Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nursery Reveal! (finally!)

I know I've been MIA for a while, quite a while actually. We've been really busy around here getting last minute things done in preparation for the baby. We are 38 weeks this week and ready to meet our baby boy! :)

We really wanted to go for a vintage style nursery and also wanted to be as thrifty as possible. So, without further ado, here is a little tour of our finished nursery.

Our lovely crib with the bedding that I made. Also the changing table that we refinished. There is a little half table right next to the changing table that we bought at a local antique store that was already white and distressed so we didn't have to do anything to it. The rug (which I LOVE) is from Ikea and was only around $20, awesome deal!

This chandelier is hanging over the changing table. I got it from a garage sale for $8. It was really ugly, but a little Krylon blue spray paint fixed it right up :)

Here is the crib mobile that I made. I got the idea off of pinterest. I used scrapbook paper, paper doilies and an embroidery hoop to make it. It was really easy and I like the vintage look it has.

This bookcase came from Ikea too, only $39.99 I believe. We needed the bookcase to be pretty narrow (which is kind of hard to find on a budget) since it's tucked in the corner and our rocking chair will also be in that area once the baby moves from the bassinet in our room to his crib. I like that we have plenty of room to increase his book collection :)
Oh, and a side note, I got the curtains from Walmart on clearance. I kind of wanted to put them in our dining room too :)

Here is our refinished dresser. I bought the mirror from a thrift store last winter. The frame is plastic and it was this ugly gold color, so I sprayed it down with oil rubbed bronze spray paint to match the hardware on the dresser. I like the ornate details on it, even if it is plastic :) We also have these really cute block letters that we picked up at Hobby Lobby (50% off of course!) that spell out his name for the top of the dresser. I took them down before taking the picture because his name is a surprise! :-)

These are little animal cut-outs that I made from left over fabric from the crib bedding. I got the idea from a website somewhere (sorry I don't remember where). They are kind of hard to see, I wish I would have made them bigger. The top one is a bunny, the middle is a kitty and the bottom is a monkey. 

This is another project I got off of pinterest :) I used vintage blue and green buttons to make a scripted "R". I used fabric glue to glue them on and my wonderful hubby stretched the canvas on a frame that he made.

That's pretty much it! It's a cozy room, but I think our little monkey will like it. :-)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Crib Bedding!

I just recently finished the crib bedding set for our little bundle of joy due in November! I decided to make my own after looking around in some stores and not really seeing anything that I really liked.
Since I'm going for a more vintage look in the nursery, I didn't want a super bright, in your face type of bedding. I wanted more of a natural, and calming colors type bedding set. So this is what I came up with:

I wasn't really planning on making the bedding gender neutral, but when I saw the fabric for the baby quilt, I fell in love! So basically, that was the first fabric I bought and then matched everything else around that.

All of my fabrics came from Jo-Ann's and I'm happy to say that I used a coupon for every single cut of fabric that I needed. You can always find coupons online that you can print off. I do have to mention that I didn't buy all the fabric in one trip (obviously) since I wanted to use coupons on everything. But it worked out nice since I only worked on one part at a time anyway.

I followed tutorials that I found online for everything except the crib skirt, which I just kind of made up. I may write up a tutorial for the skirt in the near future...it was really really easy!

The baby quilt was my first experience with machine quilting, or any quilting in general. It wasn't too bad, though the back of the quilt is a little...well, not so pretty looking, but it's just the back right? :-) Oh, I also want to mention that I didn't sew all the little squares together for the top-I found the fabric just like that at Jo-Ann's! Isn't it adorable? It is soooo soft and cozy! :)

In case any of you are thinking about making a crib set, here are links to the tutorials that I (kind of) followed for my set:

Baby quilt: Diary of a Quilter There is a list of tutorials that take you through the entire quilting process from piecing together to quilting to binding. This is a great resource for a beginner quilter like myself :)

Crib bumpers: Sew Dang Cute Crafts I didn't follow this exactly since I used one fabric instead of individual squares, but overall it's the same concept.

Crib sheets: luvinthemommyhood Seriously, this is SO easy. If you need crib sheets you should really make your own, you will be surprised at how simple it is, and how quick, especially if you own a serger. :)

Crib skirt: I made this up on my own. :-) Tutorial coming soon!

