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We may actually be done with the nursery

It’s been a long time coming, but I think the nursery is just about FINISHED!  Of course I will continuously add little things here and there (like his name tiles and a birth stats painting) but I’m not going to count that.

First up is the dresser.  I scoured Craigslist and Goodwill until I found the dresser of my nursery dreams.  It needed to be long enough be hold the changing pad and diapering paraphernalia and tall enough so Jonathan and I wouldn’t have to hunch over when changing the boy.   The dresser that finally fit the bill was from a kind Craigslister up in Michigan, for $75.  It was kind of an oak finish, but I

It was originally kind of an oak finish, but I knew I wanted it white to match the crib.  So it sat and sat and sat in the garage until Aunt Terry and Mom could come out and paint it for me.

It turned out pretty awesome, don’t you think?  I painted the existing knobs.  I gave Jonathan a choice of many different designs including dinosaurs and monsters,  but who would have thunk it…he picked numbers.  They turned out pretty cute.  Mom sprayed a few coats of high gloss clear coat and they looked like they came from a store.

Now on to a cozy place for bedtime stories and late night feedings.

The rocker was another thrifty find…$15 at Goodwill.  It was a lovely shade of greenish yellow, but still super comfy.  I wanted to reupholster it, but I’ve never tackled that before and needed some reinforcements.  So again, it sat and sat until Aunt Terry and Mom came to visit.  Since Aunt Terry has done chairs before Mom and I were just helpers.  I chose a canvas drop cloth from Home Depot as my fabric and it turned out great!

Of course the lamp was another Goodwill find, at $3 for the base and $2 for the shade.  Mom spray painted the base and I recovered the shade with a pretty fabric we picked up from Hobby Lobby.  The little dinosaur  next to the lamp was the first little toy I made for the baby.

Now, the artwork in this corner. I repurposed an old canvas by having Jonathan spray paint the same orange from the lamp over top of the original painting.  The original painting had some dark lines in it and ridges from my brushstrokes and I wanted to camouflage as much of that as possible, so using watered down white glue and white tissue paper I decoupaged over the whole orange surface.  I found silhouette of a triceratops on clip art and used that to make the outline for the dinos.  I’m really proud of the finished product as it came out even better than I anticipated.

I don’t know where I originally saw the idea for rain gutter bookshelves, but it stayed in my brain until I had a place to put them.  I used the tutorial here for installing them.  

The whole project was less than $20 and I installed them in under an hour.  

The crib nook is the final stop on our nursery tour.  This first picture is a little older, and since I took it, the mobile has been lowered significantly, a mattress added to the crib, and artwork hung next to the window.  I’d go take a new picture now, but frankly I’m tired and don’t want to.

I constructed the mobile for FREE with paint chips from Home Depot, some card stock I had on hand left over from our wedding, thread, and an old embroidery hoop.  I punched out a bunch of circles from the paint chips and card stock and put them back to back.  I stitched the line of circles together on my sewing machine and attached each string to the hoop.  Easy peasy.  I can’t take credit for the idea though…I found it here.

The artwork in this part of the room was created by everyone who attended the baby shower my sister had for me.  She had the great idea to have everyone paint a small square tile with the colors of the nursery.  To make them more uniform and fun, we had everyone use tape to mask off areas for solid colors.  I put them all together, mounted them on foam board and trimmed the edges with orange ribbon.  It looks great in his room and it will be a nice reminder of all the people who loved the baby before he was even born!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of the nursery!  All it really needs now is a baby…three more weeks!


Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Home Decorating, Life


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A comfy place to sit

Last fall I started my mission to make the sunroom a cozy place to relax. Here is what is sort of looked like before.  Two wicker chairs from IKEA and a hammock courtesy of my parents.  I wanted to put the hammock on the deck, but they don’t call this place “Blowing” Green for nothing…that hammock would be gone in an instant!

 So, I started by painting the walls.  They were a yucky beige color and I wanted a nice cool blue.  I used some of the paint from the reading room and lightened it up with some white.  You can see my color tests and the lovely pattern on the vinyl walls here.

You can see Olie tried to help too…

After about two days of priming and painting the walls as well as adding a few pieces of trim the color was done.  

The light fixture out there was hideous. I happened upon an abandoned wall sconce-like fixture at Goodwill, painted it up with some Stainless Steel finish spray paint, added a $0.50 glass shade (Goodwill, of course) and ended up with a pretty nifty little light fixture for under $2.00.  The square piece that juts out happens to be part of the siding that was originally on this side of the house before the sunroom was added.  It couldn’t be removed, so I painted it white and added some quarter-round trim.  Let me tell you, without a mitre box, making the corners of the trim was a feat.

From this:(I had already started to dismantle it before the picture…trust me, it was awful.)

To this:

We picked up a little bistro table set on sale at Menards at the end of last summer season.  It’s actually a bar, but who cares!

Last but not least, we needed a comfy place to sit.  We bought the wooden couch frame at Habitat for Humanity Restore for $10 or $15 bucks and it sat in the sun room for ever. As the weather got warmer and warmer I got  increasingly frustrated that I hadn’t yet made it comfy with some cushions.  I knew it would be crazy expensive to by foam, batting, and fabric to make the cushions, so I scoured Craigslist until I found a new futon mattress for sale for $20.  So what if it was in Gainesville, Virginia?  Let’s face it, the DC Metro/Northern Virginia area has the best stuff on Craigslist.  My wonderful friend Sarah picked it up for me and I got it from her at my baby shower last week.

On Wednesday I set out to dissect it and turn it into cushions for my couch.  I used a 9′ x 11′ canvas drop cloth from Home Depot as my fabric and a few hours later I had a couch!  I make it sound easy, but really I agonized over measurements and mitered corners.  I thought the cover(s) would be perfect because I painstakingly planned.  Nope…I started with one big cushion and cover for the bottom and it was AWFUL!  The cover was too big for the cushion, the cushion too big for the couch.  So, ended up winging the rest of it…I cut the single cushion into two, cut the single cover into two and it worked so much better!  The rest followed suit and I had a finished product I am happy with.  Jonathan came home after three or four hours at the office and I got a “Wow…wow!”

It only took eight months, but we now have a functional sun room. There are a few more little
additions to come. Maybe something to prop one’s feet on perhaps?  I’ll keep you posted!


Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Home Decorating


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My “New” Lamps

Ever on a quest for inexpensive craft projects, I decided to take advantage of the ugly brass lamps that litter every Goodwill store from coast to coast.  I went to my local Goodwill and purchased three lamps for a grand total of $14.  Now, I would like to have paid less, but I was anxious to get started!

Here’s what I did:

First, I scrubbed each lamp with soap, water, and a piece of steel wool.  After drying, I primed them with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Primer in grey.  I used grey because the paint color for the larger lamps had a grey base.  The two larger lamps got two coats of Krylon Stainless Steel Finish and the little lamp was sprayed with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Satin Green Apple.

Check out the before and after:

A little pop of color in the reading room

 A lamp for the living room

My personal favorite…on the sofa table

In retrospect, I know this wasn’t the thriftiest of projects, but I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome!


Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Home Decorating


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