Home renovations blog: Converting your nursery to a toddler's room

By the resi financial blog team, 25 February 2015

Home renovations blog: Converting your nursery to a toddler's room

When your little one isn't so little anymore, it might be time to transform their nursery into something more grown up. You don't have to spend a fortune on renovating this room - in fact, even the smallest changes can update the space, which is a bonus when you are paying off a mortgage.

Here are some fresh ideas for making the switch from baby to toddler. 

Colouring in

Painting or hanging wallpaper is the simplest way to change up the look of your nursery - and you can easily update the room when your child gets a bit older or you move on to a new property. While the calming tones may have suited a new born, toddlerhood gives you some room to experiment with bright accent colours and interesting patterns. 

Wallpaper technology is always becoming more convenient - you can now hang paper without the plethora of tools and messy water baths. Wallpaper is also easy to replace, which is a great benefit when it comes to selling your home in the future.

Consider textured paper for a tactile experience, or treat it as a piece of art on a feature wall. There is also a wide range of vinyl decals for painted surfaces which are fun and visually stimulating. In any case, make sure you choose a paper that is hard wearing and easy to clean.

Repurpose

Instead of shelling out for a whole new set of furniture make use of what you already have. If you have a freestanding change table, or used a change table on top of a dresser, you can convert it into storage for toys and books. Use the cleared surface for storing lotions and potions out of the reach of your toddler - and make sure it is securely fastened to the wall with inexpensive safety hooks. 

Second hand kids furniture can often be more charming than newly purchased. If your change table can't be repurposed, look for antique or character dressers. You can replace ornate or sharp draw knobs with more kid-friendly options and sand down any nicks. Sift through charity shops for a children's play table and chairs - a quick slick of spray paint will cover any chips up as good as new. 

Whether you're refashioning your kid's room or redoing the kitchen, get in touch with the loan specialists at resi for advice about financing your home renovation projects. 

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