The nursery is coming along well so far! I've now been working on some diy decorations :-)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Craigslist Changing Table

Onto the next part of the nursery reveal...the changing table!

I found this cool changing table on Craigslist a few months back:

Well, it didn't look so nice, but I knew it had potential. We really liked the vintage-y feel that it had. So I took off the hardware and doors and got to work sanding it down. 

As far as refinishing it, we did pretty much the exact same thing as we did for the Dresser Update.  

Unfortunately, the whole thing smelled really weird. Almost like a slight smokey or musty or something nasty. Of course, we didn't notice the smell until we had it in the car on the way home (the people had it sitting outside for us to look at when we got there).

So after we primed it all, I could still smell the weird smell, which we determined must have been coming from the inside. So, we ended up using A LOT of Kilz spray paint and went ahead and sprayed the entire thing, including the inside and the back. Thankfully, that totally took care of the problem! No more nasty smells! :)

And here is our finished product:

I spray painted the hardware the same oil rubbed bronze to match the dresser.

We did add a little wooden scroll work thing to help with the vintage feel we are going for. We just used wood glue to glue it on before we did all the painting.

It looks like it was always there :-)

I am so happy with how this turned out! Our little nursery is starting to come together!

My husband and I got some maternity pictures done this past weekend and then turned out AMAZING! If anyone is looking for a great photographer in the Davenport, Iowa area, I highly recommend Erica Jessop Photography. She is great! 

Or if you are in the Northern Illinois area, you can contact me :-)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dresser Update

Here is the first "sneak peak" if you will, at the projects that my husband and I have been diligently working on for the nursery. I know I could wait and do a nursery reveal when everything is complete, but where is the fun in that? :) So I've decided to post about things as I get them done.

So, here is the dresser that we started out with:

I had already taken most of the hardware off; I tend to forget to take pictures before I start because I just get so excited, haha :)
This old dresser came from my parent's (for free, bonus!) and is actually the same dresser I used during college. We originally got it from an auction and the finish was kind of...well weird. Someone had tried to do a faux wood grain finish, and it was interesting looking to say the least, this picture doesn't do it justice. Needless to say, it was ready for an update!

I didn't take any pictures of the process, but we did the basic furniture refinishing steps that you can find on pretty much anyone's blog these days.

First, I sanded it a bit, then sprayed it down with Kilz primer-I think we did 2 coats to cover it well. Since we chose a white crib, we decided to go with white furniture to match. We sprayed it with Krylon white, in a semi-gloss finish. I think it took at least 2 coats, we may have done 3 though. 

After that was thoroughly dry, I went to work on some glazing. This is the first time I've ever glazed and I'm SO glad I did it! We LOVE how it turned out! And glazing is actually super easy-especially since you can just wipe it off if you don't like how it looks (as long as it hasn't dried obviously). The glaze gave it just the right amount of antique look that I wanted :)

I also sealed it with 3 coats of a water based poly, just to help protect it from scratches and such.

I spray painted the brass colored hardware with an oil rubbed bronze paint (after doing a coat of Kilz, though I'm not sure if that was necessary or not, I wanted to be on the safe side!)
I seriously love it! It is going along well with our vintage inspired nursery :-)

It is amazing what some paint and glaze can do for furniture! We were a little intimidated to spray paint such a big piece of furniture, but it really turned out good! (Just be prepared to need a lot of spray paint!)
This dresser (and some other furniture for the nursery that I will be posting about in the near future) are really our first experiences with painting furniture, so if we can do it, then I know you can too! :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Yarn Wrapped Door Wreath

Yarn Wrapped Wreath

I've been wanting to make an anytime wreath to go on our (very red) front door. I finally got around to stopping by Hobby Lobby the other day to pick up a styrofoam wreath.

I've seen yarn wrapped wreaths on blogs and on Etsy and have always thought they were super cute. So I decided to make one of my own :)

The only things I bought for this project were the wreath and the "R" which I got from Hobby Lobby and spray painted oil rubbed bronze (though it looks pretty black). Everything else was just stuff I had on hand.

