Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ombre Dresser #2!!

Okay, in my last post I showed you the second dresser for the baby's room?  Here it is again if you've forgotten.....
This dresser came from my grandma's house.  She recently moved and is sharing time between my parents' house and my aunt's house.  The dresser is mostly made from cedar and she's had it, well, longer than I've been alive.  We couldn't let that go to waste!!  
The top was especially icky, but with lots of sanding it cleaned up very nicely.  Unfortunately I did not take a picture of that step.  The hardware was also pretty bad, so the hubs and I soaked it in a vinegar/baking soda mixture.  Then we scrubbed them down with a wire brush.  They are actually a VERY nice bronze color underneath all that grime!!  

For color choices I decided to go with greens.  I used 4 colors:  Valspar Apple Slice for the dresser itself, Spring Lawn for the top drawer, Afternoon Delight for the middle drawer, and Awakening for the bottom drawer.  Again I was worried that the colors would be too much for the room, but I think it turned out great!
 We decided to keep the hardware the way it was instead of spray painting it silver.  It gives it more of an earthy tone, I think.  
 It reminds me of grass in the springtime, and it looks great with the bedding my Mom bought us!
There they are!!  Both dressers, all finished BEFORE the baby gets here.  Hopefully I never try to refinish furniture while being HUGELY pregnant again, but hey, who knows, right?  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Ombre Dresser!!!

Well over a year ago I brought home this dresser from my parents' house.  It had been sitting in their storage area for many, many moons and they were going to get rid of it.  No way!  I brought it home and it proceeded to sit in my work room.  And sit in my work room.  And sit in my work room.  
Me getting pregnant is THE best thing that could have ever happened to this dresser.  I decided it would go in the baby's room, but first it needed work!!!  I found an awesome dresser on Pinterest that inspired me to go with an ombre paint job.  Problem?  I'd never redone a piece of furniture before, so I googled some tutorials.  The one that worked best for me is from Centsational Girl.  She gives TONS of great tips and shows you exactly what products she uses.  

To get started I sanded and then primed everything with Zinsser Cover Stain oil-based primer.  Holy moly that stuff is awesome.  I actually said to the hubs while I was painting "Let's paint ALL of the furniture!"
After more sanding, priming, and sanding again, I got to work on the colors.  This part was so much fun for me. 
I also spray-painted the original hardware and added a vintage glass knob to the top drawer.  Here's the end result.
And here's a sneak peek of what it looks like in the baby's room....(ignore the terrible lighting)
It was so much fun to do, and it turned out so well, that I decided to do the same type of thing with a dresser from my grandmother's house.  
 It's old and needs a lot of work!!!  Good thing I have my trusty sander!
Check back soon for a post about this dresser!!  It's almost finished, but not quite yet.  What do you think about the yellow dresser?  Cool?  Lame?  I love it, so I guess that's really all that matters right now!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Great Tree Dilemma

When we (read I) started planning the nursery, I knew I wanted to do trees on one wall.  Why wouldn't I?  There are gorgeous nurseries all over the internet with trees on the walls, and I am not immune to that kind of pull.  

First idea was that my artistic friends were going to come over and freehand paint the trees.  Loved that idea, but as I got further along in my pregnancy I started to worry that they wouldn't get done "in time" (like the baby is going to notice).  

So I started thinking we'd go with decals instead.  I picked out a few that the hubs and I liked, but they all seemed small.  I wanted the trees to cover the wall.  Then I found a great tutorial from Just a Girl on how to paint trees from a picture using a projector.  DUH!!!  We did that when we painted winterguard props!  

I managed to find a projector on Craigslist for $20!  Then my aforementioned awesome girlfriends came down to help me paint the trees.  It was a lot of fun and there was even some freehand work done that turned out great.  

It's tough to get a decent picture of them due to window placement in the room.
This one is the Mama tree.

The Daddy tree.

The Baby tree.

The tree family.  

We really like the way it looks as if the big trees are reaching out to the baby tree.  Soon there will be birds on the trees, and we have a project planned for the vent cover/box as well.  It's going to be cute!

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Room For Baby

Woah, it's been a loooong time since I've posted anything!!  This summer has been crazy busy so far.  In addition to being pregnant, we've had something going on nearly every weekend that has taken us out of town.  That's been making it kind of tough to get the baby's room situated, but I'm starting to finish up a lot of the projects that I've been working on.  This post I'll just talk about painting her room.  

My husband HATES painting.  He hates it with a fiery passion that I normally reserve for lame pop stars like Britney Spears and the like.  That said, he did manage to help me prime the room.
 See the pretty paint samples on the wall?  Oooh!  I bought seven samples and knew with the first one that I'd found my color.
 I made the executive decision NOT to paint the closet because it was just too much for me.
This wall will be a lighter color and you will see why soon!!

