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Growing room

Our current project-du-jour (the master bedroom makeover) isn’t providing many photo-worthy opportunities just yet, so for today’s post we’re going back to the kids bedroom one last time.

A couple of months ago it was all about the layered look we seem to have stumbled upon in there, and then last month I shared a quick DIY curtain project. So the final piece in the puzzle is changing out the cot for a toddler bed. Miss E was happy enough in her cot, but we felt she was ready for the bed, and we needed every bit of space we could get in the spare room (where we’ve moved while our master bedroom gets trashed!).

So while her cot is packed down and standing in the corner of our lounge, the kids bedroom is looking a little more spacious, and colourful and fun and cosy!

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I did get a little sentimental packing up the cot – it’s a very definite end to the baby era – but I’m excited for the freedom that comes with the short time between babyhood and settling into school life.

We have a long weekend coming up, and plans to get some plastering underway. Of course if all goes to plan I’ll have photos to share next week!

Until then, adieu x

 

Layer upon layer

It’s been a while since I’ve zoomed out and given you a little room update anywhere in our interior. We’ve been all about the backyard for months! But just like the brick wall that’s happening layer by layer, life is adding layers to every room inside too.

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Apart from a lack of curtains and art on the big wall by Master W’s bed, the kids room is the most “got it together” room in the house. And I like that it is actually the most mixed and matched and everything goes type room as well. A little like the lovely layered home I shared with you some time ago.

So here are some photos of my favourite space! This boy-girl room where our little darlings sleep (and jump on the bed).

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For a small room with no wardrobe (the cupboard in the corner houses the hot water cylinder) we have packed a lot of function into this room and I’m excited to see how it will grow and adapt with the kids. At some point in the future I’m envisioning corner bunks, to allow more room for play in here, as well as sleeping. I hope to lose the kids for a time, only to find them engrossed in a book curled on their beds, or having some fun with imaginary play under the bunk! A bedroom is such a big space in a small persons life. I know mine features strongly in my childhood memories. Maybe because of its pink floral wallpaper, pink floral duvet, pink floral curtains and pink floral lightshade. All matching. Laura Ashley I think. No matter, I loved it at the time!

Now I must do something about those missing curtains. Here’s a promise… the next photo you see of this room will have curtains! And probably a toddler bed… how fast do the cot days go?!

 

Small spaces: The sweetest nursery

This is not what I had in mind to share this morning but in my search for what I did have in mind, I came across this cutest little nursery yet again. So this is it folks. Mega inspiration for a little one’s space, if you have the need, or there is loads of ideas that would work equally well in a grown ups space.

I’ve seen this a few times around the blog world, a few weeks ago over at Fancy, and this morning, at Apartment Therapy. But The Beetleshack is where it originates from.

This little space is proof that you can just fill a room with the loveliest of things and even though they don’t “match” they come together to create a cohesive look that just feels so homely.

Having both my boy and girl sharing a bedroom I also appreciate seeing kids spaces that are neither bland nor super-girly or made just for a boy. This Beetleshack nursery could quite happily accommodate either – and rightly so, because as far as I can tell, baby Beetleshack’s gender was unknown at the time.

My favourite things in the room are the vintage mirror (surprise, surprise!) and the little yellow painted cane stool/side table. If you’re up for some shopping to get the look, there’s a source list over at the Beetleshack (just had to write it one more time – awesome name!).

A washi skyline

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Did anyone guess? A washi project on the horizon… a skyline is a horizon of sorts yes?

I started with a very. blank. wall. For the only room in the house that I consider almost done, this view is as undone as you can get. If this scares you like it does me, go take some comfort with a scroll through this.

I did give this wall a wipe down yesterday. But that was it for preparation.

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I had my washi tape. Let’s be honest – I had a choice of washi tape. These four were my narrowed down choice.0614_7179

I put some pieces on the wall to help me make a decision. Being the boy corner of the bedroom blue was the colour of the day. The boy has pink and flowers on his quilt (although I’ve made him a manned up duvet cover for when it gets cooold), so I’m doing my best to even things out for him! I quickly ruled out #1 and #2… just because I have never liked them a lot. #4 is my favourite but I wondered if it might be too pale to make an impact, and so #3 it was. I also like the twinkly lights thing going on with #3… a twinkly night skyline? Oooh yes!0614_7180

Tools of the trade: washi tape of choice, scissors (tidy cuts make the corner joins a little tidier), and a picture on my phone for inspiration0614_7181

And then I got sidetracked. No more photos until we’re done…

One sweet washi taped skyline for Master W to gaze at until the twinkly lights lull him off to sleep. (After 3 1/2 years I still kid myself he’s that perfect, well-behaved child who won’t protest madly all the way to bed and then demand more kisses and water and toilet visits at the top of his voice before suddenly crashing to sleep and silence reigns once more…)0614_7182 0614_7184

If it doesn’t charm him at bedtime then perhaps it’ll give him another little corner to play during the day! Who doesn’t need a city skyline for fire engines to roar by or tow trucks to rescue broken cars alongside? 0614_7187

Or cuddly friends to have chats with? 0614_7188

I know already that this will be one of those little projects that take so little time and effort, but are so rewarding. Every time I walk in that door (a million times a day!) I will turn my head and smile at the little twinkling city in the corner.

