This weekend we emptied the office to make room for the baby! Right now the room is a blank canvas. Out with the desks and in with the crib! Here is a reminder of what the room looked like before. As you can see, this room has always been left more or less unfinished.
We decided to transform our office into the baby’s bedroom for a couple of reasons. It is the smallest and brightest of the three bedrooms upstairs. We chose the smallest of the three rooms because babies don’t need a lot of space. Another factor is that the second room now has to serve dual purpose as an office and a guest room. There is no way we could fit a bed and a desk in the tiny room that was our office.
As per usual, Eric and I are looking to save money and DIY whatever we can in the nursery. We are going to keep things simple in this space with a dresser, crib and rocking chair. We inherited the crib from friends who are all done with the baby phase. It’s s a sturdy white crib in fantastic condition. It’s where two of my favourite little kids in the whole world slept and it will make a fantastic resting spot for our wee one.
The dresser we are planning to use is IKEA’s popular Hemnes dresser. In its current state, the dresser is calling out for a makeover. This Hemnes dresser was my first DIY project. I painted and wallpapered it several years ago while Eric was out of town at a conference. It will not stay brown and blue for much longer (2004 called and they want their colour palette back!).
There is so much beautiful furniture out there for baby rooms and at times, I find myself wanting brand new designer stuff. I just keep reminding myself that babies grow quickly and that they don’t need an expensive and high end nursery. Furthermore, repurposing what we already have means saving money for my maternity leave and the additional expenses that come along with having a kid.
Eric and I have big plans for this room and I am looking forward to sharing them over the next few months! In the meantime, I am going to continue using the baby’s room as my own private yoga studio. Eventually, I will have to find a new space but for now, it seems just right.