I didn’t think I’d be talking about babies anytime soon on my blog but as it turns out, for the last month I’ve been consumed by the plans, thoughts and little cute things all revolving around them… I blame Monica. This is her sweet little two week old “Skyla” and below are the finishing touches that Monica and I added to the nursery before she was born…
… all thanks to Bosch Quigo.
After the LAST POST all there was left to do was add the finishing touches and install the shelves. Monica and I left it to her partner Geoff but I wasn’t there when he did it so unfortunately there aren’t any photos but that’s ok, these things happen. We hung cheap white plastic picture frames from Go Lo on the wall above the change table using 3M velcro hooks. We laid them out on the change table how we wanted them to be positioned on the wall.
Then using the cross section self leveling tool we marked out the position of the frames so that the collage was level and had even spaces between. We found we had to rest the Quigo on top of the bookcase to get the desired height, we kind of wished the Quigo came on a tall tripod to make things simpler. It does have the mount though so you could put it on one of your own.
Lining up the frames and sticking them to the wall was easy, Monica was in her element. We plan to fill the frames with photos that I’ll take over the first few months of her life but for the time being I’ve just inserted some cute scrap booking paper.
Here’s a reminder of what the room looked like before…
… and here it is after, the completed nursery!
The fresh coat of paint has done wonders for the overall feel of the room, I’m in love with the soft subtle grey with white glossy trim. The space was quite dark despite getting brilliant morning light but now it’s a whole other story. It’s bright yet soft and without glare, it’s made entering the room so much more inviting.
Because the room is so small I wanted to keep storage and wall accessories quite streamlined. Also by making them all white it’s helped in making the space still feel bigger and it’s meant that we could buy cheap furnishings from different places and they still look uniform.
By having all the cheap storage furnishings white, it’s allowed the expensive nursery furniture to be the hero of the room. Monica invested in a Boori convertible cot, change table dresser and bassinett (which is in her room) when her son Brock was born, which are all made from a beautiful stained wood. Brock used the cot as a Toddler Bed but in the last few weeks has moved into his own room with a new big boys bed.
One of the things Monica was adamant about including in the room was more storage, the little cupboard in the corner of the room simply wasn’t enough, especially for nappy changing and sweet little baby toys. The floating shelves were about $18 from Bunnings, Geoff did a great job putting them in. Great for wipes, nappies and baby care products. The tall slimline bookcase was from GoLo and on sale for only $30, we bought two for the room.
These baskets were about $5 each from GoLo, I liked the soft weave, linen liners and faux leather handles. Perfect size for stashing nappies within arms reach. They also fit perfectly in the slim line bookcases which made storing smaller toys easier.
When we planned the colour scheme, it was all about making the walls the canvas, adding lots of soft light and adding pops of colour through accessories. At one stage Monica wanted a hot pink wall but I took it down to hormones and convinced her that it would darken the room but we would certainly add pops of pink during the dressing stage. I’m happy to say she loved the result.
A mix of well loved, pre loved, vintage, handmade, store bought, cheap and expensive. Balancing it all took a lot of work and many hours up at night stressing about fabric and paint choices but it’s been so worth it to see the look on Monica’s face. She trusted me so deeply, gave me so much free reign and believed in my design choices… not everyone could do that.
The day I went back to work on (and finish) the room the cot laid in pieces on the floor and the room was magically filled with miscellaneous stuff. After a quick sort and clear out, I rebuilt the cot, Monica made the bed and I started filling the bookcases… the room started to feel like a home for a little girl.
There are still little things I’d like to do around the room. I’d like to make a pretty mobile to hang above the cot. I’d like to give the bedroom door a second coat because I can still see the slightest tinge of lime green. I’d like to kit out the inside of the wardrobe to really maximise the storage space within. I’d like to add a DIY decorative coat rack underneath the mirror to hang her little jackets, hats and bags from and I’d like to add her name on the door.
“Milo” was the project supervisor who at one point or another may have been covered in spots of lilac and white gloss paint from too much micro managing. This has apparently become one of his favourite places in the house due to the morning sunshine falling directly onto the warm lilac rug I scored at Spotlight for just $20 on sale.
We had a budget of $600 thanks to Bosch Quigo to bring the room up the scratch but because I was determined we managed to do the whole room for $500! Anyone could do what we’ve done. Neither of us had done anything like this, so whilst it was tiring it was extremely exciting and a great project to bond over plus we both picked up some new skills and DIY confidence.
Have you got a few jobs around the house that could benefit form the leveling genius of the Quigo? Well here’s your chance to find out! I have three DIY Designer Packs to give away thanks to Bosch. The packs include the Quigo, four bottles of paint, a paint roller, 2 paintbrushes and painter’s tape valued at over $150 each.
I really wanted to show you the varied project you could take on with the Quigo, whether it’s installing shelves, hanging curtains, putting up wall decals, painting or just simply putting a frame on the wall. There are so many things the Quigo could help you achieve and give you the professional result you want. Monica’s nursery is proof and it was totally worth it for this little cutie.
To enter just leave a comment on this post answering this question:
What project would you tackle with the Quigo?
Competition is open to Australian residents only. This is a game of skill. Entries close Wednesday 6th June at 5PM AEST. Three (3) winners will be announced in the comments section of this post and notified by email. Prize will be shipped to the winners by Bosch. One entry per person. I was not paid for this post, I received a Quigo as a gift and all Bosch project funds went towards the supplies, tools and furnishings.