After the initial excitement of knowing that you are having a baby and looking at all the incredibly cute things you can buy you get to the sudden realisation that considering the newest member or your family may be the smallest member of the clan but they come with so much stuff. Not all of this stuff is pretty or looks like it belongs in a Pinterest worthy nursery. We are talking muslin cloths, (you can never have too many), clothes, nappies, towels, dribble bibs, creams, baby wipes, a whole mess of crap that needs to be squared away in order for you to stay sane. There are lots of articles talking about the negative psychological effects of clutter, here is a link to one of them.
With Sebastian I did not have a changing unit I thought of it as a really frivolous add on purchase, my lower back paid for this decision. I had already made space in our bedroom and wanted to kill two birds with one stone, have a closed cupboard for all the ‘stuff” and have a changing unit. Most of the nicer changing units out there were overpriced and had open shelving, I wanted to hide away these items. I set myself a budget of £30 and hit the junk shops.
What I found for £30 exactly was a 1980 drinks cabinet. It had lots of storage and it was the right height for changing.
I painted the unit in Annie Slone Old White. I have since discovered Sarah Jayne Chalk Paints after working with them on a collaboration and I wish I had used them on this project as it is much easier to achieve a flat look with their paint it is not as gloopy and there is no need to wax afterwards, ahh well you live and learn.
I picked up some nice colourful replacement handles from a local store and bought a changing wedge, these wedge mats do actually help the rolling over in the middle of the nappy that will start happening sooner than you think.
I wanted to have a small store on the side that was open for grabbing things as needed so I painted everyone’s favourite Ikea spice rack. The Bekvam has to be the most hacked Ikea item do you agree?
Having this on the side allows for a couple of chaging essentials that can be restocked so the unit was functional and still hid the clutter.
We are pretty happy to have this in the bedroom and when it is time for it to go I plan to get a snuggler seat for book reading.