Toddler Boy Room on a Budget

posted on January 18, 2010 by  |  posted under Boys, Decorating, Fun With Kids  |  41 Comments

Toddler Boy Room on a Budget

When my little boy outgrew his nursery, I knew I wanted a room that was clean, simplistic, and ‘sweet’. A classic looking room was important to me because I know that in the near future, I will have absolutely NO say in how his room looks. Spongebob, Sports Themes, or Barney {gag} will undoubtedly take over. But not while I have a say! -My husband and I argued discussed this topic for hours because he wanted a ‘BOYish’ room and I wanted a ‘sweet’ room (which my husband thought was going to look ‘sissy’). Well, I won. {Surprise!} –And, for the record, my husband loves it…

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Toddler Boy Room on a BudgetThe grand total spent on this room (excluding main furniture) was under $150.

Creating an adorable room on a budget can be fun! Plus ‘making’ a few items, makes the room all the more special. Here are a few breakdowns of this room…

1. Rocking Horse.  Thrift Store Find for $20. I sanded it down, pulled out the nasty yarn hair, and painted it.

2. Bookshelf. Craigslist {i love craigslist} $10. Did nothing to it.

3. Stars, Growth Chart, and “B”. Crafting Projects. Spent under $20 for all three.

4. Bedding. Restoration Hardware {gasp,..don’t worry,..I got it on a mega sale} $70.

5. Frames. Michaels. $30.


I’m working on photographing my twin girls nursery…hopefully I’ll get that posted soon.


Have a creative children’s room?! Let us know! –Needing more inspiration? Two of my favorite decor sites are ThriftyDecorChick and HGTV’s Rate My Space. {Warning!!! Do not click those links unless you have endless amounts of time to browse! They are crazy addicting!} What inspires you?

Toddler Boy Room on a Budget

    1. January 18th, 2010 at 4:54 am
      Ashleigh says:
      Oh my goodness. It is all so cute. I need to re-do my son's room who is at this same phase. Out of the nursery, but still my little boy. You have great taste and I especially love the big B! What a fabulous craigslist find too! Love it all!
    2. January 18th, 2010 at 8:27 am
      jan says:
      wonderful! timeless & classic & fun all at the same time. one question - lol! - is your son a Roll Tide fan? Love the hat!
    3. January 18th, 2010 at 10:10 am
      Jenn says:
      Do you have tutorials for the craft projects? The stars, growth chart, and the BIG B?!?? :) I have girls, but I know I could use you guide to find a fit for their rooms. Super cute!
      • January 19th, 2010 at 6:13 pm
        Shelley says:
        Tutorials Coming! :) Promise.
    4. January 18th, 2010 at 10:46 am
      Sarah says:
      Yes... I would love to know how to make that growth chart, too. I love the look of it. Perfect for his age, yet something that can be updated as time goes by without too much expense. Very nice.
      • January 19th, 2010 at 6:13 pm
        Shelley says:
        We'll get a tutorial on here soon! :) Thanks for the request.
    5. January 18th, 2010 at 10:51 am
      Tasha says:
      I seriously LOVE all these ideas. I am putting this away on how I want to decorate my boys rooms. I just love so many of the things! Seriously. YOu are amazing with your deals too.
      • January 18th, 2010 at 11:04 am
        Alison says:
        Thanks for the kind comments!!!!! We love to know that you are loving it!
    6. January 18th, 2010 at 11:55 am
      DeniseMarie says:
      Wow, hot mamma! Way to go!! I love it all. You made it look so easy. I hope I can get my juices flowing and get some done pics up real soon to show my 2 pre-teen boy rooms made over and not just a dream in my head. lol
    7. January 18th, 2010 at 1:01 pm
      Emily says:
      So adorable. I'm super inspired!
    8. January 18th, 2010 at 3:54 pm
      Taylor says:
      Shelley you need to come do my twins room when they get put into toddler beds! ;) you are amazing, to say the LEAST!
    9. January 18th, 2010 at 6:49 pm
      Heather says:
      GORGEOUS! Seriously, I love it all. My 3 year old would love it. And that bed is fantastic - so "hearty". Great job, lady!
    10. January 18th, 2010 at 9:10 pm
      Tiffany @ Simply Complicated says:
      I love it! I really want to redo my boys' room...but I don't think that hubby will stand for it. I love the classic colors & simple decor.
    11. January 18th, 2010 at 11:10 pm
      Beth says:
      What a cute room - love the growth chart & the big B!!
    12. January 19th, 2010 at 1:23 am
      Hinke says:
      Oh my goodness, this is a really nice boyish room. Love it !!!!!!
      You did a great job.