I hot glued everything on the wreath including the yarn and it worked pretty well.

I used random scraps of fabric for the flowers and then glued beads, jewels and buttons on some of the flowers.

I really like how it turned out, and it would be really easy to make one for each season :) How cute would a spring one be with a little bird on a branch or a winter one with a cute little snowman? The possibilities are endless! :)

In my last post I talked about Scentsy, and I'm happy to say I got my order in this week and I am so happy with it! My living room smells like hazelnut latte :-) If you are interested, click here to go to my sister's Scentsy website.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things!

I had a project to share this week. It was suppose to be a diy photo canvas wrap, but it was a diy FAIL. Boo. The picture itself was too thick and just looked like I bent a picture around a frame, haha. Oh well, you can't win them all right? I may try to do it again once I get a thinner papered picture :-)

I thought I would take some time to share a few of my favorite things with you guys! (and no, I'm not being paid or anything to say any of this, it's just my opinions!) :)


I have always heard people RAVE about Scentsy, but had never looked at any of it until this past weekend. I'm lucky that my sister sells Scentsy :-)

You can buy online from her website and right now through the end of August, a lot of the products are 10% off!!! You can shop the party "Christmas in August" :-)

There are so many cute warmers! What did I choose?

Charlemagne Full-Size Scentsy Warmer

Taro Plug-In Scentsy Warmer

For the scents themselves, I ordered: vanilla cream, mochadoodle and hazelnut latte.

I can't wait for my goodies to come in the mail! :-)

Here are a few other super cute ones that I liked:

How cute is that little elephant?! Perfect for children (ages 3+) or for a nursery! You put a little scent pack in the back.

You seriously need to check out all the great options on her website.

Something else I LOVE are TOMS shoes! 
If you aren't familiar with TOMS, they are a great company. For every pair of shoes you buy, they donate a pair of shoes to a child in need, One For One. Isn't that awesome!

My husband and I just got our new pairs in the mail yesterday!

I got the Metallic Tweed Classics, I love them! Perfect for fall!

If you aren't familiar with TOMS you should check it out!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pacifier Pocket

Pacifier Pocket

I made this pacifier pocket the other day for a friend that just had a cute little baby girl. 

This is one of those projects that is awesome because I had everything I needed on hand. It was pretty easy to do, though I did end up using velcro on the front flap instead of a snap (because the only snaps I had were sew in ones). 

It also dawned on me that these little pockets could be reversible if you don't mind the flaps attaching on the inside. :)

The tutorial I used to make this can be found here.

The nice part about these pockets is that you can just throw them in the washer when they need to be cleaned and that the strap can be hooked around the handle of your diaper bag.

I'm planning on making one (or a few!) of these once I figure out what diaper bag I want so I can try to match the fabrics (yes I am a dork like that!) :-)

Monday, July 18, 2011

DIY Sofa Tutorial

DIY Sofa!

We are really happy with how our sofa turned out! I would have never thought we could make our own, but this just goes to show that with a little research and creativity, anything is possible :-)

We googled and found some inspirations, but overall we pretty much did our own thing according to what we wanted for our theater area in the basement. 

To give credit where credit is due, my wonderful husband did the majority of this project. I was in charge of the cushions and moral support :) He wrote up this tutorial; let me know if you have any questions.

As a side note: I believe we spent around $130 for all the supplies we needed for this project, making it cheaper than buying new. I do realize that you could buy a used sofa probably for cheaper, but we like that this is new, clean and doesn't smell like anyone else's house :-) The cost could be cheaper depending on if you have any materials on hand already. It was also a fun project for us to do together!

We decided to go with a 80” long sofa, because our foam that we bought was for a Twin XL, which is 80” long.

