Finally, with more than 20 ‘likes’ (sincere ones hopefully *chuckle*) on Facebook, I think I can safely give myself a pat on the back for a job well done for Project Nursery 2012!
This is the link on Facebook:
(Go ahead, you can go add another ‘like’! Haha! Little morale boosters like this is what I need most for now… because of the one big factor that I am already at week 39 and am still counting!)
But please allow me to go back to the very beginning of Project Nursery 2012. I have always got this thing for motherhood, especially in buying baby rompers even before conceiving Eason a.k.a Peanut. So you can imagine that I have stocked up more than 20 pieces since the past 2 years, just because the rompers were ‘too cute.’ Plus, I got them mostly in blue and earthy colours (infact, one of them is black in order for the future Peanut to match Mama’s wardrobe!), due to the simple fact that I have never liked the shade of pink, even on a girl. Okay, I grew up as a Tomboy.
And for the last 3 months or so, I envisioned Peanut to have a nice little nursery, thanks to all the pretty pictures at www.projectnursery.com.
So, it is with sheer joy and pleasure that I share the following photographs to show you the end-result of a bargain hunter mum-to-be's effort in converting her walk-in wardrobe room into Peanut's crib.
I have to admit though that I started off the project on the wrong foot, as I had set my expectations way too high, even beyond my own reach! There I was looking at all those professionally done-up nurseries and had to bite my own thumb to wake up to reality – we just do not have the extra budget to indulge in such luxury for Peanut. Plus, all the items required as seen in the many projects done by your readers are double or triple of the costs in Malaysia (sadly, there's no Target and Wal-Mart here!!!).
At the same time, I could not allow myself to wallow in self-pity as I didn’t have much time left before I become all immobile and too tired to even want to be the creative nut that I am during the last weeks of the final trimester. Thus, by factoring in the style of living, weather and the environment in Malaysia, I embarked on journey focusing mostly on wall decals (that involved endless hours of scouring the nearest shopping malls, entering hidden shops on the streets and stopping by the stalls along any foot walk), 2nd hand furniture and loose items (that were already available at home). The wall decals were aimed to brighten up the place as we could neither afford additional wallpapering activities nor wall painting.
With limited resources and a tight budget, I had to rely on creativity, simplicity and a lot of patience (just to find the right piece of wall decal and at the right price too... haha). And not forgetting, being able to mix-and-match items and get over the fact of 'colour-clashing' (for anal characters like myself).
1) Introducing Mr Kermit as the mighty guardian: Fabler Groda from Ikea (RM35.00)
2) It is in the Chinese Tradition to cover all mirrors that are in the room to avoid the baby getting frightened by looking at his/her own reflection. Thus, I covered half of the 6ft x 6ft mirror as you can see from the picture: Paul Frank mirror decal (RM2.50 per strip x 2), African Jungle themed decal (RM4.00 per set), Animal Tell-the-Time Wall Paper Clock (RM3.45 per piece x 2), Victorian themed side table from Ikea (existing furniture at home)
3) Where the baby sleeps: New Baby Crib with Mattress from a Warehouse Sale (RM299.00), Heart Shaped pillow from Ikea (existing loose item at home), Pillows and Blue Gingham Sheet set (Hand-me-downs from my 2nd sis-in-law), Transportation wall decal from Tesco (RM15.90 per set of 4), Alphabet decal (RM0.90 per piece x 8)
4) To brighten the otherwise dull wardrobe in walnut: Transportation decal from Tesco (RM19.90 per roll)
5) Papa says to start Peanut young: Championship racing cars decal (RM2.00 per set)
6) The Diaper Station: Gullunge Baby Care Mat from Ikea (RM25.00 per piece), Gullunge Cover from Ikea (RM29.90 per set of 2 pieces), Dinosaur decal (RM5.90 per set), White Rack from Ikea (existing furniture at home)
7) The Grooming Rack: Miniature toy cars from Tesco (RM2.90 per box x 2), Decorative Toy Soldiers from Parkson (RM15.90 per box x 3) , Doraemon toy piece (RM4.90), Picture frame from 100 Yen Japanese Shop (RM5.00 per piece), Rubber choo-choo toy train from Nestle (complimentary gift)
8) My favourite feature wall: Tree decal (RM4.00 per set)
9) Of toys and books: Bear from Harvard in Boston (existing plush toy that was kept away in the closet for 10 over years!)
10) The play area: Kusiner mesh basket in blue with lid from Ikea (RM15.90 per piece), Ikea PS Fangst hanging storage with 6 compartments in green (RM19.90 per piece), toys (all hand-me-downs), wooden shoe rack from Ikea (existing furniture at home), blue and green striped curtain (existing drapery)
11) The Royal Chair: Chair from Ikea (existing furniture at home that is 5 years old and is still extremely comfortable!), Green cushion from Ikea (RM7.90 per piece), Blue checked fleece blanket from Daiso Japanese Store (RM5.00 per piece)
I really like the picture frame featuring Peanut still being baked in the oven. It never fails to remind my hubby and I that we are truly blessed!
The best advice would be to follow your own style and have fun throughout the whole project. Learn to appreciate your own skills and abilities. Afterall, every mummy is a born superwoman and your baby will definitely love everything that you do!