Sunday 9th January 2011


Do you remember me lamenting over the fact that Button had to have blankets and towels hanging over her windows?

The cream curtains to the left actually have three towels pinned underneath it... 

The afternoon sun shines straight into her bedroom - not only making it light like 3pm in the afternoon at 7pm, but it made it unbearably hot and stuffy also... not that the blanket and towels helped with the heat, but it made a significant difference to the light! This has meant we have managed to get her into some good habits (sometimes anyway) of going to sleep at a reasonable hour (e.g. going down to bed at 7pm, even if she doesn't fall asleep for a while), rather than keeping us on our toes until 10pm!!!!

I hated the fact we had her room looking like a dark dungeon, and during the day we couldn't open the windows or curtains and let fresh air and light in for her... it really did not look like a baby's room, nor was it very inviting.

However - this all changed just before Christmas :-)!

Sometime in November Mr. C got sick of me nagging and took us down to Manukau Spotlight, where we found some gorgeous 'Sun-Block' curtaining material for her room! There was just enough on the roll, and we got 30% off the purchase price as well... was thrilled to pieces!

My parents came up for a visit and took it back with them, they then dropped it off with my Mother-in-law, who lovingly sewed it up into curtains for Button's room. My parents then brought it back up with them at Christmas, and Mum finished the hems off for us, and we finally hung them!

I am so thrilled with the final product - it is finally starting to look like a baby's room now!!!! I know Button never knew, and probably didn't care a scrap - but I did... now to save up for a set of drawers for her. Maybe it'll be worth buying a 'bedroom suite' (not an expensive one though), as she'll be out of her cot and into a single bed before you know it? This can then set her up fully while she lives at home with us; I wouldn't buy a 'baby set', as we'd just need to replace it in a few years... Mr. C is into quality (hence why we haven't bought her any yet), so we'd probably buy a 'nice' set that will last her (again - don't read 'nice' as 'expensive' though, just decent quality).

With the curtains closed...

Open and with the gorgeous view showing... 
You can see they are freshly hung here, sewing machine still set up and all!
So, what do you think - worth the wait?!?



MaxineD said…
Definitely :-)
LatteJunkie said…

Have you thought of looking on freecycle for some freebies? We got a waterbed base with drawers from it and with a bit of elbow grease and a sander I refurbed it into a low toddler bed for Monkey. I have the other one ready to be sanded for when he is a little older. :D

Or if you or hubby are handy there is a great website which has ah-mazing bedroom sets that you can build.

Just a few thoughts I had while reading this post.

Girl Schmuck said…
wow great views. we bought wood and had full sized beds made for ours. It was expensive but less expensive then buying from a furniture store. And the beds will last well past college. We build a bunk bed,full size on the bottom and twin on top for my son for just about 200 american dollars. They run about 600 brand new in the stores. So I think you did awesome. Good job.
Amy said…
They look very nice, Elizabeth! What is the pattern? It is hard to see from this distance. Pretty colour, nice and light and airy.
I like LatteJunkie's idea if you can wait for Luke to do a could end up with some really nice furniture that way, but I guess it depends on how soon you want them and whether he wants to do more woodwork right now. Amy
Rachael said…
It is definitely satisfying when you have your baby's room the way you like it! Well done :) My son is almost 3 and I think I need to make it more like a 'big boy room' now ... it only feels like yesterday I was making it his baby room. Good luck with the bedroom suite.
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