Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

When I started to envision Baby Boy’s nursery months and months ago I really didn’t have much direction. Everyone kept asking me what theme I was going to go with and I met their questions with a blank stare. I wandered the baby store aisles feeling like I would never find what I was really looking for – something unique, something … not covered in some sort of Disney character. The bedding sets I found on Pinterest were perfect but also $500?! So that was out. I started to realize that I didn’t really want or need a theme or insanely expensive bedding and furniture. I just wanted something simple .. a color scheme, patterns, texture.
Project Nursery: Couch Project

We had an old couch in our office turned nursery and I knew that I wanted to keep it in there to lounge on as a nice quiet place to hang out and nurse the baby. My Mother-in-law covered it in super fun retro fabric and when she wanted to get rid of it a couple of years ago I had to have it. I loved it in our office but lime green retro fabric didn’t go with our nursery color scheme of golds, grays, yellows, mint/turquoise, and navy. Thankfully my Mother-in-law agreed to recover it again and so she, my Mom and I set out to find the perfect material.
Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

We even put my niece, Bella, to work! Ha. Just kidding. She was crafting scraps into pretty things!!

We found this super soft velvety retro gold fabric on clearance at a fabric store and got ALL of the material we needed for around $50. The fabric was pretty thick and ended up being sort of hard to work with but it all came together in the end. I say that pretty flippantly because I wasn’t the one doing all the work. ;] It took quite a bit of effort/time and I’m very pleased to own the last piece of furniture my Mother-in-law ever plans to recover. Haha!
Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

I decided to take the easy decorating task of adding some personalized pillows to liven up the “new couch” even more and make it a true focal point in the room. I love how it all came together! I ordered the pillows from Tiny Prints and they turned out just perfect! So typical of me to push the hard labor off on someone else while I just clicked “add to cart” and waited for pretty things to show up on my doorstep! And you guessed it – Baby Boy’s name starts with an “L”! I am just so in love with little finishing touches like this – they make it feel like this is *HIS* room.
Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

I feel like our nursery is “in style” without being a copycat of someone else’s Pinterest photo and that is exactly what I wanted. I love the pops of color against the neutrals that we’ve picked and every perfect detail! This is obviously just one corner of the room and I’m so excited to share the whole nursery with you all! Stay tuned!!

Around The House: DIY Kitchen/Dining Room Art

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for very long then you know that ‘frugal’ is my middle name. If I had a second middle name it would be ‘indecisive’. I have a really tough time purchasing things for my home because I’m never sure of exactly what I want to do with *insert product that I will carry around the store for 20 minutes and then put down, feeling deflated* or if I absolutely love it, it doesn’t seem worth the price (even though it probably is). Our house remained fairly void of character for a long time because I talked myself out of everything I thought about buying. Everything.

A few weeks ago I noticed an old frame of photos hanging in our entry way. I put the collage of photos together back when we still lived with my husband’s parents. Basically, I was displaying a collage of our awkward teenage love phase in the entry of our married adult home and I thought – this frame could serve a much better purpose and these photos need to go in an album somewhere! Because I am the kind of person who wants what she wants and I want it right now, there was no time to order a cute print to go in the frame. Besides, I could never decide on one and they would all be too expensive anyway! So I made one. I’ve seen this phrase everywhere and whether I speak it out loud or not – it is a pretty accurate description of how I feel every morning upon waking.. and then every 3-4 hours after I am awake. I thought it would be perfect to hang in the kitchen! Now .. I’m using the term “DIY” loosely here because all I really did was draw on some paper and frame it, y’all. But it was fun and maybe it will inspire you to draw on some paper and frame it too. ;]

You Need:
♥ A frame =)
♥ Scrapbook paper – I have a giant book of different prints/patterns that cost me a few bucks at Michaels.
♥ Washi tape
♥ A pencil and Sharpie
♥ Glue stick

Start by picking out the paper you want to use. My frame was larger than the sheets of scrapbook paper I used so I chose two pieces that I could fit together seamlessly. I put the polka dot paper on top and framed it/attached it to the paper behind it with two different types of washi tape – a solid teal and a clear with teal and gold triangle print. I then picked out a calligraphy font online that I liked, I used this one. I drew two straight lines spaced out onto the paper with pencil to keep my letters straight. I looked at the letters carefully and drew them free hand on the polka dotted paper with a pencil. I erased and redid some of the lettering until I felt like it looked how I wanted it. After I was satisfied, I went over the pencil with a Sharpie and filled in the letters. Note: This is the cheaters way of getting the look of calligraphy, but it works! After the lettering was all finished I searched for a simple coffee cup clip art, picked out another piece of scrapbook paper, and drew the outline of the cup on it with a pencil. I cut out my cup, traced the edges with Sharpie, and placed it beneath the lettering. I drew the steam freehand with pencil to fill the space that I unintentionally left blank and outlined it in Sharpie. Popped the whole thing back in the frame and TADA!! Kitchen/Dining art! Of course, you could use whatever phrase you want and it could be art for any room. Make sure you erase all of your pencil marks – I was eager to be done and hung mine up before realizing I forgot to erase!

**If you aren’t great at eyeballing your letters or the coffee cup – just print them out to trace or cut them out/glue them directly on!

DIY Present Wrapping

I got a little creative one evening when I realized that my Mom’s Christmas presents needed to be mailed out the next day, and that we were all out of wrapping paper and tape. I think they turned out pretty cute, don’t you? I love the look of the plain brown bag wrapping with twine that’s super popular as of late, so when I realized that I had a huge sheet of brown paper that I had saved from when we brought home our giant US map – I knew exactly what to do. Not having any tape was a little difficult, but my box of stray ribbons that I’ve had for years worked out perfectly! I got out my stamp set and stamped all of the lettering that you see- and then traced them with a purple fine tip sharpie. I really wanted to use my little flower shape punch (which I’m sure has a more sophisticated name than that- but for some reason this is all I can think to call it). I cut the ends in to strips and punched them. Tada. Oh and I even made a little card to match!

In case you’re wondering, the wrapped presents were pajamas. ;] I think my favorite part about wrapping them like this was that no one would ever guess that is what was inside! Second favorite thing? Free wrapping paper and good reasoning behind my hoarding tendencies. I just knew those 4 year old ribbons would come in handy some day!