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Friday, July 22, 2016

Refinished Pink and White Dresser

This dresser has been around for awhile.  I've had it for at least ten years, and it has served many purposes in my places of living.

It was given to me by a friend when I had my very first apartment, and given to her before that.  I painted it black, distressed it, added hardware and used it in my living room of that first apartment that I made my home for two years.

The dresser came with me to my second apartment and was used in the tiny breakfast area to display my coffee maker and coffee cups. 

When I married my husband, it came with me to his bachelor pad, and was used in our bedroom ,as I attempted to turn the barren spaces of his first house into our starter home.

When we bought our first home together, the one we live in now and have fixed up on our own, this dresser was given glass knobs and used in the dining room once again to display dishes.

And now, as we've grown the family by three kids, it's getting a makeover and being used in Baby Girl's ro.

My point ~ free can go a long way!  A good solid piece of furniture has a lot of life to give!
I decided to paint this dresser pink and white.  I have a lot of pink in the room and was careful not to overdo bold pink pallets.  With the other dresser in the room being pink, I felt like just having pink drawers on this piece was the right touch.

I refinished this piece the way I refinished the dresser I shared yesterday, and the way I refinish most pieces, with no sanding required……

1)    I started by cleaning the dresser with TSP cleaner. It can be found at most hardware stores.  I buy mine in a powder and mix it in a spray bottle. 
2)    Using a foam roller I primed the dresser with Zinsser Cover Stain primer.  It took two coats to fully cover this piece of furniture.  I keep this paint on hand for when I find furniture to refinish. The white on this dresser is the primer
3)    For the drawers, I chose the color "Jaipur pink" from Sherwin Williams.  I've used Sherwin Williams paint on several pieces.  I like that I can buy a sample of paint for a decent price, and it gives me more than enough paint for two coats on a piece of furniture.
4)    I kept the glass knobs I found at Hobby Lobby several years ago.  Sometimes I replace the hardware, but for this dresser I liked the look of the glass.
5)    Tip:  Always take out the drawers when painting and let paint dry completely before applying a new coat.  The primer and the sponge roller are key to getting a streak-free finish without needing to sand, so don't skip those steps.  
6)   Note:  This method is only recommended for solid wood pieces.  The paint will peel on laminate pieces.
To accessorize the dresser I displayed my DIY headband holder, a gold giraffe and gold polka dot jar for pacifiers (both found at Hobby Lobby), a Dollar Tree teddy bear, a piggy bank that was a gift and a Goodwill lamp and garage sale lampshade. 

The mirror above the dresser was a garage sale find and was used above this dresser in the dining room.  It came upstairs with the dresser to be used in the nursery.
I'm happy with the new look of this dresser.  I think the white and pink of both dressers go together nicely and work perfect in this room!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Upcycled Goodwill Dresser Repurposed into Nursery Changing Table

If you've been around my blog for very long, you'll know I love a good furniture makeover.  You'll find everything from dressers to tables in my home that have been upcycled and given a new life.
 
I've upcyled garage sale pieces....
 
....thrift shop pieces....
 
....and yes, even curb alert pieces!
 
This particular piece used in Charlotte's room was a Craigslist find.

I knew I was going to upcycle a dresser for the nursery and use it as a changing station.  I found myself searching FB garage sale sites for weeks.  I was wanting something specific and wasn't having much luck.

In the past, when I would look for a furniture project to complete a certain room, I would search online daily and scout out my local Goodwill's several times a week on my way home from work.  I'd often leave Goodwill empty-handed, but if I was patient enough, the right piece of furniture would stand out to me as if it was saying, "BUY ME!  I'm here just for you!"

Now that I'm a SAHM to twin toddlers, there was no way I dragging them to Goodwill several times a week.  My goodness, getting them in and out of the van is a task all in itself, let alone doing all of that work just to spend less than five minutes in thrift store!
I finally found something on Craigslist that I thought could work.  With only a couple months before the baby was due, I arrange to pick it up as soon as I realized it met all of my requirements:  perfect size, solid wood, plenty of storage, $50 or less and could fit in the back of my van.

