It took a while for this post but we finally have completed the nursery for baby number 2, who is term in two days, believe it or not. Whether or not I will be lucky enough to have them a little early again or not, who knows. I wouldn’t complain though, not being graced with much in the way of patience.
We had most of this done for a couple of weeks but I was awaiting a loan of a friend’s moses basket (thanks Alison!) before finalising it for some pictures. So welcome to baby 2′s room…
Note in this picture the fact that we FINALLY have stair gates up. I can’t tell if Sandy is happier now he’s not enclosed in one room all the time, or angry because he doesn’t get to climb the stairs over and over and over now.
The fabric we picked dictated the colour scheme. It is a pale but bright blue birds of paradise fabric from IKEA with bright orange and post-box red as the colours we took from it to use throughout the room.
I’d love to have been brave enough to get a Dulux colour match on the blue in the fabric and painted one of the walls in it, but I figured there is little point in doing anything so dramatic now. We will probably wait until Sandy and Double are both old enough to choose their own redecorations and colours.
There are quite a few things from my Gran and Grandad’s house which have been adopted into the baby’s room. Firstly there is the rocking chair. My grandad put it together a LONG time ago and the fabric on the seat pad was woven by my Mum when she was in art school. I’m quite excited to have such a comfortable chair in which to feed and sway to sleep this time.
I made a cushion and mini pram quilt out of the fabric. Also here is Pebble the Octopus, a handed down toy of Sandy’s for the new baby.
My grandparent’s barometer… not exactly what you’d expect to find in a baby’s room but it seemed wrong to separate it from so many other items it came with.
The loan moses basket. For Sandy we were offered a loan of another friend’s basket and took her up but she has since sold it. It seemed silly to buy a new one now, especially when this is the last time we will use it and that Sandy actually didn’t spend a whole load of time in it!
When Stuart found out that Sandy was expected – and I mean literally days after taking the test – he went on a special I’m going to be a Daddy mission to Hamley’s to buy the first toy for his first born. It was a little lamb. This time he decided to do the same, only it took us til the baby was 36 weeks to get to Hamley’s to choose, rather than a few days! The choice was between a little cow and this little rabbit and he chose the rabbit because it is incredibly soft. Also if baby obliges in coming sooner rather than later it will be a little easter bunny indeed, so quite fitting! And best of all no-one managed to get a toy bought for them yet so he was still able to buy the first toy for his second born too.
I had these rugs from years ago (another IKEA purchase) and didn’t have anywhere for them in this house when this room was a study (you know how wheely chairs and rugs are) but they seem to fit in perfectly in baby’s room!
This is the crowning glory of the room as far as I am concerned. I was daft not to take a before picture but this chest of drawers came from my Grandparent’s house dark brown and varnished and described by the antiques man who came by in a rather mean way. Of course that alone is enough to endear me to an object, others’ critisisms (much like that car the Multipla that looks like a platypus which is ridiculed by both my mother and my husband. I’m always threatening to buy one. In brown)
Anyway, I saw the idea for this on pinterest, namely picking a colour and painting the drawers in varying gradients of said colour and the rest of the item white. Mum and I sanded it down and then several coats of paint later, ta da!
Actually it wasn’t all that simple as I managed to splash Dulux moroccan flame all over our oatmeal carpet in the living room (no, it didn’t come out, there is a rug there now) and my delightful cats decided to jump on top of it while it was drying and then run white paw prints all over the house (yes these did come out but I was continually finding them for days to come and back on the old hands and knees scrubbing emulsion out of tiny fibres, JOY)
But if you aren’t cack-handed and don’t have misbehaving mogs then it actually is very easy and cheap. All it took was a tub of white emulsion (£5) and three testers in the colour you want (£3.60). Then all you do is paint the bottom drawer in the tester colour as it comes, and the other three you put an equal amount of the tester paint in bowls and mix with increasing quantities of white emulsion to tone down the colour gradually. We painted the knobs white which worked really well too.
This was the main item in which we took a colour from the fabric and added it to parts of the room. Other ways of repeating the scheme were to paint the remains of the tester paint into a tiny framed painting, and to frame a piece of the fabric next to it.
All of these little bits are special ornaments of my family or me that I wanted to have on and around the shelf above the chest of drawers.
I chose not to show the innards of the wardrobe because the right hand side is overflowing, and the left hand side (which is organised with all Sandy’s old baby clothes) has been overtaken by homebirth stuff and hospital bags.
This was my chair when I was little. Sandy was bought a IKEA poang chair for his Christmas which sits downstairs so my Mum gave me this one for baby number two. I made the covered foam seat and back from the fabric to match.
Up in the corner hang’s the mobile I made for Sandy. Honestly, it never got much use as an actual mobile with him as when he was big enough for the cot he was easily distracted by it and it didn’t promote much in the way of sleep. Since Sandy is still using his cot (and will be until he’s two in August and we buy him a toddler bed for his birthday) I decided to just display it like this.
I made it by knitting grey and white cloud shapes and rainbow coloured rain drops. It’s still one of the things I am most proud of making.
So I didn’t show the wardrobe but the drawers of the chest are full and ready for the arrival. I took all Sandy’s nappies and extracted all small enough to be resized to newborn and they are all washed and ready. I still need to buy Sandy a couple more to keep him going as at the moment I’m having to wash nappies every day and would rather it was every two days for my sanity!
Here’s a sneak peak at some potential first outfits for baby.
It’s funny how I just put the quilt I made out of the fabric on the bouncy chair like this and then realised the birds match the rattles on the chair itself.
The biggest undertaking with the fabric was the cot sized quilt I made and the cot bumpers (which are still needing finished up but won’t be used for a while yet anyway) but I made these cut outs for the wall above the blind too, to add some more to the theme of the room.
And this big canvas. Very easy to do, just buy the canvas (The Works do them for very cheap) position the fabric on the front and use an open stapler to hold it in place tightly on the back.
Finally these are my toys from being a newborn. Sandy had them too and now they have passed on to number two. It’s all getting very real right about now.
Homebirth preparations post to follow our 37 week planning meeting with the midwife tomorrow :)