After watching too many episodes of 'The Block' I had an idea of the type of room we wanted - bright, crisp, airy and not pink (nothing against pink, I just wanted something different!). I had more of an idea when I fell in love with the Mercer fabric range by Dear Stella fabrics. I love navy and we had chosen a light grey colour in Dulux (limed white half strength) for the room's paint colour. I love coral and peach too and when I found this fabric I knew it would be perfect!
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I knew too that we had to do this on a budget. We've always tried to save money here and there and this was an opportunity to really challenge ourselves. So to save some money we did the following:
* Used our family's baby cot - it's an heirloom really, my husband, his sisters and most of the gran kids have spent their first years sleeping in it. It's such a nice cot too and with a coat of paint it came up like new again.
* Painted old furniture:
We had an old pine bookshelf that, let's face it, was ugly. I bought some dulux paint in Lexicon half strength (a brighter white paint) and it came up looking fabulous too. A tip too: always prime furniture with an undercoat, you always end up with a better paint result that lasts longer.
* Nursery art: Over the years I've saved pics from our travels, museum art cards (love renoir), old birthday cards and letters. I chose a selection of them to use in picture frames on the walls and also hunted around on etsy for some nursery wall quotes/art. I bought some white frames from Kmart which made for the perfect wall collage. I bought some gold wall sticker dots too to decorate the cot corner. I've only placed them on one wall as I wanted to give the room a 'clean' look without too much art on one wall.
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I literally made the flowers and hand stitched them onto the linen. So easy and so pretty on a wall! It's a little special too in that it can be kept for years to come!
Other money savers we used:
*Gumtree - I was gumtreeing on a regular basis, looking for any bargains and good quality furniture. My ultimate goal was to purchase a white baby change table and I managed to score one for $20 in mint condition! It was a quite a shock when I started pricing brand new furniture, especially cots, drawers and change tables!
* Storage: Our storage space is at a premium and I needed to make the most of every inch of space. Rather than purchasing new furniture, I bought some rattan type baskets to use for storage on both the change table and the book shelf. I prettied them up by cutting long strips of fabric approx 10cm wide and then rolled hemmed the edges on the overlocker and tied them onto the baskets. I think they look pretty fab! We'll pop up another post of the finished room soon!
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