That old bookcase that’s just collecting dust in your basement just needs a fresh coat of paint before it’s nursery ready. Finding a new home for furniture you already have cuts back on extra costs and tells a sweeter story. You can use it as a bookshelf (pictured) or a drawer-free dresser. Baskets can be used to store toys or extra diapers. Try a chemical-free paint that’s safe for baby to gum on.
Using recycled wood and cardboard in place of the real thing (like this Merlin 3-Drawer Dresser does!) helps lower the impact these pieces make on the environment. Plus, you’ll end up spending less than you would on the real thing — and what’s not to love about that? You won’t even need to get rid of this stylish dresser; it’s made to grow with baby!
There are tons of smaller brands that sell unique, ecological cribs made with eclectic touches and craftsmanship (like this Caravan Crib from Kalon — and since a crib is one of the first nursery purchases you’ll make, we love the idea of having that one-of-a-kind artistry in the nursery. It’ll set the mood for the space and keep baby cozy.
Here’s something you’ll love: You can go organic _and _local — all in one breath! Retailers in your neighborhood might sell sustainable goods, or you can shop for these made-to-order finds online, through shops like Etsy. It’ll feel good to know that something was made just for your baby — and you’ll feel good about supporting smaller, local shops.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We love wallpaper in nurseries — especially when it’s done right. This cheery dot print looks great in a baby boy or girl’s room. When you’re considering fabrics, look for vinyl-, PVC-, POC- and VOC-free and breathable (like this Dwell Studio print!). It’ll keep mold and mildew out.