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A blank canvas

The new bedroom – or nursery as I tend to call it, seeing as it will be the kids bedroom – is freshly painted and looking bright and lovely! It makes a huge difference walking by the door and seeing all that sunlight streaming in the window, where there used to be a solid door.

The ceiling is white, the trim is “painters white” enamacryl – nice and glossy (Note: painters white actually has the tiniest bit of black added for better coverage. A painter family friend told Andres dad about it. We struggled to get the trim in the kitchen looking good even after three coats, but with the painters white we’ve just done two coats and it looks great!) – and the walls are half Rice Cake. All paints from Resene with a discount via Andre’s work. He is under duress to keep his job until we’re done renovating as the discounts at various suppliers are well worth it!

Excuse the paint cans yet to be removed and the door yet to be rehung:

The window still needs to be painted, but we will probably leave this now until we repaint a bunch of windows all at once… we have a house lot to do so are waiting for a decent summer!

 The photo above shows the solution to the elephant in the room hot water cylinder in the corner… shifting it (even lowering it to sit under the floor) would have meant getting consent (costly… not for us!) so we have just made the best of it by boxing it in. There is space in the cupboard above the cylinder for storing boxes of out of season clothes, and room on top for some more attractive storage boxes or a stack of old suitcases or something. (A similar dilemma I still haven’t got around to fixing in the master bedroom… oops!)

Here are some before photos for reference just so you feel obliged to make encouraging comments:

And believe it or not, this is the real before:

As mentioned already, we just need to give the floor a light sanding all over, seal it, put up blinds, and we’re all ready to move in! I can’t wait to decorate… this is the room I’m most excited about actually and I know it’s not going to be all done before the kidlets move in, but it will be a work in progress and will change as they grow. Have a look here for some of my inspiration images. You’ll see I’m dreaming of a colourful but homely room with handmade and vintage furnishings.

This is my favourite, from here (and do check out the link as the blog is a great read, and the woman behind it very inspiring):

Miss E

I mentioned back here that I had a little something up my sleeve which couldn’t be revealed until the arrival of our little one.

Now that she’s here, I can bore you with share all the details!

The sum total of art in our bedroom has been one very old picture frame with photos of Andre which I used to have in my single bedroom way back when. It got hung on the only existing hook in the bedroom when we moved in, and hasn’t had a thought its way since.

So it was nice to think about the other corner of the room where the little wee one lives with a little more tender loving care.

This is what I made, to go with this for our big little boy (although because it’s on the pink side I plan to do him another one in navy… he’s a navy sort of boy I think!):

The other pieces of art are just prints which I put into a couple of frames I found in the depths of our old filing cabinet.

The silver frame has a cute vintage nursery rhyme print from here, and the duck egg blue frame started life as a black and gold picture frame:

And after a couple of coats of spray paint now has a fresh new look with my favourite scan photo.

The framed art will no doubt be changed out numerous times, and the frames themselves made over with spray paint or other embellishments but I like that our little girl came home to a space just for her!

She and her big brother are snoozing away to an orchestra of planers, nail guns and skill saws this afternoon which means trim is going up in the new bedroom! Photos will come – please wait patiently!