The only thing I wasn't sure about was the fact that it had a cabinet door on it.  It ended up being my favorite part when I finished with it.  Once I decided to take off the door and display baskets for both cloth and disposable diapers, I was in love!
As soon as I found someone to help Matt carry it upstairs, I began the process of giving this beauty a facelift!  I refinished this piece the way I refinish most pieces, with no sanding required……

1)    I started by cleaning the dresser with TSP cleaner. It can be found at most hardware stores.  I buy mine in a powder and mix it in a spray bottle. 
2)    Using a foam roller I primed the dresser with Zinsser Cover Stain primer.  It took two coats to fully cover this piece of furniture.  I keep this paint on hand for when I find furniture to refinish.
3)    I chose the color "Jaipur pink" from Sherwin Williams.  I've used Sherwin Williams paint on several pieces.  I like that I can buy a sample of paint for a decent price, and it gives me more than enough paint for two coats on a piece of furniture.
4)    I updated the hardware by spray-painting it white.  Sometimes I replace the hardware, but for this dresser I liked the look of the original hardware and painting it white contrasted nicely with the pink.
5)    Tip:  Always take out the drawers when painting and let paint dry completely before applying a new coat.  The primer and the sponge roller are key to getting a streak-free finish without needing to sand, so don't skip those steps.  
6)   Note:  This method is only recommended for solid wood pieces.  The paint will peel on laminate pieces.
I'm very happy with how this piece turned out!  By adding a lamp, some baskets (found at Hobby Lobby), a changing pad (cover found on Amazon) and a few accessories, I had a beautiful dresser/changing table for a baby girl's nursery!  An original piece, upcycled with love, I prefer this to an expensive bedroom set from a big-box store.

DIY Distressed Nursery Sign



One of the last projects I completed for Charlotte's nursery was this sign to go above the diaper changing station. 

My original plan was to make some sort of pallet sign, however when I saw the decal I ordered to place on a pallet surface, I realized I was going to need a completely flat surface in order for the decal to look right on a DIY sign.
And so I came up with plan B.  I discovered I had just enough plywood left over from our DIY planked/shiplap wall.  The width fit the decal perfectly.  All I had to do was load the boys in the van and make a trip to Home Depot.  I waddled my 34 week pregnant self into the store and asked them to make one cut in length for me.  And just like that, I had a piece of plywood ready for painting.
From there, I put the boys down for naps and had this project complete before they woke up.  Using some leftover Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color "old white", I brushed two coats of paint on the plywood.

Once dry, I took a rag and very gently wiped a coat of Annie Sloan dark wax over the paint.

For me personally, I found the dark wax to be too much for this piece, so I went back over and lightly brushed white paint over some of the wax until I got the look I wanted.  I let it dry, before doing a little sanding for finishing touches, and then I was done!

To officially make it a sign, I applied the decal I ordered from Amazon.  I'm not very good at hand lettering. Applying a decal is much easier for me than painting my own words onto wood.

Lastly, I tacked picture brackets on the back of the plywood.  Before dinner that night, I had my new piece of art hanging on the wall, and my diaper changing station was complete.
The decal I ordered was from Amazon.  You can find it here.  I fell in love with this quote when I saw it, as Charlotte truly is our miracle baby, conceived without any fertility drugs!

I could have very easily just applied the decal to the wall, but I envisioned a specific look.  Again, it's all about the details for me.  You can see that applying the decal to a painted piece of plywood, instead of applying it directly to the wall, makes this decal visually more attractive and gives a nice focal point above this large piece of furniture.

Because I used supplies I already had, my only investment in this piece was the decal and the brackets on the back of the sign, making me a happy mama!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DIY FLower Lampshade

I'm going on day three of meeting my goal to post two nursery DIY blog posts a day, until I complete the task of getting all of my nursery projects up on the blog.  Pretty proud of that fact, considering how I rarely take the time to blog anymore.  Today, I thought I'd post both lampshade projects that are being used in the nursery, this being my second post of the day.
 
This morning's blog post about the ruffle lampshade could have not been easier.  The repurposed lampshade I'm sharing with you in this post ~ not so much.
The good news...well good news for me anyway....is that I didn't actually have to make this for the nursery after I found out I was having a girl.  I find this to be fortunate, as I recall this project to be a little tedious and time-consuming.

I remember there being lots of tearing of fabric....and rolling of fabric....and rolling some more...and hot gluing....and more gluing....and burning my fingers from gluing...and then doing this cycle all over again for serval hours.  In fact, I actually ran out glue to do the back side of the lamp the day I worked on this project.  Several years later, I still have not finished the darn thing!  It's on my distant list of things to complete.  I think subconsciously I know this will be a time-consuming task and am content with the naked part of the lamp being against the wall and out of everyone's eyesight for now!  Shhh!  Don't tell!
I actually repurposed this lampshade a few years ago for our guestroom.  Once the upstairs guestroom was turned into a nursery, I kept the shade for the nursery and spray painted a Goodwill lamp base white from my "pile of things I might want to save and repurpose someday".

