelving and storage units and old frames made into wall art.
See the rest over on Houzz
Make Your Own Pouf!
Easily. With sweaters. They serve as sweet little foot ottomans for you during all of those late nights rocking and later as a fun seat for older babies and toddlers watching their favourite movies or in a quiet reading nook.
Get the instructions over on Decoist
Create a Pallet Wall
LOVE this idea. What a great (and frugal) way to incorporate some rustic charm to an elegant, modern or vintage style nursery! (Clearly I love mixing styles). You could leave it as is, stain it any colour you want or give it a vintage white wash (that’s what I would do). Tip: take a sander to it after you’ve stained it, (before you seal) if you want a really weathered look.
Get the step-by-step instructions over on Just a Girl
Make Your Own Ottoman
Prefer square ottomans over the poufs? Don’t want to spend a fortune? This project is SUPER easy. You’ll love it for its aesthetic charm and practicality. Your babies and toddlers will love to play blocks, read books, have snacks and cuddle up on it!
Get the tutorial over on The Ochre Elephant
Vintage Name Sign, Poem or Quote
Using old wooden pallets (cheap! Or often even FREE!) create your own professional looking vintage lettered wall hanging. Be it a poem, your baby’s name or initials or a quote, the options are endless and they are all yours.
Get the instructions over on Diddle Dumpling
New Look For an Old Door = Great Pop of Colour
A thrifty way to create a stunning wall of interest, vivid and high in contrast, just the way babies like things to be.
Learn more over on Loft & Cottage
Old Crates Turned Book & Toy Storage
Clean them up, add on some castors (or not), seal to protect (and easily wipe down), and you’re done!
Learn more over on Design Sponge
Big & Little Projects
Nearly everything in this nursery has been handmade by the parents. From the big repurposing projects of the shelving units, the love seat, the change table and dresser; to the darling whimsy of the mobile, birdhouse, shutters and plush crocodile head wall mount. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Spotted on Plaza Interior
Paper Heart Wall Hanging
You don’t need to save up a small fortune to decorate your little one’s nursery walls with visually stimulating pieces. A quick project like this turns professional, lovely and satisfying results.
Get the instructions over on Honey Bee Vintage
Old Barn Door = Fabulous Wall FTW
Another nursery with nothing much purchased as branded nursery furniture ($$) except for the crib (obviously). Also love the practical use of the wallet friendly IKEA unit as an all-in-one change table, storage and display unit. Even the ‘chandelier’ is repurposed from an old basket!
See the rest over on Design Indulegnce
Embroidery hoops and fabric = some really lovely wall art to make and hang in your baby’s nursery!
Get the tutorial over on Purl Bee
Glider or Rocking Chair Makeover!
This is one I’ve done myself. I purchased a used rocking chair from a thrift store, saving big bucks and gave it a vintage white wash to match my little ones’ shared room.
Learn more over on Apartment Therapy
Make Your Own Mobile
Purchasing a handmade mobile can be expensive. Worth it, but expensive. If you have the time and the skills, why not make your own to proudly display and keep as an heirloom for years to come?
Get this free hot air balloon mobile tutorial over on Prudent Baby
Flash Cards = Wall Art
A super easy, economical easy to fill up those walls with bright, engaging artwork! Oh and that play kitchen? It was once a side table…
As seen on Project Nursery
Birdcage Light Fixture
Adoring every last detail of this nursery, specifically the use of a birdcage as a light pendant!
Spotted on Decor Pad
Stenciled Crib Canopy
Made from a painter’s drop-sheet. Sheer, frugal brilliance!
Learn more over on Houzz
The Ultimate Change Table!
And dresser. And storage unit. And display shelves. Basically…everything. Great execution and play of tone on tone here!
Spotted on Picasa
Using grey chalkboard paint instead of black, featuring an exquisite colour palette! Tip: Have some fun making geometric shapes and woodland images out of coloured washi tape on the wall for added interest and chalkboard fun when your babies are older!
Learn more over on Canadian Family
Clearly everyone is using dressers as change tables. Painting ukes to match the room’s colour palette and hanging them up as wall art? Not so much. A unique and adorable idea!
See the rest over on Canadian Family
Old Door + Chalkboard Paint...
Equals fun and charming wall hanging!
Learn more over on Indulgy
Storage Bins Made From...
Cardboard boxes and jute! I know, right? Genius.
Get the tutorial over on Home Talk
Crates Turned Display Cases
Perfect for all of your baby’s memorabilia and precious keepsakes to display. The fabric lined interiors are speaking my language.
Learn more over on Design Sponge
Fabric Scraps = Crib Bunting
Yet another brilliant use of an old, repurposed dresser with new knobs to be also used as a change table. I also dig the fabric scrap crib garland! Actually, I love everything about this room. I want the big girl version.
See the rest over on Decorpad
Jute Wrapped Monogram
Make this and hang it over the nursery door or somewhere right on the wall!
Get the tutorial over on Two Twenty One