Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Nursery Dresser Makeover: From Wild Tween to Vintage Preppy!

When we shared Ben's Vintage Nursery we said the "before" on this dresser was pretty wild...here she is:

Wild is right, yes? That would be neon green, bright purple, and pink, orange mixed in there too!

This was in my sister's room when she was a tween. Her bedroom was painted all crazy. Like, I'm talking Nickelodeon themed colors, and stripes, and neon, with zig zags on the wall. I wish I had a photo to show you. But you will just have to imagine the colors from this dresser--but up the crazy x1000.
Prior to becoming purple beast, this piece had been in the family for awhile. It actually belonged to my great grandparents. I'm not sure what the original dresser color was, but I'm going to guess it wasn't this bright. It's nothing fancy, but it was nice to have a piece from my family for his room.

The plan was to stain the top of the dresser a deep walnut brown, and paint the rest in a bright chalk paint blue. Adam had to strip the top of the dresser for me (paint thinner not pregnant lady friendly!) And scrape all the layers of paint off.  And I'm talking layers. This dresser had been painted several times before the Nickelodeon tween room.


When we got the paint off, we realized the top was not ~real wood~. Adam took the sander to it and lightly sanded the top to make it smooth.

We were ready to begin!

Since the top was not real wood, we used Minwax Gel Stain in Dark Walnut. The gel stain works on fabricated wood.

This was after the first layer of stain...not so bad but needed another coat.

I used Webster's Chalk Powder paint, mixed with Sherwin Williams Blue Plate. The chalk paint powder is all natural, so it was safe for me to use it while I was pregnant.  The nice thing about chalk paint is that the piece doesn't need to be primed or anything, just wiped down and painted! 

I mixed it with Sherwin Williams Blue Plate and used their Harmony brand of paint which has 0 VOC. 

I probably would have been fine with regular SW paint, and a mask, and outside..but I was a spaz about that sort of thing. I also avoided ham sandwiches and JIMMY JOHNS for the whole first trimester. Now that was hard to do!


Anyway, it took me one weekend to paint it. Mostly because I was tired from being pregnant. I had to take 600 breaks. It could have been finished in one day by a non-pregnant person. The paint dries SUPER fast, and there was hardly any sanding involved.  

I finished it with a dark wax by Fiddles N Sons brand... Which Webster's recommends for use with their products.

Here it is all done up in Ben's room.

The pulls were from Menards hardware section. I'm more of an Oil Rubbed Bronze hardware girl, but the brushed dark silver just looked so much nicer.  They also go nice with the DIY bookcase in his room. We'll share about that very soon, along with some other great details!

See the rest of Ben's vintage nursery!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ben's Vintage Inspired Nursery

Photos of Ben's nursery are here! I'll provide more detailed info on our DIYs in the room in a later post. Today, we'll just share the vintage goodness!


Vintage Rocking horse, a gift from Ben's Great Aunt Wendy sits in front of his Jenny Lind crib.


This giraffe used to hang in my childhood bedroom.


My dad made this zen garden for me a few years back. It sits on his side table.

A view of one side of the room.
The chair is missing from the room right now, as it sits in our bedroom for now.
The bookshelf was a DIY which we will share later in the details post!


Plenty of room for more books!


I used scrap fabric from the baby showers to tie back these Ikea curtains.

This corner of the room turned out perfect. The dresser was a DIY makeover. Can't wait to share this makeover... you won't believe the crazypants "before"!
We used the Billy from Cardboard Safari above the changing table. We'll talk about this DIY with you coming up too!

You may remember this hilarious President Scout print from Uncommon Goods I shared a few months ago.

His mobile was a gift from a dear friend.  It goes perfect in the room, and is something I would have chosen for the nursery myself.


All photo credit in this post goes to the talented Andrea Beltz from AB Photography. She did our newborn photos which we L-O-V-E and snapped a few photos of the nursery for us too! Sharing one of our favorites of little Benjamin below.


Isn't that face the sweetest? Happy Friday!

Oh, p.s. A reminder we have a GIVEAWAY going on right now with Body After Baby! Ends in a few days! Awesome for new moms, expecting moms too...would be a great baby shower gift too! Enter here!

Friday, March 20, 2015

New Chairs: Adding Schoolhouse Flair in the Dining

Can I just say I am still jumping up and down over this find? Or should I say steal? This was such a good deal.

One of the many benefits of spending most of my day in the recliner nursing this hungry kid is having plenty of time to scroll through furniture for sale on the internet. Adam would say this isn't a positive, but a negative--as I've also been spending loads of time scrolling Pinterest. Which means more projects for him.

