Friday, August 23, 2013

Antique Children's Dresser ReDo... Part Duex

I posted before about my Antique Children's Dresser here. It was my dresser as a child, hand painted with Peter Rabbit stencil by my crafty mom. Then we used it as a stereo cabinet for awhile. When my second child was born my mom was moving it out of her house, so I put it next to her crib. I just love this thing. I love the casters. I love the shape. I love the memories! It has always just been around. But now I don't want it in my kiddos rooms anymore. I'm falling in love with armoires like this one.

When I redid it before I just never could quite fall in love with it. It was slightly the wrong color. It was distressed a lot, but not enough. There's a perfect balance in distressing furniture, and it can go wrong...

I thought about redoing it like this...

Dining room blue cabinet

If you love farmhouse style, check out her house/blog.

Anyway, I thought about doing it this way, but then in the end went with...

Old White chalkpaint, chicken wire, and black spray paint to turn it into more of a front room buffet rather than a children's dresser.

The piggies were a $1 find at Goodwill, and used to be tin. I spray painted them black and still need to get a little white candle for them.

The blue frame used to be green and wood, and cost $1 at Goodwill as well. I painted it black, then blue (leftover from Big Girls Painted Blue Bed) then sanded it a bit. And that is actually Big Girl as a 5 monther.... awww :)

Little Girl is in the black frame, but I still need to get a mat. The black frame was $2.50 at Goodwill, I know, that's a big spend there. And the antique crock was from an estate sale I just visited. $20- score!!!

The artwork above I made all of except my hanging lantern, (target.) I love the Barnwood Sign, Farmhouse Clock, and wooden cross. I think it all mixes well, but I need to paint that white vent to match the wall...

Some antique Better Homes and Gardens magazine, recent Country Life magazines, my antique books (a couple antique etiquette books, a history of England, and a teachers guide to teaching nature study. It's just so me, I guess you'd have to know me to realize how I am mixed into all those books! And I won't bore you with explaining it!) A few folded linens, an iron cat, and a box from JoAnns top it off.

All in all the display was incredibly budget friendly, and my farmhouse front room is so close to getting finished!!

On a sidenote, that top drawer is my husband's drawer. And I love that his iPad, magazines, cords, and other what-not that have nothing to do with farmhouse decorating can get tucked away.  And he loves sitting in his IKEA chair and opening the drawer to find all his stuff, instead of asking me where I 'tidied' them up, otherwise known as hiding them from company!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Stuffed Animal Storage

Stuffed Animal Storage... it can be a challenge. If you put them somewhere that they kids have to 'dig' to find that tiny little mouse toy from IKEA, you know the one, then they all end up scattered on the floor.

If you organize them too much then they don't want to clean them up because it's overwhelming.

One of my most popular posts is my stuffed animal storage post, which was mixed in with Big Girl's Blue Bed.

Big Girl's stuffed animal storage keeper has worked like a charm for us:

I got a wall planter from Hobby Lobby for around $21 when they were 40% off and it organizes all of Big Girl's stuffed animals.

I did a bit of leg work in choosing what kind of stuffed animal storage solution I would choose. So below I'll gather my other favorite stuffed animal organization options. Hopefully the pictures below can help another mom in desperate need of getting rid of the scattering of fluffy animals in their house! just got an empty bean bag holder and stuffed them all inside. Genius! Now it does double duty as a chair.

stuffed animal storage (Amanda Kingloff in Parents June 2011)
 An over the door shoe holder can hold stuffies, even if it is by their necks!

 This nursery over at Little Lovely is worth oohing and aahing over. It is so cute! The washtub as a stuffed animal holder is pretty adorable, too! My kids would still throw them all on the floor looking for the mouse at the bottom, though...

Land of Nod Storagepalooza
The Land of Nod offers this cute Storagepalooza based on old vegetable bins. Way more expensive than my Hobby Lobby fix, but I have seen patterns to make your own online- HERE.

 This old crate is an adorable stuffed animal storage solution... but still doesn't solve that pesky mouse problem.$web_zoom$&wid=913&hei=913/1205301748/down-to-the-wire-hamper.jpg
These baskets from Land of Nod allow by littles to see all the way to the bottom of the stuffed animal pile, score!