Then I got started with the REAL painting.  I did the first coat with a little help from the hubs and then our awesome friend Jillian came down to help with the rest.  The pictures don't really do it justice.
 We did a really good job NOT getting paint everywhere!!
 You can almost tell the actual colors here!

A shot with the paint against the wooden beams.  When the sun shines into the windows it almost looks like everything's underwater.  It's very pretty!!!

We are, in fact, having a girl, but I am not a super girly person.  In other words, I don't go in for pink and princess stuff.  This room is really more for me, at least until she gets a little older, so I decided to do what I like.  The room is going to have a Woodland Whimsy kind of feel to it.  Wait until you see what we did next!  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

My Friend Felt

Yesterday I had a really cool opportunity.  The school I attended from K-12 had a craft fair and I got to set up!! It was kind of a slow day, but I did MUCH better at this craft fair than I did at the one I set up at last summer.  That made me happy.  So I took all the stuff I had stockpiled, including all those super cute felt headbands, AND I made some pins and keychains to go along with them.  I'm bummed because I never took a picture of the keychains, so I can't show you those right now.  I do have one of them left, but I'll wait to show you pictures until I have a few more to go with it.  Here are the pins I made.
I started with the mushroom.
Then I did the heart.
Then the star.
And finally, the flower.
Of the four, only the heart sold this weekend, but that's okay.  They're all going to go into my Etsy shop hopefully this week, if it ever stops raining!  It's tough to take pictures without the sun!  I'm also hoping my Mom will send me the pictures she took of my booth so that I can do an entry with them.  I was very worried that my booth wouldn't look cute because I couldn't bring a lot of the props I wanted to use.  It's tough to cart all of your stuff, two dogs (one being an Irish Wolfhound), clothes for the weekend, AND still have room for props.  Despite all of that, I think my booth looked really cute and I got a lot of compliments on my stuff.  My ego is definitely feeling it today.  Now I can't wait until the next time I can set up somewhere!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I've Been At It Again!

I went kind of crazy making headbands this week.  Playing with all the colors is just too much fun, and I keep getting more ideas for different creatures and things to put on them.  
Here they are, all lined up and read to go!

I LOVE this one.  I've had the flower in the center for ages and could never decide what to use it on.  Found it!!
It's just so darn pretty.  Then I made another star headband, as promised.
I think I might like it even better than the last star I did.
The gold star button is sparkly.  I really appreciate that!
Another heart!  This one in purples and pinks.
With yet another sparkly button!!  The white button is one of my vintage buttons, so I'm excited about that.  Then I did two different bird headbands because I was loving the green/blue color combination.
This time I really played around with the colors of buttons and thread.
Yet another vintage button!  Can you tell which one it is?  I need to thank my Mom now because she let me raid her button stash to find some super bright buttons.  Then we went shopping so I could get even more buttons.  
I love this guy a lot.  Can you spot the vintage button here?  This one is also sporting some of the aforementioned "new" buttons.
His coloring just makes me happy.  That brings me to my favorite of this hedgehog.
Isn't she awesome??  Oh my gosh, I just love her to pieces.  Seriously, I am in love.
She was a LOT more work than any of the others, but she was definitely worth it.  Now I just hope that they sell at the craft fair!!
What do you think??  Do you love them?  Like them?  Hate them?  Indifferent to them?  

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Oh Headbands, How I've Missed You

Sunday afternoon I was supposed to do a craft fair, but it got cancelled.  Bummer right?  Well, I took the extra time to make some really cute headbands.  The headbands themselves are re-purposed t-shirt sleeves.  Then I cut out, and embellished, some felt shapes.  
This is the first one I did.  Originally I wasn't going to put stuffing inside the heart, but once I got into the project I changed my mind.  
Man am I glad that I have a pretty decent button stash!!!    These are all newer buttons, but I love mixing the vintage with the new.
This is the second one I cranked out.  (I say cranked out as if it only took me a few minutes.  HA)  I decided to try some veins on the leaves and I'm very glad I did.  They are so cute!
My favorite thing about this, besides the leaves and that turquoise is in my favorite color group, is that I finally got to use my turquoise and orange buttons!!
This one I think I would like better if I'd had a more yellow piece of felt for the wing.  Don't get me wrong, I still really love it, but the wing is just a tad bit more orange than I would have liked.
You can see it a little better in this picture.  Note to self: invest in more colors of felt.
This is the last one I finished this weekend/Monday morning.  I'm not typically a big red, white, and blue kind of person, but I really love how this one turned out.  
I'm going to do another one with a red star and blue headband.  Who knows, maybe I'll make a bunch of them in different red, white, and blue combinations.  I'm working on another flower headband, so the answer to that query is: most likely I will.  

What do you think?  Cute??