I'm happy to report that Tommy's cot is done. And I really love how it unexpectedly turned out. So, here are the before photos (and yes, he sometimes sleeps with Lil's pink blanket!):
This cot has slept all three of our children, it was given to us by our friends when I was pregnant with Oscar. (Before it slept their son, it was used for many more babies!) It was great and we loved it, but 5 years later it was looking very tired with chipped paint, dirty marks and a ripped fabric panel from our last house move.
Originally I was going to paint it white again, then when I was at the paint shop I visioned a fire truck red cot and thought it would look really cool. My vision must have been a bit warped because when I was about half way through painting, we looked at it and went "yuck!!" I had the fabric panels all ready and covered in my favourite Alexander Henry, 2D Zoo print and when we put them against the red cot it was double yuck. So, it sat half-done until the next weekend and poor Tommy slept in it for the week! I thought about painting it white again, but knew it was going to take a lot of effort to cover up the red - then Jaron suggested using the charcoal exterior house paint we had in the shed from painting our front fence and letter box.
And ta-da!!! It worked. No more yuck. Shows off the fabric perfectly and is a lot more classic looking than the crazy red! Because I used an exterior house paint, I put a couple of coats of water-based clear gloss over the top to seal it, make it easily wipe able and kid-safe.
I covered a canvas in fabric too, but it is looks little out of place on the wall - maybe a bit small? I need my wall decorating extraordinaire sister to come and give me some advice!!
The room is far from finished but at least I have a theme to work with now. Next project to tackle will be to paint the chest of drawers in the room charcoal - thinking about painting a couple of random drawers blue and/or green?? I'm sure I'll get to the stage where the house is finally decorated and then we will decide it is time to sell and build again!!
And this is about 1 year late, but I realised I haven't shared the quilt my Mum made for Tommy when he was a baby. This is her tradition, to make each grandchild a cot-sized quilt and I love Tommy's.
He loves it too :)