So we have established I am too tight to pay for Mamas & Papas to fully furnish the nursery – but I do love the range. We have decided to buy a few key items – probably some of the toys and the musical mobile – and use their overall colour scheme.
The plan goes something like this:
- Knock down the brick-built weird wardrobe thing.
- Mortar-up the top of the wall to neaten it up, and put a decent piece of ply / mdf over the top (what was formerly the base of the wardrobe, and is current old floorboards) to create a shelf type area.
- Brick up the redundant ventilation grill on one wall.
- Get a plasterer in to skim all of the walls – when we moved in, they had 3 layers of wallpaper on, and when we stripped it off (hoping we could paint it) we realised why wallpaper had been used! We replaced the wallpaper for the short term (while the room was an office) but now we want to get it ‘right’.
- Paint 3 walls white / off-white / very pale cream. Colour to be decided!
- Paint 1 wall teal – similar to one of the M&P photos in my previous entry.
- Instead of buying the starry wallpaper, we’re going to make some printing block stars up using wooden blocks and probably either high-density craft foam, or slightly textured lino. We’ll then print our own pattern directly onto one of the white walls, using the M&P colours (teal, pale blue, orange, purple, pink, green, but not the brown – instead we’ll use grey).
- The grey / stone furniture that M&P sell is gorgeous, but we are lucky enough to have inherited a cot-bed. It’s pine, so we’re going to sand it right back and paint it grey. This also has the advantage that we can make any of our furniture match (we’re also inheriting a nursing chair, and will then buy some drawers – more on that later).
- The remaining 2 white walls are not massive, because one has the door set into it and the built-in wardrobe (which is going, but will be replaced by shelves or something) and the other has the window set in it. I think we’ll hang some home-made bunting along it, or will choose these walls for hanging pictures or a clock etc. I’d quite like to make some 3D pictures in box frames of the various Timbuktales characters – so the sun, the boy and cat in the boat, the bird with the umbrella, maybe the rabbit and hedgehog.
And that’s a far as we’ve got for now… I’m impatient to get going!