See in the new year with a splash of colour, just as Exeter-based The Baby Room Community Interest Company has done!

Having moved into new premises in 2022, The Baby Room contacted Community RePaint to enquire and purchase affordable ReColour remanufactured emulsion paint for a decorating project to colour and update their new space.

The Baby Room is an independent space for new families in Exeter to receive support and help on their journeys into parenthood and offers regular sessions and activities for new parents to learn the necessary skills to help them along the way. It is a space for families to come, sit and feed, change nappies and have a rest.

Predominantly run by volunteers, who are parents themselves, The Baby Room’s weekly timetable is bursting with things to do, groups, workshops and classes – all to help create positive bonds between baby, family and community.

The team behind the scenes at The Baby Room opted for the popular ‘Brilliant White’ colour to brighten the space and reflect the natural daylight from the big windows into the rooms of their new building. The order was processed by our remanufacture centre run by Community RePaint Cambridgeshire. Once processed and packaged, the paint order was delivered directly to the door of The Baby Room’s new HQ.

ReColour remanufactured paint is bulk produced from leftover paint that is filtered, treated and blended to produce a high-quality range of emulsion, masonry and chalk paint, available in over 20 colours. ReColour remanufactured paint is perfect for projects requiring more than 60 litres of paint and prices start from £1.20 per litre.

Jen Harris and Gill Travis, who run The Baby Room let us know:

“Over the last five years, we have run The Baby Room Exeter (CIC) project from a room in a local primary school. Prior to this, we were based in a scout hut for seven years! We outgrew the rooms, amassed too many nappies and slings, and had to find a new HQ.

“Our new home on 23 Paris Street is huge! It’s a three-floor building that hasn’t seen much love for a while after being earmarked but overlooked, for redevelopment a few years ago. It is the perfect space for us, and is located just a stepping stone away from Exeter’s busy high street, meaning we can be easily accessed by everyone instead of being tucked away in a school in the suburbs.”

Before the project commenced

When asked how they first found out about Community RePaint, Jen let us know…

“I knew about Community Repaint as The Devon Real Nappy Project, Exeter Real Nappy Initiative and Devon County Council work together and help with ProperJob in Chagford [who host the West Devon Community RePaint scheme]. I knew I wanted to use leftover or recycled paint as it fits with our ethos of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’.

“The price point was perfect as we don’t have much money and funding takes a long time to organise and arrive. We needed to spend our own funds on this and were working to a very tight deadline as we were effectively homeless until the space was ready to move into.”

During decorating

Exeter Library of Things also helped The Baby Room with its decorating project by providing brushes, trays, rollers and ladders for the renovation. These items were borrowed rather than bought, helping with costs while avoiding unnecessary ownership – linking directly with this Community Interest Company’s values.

The finished space

When asked what’s next for The Baby Room Exeter, Jen and Gill responded:

“We’ve still got work to do and we are waiting for some funding so we can crack on with ‘phase two’ which will see us open a ‘Preloved’ maternity and nursing clothes room, complete with fitting room, feeding area and consultation space. We are extremely grateful to Community Repaint for all they do and providing us with a sustainable way in which to decorate our space.”

To find out more about The Baby Room Exeter, visit their website, or check out their Facebook page here.

Do you know of a charity or community that could benefit from large quantities of affordable paint? Community RePaint can help individuals and organisations achieve their desired design with our ReColour range of remanufactured paints, available from £1.20 per litre! Find out more about ReColour here.



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