Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What Would You Do?

I told you when I was making my "You are My Sunshine" wall art that I was going to do a gallery wall over Campbell's crib.  Well that got hung by my sweet Daddy yesterday.  I will reveal the whole thing to you at a later time. For now I just want to share one part of it, because I need some ideas.

The family tree.

If you look back at Warner's nursery you may recall I hung a family tree made out of baby pictures.  I just used Dave and I and left a blank frame for Warner.  I couldn't let those sweet pictures go to waste so I decided to incorporate them into Campbell's gallery wall.

Here is a look back at Warner's

 And here is a look at Campbell's

This is where you come in.  I'm trying to figure out what to label the pictures with.  With Warner's I used magazine letters.  My initial thought with these was to use Scrabble tiles.  Then I thought maybe I should use my stamps that I'm using for Warner's dresser.  Now as I type this I'm having thoughts of burlap.

What would you do?
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Craigslist Dresser Redo - Sneak Peek Part 2

If you remember back to my original Craigslist Dresser Redo post, I told you that I had "big plans" for the drawer pulls.  Well those "plans" arrived this week and I had to give you a little peek because I'm super excited about them!

Ahhh!!!  Can you visualize what's to come next??!! :)
I know I'm loving it!

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mirror to Chalkboard

You all know how to do this.  You've all done it, I'm sure.

If you haven't then what are you waiting for?!

Here is a quick "how to" :

First start with a mirror.  Any mirror will do.  I go this one for $2.00 at the thrift store. 

Next, give it a sanding.  I had to get rid of the lovely flower embellishment at the top and there was some sticker residue on the sides.  I'm sure some little girl had it attached to her dresser with pictures of New Kids on the Block attached to it! (wait, maybe that was my childhood...)

(and a shout out to my sander!  If you need one, this one is fabulous!  I had been using my Dad's heavy duty sander, but Santa listened this year and gave me this!)

After you have sanded, prime the mirror and the wood.  I simply used white spray paint primer.

Once that is dry it is time to apply your chalkboard paint and whatever color paint you want on the wood.  I used some painter's tape to keep my chalkboard paint and regular paint separate, but you could just use a small brush.  I must admit I'm quite impatient when it comes to drying, so I had to do my fair share of touch ups.  My advice would be to let one of the paints dry COMPLETELY before adding the next one...

When everything was dry and I completed my touch ups I did as I've been told to do and colored my entire chalkboard with chalk.  This apparently helps to make your chalkboard "work."  Don't ask me.  I just do as I'm told.

Last, but not least, write something fun on your chalkboard and pick a location to display it.
I haven't hung mine just yet because I'm still deciding on the permanent place.

So now that you know how (or have been given a refresher) go off and make one for yourself!
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Craigslist Dresser Redo - Sneak Peek

Prior to the big move I decided to start planning out the boys' rooms.  I figured it would be easiest to use what Warner had in his nursery for Campbell. I decided to leave everything for Campbell (dresser, crib, rocking chair) except for the white bookshelf and his current big boy bed.  I really wanted to do the mismatched wood look for Warner's room. 

I found this dresser on Craigslist and thought it would be perfect for his room.  It was in great condition minus a few places that had seen the wrath of a red marker.  Nothing a little Magic Eraser coudn't handle though.   

I gave it a good cleaning 

 and removed the hardware.

Now I decided that since I was pushed for time I would attempt the chalk paint route.  This method allows you to not have to sand and prime your wood.  This is a fabulous thing!  Mind you I was not going to pay the price tag for a can of Annie Sloan chalk paint (although it sure would be nice to have some), so I set out to make some of my own. 

I did a little bit of research and landed over at In My Own Style's blog.  If you get a chance head over there and see the different tests she did with chalk paint recipes.  Pretty cool. 

Here are the 2 DIY recipes she recommended. 

She mentioned that the plaster of paris recipe was the cheaper of the two.  I was all set to follow that recipe until I got to Lowe's and ended up getting the non-sanded grout recipe for less.  So that's what sold me.  I'm easy and all about saving a buck!

I've got to tell you.  Chalk Paint = pretty fabulous!  I was amazed that I could paint my entire cherry finish dresser and not have to sand a thing.  It took two and half coats, but it was totally worth it!   

It gave it that nice milky look.  Very shabby chic (because I know Warner is really going to care about that one day...ha)! 

I was going to add a wax finish, but instead decided to add a thin coat of polyurethane over it.  Either one is fine.  You could even had shellac to make it really shine.  Totally up to you and your liking.

Since I wanted to go for the mismatched wood I simply left the drawers as they were to create a two-tone look.  Some of you will love it.  Others will hate it. 

Which brings me to the dresser today.  It is currently in Warner's room.  It currently still has no pulls.  Why you ask?  Oh because I have big things coming in that department.  Just waiting on my shipment to arrive...

When it does, you'll be the first to know!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The closing of one chapter and the opening of another

Well it finally happened.  We moved.  This little townhouse had been my home for 8 (almost 9) years.  Although it was definitely time to move on, I was sad to say goodbye.  This house held many memories for me.  This was my first big girl purchase as a college grad.  This was the house I started my first job in.  The house Dave proposed to me in.  The house we came home to as a married couple.  The house we found out we were going to be parents.  The house we brought our sweet baby boy home to.  This house was where Warner took his first steps. Where he said he first words.

However time moves on and we simply outgrew our house.  1300 square feet and 2 bedrooms just wasn't enough for our growing family.  Warner needed a yard.  A place to run and be a kid. 

So we did it.  We found the perfect house and we moved.  Even though it's never easy to say goodbye.  Change is good.  (now I'd be totally lying if I told you I was good with change, because I AM NOT, but at least I'm working on that motto)

So without further ado...I'd like to introduce you to our new house.  A small glimpse.
I took these pictures at the walk thru.  I'm only showing you a few because I don't want to bore you.  Also, I am hoping to do some before and after house posts in the near future and need to keep you in suspense! ;)  Things are definitely not all in order and our garage is still filled with boxes, but it will get done...right???

So here's to the next chapter.  And all the memories.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

I'll be back...hopefully soon!

I feel like lately all my posts have been apologies.  Apologies for lack of blogging.  Well...here's another...


We finally moved a week ago.  And wouldn't you know...the internet isn't working!  UGH!!  What's a girl to do?!  (Other than constantly complain to her husband who in return complains to the internet service provider)

Hopefully all will be fixed this week because I've got a few things to show you!
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