As Albie approaches his first birthday I thought it was about time I shared some ‘before & afters’ of the room we renovated in anticipation of his arrival when I was pregnant last year.
Albie’s bedroom is an eclectic (and unconventional) mix of rimu and pine, with little collections of much coveted trinkets, furnishings and play things. There’s nothing super “special” or bold about this room, but it feels cosy and warm to be in, and fits into our common home “theme” of having character without being too cluttered.
What We Did
When we bought our 1930s bungalow three years ago, this bedroom was damp, cold and wallpapered in a sickly green colour.
Like the rest of the house, the panelled doors had been covered with a plywood (we assume this was a way to “modernise” the house sometime in the 70s), which we promptly took off to reveal the original panelled rimu doors.
We demolished all the walls of their ‘lath & plaster’ coverings (nightmare!), replaced some of the wet and/or rotting framing, and straightened, insulated and relined the walls – to ensure the room was warmer and quieter for our impending babe.
To reline the walls the rimu skirtings and architraves were carefully removed. While there were off Tristan sanded and resealed them before putting them back up after the room was painted.
The walls are painted Resene Double Black White, and grey linen blinds with thermal and block-out backings were installed to help keep the warmth in on cold Canterbury nights.
Welcome to Albie’s room…
Our Favourite Things
Here are some of our favourite things in Albie’s room:
Rocking chair | A $20 Trade Me find which we had restored and recovered
Brown sheepskin | from Classic Sheepskins (Napier)
Stool | Ikea Bekvam 2-Step Stool from Nordic Chill, The Colombo (Christchurch)
Cot | from The Sleep Store
Book shelves | Ikea Bekvam Spice Racks from Trade Me (We also used one of these for the shelf above Albie’s cot, but hung it upside down)
Tassel blanket | from The Foxes Den
Embroidered hoop | from The Hoop House [Facebook / Instagram] (These girls turned my handwriting of Albie’s name into this gorgeous embroidered piece art for his room. I highly recommend them for their efficiency and good service!)
Wire wall shelf | 2-Tier Wall Shelf from The Warehouse
Acorn pod | Wooden acorn pod & baby acorns from Children of the Trees (These are super cool because you can choose what colour combination you’d like the acorns to be painted. For Albie we chose Khaki & Oatmeal (pictured on top shelf of wire wall shelf). I can’t wait to be able to use these to help him learn to count!)
Felt mushrooms | Muskhane felt mushrooms from Cadeaux (Havelock North, Hawkes Bay)
Woodland animals | Baby woodland animals from Children of the Trees (There are so many of these cuties to choose from! We have the snail & duck (bottom shelf of wire wall shelf) and elephant & turtle (pictured on the rimu change table below the shelf))