I can't actually find the original source of this picture, so if it is you then let me know! An old bookcase, some chalkpaint in Old White, and some wire bins makes for cute stuffed animal storage as well! Of course, her stuffed animals happen to be all the same colors, which makes it look much better than normal!

Hopefully that gives some cute ideas for other little farm girl rooms and their stuffed animal storage problems!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Updated Knife Block with Chalk Paint

I've been wanting a good ol knife block, knife holder thing, for so long! I was at Goodwill and saw a Farberware one so just nabbed it up for a few dollars.

Of course I love my distressed style so I had to distress the edges. I can't wait until my ugly kitchen cabinets match this beautiful knife block :)

Quick and easy, lemon squeezy. Nice little nap time project.

Monday, August 12, 2013

DIY Flower Girl Hair Clips

These flowergirl clips were just so sweet. Easy to make, they added just the right touch to the flowergirl outfits. Here's my blurry iPhone pic of the cuties with my beautiful cousin right before she walked down the aisle!

Here's our practice hair pictures. Even my two year olds' hair, which is so thin and hard to do, was spruced up with these clips.

The flowergirl clips were very easy to make. First I chose the flowers and cut them off the stalks. Then superglued them to a clip, (it's not in the picture, but the ones at craft stores for making hair clips.)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

$17 Thriftstore Buffet ReDO

This was a one afternoon during naptime DIY project, and I am just in love with the results.

Annie Sloan Chalkpaint in Antique White, Dark Stain, chickenwire, and black iron-like spray paint turned this small $17 Thriftstore find into a beautiful, Pottery Barn style piece. I wish I had a kitchen big enough to put this in and stack it full of stacked linen cloth napkins and stoneware plates...

It originally looked something kind of like this...

This was kind of the finish it had, but I forgot, like always, to take a before picture. 

Here is an in-process picture...

I had tried to paint and distress it and use it as a nightstand in Big Girl's room, but I hated the final finish I did on it. So I...

1. sanded the top down to wood and stained it a dark stain, then topped it off with Oak Poly Stain. (thanks here to my amazing neighbor who let me raid her stain stash in her garage at naptime instead of going to Home Depot!!! I'll pay you back :) )

2. painted over my hideous finish with Annie Sloan Chalkpaint in Antique White.

 3. took all the hardware off and spray painted it black (thanks to same neighbor!!)

4. knocked the middle out of the doors with a hammer, spray painted chicken wire black, and staple gunned it to the inside of the doors.

5. And then put it all back together and enjoy!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Teacher Presents

I found those cute little metal tins at Goodwill, of course :) Then I washed them and painted them blue.

One teacher appreciated a nice glass of wine so her basket was wine inspired. I bought some Martha Stewart glass paint and painted 'Preschool Teacher's Sippy Cup' on it. Goodness knows after a year teaching 3-4 year olds she'll need a few glasses on her deck over the summer. I was even able to get that really nice wine glass at Goodwill for 50 cents. I got one for myself, it's a nice big one. Makes me feel fancy when I'm having my wine on the deck in my sweats on a Friday night :)

The other teacher loved her coffee.

Both teachers received a nice bottle of sanitizer. A teacher can never use too much of that! I used  a bit of scrap-booking paper and Krazy Glue to update it a bit.

A few parents combined forces and bought the teachers spa gift certificates. Then I added in a mud masks, and a wine bottle/bag of Starbucks. It made a happy summer/relaxing gift package.

I'm a bit late in posting this, as school ended in May... but, hey, I took the nice pictures and all :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Baby Name Sign

My friend had a baby so, of course, I had to do a sign. I just love making signs! :)

Though I do love my painted wood I just really loved the color of this board. I used my Cricut to make letters out of coordinating scrapbook paper.

Decoupage them to the board and hold the papers down with a paint can :)

Then put one more layer of Poly Stain over the top if you are doing a wood sign like mine. (I actually used part of an old fence piece we had in our garage.)

Obviously you could paint a board any color and use any pattern or theme of scrapbook paper to coordinate this with your baby shower or nursery!