Embroidery Night with Sophie

Last weekend Sophie invited me over and we had a great night crafting! It was seriously so fun.  We put on a movie and set to work embroidering burp clothes and blankets.  Sophie was a great teacher and had me going in no time.


In the end I embroidered five burp clothes and six blankets. I am seriously so excited!! I wanted to embroider EVERYTHING, but I had to have some self control.  Since we want another baby sometime in the future I thought it might be best if not everything literally had Enolia’s name on it.

Next craft night I think I’ll embroider her special towel and robe.  It’s going to be so fun!!

Nursery Accent DIY

We are having a total blast decorating the nursery! While I still have an abundance of energy I am trying to finish some Pinterest craft ideas up. This project was for a wall decoration in the baby’s room! It was an hour project that cost less than $20 to make.

I started by going to Joann’s and picking out a giant cardboard letter. Originally I was going to buy the wooden letters, however I realized that this would be much easier to hang and lighter- in case sometime in the future it got knocked down. (Listen, this kid is half Michael’s. I’m expecting more rough housing and injuries per this one child than all three of my siblings and I combined.)

 

When I got home I took out that handy can of gold spray paint that we used for our DIY gold frames and for the dresser handles. Michael gave it one good coat and we left it to dry.

 

Once it was dry I gathered up the remaining flowers from my DIY mirror project. I cut off a few buds and leaves, plugged in the hot glue gun, and here we are!

This was an incredibly easy project and I think it turned out wonderfully. I’m 100% happy with it. Michael has it hanging up now and I am in love.

DIY Flower Mirror 

I really wanted to create a gorgeous mirror piece to hang over the baby’s dresser. I had a hard time finding a good sized mirror though. Eventually I found one at this store that just opened up near the house called Tuesday Morning. It’s a cute shop and I got the mirror for $40!

The mirror size was great, but it was an off white with fake antiquing along the edges.  I wasn’t a huge fan, so I pulled out some of the leftover chalk paint from my dresser restoration project! I gave it two coats of paint and it was a perfect match for the dresser.


After that dried I took apart two flower bunches I bought at Joann’s. (I was in luck, when we went the flowers were on a 40% off sale. So the large roses were $5.99 and the smaller spray roses were about $2.40)! I pulled the buds off the stems and then trimmed down the attachment studs. Next I took my handy glue gun and attached a few on the top right corner.  Then a smaller bundle in the lower left corner.

Originally I was going to spray paint the flowers gold to keep with the theme, but I’m glad I left them the way they were! And I’m glad that the larger buds have the slightest touch of pink. I think it’s so feminine and fits the room.


Next I took some heavy duty picture wire and strung it between the two triangle hardware pieces on the back.  This made it much easier to hang! The wire was $3.99 at Joann’s.

It was a super easy craft and now I have this darling mirror! I am so beyond happy with it. Also, my love for chalkpaint has grown even stronger. The nursery is coming together and we’re getting more and more excited everyday!! Keep an eye out next month or so to see a picture of the final product hung up! Soph is going to do a cute little lifestyle shoot of the nursery when it’s finished!!

Dresser Restoration Project 

The second trimester is awesome. I finally feel like a person again! It’s great to have energy and to finally not be nauseous all the time. Since I finally feel human, we have started on the nursery. I want to have a lot of it done before I balloon so big I can’t help! So we recently set about restoring an old dresser. My great aunt gave it to me when I was really young. We were living in Thornton, Co so I’m thinking I was about 8. I have kept it all this time – thanks dad for letting me store it at your house. It desperately needed some love, but I could see so much potential.  

I started by running to Lowes to buy supplies. Here’s what we ended up buying. * I bought the cheapest paint brushes at Lowes in an effort to make this as economical a project as possible. 

  • Chalk paint $29.99
  • Paint brush (large) $3.98
  • Paint brush (trim brush) $.94 
  • Plastic dropcloth $2.98
  • Sandpaper $5.97


Next we picked up the dresser and brought it home. It was still cold out so we covered the nursery in plastic so we could work inside. Since we were just using chalk paint I wasn’t too nervous.

   
STEP ONE: First we wiped every inch of the dresser down with a wet rag. I was surprised at how filthy it was, inside and out. We pulled out every dresser drawer as we washed them and removed all of the old hardware. Next we lightly sanded over the dresser, really just emphasizing on any raised nicks. Also, I had to sand off a lot of nail polish from my childhood. (According to all of the different blogs I read, sanding before chalk painting is not required, but I wanted to be careful). 

 
STEP TWO: Next I started painting! The chalk paint went on so well. I was honestly surprised. In no time I had the base and the drawers painted! I let them dry for a few hours and then did another coat. We were beyond thrilled with how it turned out!! 

