I cannot describe how exciting it is to post pictures of our nursery now it’s all done.
Well, except a new carpet of course. I think that may have to be after Christmas now, but the one in is fine and cleans up well. It’s just that it’s not our carpet. Maybe I’m being fussy. My Dad thinks I am!! I’m not sure he’d have changed anything about this house at all from moving in!!
Anyway, I digress, here are pictures of the before and the after:
You may recall it had fitted units and a dresser. The cupboard on the right hand side has the boiler in, and a handy airing cupboard space so we decided to leave that there for now. Its just easier but we removed the central dresser and cupboard on the left hand side. The carpet although not to our personal taste is ok, and a quality one so we’ve left that for now.
These two pictures are with the cupboards removed and the different paper patterns of yesteryear!! I steamed the paper off myself (it was good to be able to do something!!) and my Dad has hung lining paper, my Mum has helped paint it. We opted for two B&Q shades, one taupey colour called Lauren and a neutral cream called Soft Almond.
So here is my nursing chair which was a present from Steve’s parents before Joel was born. It is so very comfy, especially with the footstool. I can’t wait to be sitting in it again in the wee small hours with baby!! The blanket over it was a gift from my Aunty who is a brilliant crochet-er (!) She did it in purple colours as they were our wedding colours!!
The reason it’s taken a little while to get these pictures up is that I felt this wall was a bit bare, and without wanting to cover it with photo frames, I wanted to see what I thought of wall stickers. I’d had these from Amazon in my basket for a while, and I have to say, I love them!! I think they help add a bit of woodland gaiety to the room without being overpowering. I’ve used them all around rather than focusing on one wall, and they’re just really cute!!
This little fellow is sitting over the light switch!!
This is our spare single bed. It comes in useful in the nursery if one of us needs to sleep in there and if Steve’s Mum pops along for a night like she did at the weekend. The pictures and cushion are from the Dunelm Sleepy Owl collection. I bought the duvet and throw to match the bright colours of their range. At our old house we had painted the walls a very pale aqua colour, called Paradise, and on moving to this new house, used the same paint colour as the curtains etc.. went in Joel’s new bedroom (which is the box room of the house). Rather than buy a new nursery set we decided to update Joel’s room to a more boyish one, (he now has friendly dinosaurs!!) but it all matches the aqua colour! So we opted for a more neutral palette in this room which I think works.
I had to draw the curtains to show them here. They were bought to fit our old house window which was long and narrow, whereas these are short and wide! A lovely lady at church took them away and did magic things to them to make them fit perfectly! They have blackout lining which is brilliant as the sun comes right in through the back windows of a morning! I love that they are bright and cheery, unisex and match anything due to all the colours in it!!
The moses basket is resting here until baby comes into our room. And at the foot of the cot you can see my breastfeeding pillow. It’s a Flopeeze which I used with Joel. It was helpful, and we used it as a prop for him when learning to sit as well.
On the far right is a changing unit, although without the changer part attached. When it was taken down at the old house, the brackets went ‘missing’. It’s currently housing first size nappies, muslins, maternity pads, breast pads and other bits I’ve had to start collecting. I will have to visit Ikea to see whether I can get the missing brackets as it was very handy!!
And here’s the cot and baby wardrobe. The wardrobe still has a lot of Joel’s clothes in it. We are thinking that he could have a chest of drawers in his little room to free up the wardrobe for baby stuff, but we’ll see. Joel’s room is very tiny, you can just fit a single bed in there, but with baby needing changing units and me wanting nursing chairs etc… it made more sense to use the larger spare room as the nursery. They may decide to share the larger room when a bit older though, so we’ll see how things go. Who knows, maybe Steve will say we can have an extension sooner rather than later and I can have my dream kitchen and another bedroom added onto the house!!
Here’s the cot again, the changer unit, and the box beside it is full of baby toys ready to come out at some point. That’s the good thing about having another boy. I haven’t needed to buy a lot this time! You can see a few more wall stickers I’ve put up there, and a little photo frame collection (Sleepy Owl) which has newborn pics of Joel in.
And the moses basket again with some stickers going along the wall behind it. Things are a little cramped at the moment. We haven’t decided that the furniture is going to stay where it is at the moment but with recommendations that cots don’t go against external walls we don’t have a lot of options as to where that goes!! But for now, I’m just loving going in and sitting in my chair and admiring the hard work which has really paid off. I’m so glad and happy that its all done now 🙂