Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Nursery room makeover - part 1!

In my nesting time I've had the pleasure of renovating and decorating our spare room for the impending arrival of our little girl.  My handyman hubby had the painting job whilst mine was the fun part, styling the room and buying things!

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!

img courtesy dear stella fabrics
So with the fabric in mind, I started a pinterest board of things I found online - similar colour palettes, wall art, nursery decor, all things girly, etc. You can find the nursery board  here!

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.

copyright 2014 pink tulip designs
I also made some felt wall art using linen, an embroidery hoop and coloured felt in our colour palette. This was the easiest thing to do! I've pinned some felt flower tutorials on our pinterest nursery board and on a new board called 'felt'. Here's a link to 'Salsa Pie's tutorial' on how to make the pretty roses! I used 100% wool felt which is a little more expensive but tends not to pill as much as the synthetic felt.
       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!
copyright pink tulip designs 2014

Happy Crafting!

Kate x

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