It’s been almost a year since Mr. Mac and I purchased our very first home. This was something we’d dreamed about for a long time, something we hoped to have done before Baby Mac arrived, but life often has other plans. First home buying is often full of compromises, in our case it was purchasing a 2 bedroom home instead of 3 bedroom, in an area we weren’t 100% keen on but hey, it’s ours and we’ve come to love it. The house was built in 1990 by my husband’s Great Uncle. It’s solid, warm, low maintenance and ugly – boy, oh boy, is she ugly. From pale pink textured wallpaper to a deeper pink bathroom vanity and blue kitchen benches, the place was crying out for some cosmetic surgery. Exactly what we intended to do – as soon as possible.

Now anyone with small children will tell you that they are loads of work. And anyone who has attempted their own home renovation, will tell you it’s not for the faint hearted. Combine the two and you’re in for some fun. Needless to say, 11 months on, we’ve built a fence, installed a dishwasher and finished just 1.5 rooms. And by “we” I mean the hubby. Although I have stripped my fair share of wallpaper and learned how to “cut in”.

The first room we tackled was the kids room. I blame Instagram. When your Instagram feed is full of beautiful kid’s decor it’s hard not to get inspired. Some of my favourite Instagram accounts to follow for kid’s decor are Chloe @ Uber Kids, Kids Room Collective, White Fox & Co. and for those of you on a budget like us, Kmart Lovers From NZ.

So here it is, our very first room reveal.

Before:

Kid's Room - Before

After:

Kid's Room After 1

Table & Chairs from Kmart  //  Light Shade from Mitre 10 Mega  //  Floating Shelves from Bunnings  //  La-Z-Boy from the inlaws  //  Details on Shelf Decor can be found here (prints) and here (box and frame)

Wall paint colour is Half Black White from Resene //  Carpet is Softe Fozzie in Earl Grey (it’s made from recycled fizzy drink bottles!)

Kid's Room After 2

Cockatoo Lamp from Jones & Co.  //  Cot Blanket from White Fox & Co.  //  Lightbox from Kmart  //  Dresser is an upcycled second hand piece with Draw Knobs from Designer Sheik  //  Wooden Name from Love From Seventeen  //  Deer Head Artwork created by the talented Mr Mac

Kid's Room After 3

Ladder Shelf and Hooks from Kmart

Kid's Room After 4

Arrow Storage Bag from Kmart  //  Chevron Blanket from Target Australia  //  Blind and curtains from Briscoes

Before & After:

Kid's Room Before and After

Even though I spend hours watching home renovation shows, it’s not until you tackle your own project that you realise how much work there is to be done. Stripping wallpaper, plastering, new skirting and scotia, new light fitting and power points, the endless painting, carpet, curtains, door handles – it seems never ending. But by the time you finish, step back and admire your own handiwork – it’s so totally worth it! And not only can you add your own style, you can add function that really works for you. We decided on both a roller blind and curtains – particularly great for putting the little dude to bed during daylight savings. We also went with a dimmer on the light – great for winding down during story time before bed or middle of the night wake ups. All in all, we are so happy with how it turned out. Now to get on with the rest of the house!

Do you have any renovation tips? I’d love to hear them in the comments below.

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