To find the original tutorial that was posted to my blog back when I shared my guestroom DIY projects, you can go here.  In that blog post, you will find a step by step guide to how I made the fabric flowers, and then glued them onto an inexpensive Goodwill lampshade.

I'm always happy when I can find things around the house to repurpose or rehome in other areas of the house.  This lamp is a perfect example of that.  It pays to see what you have around the house before buying something new!  You never know how you might be able to rehome or repurpose something!

Upcycled Ruffle Lampshade

 
Good Morning!  I'm starting my day by sharing an easy lampshade makeover! 
 
Lampshades can be pricy, easily costing $10-30 for one lampshade.  For me personally, I have a hard time justifying the high-end of those prices when:
 
1) I can find lampshades at Goodwill or garage sales for $5 or less.
 
2) I think lampshades are one of the easiest things to give a new look to by simply recovering with fabric or paper.
 
And so that's exactly what I did for the floor lamp in Charlotte's room.
Using leftover fabric from the curtains I made for her room, I covered a drum-shade that was being unused in my collection of "things I might want reuse someday pile" in the basement.

Yep, I'm one of "those" people.

Certainly not a hoarder by any means, but I keep things stored in a place downstairs if I think I can repurpose it in the future.

The lampshade actually came with a lamp that I purchased from a garage sale.  I ended up using the lamp and not the shade.
The fabric could not have been more perfect for this project!  I found it at Hobby Lobby in the seasonal collection for spring.  It comes just like you see it, hanging beautifully with pink ruffles.

All I had to do was cut the fabric to fit the lamp, and then hot glue the fabric to the top of the shade.

My only complaint is that because the fabric is semi-sheer and my shade had a pattern on it, when the lamp is turned on I can see the silhouette of the pattern.  A solid color shade, preferable white, would have been better for this project.  If I come across one for a few bucks, I'll replace the drum under the fabric.
As for that beautiful lamp base, I found that at Goodwill for $5 a couple years ago.  I was using it in this room when it was a guestroom.  All I did was give it a new look before using it in the nursery.
 
With a little repurposing and recycling from things I already had in my home, the floor lamp in the nursery is both functional and beautiful, and it didn't end up costing me anything.



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Easy Paper Banner for Girl's Nursery

This afternoon I want to very quickly share an easy project I did for Charlotte's nursery that only cost me a couple of bucks.

Yes it's another banner.

I know I shared a fabric banner this morning.  Adorable banners are all the rage lately, and both of the banners I'm sharing today are visually different from one another in several ways.
Unlike the banner I shared this morning, this one is more of a traditional banner with triangles made from scrapbook paper. 

To make this I simply used a triangle template, traced the triangle on the back of scrapbook paper, cut out the triangles, folded the top edges of the triangles over a piece of twine, taped the folded edges to the twine, and spaced the paper triangles evenly on the twine.

Triangle or banner templates can be found for free on the internet.  Anyone can do a Google search and print a template that can be cut out from computer paper or cardstock.  For this particular banner, I just used  one of the banner pieces I had from the boys' birthday party.
Once complete, I nailed the banner underneath a chalkboard that I purchased from the clearance section of my local Home Goods, and later wrote the phrase, "Dream Big Baby Girl!" on it before hanging it on the wall.
This is such an easy project that I sometimes feel it shouldn't even be called a project.  But it's the little details like this that, in my opinion, help complete the look of a space. 

This little corner of the wall wouldn't quite be the same if I only hung the chalkboard on the wall but didn't hang the banner underneath it.

Because, for me, details are important. 

It's those finishing touches that help enhance what was already there.

Whimsical Fabric Banner for Girl Nursery

Good Morning!  It's day two of posting about DIY projects that were completed for our little girl's nursery.  I'll start the morning off by sharing an easy fabric banner that looks both rustic and whimsical.
What I love about this is that I just used scrap fabric from all of the other textile projects from this room!  Extra fabric from the curtains and bedding, along with pieces of ribbon from other projects, were recycled to make this piece.
To make the banner, I simply tore fabric into approximately one inch thick pieces. 

I then cut several pieces of fabric and ribbon into approximately twelve inch length strips. 

From there, I just tied the pieces onto a long piece of twine, arranging the pieces in somewhat of a pattern.

I did not measure anything.  What makes this look whimsical is that it is perfectly imperfect.  I just eyeballed the width and length of the pieces.  Perfection is not the goal here.  Getting the banner completed in 15 minutes or less was my goal!

Lastly, I nailed the banner above the crib and under a wooden monogram that I spray painted gold.
I really like the simplicity of this banner and how it looks in combination with the monogram over the crib.  It makes a great focal point on the wall and helps tie the room together by using all of the different colors and fabrics from the room.