And me being me, my next thought will be what else I can fill the blank space above with!

0614_7189In a life of so many projects that take weeks and months to finish, it helps to have these kind of 15 minute ones that make you feel like you’ve done something. You’ve started something, and you’ve finished something. All in one day! I won’t tell you what I’m avoiding so I could complete and share this with you. But I promised (next time I won’t be so foolish – and then my house might get vacuumed… oops I gave it away!) so I hope you love it!

 

Room for two

Well… we’ve done it. For better or for worse.

I’m not talking marriage – that was a while ago.

I’m talking two small children sharing a bedroom. At the moment it is definitely “for worse” but I still have hopes we will get to “for better”. We are tired and cranky – don’t come and visit this week…

On Friday afternoon while some men were lurking under the floorboards, I was yet again rearranging the furniture! This is progress:

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For anyone who also has a rearranging furniture thing, and hates waiting for help to arrive – here’s how you do it all by yourself… without scratching furniture, floors or walls!

1. Take one old blanket
2. Lay it on the floor next to furniture destined for a new location
3. Lift one side of furniture item while sliding blanket under (feet are good for this)
4. Repeat with the other side
5. Push, pull, shove furniture to new location
6. Remove blanket one side at a time (again, use your feet)

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See!

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Here’s Miss E’s new corner.0305_6455

And here’s Master W’s big boy corner. 0305_6456

And a few more corners and details… just because I love this room!

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In sleep mode: 0305_6465

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Now if only it was that simple… switch modes for blissful peace and quiet and well rested children (and mama’s and dada’s).

If you have any tips for little ones sharing a bedroom they’ll be welcomed with open arms!

Who would have thought?!

Typical me… right after I prettified Miss E’s bedroom, I decide now might be a good time to move her in with Master W. And when I decide something, it pretty much has to happen right away. So, this weekend it is, as long as all goes to plan. I have my fingers crossed the grandparents will be delighted to have Master W sleep over on Friday so we can ease Miss E into her new space without a disruptive big brother on the first night.

In preparation, I have put up a curtain in the kids’ room (see, I’m calling it the “kids’ room” – there’s no going back!) so they won’t be able to see each other from their beds. From tiny babies they have not slept if they can see anything going on around them.

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There it is! It hangs an ugly few inches off the floor, but I’m turning a blind eye because of its temporary nature. As soon as the excitement (aka sleeplessness) over new rooming arrangements wanes it’s coming down.

Miss E’s cot will sit to the right… the beanbag will have to find a new home.

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The curtain is a cheapo eyelet style from Spotlight. Cheapest I could find actually – $23.99, on sale now. I hung it on some basic curtain wire, from 3M Command hooks. I did say temporary didn’t I?!

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It might be even more temporary than I planned – a few good tugs and the whole thing will probably come down. So far it’s lasted a couple of days with no attempts to swing off it – maybe there is less monkey in my kids than I sometimes think…

In case you spotted a couple of new additions to this bedroom in the photos above – here’s more:

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One pom-pom garland strung around the window. I couldn’t just stop at the one I made for Miss E’s party.

And here’s the second piece of art we’ve hung on the walls:

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It’s a cross stitch Mum did for my brother a “very” long time ago. I had a matching girl version but I don’t know what happened to it…

Kind of cute I thought! My first thought was to paint the frame, but I like how it links in with the manrobe on the other side of the room, so it’s staying as is.

Wish us luck for a peaceful weekend…!

Inspire Monday: Rug making

I’ve just pinned a new project: a round rag rug!

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I have searched high and low for such a thing but gave up and bought a regular rectangular rug for the kids room when I decided it would be far too hard to make myself one.

But this tutorial via Colour Me There makes it seem very possible… that is inspiring!

Glamming up the man…

…robe. Further to the sanding, I got stuck into glamming up my manrobe again. Can you tell this is my current pet project?! I’ve been wanting one of these for so long now, I’m just pleased to be getting into it!

My beloved manrobe has one of these quaint slide out rails (so your clothes hang in a row front to back instead of side to side) but it was a bit stuck so needed some greasy attention.

 

Lubed up, he was up next for a new coat of shining armour.

