It’s all about the baby at the moment. We’re now down to about seven weeks before the due date, and there’s painting to do. Lots and lots of painting.
When it came to nursery furniture I always had it in my mind that we’d get something pre-loved rather than buy new, and my approach was confirmed when I walked into a baby store and found the cheapest cot they had was about $800! My wife needed to pick me up off the floor! So during the Christmas break my mother was looking over the classifieds and found a cot, change table, chest of draws and bookshelf for $170 total. They had all been painted by the previous owner – a combination of blue, pink and grey – but it was decided that our furniture should be white, so let the sanding and painting begin!It’s taken weeks, but the cot is almost there – just a few touch ups here and there before it can be bolted together and made up with sheets and a blanket. The change table is on its way too, then I’ll start on the chest of draws and bookshelf – I’m hoping that these last two pieces will be the least fiddly.There’s also a lot of action happening in the baby’s room. The carpets have been steam cleaned, the walls washed down, and framed cross-stitch pieces from one of my sisters lay waiting to be hung. One of my brothers, an electrician, will come over on the weekend and install some double power points, and a new light fitting as the current one is broken beyond repair. Mum and I will paint the ceiling, walls and trim. A great family effort overall. We should have the room and a cot for the baby to sleep in all ready to go by Sunday, then I’ll have just the few other pieces of furniture to finish.Despite the time invested in the cot – I can’t help but get this great sense of satisfaction from breathing life back into something. Beats the sensation of swiping a credit card any day.