 
STEP THREE: While I painted Michael started on the hardware. Originally we were going to replace all of the handles. However, nothing I found was perfect. Michael suggested trying to keep the original handles, but painting them gold. They are gorgeous so I agreed. He pulled out the bottle of gold spray paint we used on our IKEA frames for the living room (Design Master Color Tool in Antique Gold). First he soaked the handles and scrubbed them off with a toothbrush. After they dried he took them outside and spray painted them. He gave them a solid coat and then brought them in to me to see what I thought. I LOVE THEM. They belong in a fairy tale. I was beyond pleased. Once the dresser and the handles were undeniably dry we reassembled. 



STEP FOUR: The last piece of the project was inserting drawer liners. (Well, technically this step was done between paint coats, but you get the point). This dresser is old and I was worried that the wood might have little splinters that could get caught in baby’s clothes. So while we were at Lowes we picked up drawer liner. It was great because it had like a ruler printed on the back of the paper so you could cut to size. This was definitely a two person job though. Honestly, it was the hardest part! I wanted it to sit just perfect so poor Michael patiently sat and helped aligned paper over and over again until it was perfect! It was completely worth it though. The drawers are adorable.  

I LOVE the finished project and I’m so happy I listened to Michael about the handles. The touch of gold is great. Overall our cost was $43.86. (We did already have the gold spray paint to that could add an extra $8 to your project). That’s an amazing price for a darling, great quality dresser! Another thing I love- I have plenty of leftover paint. So as this little one grows up and inevitably draws on this dresser I can fix it up in a matter of minutes. Hopefully it will last her a long time! 

Conundrum & Co

A few weeks ago the owner of one of the local shops in my town reached out to me! She had read a few of my blog posts about my DIY crafts and she wanted to offer me a job teaching the occasional crafting class!!

She owns a business called Conundrum & Co. She holds Pinterest inspired crafting classes and workshops.  You also can have signs custom made for pickup.  I obviously was thrilled.

This month I have been training and learning how to run the classes.  The plan is to be teaching by October.  If you want to know more about Conundrum & Co check out their Facebook page! It is super cute and so much fun.

You can join us for public classes or you can plan private events. It’s the perfect girls night, birthday party, or group date!

Finally, check out this adorable sign I stained and painted last week for my kitchen! And let me know if you have any questions about how you can make one!!

// Overalls: American Eagle (See similar pair here)

DIY Gold Frames 

I really wanted some gold frames to match the accenting on our ADORABLE target lamp. It was surprisingly hard to find a matching shade of gold though! I didn’t want anything too shiny.  So we decided to try spray painting some IKEA frames we had bought a few years ago.

I put it off for a few weeks because I was extremely nervous about it. I have never spray painted anything before! But eventually we went down to Joanne’s and bought Design Master Color Tool spray paint in Antique Gold. We also picked up some sandpaper.


Michael was the true MVP of this product. He did most of the manual labor. First we opened the frames and took the matting and glass out. Then Michael sanded the frames down. I was worried because I thought they were plastic. It turns out they were wood with just a weird plastic paint on top! Perfect for spray painting after we finished sanding.

We then spread out newspaper and Michael sprayed the frames. (I tried and it ended up a little globby… ) They sat out to dry for literally twenty minutes. Then we put the glass back in, “windex”-ed it and then hung! It took like an hour, and they are perfect! I am so pleased with how they turned out. It was a great way to incorporate more gold into the living room without doing anything drastic.


Special shout out to my super talented husband who pretty much did all the work on this. I  love you!! Also, photos framed are by SwakPhotography.

DIY Wooden Memo Board 

One of my biggest pet peeves is mail and other assorted papers laying around the house.  I hate how cluttered it looks!!! So I decided to make a little memo board that I could put the important mail on.

I started with a beautiful slab of wood from Lowes. I honestly didn’t even have it cut.  It seemed like a good size! The first thing I did when I got home was to completely sand it down. Then I wiped it with a wet rag and let it dry out in the sun.


Next I got out the stain I used to make my coffee station.  It’s a “dark walnut 2716.” I also grabbed some jute rope (a little thicker than twine), a staple gun, and a roll of tape.

Once the stain had plenty of time to dry I stood it upright. I started the jute rope by taping it on the backside of the board in the upper left corner. From there I just wrapped it around a few times, arranging it to lay as I wanted. I used tape as I wrapped down so that I knew it was wrapped tightly and in place.


Finally, I got a little staple happy. As I followed the string down I made sure it was still pulled tightly. I need it to be pulled enough that it will hold up a letter! The very last step was to attach size large picture hangers to the back. I put one in the top left and one in the top right corner. The final product is exactly what I wanted!! Check it out –