Back to the chairs for sale.
They were old. But not crappy old chairs. The good kind of old chairs. Old chairs saved from a school demolition. They were probably used in the library.


They'd need a little cleaning up and maybe refinished one day. They were sturdy, heavy, solid wood chairs.  They were cute.  There were 8 of them. They were cheap.  I'm talking less than 4 bucks a chair. Really. 

I wanted to replace the chairs we had at the dining room table for awhile now.  They were crappy craigslist chairs that never had a chance to be redone.  I just threw some slipcovers over them and called it good enough.

old slipcovered chairs
But the metal chairs I really wanted were a small fortune for 8 of them.  So I had to wait for the right deal to come along. My waiting paid off!


Have you gotten any good deals lately?

Body After Baby: Supportwear Review, Giveaway and Discount Code!

Ben is almost a month old already. How did that happen?  It seems like he's only been here a week or so. We are both doing great. I guess when I think about it, I feel much better a month after his birth, than I felt a week after his birth! I remember a few days after being home with him thinking how long will I be this sore? 

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I'm happy I've had the chance to use the Angelica. I do think it helped me with recovery. Especially in the early days when having cramps from my uterous contracting, and general soreness. My hips and lower back have been pretty sore some days. I think it's a combination of general after birth recovery, and sitting in a chair most of the day while nursing and holding Ben. 

As far as comfort while wearing the Angelica it was what I expected. It is snug like other shape wear I've worn under bridesmaid dresses etc. It's super snug putting it on and it does suck you in the entire time. But at the same time, it's breathable. I took the shoulder straps off and it stayed on easy enough. it was just easier to nurse and more comfortable for me without the extra straps. 


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As always all opinions are my own. I was provided with this product to review.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ben's Vintage Inspired Nursery: Preview

Ben's room is not done yet. Will it ever be done? Like the rest of our home, I'm sure I will always be changing out the decor and adding something else to the DIY list.

The BIG reveal will come super soon. Today we've got a few sneaky preview shots!


Way back in November I shared our nursery inspiration and a few flea market finds. We mostly stuck to our ideas, and added a few other items to the room.


We talked about how there wasn't really a theme in the room other than "cute old stuff we like". We pretty much stuck to our ideas, and even did a few DIYs in the room I can't wait to share with you...


More to come!

And, in case you missed it, BabyN's birth announcement on the blog!


Monday, March 2, 2015

He's Here!

Introducing Benjamin Henry.


Ben was born during a snowstorm Saturday February 21st at 6:37 a.m. Everyone is healthy and happy.
We're taking a short break from the blog and enjoying our sweet boy and taking 1 million photos of him. We will be back next week!


P.S. If you want to see a few more baby photos..and maybe some sneaks of the nursery...follow us on Instagram!

Friday, February 20, 2015

BabyN's Birth Announcements with {Minted}

So, I've had big plans for BabyN's newborn photo-shoot for months. We can't wait until he's finally here and we get photos of him all sleepy and snuggled up in baskets and buckets! We have a super talented photographer lined up--and I know her photos of him are going to be great. We want to make sure we share them with his birth announcements! So I popped over to Minted and looked at what they had to offer in their 2015 collection of birth announcements.

Minted has gorgeous designs on quality paper. I had fun just looking through them all and dreaming up what ours will look like when this kid decides to grace us with his presence--- and gets his first photo session!

Let's scroll through my favorites just for fun shall we!?

These gold foil ones were an immediate favorite!
Gold Foil Birth Announcement from Minted
One of the awesome things Minted offers is you can customize the colors on your prints, but also your edges. Scalloped, rounded, straight corners..plus they have different paper options for customization too.
Meet Jacob Custom Edges Birth Announcement
This is such a cute design to list all the new baby's stats too! 
Infantgraphics Birth Announcement
This simple this one is a top pick. The shape is perfect...
Minted Birth Announcement
Options to customize the back too! You can write a sweet note, or baby stats!
Minted Birth Announcement

And OHMYGOSH look how sweet this one is with the scalloped edges. It's a little too girly for BabyN but it's still darling. 
Minted: Source
Minted will send out a free proof of your print/announcement too so that you can be sure to double triple check everything before they're printed. 
And if you want to see the quality of their work, they will send out a sample pack of birth announcement samples to you before you order. Just go here and enter your info. This will give you an idea of quality and sizes. Plus, it's always helpful to me to see them in person before I order. Especially something this important! 

I was compensated for my time for this post but as usual all opinions are my own.
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