From nursery to “big girl room”

Our youngest daughter turned two in November. While I was in no hurry to take down the crib and transform her nursery to a toddler room, we couldn’t deny that the baby room just didn’t work for her anymore. Plus, she was climbing in and out of the crib and I was worried she’d get hurt.

Her nursery was plenty cute and most of the furnishings would still work. Let’s take a look at what her nursery used to look like:

The furniture was mostly still useful. My dad built both girls matching headboards before he died, so we definitely wanted to use those. We also changed up her artwork a bit, hung some new shelves, and got two new pieces of furniture. I chalk painted a nightstand from Christmas Tree Shops and changed the hardware, and painted a shelf from my childhood bedroom.

Here’s a look at Aubrey’s new digs:

The monogram is papier mache from Hobby Lobby.

Here’s the redone nightstand. The drawer pulls are from Hobby Lobby. The rug, frame and lamp are from her nursery.

The baskets are left over from her nursery and the shelves were on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics.

These are IKEA Bekvam spice racks. I painted them white.

I repainted her small frames and purchased a new piece of art from Hobby Lobby to tie the room together.

We are just waiting on some baskets I ordered for her shelves. They’re on back order and we will use them to store toys.

A sweet room for a sweet and sassy little lady. What room refreshers have you done lately?

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DIY Tips and Tricks: Spray painting like a pro!

Spray painting and “pro” probably don’t really belong in the same thought. I’m going to pretend they do, though.

Some people will let the color or finish of an object they want or need deter them from purchasing it. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to do that. No matter the finish- metal, wood, plastic, or even resin, if you don’t like the color, you can definitely spray paint it. I’ve spray painted wooden  furniture, metal candlesticks, picture frames, and even dishes.

Even though spray painting is ridiculously easy, there are a few tips and tricks you should know about.

  1. Not just any spray paint will do.

No one ever spray painted anything with a cheap spray paint and made it look good. I would steer clear of the store brand, no name spray paints, and buy a good one. I always try to buy a spray paint with a primer built in, since it helps cover the object, but it also keeps the paint from chipping off. You’ll spend a bit more on your paint, but you’ll also have an object that looks much better finished. Also, know what you’re buying. Choose a spray paint that is made for the finish you’ll be painting. There are different spray paints available in a variety of finishes. Some dry with a glossy finish, some dry with a metallic finish, and others with a matte finish. There are also different spray paints for covering plastic, wood, and metal.

2. Prep the surface

You will need to make sure your object is free of dust and dirt prior to spray painting it. You’ll also need to apply primer, if you aren’t using a spray paint with the primer built in. As you can see, I was not as vigilant about pre-cleaning this table, and now the table top is “mottled.” See the raised “bumps” all over it? Yeah, that’s what happens if you don’t dust it first. Use a clean, dry, microfiber cloth as cleaners can interfere with your paint coverage.

3. Buy one more can of spray paint than what you think you’ll need

This is a project where it is easy to misjudge. Here you see a rocking chair that is still partially white, as I ran out of spray paint. And trust me, if you do run out, chances are you may have to visit different locations of the same big box store because your local one ran out of the spray paint you need. I speak from experience on this one, folks.

4. Use the “six-inch rule.”

Hold the spray paint can no closer than 6 inches from the object you are painting. If you don’t, the paint will run and drip. To get a more even surface, hold the can six inches or more away!! If it doesn’t completely cover, you can always touch it up later.

5. Allow at least 24 hours to dry between coats

You might be impatient like me and want to get your project done. Listen carefully: not allowing your object ample time to dry will cause the paint to chip and flake off. It can also cause it to dry unevenly. Make sure your paint has had at least 24 hours to dry, because even if it feels like it’s dry, it may not be.

6. Drips and runs aren’t the end of the world.

If you do notice mottling of your paint, paint drips and runs, or weird dry patterns, it doesn’t mean your project is ruined. Just sand it and start over. DO NOT try to spot paint. You must sand and paint the entire surface again, but your mistake will not show.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips and tricks. Now, get to paintin’! If you want to, that is 🙂

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DIY Poem Art

I’ve always loved quotes and poems. I’m an English teacher, so I try to cultivate a love for those same things in my students.

Earlier this year I was watching a movie and absent-mindedly doodling. I ended up writing one of my favorite poems completely in a circle. 

Here’s “You Mustn’t Quit,” which is an anonymous poem popularly credited to Edgar A. Guest. I just wish I had written it on unlined paper 🙁

Of course, you wouldn’t have to use “You Mustn’t Quit.” And you wouldn’t even have to write in a circle. Any shape will do. In fact, you don’t even have to use a poem. Quotes or Bible verses will do, too.

I’m thinking of having students choose a poem and do this next year, but I can’t wait to do more of these for my own use.

I hope y’all have a great weekend!!
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DIY Fridays: Nursery table and lamp

Hi all! Due to the link party posting tomorrow, I am posting my DIY Friday one day early.

As you know, the husband and I have been feverishly working on our baby girl’s nursery. Although she’ll be arriving in November, I am going back to work in two weeks and we are trying to get it finished before I go back. So far, we’ve painted, bought bedding, bought (but not hung) art for the walls, and unpacked and put away all the baby clothes and gear. Last week, my super handy daddy came over and built a closet organizer shelf for her closet.

