When I entered the third trimester, a panic set in, where you realise the baby is coming, sooner rather than later, and perhaps you should buy a few bits and bobs and make a room habitable for a small human.
I suggested to the husband that it was time to build in some walls and turn the somewhat open study into a cosy nursery for our wee man. So,
we .. the husband .. got out the carpenter belt and started demolishing and rebuilding.
The room we had chosen for our nursery would have originally been the front verandah of the home and was, at some point (possibly pre drug dealer house) built in. The room was always pretty, if you could see past the smoke stains on the ceiling, holes in the walls, cracked window and the fetching door to the porch that was nailed in and actually served no purpose.
This is the before shot (real estate filtered)
With two double doors leading into our lounge the room was too open to be a bedroom so we needed to but a new door and build in the existing doors. The external door also needed to be removed and built in.
It was so lovely to have more space in the living room with the two big doors gone, it completely opened up the space.
With the new doors and walls in place the room needed some major repair work. This is the state of the walls and windows pre makeover ..
After repairing the walls they still weren’t perfect, in fact far from it. This is a 1960s jarrah framed house where each piece of wood is uneven. In the parts where the asbestos is, the joins were prominent. The husband remembered from the English part of him, that in the UK they use a wallpaper you can paint to make imperfect walls perfect. We hunted around and found a fab place called The Wallpaper and Border Shop who sell fibreglass which rolls on like wallpaper, but is clear and textured. You can then paint as you wish whilst giving the walls a beautiful finish.
We choose a chevron texture and
we .. Matt installed it.
In terms of colours, I wanted black walls .. yes black. The room is very light with a massive original jarrah window that we glossed white, with high skirting and a low ceiling. I felt the room could wear the black as long as the furniture remained white and light. My husband was on board.. for a while.. then he turned to the blue side. I’m extremely fussy with colour and compromised on grey, ending up with a grey that looks quite blue in some lights .. #winning.
Now, there is quite simply not much I love more than a newly finished room, just dying to be decorated! We knew we were having a wee boy join our family but I wanted to stay away from it being too gender specific.
We kept our leather roadside collection couch (still the best find to date) as the nursing chair, adding a simple roller blind to the newly finished window and sheer side drapes from Ikea to finish.
I wanted the room to stay light and I love white furniture so we went with a simple cot and change table that converts to a shelving unit when no longer required.
Whilst hunting for wall prints, I stumbled across a gorgeous business called Ink Hearts Paper and this limited edition copy of a lion, I loved it and set it with another two prints available from their store.
After the hiccups we experienced when Harrison was born, it was incredible to bring him home and say.. Hola Little One
I would love to hear your thoughts on this post! There’s a nifty little comment post below. Much love xxK