    13. January 19th, 2010 at 3:58 am
      Cory Dugan says:
      Was wondering if you are willing to share the wall & trim colors? Thanks!
      • January 19th, 2010 at 6:14 pm
        Shelley says:
        I'll have to look into it! :) I'll get back to you (I'll email ya).
        • August 23rd, 2011 at 3:47 pm
          Tara says:
          Absolutly love love love the room!!!! It's simple and not to baby-ish at the same time... I would also love to know what the colors of the walls and trim are.. :)) we are in the process of redoing our 26mos olds room.. I would also like to know if their is a tutorial on the "B" :D
    14. January 19th, 2010 at 7:52 am
      Becky says:
      Absolutely LOVE this! Thank you for sharing. We are redoing my little boy's room in the near future and loved this room!
    15. January 19th, 2010 at 3:13 pm
      Penny says:
      I love how the room is so simple, yet so classic at the same time. I'll bet he will enjoy the room for quite a few years!
    16. January 19th, 2010 at 3:29 pm
      Danielle says:
      No surprise that his room is ADORABLE!!! I could sure use you in my house Shelley!!
    17. January 19th, 2010 at 6:18 pm
      Norma Lee Good says:
      I love this room! I am currently creating one for my 22 month old. I love the growth chart and would love to know how you did it!
    18. January 19th, 2010 at 10:46 pm
      Tiffany H says:
      That is the cutest boys room EVER! I love winning arguments, I mean discussions with my husband over stuff like this-I'm glad you won on this one, it's perfect!
    19. January 20th, 2010 at 12:14 pm
      The Saved Quarter says:
      Just lovely! And great job on a small budget!

      But where are the toys? I'd love to see your toy storage.
      • January 20th, 2010 at 12:35 pm
        Shelley says:
        Toys are in the toy room! :) I have a big leather trunk we keep all the toys in.
    20. January 20th, 2010 at 3:25 pm
      Stacey @ Fun to Craft says:
      I LOVE this room! We are in need of toddler boy room ideas and I also want to stay away from the theme rooms for just a little longer! I love the growth chart and the big 'B.' I seriously need something similar for our little guy!! Thanks for sharing the great ideas!
    21. January 20th, 2010 at 6:26 pm
      Rachel says:
      LOVE LOVE LOVE the letter B. I think it totally pulls everything together. Great makeover on the cheap!
    22. January 20th, 2010 at 7:44 pm
      Sage says:
      I love this! I can't wait to see your twins' nursery!
    23. January 21st, 2010 at 4:55 pm
      Nicole says:
      Super cute! I'd love to see your whole house! :)
    24. March 10th, 2010 at 11:43 am
      rayan says:
      I love your growth chart, and this room is adorable..getting ready to do my little guy's room, thanks for the inspiration!
    25. March 14th, 2010 at 8:14 pm
      sweetmango says:
      i love the BIG "B"... waiting on the tutorial
      • March 14th, 2010 at 11:02 pm
        Shelley says:
        Okay, okay! ;) I'll do it. -Soon. Promise! ;)
    26. May 19th, 2010 at 10:34 am
      Ashley says:
      I *LOVE* this room!!! Oh I so can't wait for tutorials! I sooo badly want to do this for my twin boys!!!! I think I may completely copy you!!!
    27. June 22nd, 2010 at 9:37 pm
      Alison says:
      What an adorable room! I love all the personal touches and the thrifty finds! I just bought a growth chart vinyl sticker from Etsy and am excited to put it together with wood---love the stars on yours :-).
    28. July 13th, 2010 at 10:26 am
      Angie says:
      Adorable! My husband won on our son's nursery...Michigan University Football...aaaand we live in TEXAS! Ha! It turned out really cute though. I love everything you did in your lil' guy's room. And I must mention his AH-mazing blue eyes. What a doll!!
      .-= Angie´s last blog ..Blondies- =-.
    29. August 26th, 2010 at 11:35 am
      Jennifer says:
      Love it! I love the photos you gals take! Like the pictures in this room - LOVE them!! I need to find a photographer in my area to take pics of my boys!!
    30. August 8th, 2011 at 3:10 pm
      lisa says:
      Hello, i would really like to know where you got this bedroom furniture and what the finish color is.
      • August 13th, 2011 at 6:50 pm
        Shelley says:
        I got it from Commercial Home furnishing in Boise Id. I have no idea the finish color. I'm sorry to not be more help. ---Shelley :)
    31. January 1st, 2012 at 7:59 pm
      Anna says:
      Absolutely love this adorable room! I'm going to use this for inspiration when decorating my todder's new room! This is one of the first (and by far cutest)I have found that is not super "Kiddish" or overly themed which is exactly what I have been looking for! Where did you find those cute star hooks?
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