Thursday, 1 August 2013

Baby's Room aka The Torture Chamber

Think of something your partner really hates doing, and then make them do it twice. That's what I have just done to my better half. Yep, some wife I am, huh? Time came to decorate the baby's room, also to be able to clear the ever expanding baby items from every other inch of the house into Ricochet's bedroom. Now, I don't mind painting, but being pregnant I can't, so that fun job fell to my husband who doesn't exactly share my enthusiasm for it. We went to the paint store, bought some lovely yellow paint, as the gender of Ricochet is still a surprise, and came home all excited for the grand transformation.
Home, painstakingly taped up all the edges, then started painting... and what the...?! Looks a little green... Well, maybe it'll dry differently? Maybe it's just a shade or so darker? Edu powered through and we thought we'd see what it was like at the end.
Cut to about FIVE hours and FOUR coats later, it was still very very lime and quite dark green. And very very un-yellow. Huh. Odd. Ok, well, maybe we can live with it? Maybe it's fine? Cue cot for a visual test in the room. Hmmm. Not really convincing. But it's late and dark, maybe in the morning it's better.
We give it a day, but when I see it Monday morning, I just don't think I can handle it. I go to another paint store at lunch, get more paint chips, come home and match the green of our walls to something very very different on another chip card. Something went very wrong. And this is where the wife is torn. As we stand in the room, she can see the look in her husbands eye 'please don't make me paint this again' as a green glow highlights his face from the reflecting green walls... but it just cannot be. The green must go.
So the following Saturday we once again head back to the paint store, explain our issue (with photographic evidence and remnant paint can contents), and surprisingly (for Dutch service) we get nothing but sympathy, apologies, and new – yellow – paint. The woman her served us made a test on paper to send back to the company (note, this is the first and last time I use Histor paint!) and mixed up a new batch with Flexa. As she did so she asked how many coats we needed, and on telling her four, she said she was not surprised, that it was a really bad composition. Brilliant. Just our luck.
Sunday, a week after we started, my hero has not only sanded back the lime green but is painting up a storm – again. The new colour is AMAZING. And Edu, though tired, stressed, over it (who wouldn't be?!), and having been at it ALL day is doing an incredible job. Just because I asked him to. Again. Oh, and did I mention it was in 31 degrees? The one time a heatwave hits Amsterdam... yeah. Kinda nuts. So, best husband ever? Yeah, I think so. And I'm writing this as I hope soon we'll be able to laugh about it, and for little Ricochet to know just how much love and effort went into his/her room by Dad – twice.
And the finished result! One bright, cheery, vibrant, fresh, and yellow room!
Little Aussie animal themed mobile I picked up on a trip home one year that's been sitting patiently in the cupboard for it's moment of glory. Especially loving the kookaburra.
Anne-Clarie Petit seahorse wrapped around the end of the crib along side a crocheted chain of hearts (detail below) picked up at the Sunday Market in Westerpark a while back. Also above right, detail of a paper mobile by Beci Orpin

Some friends old and new. Big Miffy lamp was a birthday pressie from my beloved this year when we were secretly newly pregnant (love love Miffy), and the rest of the little fellows have also been biding their time in boxes under the stairs for a while now... finally released. My Mum tells me my nursery was also decorated with Miffy. I remember a Dick Bruna (creator of Miffy) alphabet freeze in my room very clearly, but have never come across one since.
Change table and nursing chair read for action! Vintage pillow case matches my yellow walls perfectly. Picked up for €1 at a Berlin flea market earlier this year. Score! Again, Miffy music maker for distraction, as it the the fish mobile that hangs above the table in the image below. So, all set! All we need now is to wait for this baby to be ready. Of course if you follow my flea market addiction on this blog, you'll know I have many (many...) more boxes of toys and decoration still to organise. So there'll be a few updates and modifications to the room as time goes by and Ricochet grows up. But I think this is a pretty fine start. And the yellow makes me vey happy. Baby room make over success!

3 comments:

Maria Bartrons i Pou said...

uuauuuu!I like the room, but I definitely love the mobile and the chair!!!!a really good job!!;)petons

Maria Bartrons i Pou said...

uuauuuu!I like the room, but I definitely love the mobile and the chair!!!!a really good job!!;)petons

chris rees said...

thumbs up for yellow. edu is a good man.