DWELL: a simple update to the back of our china cabinet.
In our pre-baby preparation, my husband and I tried to get several house projects done this summer. We knew that we might not get to many once the baby is born.
I’m so glad we took advantage of those opportunities! Most of my days today are spent nursing, tending to dirty diapers and cleaning up spit up with our daughter. And, of course, soaking in all that precious baby goodness!!!
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that this summer we painted and updated our front office area on the first floor. We were ready to get rid of the yellowy gold color and go for more neutral, lighter tan. It’s the same paint color we used in our family room and in our foyer. It was towards the end of my pregnancy that we got to this project. I didn’t have the energy to paint by that point, so we hired a painter. Best decision ever!
Other quick updates we did in the room included changing out the curtains to something lighter and brighter. We installed wide blinds in the windows. I went longer and wider with the white curtain panels. I think that they helped open up the space and make the room feel bigger.
We moved some of the furniture around but we left our large wood desk on the wall next to the window – I did not really change anything here.
But you also may have noticed that I added a little color to the china/library cabinet. The back of the cabinet is now a beautiful turquoise blue.
It helps to set off the white books and pink and gold accessories displayed in the cabinet.
I added the blue color to the back of the cabinet by cutting pieces of foam core panels that fits snugly in the back of each shelf section.
Then, I wrapped the foam tightly with a deep turquoise fabric. I adhered the fabric to the foam core with duct tape to the back of the panel.
Each piece slid into the back of the cabinet and stayed there on their own because I cut the foam shapes so closely.
Using my easy envelope pillow method, I also brought in more color to the room with several pillows in deep pink colors and turquoise fabrics.
I’m glad we made these changes in this room. Not only does the room feel lighter and brighter, it also will be more conducive with the baby down the road because we moved some of the furniture around.
The new arrangement opened up the space (for play time with the baby down the road on the floor) and also allowed for us to make room for this important piece of furniture:
While I’m off on maternity leave and while the baby is still very little, we set up this portable crib for naps and diaper changes without leaving the first floor.
I love that with a few tweaks, this room is now more colorful and brighter… and ready to grow with our family’s changing needs!