The first coat happened outside:

Then a couple more coats inside (dodgy weather) got it nice and glossy:

We used Cabot’s Cabothane, which we believe is the same stuff we used on our kitchen shelves (but with a change of name?). Chosen because it’s water-based and less fumey than oil-based products. It’s super easy to apply and cleans up easily. With 3 coats I think it will hold up just fine to the wear and tear of a childs bedroom.

Mr Manrobe is now awaiting me to fix up his handles and maybe give his insides a bit of smartening up, then I’ll be sorting Master W’s haphazardly arranged wardrobe of clothes into fresh new order. Aahhhhh!

 

 

A family outing to the garden centre

Last weekend we bundled up (it was freezing!) and headed to the garden centre for a stroll around, armed with a shopping list for some goodies for our new garden.

I was excited about getting some mandarin and lime trees, but we left those behind and I’m rethinking that plan now. For the sole reason that citrus doesn’t take kindly to underplanting, and I’d like to fill my garden with plants rather than just have a handful dotted here and there and cover the rest with mulch. More on that when I decide…

We did come away with a bunch of herbs, flowers and vegies though, for the part of the garden down the side of the house. You might recall this is going to be a temporary (or not) vegie garden for now.

Since the addition of children to our household we’ve been into organic living in a small way (or perhaps not so small when you consider that all I fed Master W for his first year was organic… think I can keep that up for Miss E?!) so where possible bought organic versions of all that was on our list.

Here’s what we came home with:

And here is where it got to:

We haven’t had to worry about them drying out!

There is just a bit more time to be spent on the irrigation system before we can get these tender plants into their fancy new abode. It was in the plans for last Saturday but things didn’t go to plan. That’s our theme around here!

I promise we’re working on getting this garden bed put to bed though, see:

Stripping the man…

…robe.

Saturday saw us picking up a manrobe (among other adventures) which we purchased for a bargain price of $67 on Trade Me. I was convinced it would go for over $150 and left Andre to bid up to that amount (it closed at 11pm – I was well in bed by then!) so I was delighted when he told me (at around 4am after feeding session number lost count) we won it, and for so much less than I thought it would get to.

While the littlies were sleeping and he had to keep away from the power tools Andre went to pick it up.

I was glad to see that all it needed was a going-over with the sander and then a spit and polish to have it looking lovely but still character-worn. Having had a saved search going on Trade Me for one of these things for the kids room for months now, I was super keen to get stuck into it.

So I did. I handed over the baby monitor to Andre, got my dust mask and safety glasses on and got to work.

First up I dismantled the handles, which proved to be a little more time-consuming than I would have thought, and the first three all came off in varying combinations of handle pieces. I decided I’d better grab a bag to collect all the bits in.

There wasn’t a close up of the handles on the Trade Me listing, so I wasn’t entirely sure what they were like, but thought I could easily replace them if I didn’t like them so it was hardly a deal-breaker. But Andre really likes them and I quite like them, so I think they’ll stay. They’re also quite nice to “handle” which is one of those little details that make such a difference when you’re battling to get a toddler dressed!

As mentioned, they all came apart in different ways. This was the one that stayed together, but most others had the handle part in a few more pieces than the one you see here!

Note: I need to spruce up the handles and their hardware a bit (they’re a little tarnished and rusted) so any advice on a simple way to do so would be appreciated!

Once all the hardware was secured in its bag I got onto the real job of sanding Mr Manrobe. (Power tools were allowed for me at this point because I was working in the back yard, not right outside the little ones windows where Andre was halfway through installing an irrigation system in our new garden.)

No progress shots on this as I was hard at work and too filthy to pick up the camera. Besides, I was having fun! Here though you can see where I got to with the orbital sander, and the top level has been cleaned off, and the bottom level still covered in sanding dust. Once I cleaned up the rest of it I got to work with some sandpaper and got the edges (see below how there are still dark bits, with varnish on them) and all the fiddly corners done too.

By this time it was cooling off (you can feel it in the blue-ness of the photo above!) and the little ones were both up and “helping” (Master W) or watching (Miss E) so I was glad to be finishing up and heading inside.

I was so pleased with myself though for getting stuck in and completing the sanding job within hours of Andre picking it up! Not many things happen quite like that around here, as you’ll well know if you’ve been reading my vague and unfulfilled promises of “I’ll have some finished photos for you real soon!” for a while.

I’d hate to disappoint you though so you can count on it being at least 3 more months until I get back to this project and varnish it and get those handles back on (even handles take months around here)!

Anyway, here’s the stripped manrobe in all it’s glory (sitting on our concrete back lawn in all its glory):

Anyone else get to stripping (furniture only please…) last weekend? Or have plans for it this weekend? I haven’t put ideas in your head now have I?!