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Mum uses Ikea hacks and budget buys to create amazing Scandi-inspired nursery


Victoria gave her son’s bedroom a Scandi inspired and safari themed makeover (Picture: Victoria Salisbury)

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your child’s nursery, look no further.

One mum has shown that you can create something special without spending a load of money.

Victoria Salisbury, 35, a mum-of-four and guidance worker from Chester, managed to turn her son’s bedroom from a dull, plain space into an impressive Scandi-themed nursery.

She stuck to a tight budget by repurposing unexpected Ikea items and buying affordable accessories from Matalan and H&M Home.

Doing most of the work herself and roping in friends to help with joinery kept costs down, along with keeping an eye out for any deals and discounts.

Victoria said: ‘I love the Scandi style that is so popular at the moment so when we found out we were having a boy back in October 2019, I started planning his nursery.

The bedroom before (Picture: Victoria Salisbury)

‘We weren’t in any rush, as it’s recommended babies stay in your room for months after they are born anyway, which is how we were able to finish the room to such a high standard by buying bits here and there rather than in one go.’

One smart hack was using £7 spice racks from Ikea as open wooden shelving.

Victoria was also able to wait for John Lewis to do a 20% off sale to buy her son’s cot bed, then used a company she found online who make made-to-measure mattresses that ‘cost half the price of branded ones.

Oh, and that giant giraffe toy you can spot in the photos? That was just £24.99 from H&M. Bargain.

The bedroom after its transformation (Picture: Victoria Salisbury)

‘I took a lot of inspiration from Instagram,’ said Victoria. ‘There are so many gorgeous home accounts that often have links where items can be purchased.

‘We decided on a safari theme as it can be done really well with Scandi style using natural woods and plants.

‘I created a couple of mood boards with screenshots of items and designs I liked and would shop around and try and buy things when they were on sale.

‘I like to buy quality key pieces that will last through the years and accessorise with high street items that can be easily switched.

‘There are so many small businesses on Etsy and Instagram that sell beautiful, individual accessories as well.

Those wooden shelves are actually £7 spice racks from Ikea (Picture: Victoria Salisbury)

‘I think it’s important to try and support them especially at times like this. The room will still be age-appropriate for a few years which is a bonus.

‘We are really lucky as my Dad is a joiner so he replaced the skirting boards, architrave, windowsill and laid the laminate flooring for us.

‘We have a friend who plastered the room for us for a really good rate. We decorated it ourselves after watching a YouTube tutorial on how to get the perfect straight line. It’s so easy and means you don’t have to do much cutting in.

The mum asked friends for help to keep costs down (Picture: Victoria Salisbury)

‘The room is so small so we needed to make the most of the space. I googled space-saving storage ideas and got loads of brilliant IKEA hacks that were so cheap.

‘The shelves, hooks and clothes rack are IKEA and cost roughly £40 total.’

Victoria is really happy with how the nursery turned out.

She urges other DIY fans not to rush and take their time to find great bargains.

She loves the end result (Picture: Victoria Salisbury)

‘My main tips would be to take your time, shop around to get the best deals, use mood boards to make sure everything coordinates and use Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration,’ the mum said.

‘I think we’ve done a really good job of utilising the space. His little reading corner is my favourite area.

‘It’s so comfy with a little throw, snuggled up reading to him with his lamp on!’

Have you completed an amazing DIY project you fancy sharing?

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