Having a one year old who is clumsy, loves to climb & has an insane amount of toys means you have to make sacrifices in the decor department. There is a swim noodle cut in half lengthwise and taped onto the step of my fireplace. The fireplace gate has commercial grade velcro on its entire backside to attach it directly onto the fireplace so our daughter won’t pull it onto herself….again. Baby gates everywhere. You know the drill. Safety first. That swim noodle has saved our daughters life about three times in the few months she’s been walking, no joke.
Anyway, I’ve rearranged my living room at least five times in the last year. I was still pregnant when we moved in. My daughter was a preemie so I was prepared for there to be delays in her crawling and walking so we didn’t think too much into “baby proofing”. We were sooo wrong. She was crawling at six months & walking at nine months. I was an over achiever as a baby and started walking at seven months, this was something I confirmed with both parentals. She’s trying hard to be just like her mama.
The last round of rearranging resulted in this and I’m not hating it as much as every other plan I’ve had. I don’t love it, mainly because of the maple laminate bookshelf. Maple laminate looks so fake and I inherited this piece when my husband and I got married. It will forever be in the kid space until it’s retirement.
I also dislike the stack of boxes to the left. We’re preventing our climber from injuring herself. What I do love about this space is the shelves and a few of the goodies on them. I got these cheapo particle board shelves for $3 at Goodwill. There were in terrible shape, but nothing wood putty, spray paint, and a little tlc couldn’t fix.
The silver serving tray was found for $2.25, SERIOUSLY?!? I have to admit it was looking dingy and sad when I bought it, but thirty minutes of buffing with white toothpaste and a soft cloth fixed that. If you’re looking for a something to polish silver with and dislike the smelly chemicals, try regular white toothpaste (gel stuff doesn’t work). The letters were found in the dollar section of Tar-jay. I decoupaged some old yellowing pages of a book I found at a thrift store onto them. Quick, easy, and CHEAP…. my favorite.
The book was “The Women of Avalon”. King Arthur and all that stuff is not my kind of reading. Hopefully guests won’t try to read what the pages say. After cutting & adhering the pages I saw something along the lines of , “some women want him in their beds”. Oops. Not so kid friendly reading, thankfully my daughter is under three feet tall.
What are you doing with your kid spaces? This mom needs some ideas.