That being said, I found a very cute black turned leg end table at Homegoods. It was on sale and appeared to be well-made.

 The nursery furniture is all white and the table was black, so I figured I could paint it and make it match.  I put three coats of semi gloss white paint onto the table, and I’m pretty happy with the end result.

I also spray painted a cheap bronze lamp, and wrapped the lamp shade in some Victorian lace. It looks so sweet sitting on the end table. Now, if we could just find a chair to go beside the table…

All in all, this was not a costly DIY. The lamp and shade cost $4, the spray paint we already had, so it was free, and the lace cost $12. I got an original, one-of-a-kind lamp that fits our shabby chic theme for less than $20. Not bad.

The table cost $60 dollars, and we already had the paint and brushes. If I had to speculate, I’d say the paint, which was left over from the closet organizer, cost about $8 a can. We didn’t even use a fourth of the can painting the table.

I’m pretty pleased with this cute little corner, and I can’t wait to show you the rest of the room when it’s finished. Stay tuned!

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Reveal: Emorie’s Big Girl Room

We have been working on my sweet girl’s “big girl room” for over a year. What started out as the “junk room” actually morphed into a cute little room. When we first moved in, we stashed everything we didn’t want to deal with in that room and shut the door.

My kiddo is outgrowing her nursery and when we got pregnant with our second baby, we really started to work on the room. We miscarried, but we talked up her big girl room so much, we had to keep creating it. We’ve finished the room aside from buying her an area rug.


My dad built this headboard for her using an Ana White plan. He did all the work himself. I love that we will have this headboard for many years that he made. Emorie can even keep it to use with her children one day. The pink in the tulip picture above her bed matches the pink in the quilt and duvet perfectly.

I bought this cute quilt and duvet set from Pottery Barn kids. The colors are girly without being overly girly. There are different colors of pink and aqua, brown and different colors of blue, so there are lots of colors you can use in the room. The nightstand is actually an end table that my aunt got from a yard sale. My mom painted it and replaced the drawer pull.

The vanity was mine when I was a little girl. I re-painted it and replaced the drawer pull, and then I covered the stool. You can read about that here.  I am going to get a cute wooden or plastic tray to put her combs and brushes in, and get rid of the pink metal can. The little praying girl statue was given to me by my grandmother when I was little.

The dresser and  shelf is from the IKEA Hemnes collection, and I stenciled the shelf to give it a little more color. You can read about that here. I also DIY’ed some graphic art to hang above her dresser.We also changed out the drawer pulls to make them more girlish, and to make the furniture coordinate more with the end table and the vanity.

My husband is responsible for the wall color. I kept trying different samples and kept ending up with colors that are too blue or too bright. I tried three different colors, and my husband chooses one sample that ends up working perfectly. Maybe he should be in charge of the paint samples from now on 🙂

 The vintage gallery wall replaced some earlier art I did, which you can read about here. Once I hung the tulip print, the DIY artwork just didn’t look right. The vintage botanical and ballerina prints were a perfect fit, though.

I love how her room turned out. All in all, we created a feminine room that is not overly girly, that will grow with her. I am so excited for her to start sleeping here. Next, we’ll be doing her closet. You can expect that post soon.

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Reveal: Emorie’s Big Girl Room

We have been working on my sweet girl’s “big girl room” for over a year. What started out as the “junk room” actually morphed into a cute little room. When we first moved in, we stashed everything we didn’t want to deal with in that room and shut the door.

My kiddo is outgrowing her nursery and when we got pregnant with our second baby, we really started to work on the room. We miscarried, but we talked up her big girl room so much, we had to keep creating it. We’ve finished the room aside from buying her an area rug.


My dad built this headboard for her using an Ana White plan. He did all the work himself. I love that we will have this headboard for many years that he made. Emorie can even keep it to use with her children one day. The pink in the tulip picture above her bed matches the pink in the quilt and duvet perfectly.

I bought this cute quilt and duvet set from Pottery Barn kids. The colors are girly without being overly girly. There are different colors of pink and aqua, brown and different colors of blue, so there are lots of colors you can use in the room. The nightstand is actually an end table that my aunt got from a yard sale. My mom painted it and replaced the drawer pull.

The vanity was mine when I was a little girl. I re-painted it and replaced the drawer pull, and then I covered the stool. You can read about that here.  I am going to get a cute wooden or plastic tray to put her combs and brushes in, and get rid of the pink metal can. The little praying girl statue was given to me by my grandmother when I was little.

The dresser and  shelf is from the IKEA Hemnes collection, and I stenciled the shelf to give it a little more color. You can read about that here. I also DIY’ed some graphic art to hang above her dresser.We also changed out the drawer pulls to make them more girlish, and to make the furniture coordinate more with the end table and the vanity.

My husband is responsible for the wall color. I kept trying different samples and kept ending up with colors that are too blue or too bright. I tried three different colors, and my husband chooses one sample that ends up working perfectly. Maybe he should be in charge of the paint samples from now on 🙂

 The vintage gallery wall replaced some earlier art I did, which you can read about here. Once I hung the tulip print, the DIY artwork just didn’t look right. The vintage botanical and ballerina prints were a perfect fit, though.

I love how her room turned out. All in all, we created a feminine room that is not overly girly, that will grow with her. I am so excited for her to start sleeping here. Next, we’ll be doing her closet. You can expect that post soon.

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