I recently came to possess a few little furniture pieces from my late Pop's house. The most substantial of these pieces being a chest of drawers. I always remember going to stay at Pop's house. It was a calm, immaculately kept place in Sydney suburbia, with the double brick almost keeping the sound of overhead aeroplanes out. These drawers were in the spare room, along with matching bedsides. I don't really remember them in his more recent home. But to me these drawers represent a little piece of Pop. Functional, strong and with no fuss. A little piece of those Hurstville memories.
I had to admit that the stain had become a little too orange, and was a bit scratched from the move. And it would be a rather tight squeeze to fit any other furniture in. So out came the paint (Porter's Aqua Enamel in Nefertiti - I may have been sold on the name, but I do so love that colour!) and with a little rearranging in the space known as the spare room, but which also houses all Violet's things, we found a little spot for these drawers.
The low height of the drawers made it the perfect place to keep some of Violet's toys within reach. Some of which were lost in the jumble of her toybox otherwise. So I had a good clean out, of both clothes and toys, many of which were outgrown. I am a big believer in less is more with toys, but I don't need to tell you how hard this can be to keep at times. It does feel good to clear away the excess.
The drawers squeezed in right beside the nappy change table, something I am hoping we may be able to retire this Summer. Or at least almost retire.
I pinned a roughly cut piece of a coffee sack to the side, so you can't see the nappies from the lounge room anymore. If I was setting up a new nursery I may have taken the time to hem or bind it. But this is only a temporary piece of furniture, so unhemmed it is.
Most of the wooden toys were op shop finds, though the rainbow was a christmas present last year and one of the wooden trucks was a gift for Luca many years ago. I also added a basket of little handmade soft toys, a few of which Julia made for Violet.
(Sorry about my poor drawer shutting, which I only realised after I loaded these photos. Also the big paint drip).
I think shes enjoying her new little toy space.