One of my very favorite parts of preparing for our baby girl has been putting together her nursery over the last few months. I’ve documented some of her nursery projects, but now it’s time to share her vintage floral nursery. I decided to go with pinks, yellows, greens and blues. I love color, so I figured I’d go ahead and introduce our girl to color at a very young age. 😉 However, we wanted the big pieces of furniture to be white so we can use this nursery for future children, no matter the gender. Also, we have a small nursery, so space saving and utilizing all of our space was really important to me. I’ve linked where you can find her nursery items underneath photos so you can shop our nursery picks. We had a goal of not breaking the bank while planning this nursery, and I have to say, I’m really happy with the affordable pieces we found!
Chalk Paint Nursery Side Table
I went to this really awesome antique store a few weeks back with my friend, Kristin, and purchased this antique side table! For those in the Atlanta area, it’s called Woodstock Market Antiques. I loved it so much despite its quirks and all the things that make antiques so fun. I loved the blue color, but it clashed with our nursery walls so I decided to use my trusty chalk paint and paint it white! Here are the before and afters.
Nursery Etsy Prints
Yay for more nursery projects!! My last project was a DIY Baby Mobile, if you’d like to check it out. I’ve always been a huge etsy fan, but especially for art work and prints to hang just about anywhere in my house. I wanted to share a couple of cute etsy shops and show you where I found some of my favorite prints for the baby’s room!
DIY Pacifier Clips
I keep seeing these really adorable pacifier clips, but I thought I could probably attempt to make them myself! So, I did a little research and found out that they’re not so difficult to make. Also, one clip costs about $20, but you can make almost 20 clips for the same price. Here’s my tutorial on how to make your very own braided and bead pacifier clips.
DIY Fabric Baby Mobile
Over the last few days, I’ve had some time to do a few nursery projects! One of them was a fabric mobile I saw on Pinterest and etsy. I figured it looked easy enough to make and it turned out super cute. I’m excited to show you guys what it looks like once it’s hung up in the nursery. Here’s my step-by-step directions for making this super easy and adorable fabric ribbon mobile!
Step 1: Search your local craft store, Walmart or home craft bin to find the perfect ribbon and fabric for your mobile. I like choosing a variety of ribbon types so you get some dimension and variation. You’ll want to decide on your nursery colors first. I went with pinks, yellow, turquoise, greens. I wanted her room to be feminine and cheery. Continue reading
Travel Themed Wall Collage
For two years, I’ve been working on this living room travel themed wall collage and I’m so excited it’s finally done! Matt and I decided a while back that our souveniers from trips would be prints from local artists or scenes from the city we were visiting. We also love to take photos of our travels, so we knew we wanted to create something that could incorporate our collected prints and photographs. However, for this collage, I did buy that Florida print from etsy and the framed quote in the middle was a gift. These wall collages are a lot more work than I first thought, but I’m loving the outcome. Also, I learned a few tricks along the way. So if you’re thinking of making a similar wall in your home, I hope this helps!
Kitchen Backsplash Makeover
This home ownership stuff is getting to be more fun than I thought it would be. 😉 When we first bought our home, we did what most first time home owners do. We overwhelmed ourselves with ideas, projects and plans for our home. Then reality set in (and we got a plan together). And by reality, I mean money and time constraints began to yell very loudly at us. Such is life. So, we abandoned our plans to replace our kitchen back-splash. Then I had this idea. Why not paint the existing back-splash? Surely this is a thing. I did what every millennial does when they have a problem…I Googled it. Sure enough, this is a thing people have been doing for years. I read up on painting tile and decided I didn’t have much to lose.
DIY Side Table Makeover
Over the weekend, I discovered the best Goodwill I’ve ever been to and I got so DIY-happy. It was seriously the best weekend. I’ve been working on our living room and one thing I really wanted was to have gold end tables. But, they are just so darn expensive. Here I found a table that’s similar to the look I was going for but costs way more than what I ended up paying for my entire project. We had one metal table that was handed down from a family member and then I found a second one at Goodwill. And here’s what I did…
My Favorite Etsy Shops
I’ve always been a big fan of the hand-made, small business type of gifts and treats. I love handmade scarves, ornaments, paintings, stationary, prints and pottery. This goes all the way back to the days when I’d spend hours crafting with my grandmother or sister. When considering gifts to buy for birthdays or holidays, I always like choosing something with meaning. And for the most part, that’s either something handmade or personal. After lots of time and money spent shopping the etsy market, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite shops. If you’re like me, I’m sure you have wedding gifts, baby gifts and birthday presents to buy now that the holiday season is over. Or maybe you’ve just acquired some money from Christmas and you’re looking for a great way to spend it! 😉 Regardless, I think you’ll find these etsy shops and gift ideas as charming as I did.
Ps. All gifts listed are $50 and under! And a few of these awesome etsy shops are offering coupon codes and discounts this month! Click on the red link to visit the shop. Continue reading
IKEA Dresser Hack
If you’re in your young twenties, you know that trying to put together a home (or apartment) is all about the hand-me-downs, deals, refinished garage sale finds and IKEA hacks. And that’s where we’re at. Honestly, it’s a great place to be. I have a really eclectic style, so this is my kind of thing. I love the challenge of taking things we’ve had, things we’ve been given and making them work for our space. So, most of our home projects have centered around this idea. By the way, I don’t know if anyone else has noticed how great it is to do a home project together as a couple, but it is! I mean, it really teaches you a lot about the other person and both of your strengths or weaknesses. For example, I am really terrible at following directions or instructions that come with a project…so that’s usually Matt’s job. And he’s really good at it.
So, a few weekends ago, my husband and I finally got started on our latest IKEA hack. We chose small, inexpensive dressers that we intended to use as nightstands. We have a small space, so we are always looking for more storage and these gave us exactly that. Last fall, we used a bigger IKEA dresser and turned it into our current dresser. For these nightstands, we wanted something that would match the bigger dresser well and not break the bank. I was really impressed with how much storage these IKEA dressers have provided and I love that they were just plain old unfinished pine wood. No extra steps to prepare the dresser, just assemble and paint or stain. So, here’s how we turned a $35 IKEA dresser into the cutest nightstand that can be used in just about any room. Continue reading