Building Supplies Needed 

Some More supplies (though we ended up buying more pillows and drop cloths)

What you need:
4- 2x6 8’ boards, be sure to make sure they’re straight, some of mine warped on me and made this much more difficult than it should have been.
3- 2x4 8’ boards.  Make it 4 if you decide to use the 2x4 for the legs instead of a 4x4
1- 4x4 10’.  Lowe’s only had treated 4x4’s, I just found out yesterday that Menard’s has untreated 4x4’s, which would be the better route to go.
1- 1x4 8’
1- 4x8 plywood.  We used 3/8”, but you could go thicker to make it a little more solid, but I just used extra 2x4’s for bracing.
4” wood screws
1.25”, 3” drywall screws
Wood Glue
Spray Adhesive
Foam of your choice.  We used 4” 5.5 Memory Foam we bought from ebay for ~$55 for a Twin XL size.  It’s comfortable, but has some give to it.  A high density foam would be a little better, but is much more expensive.  For instance, at JoAnn’s we would have paid close to $150 for a 4” thick piece of high density foam.  Since this was a budget build we decided to go the cheaper route.
Carpet tiles or some other extremely dense material ~ .5”-1” thick.
Batting for covering the bare wood surfaces
8 pillows.  We used the $2.50 pillows from walmart for our large back pillows they worked out really well.
Canvas drop cloths.  We bought the 8 oz. drop cloths from Lowes, washed and dried them, and now they’re pretty comfortable.

How to:

Using the 2x6’s make your frame:
80” long x 33” wide, remember when cutting to make note of how you will secure your corner, as that will determine what your actual board lengths are.  For instance, I made the front and rear of the frame 80” long, so to make my sides 33” I had to subtract the width of the front and rear boards, each of which are 1.5” wide (for those that don’t know, 2x6’s are not actually 2x6, more like 1.5”x 5.5”).  Secure with 3” drywall screws.
Use some of the 2x4‘s to make supports going from front to rear.  You will also want to have supports going from left to right.  I placed mine towards the rear of the sofa, where I thought most of the weight would be.  Secure with 3” drywall screws.
Using the remaining 2x6’s cut the back pieces.
4 pieces at 23” long.  To make the back angle, start at the top of each piece and mark the 4” on the top.  From the top, measure 18” down and make a mark on the far side of the board, face down.  Now, draw a line from the 4” mark down to the bottom of the 18” mark on the far side.  Basically, you’re taking 1.5” off of the board to create an angle.  I put them inside the frame, at the far sides and two in the middle about 7” apart. Secure with 3” drywall screws.

Cut the 1x4 8’ down to 77” and secure across the top of the back supports.  Secure with 1.25” drywall screws
Cut the plywood to 26” x 80” and secure to the seat of the frame with 1.25” drywall screws.  Take the remaining piece and cut to 19”x 77”.  The piece should go from far left to far right back support.  Secure with 1.25” drywall screws.

Use the 4x4 for the legs and cut them at the desired height.  We wanted to add 10” to the height of the couch.  To do that, I cut 15” lengths and secured 5” of the leg to the inside of the frame.  If using a treated or untreated 4x4, be sure to cut off the corners of the bottom of each leg and sand very well to avoid severe splintering.  Secure the legs with 4” wood screws.  An aside,  the height of our couch with the legs on would have been too much to allow us to get the couch inside, make sure to do some measuring to know if you need to do some assembly of the couch in whatever room it’s going in.

With the frame assembled, and the legs put on, I attached the carpet tiles using spray adhesive and some 1.25” drywall screws for added strength.  The carpet tiles just introduce some extra padding, so the memory foam isn’t sitting directly on the plywood.

With the spray adhesive, attach the foam to the carpet tiles.  It shouldn’t require too much, for us the foam didn’t really want to move even without the adhesive.

Attach the batting with a little bit of adhesive and lots of staples.  To avoid punctures, we attached a piece of cardboard to the very back of the couch and then secured the batting.

Once, the batting is secure begin attaching the drop cloth, again after they’ve been through the wash.  Keep the cloth taut, but not too much.  You want the cloth to have some wiggle room.  We separated the cloth so we could attach the seat section first and then attach the back.

Now,  I’ll let Alanna talk about the pillows for the back.

That part is super easy-all you do is measure how big you want your pillows. We just wanted 2 big ones for the back. I used more of the drop cloth material and stuffed it with the stuffing from the pillows (we used 4 pillows worth of stuffing for each cushion) and then sewed the up.  

That's it! 

I added some accent pillows for some color :-)

We are so excited to finally have some decent seating for movie watching!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! :-)

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