Monday, February 25, 2013

Cousins and a Nursery Update

Well I think I can officially broadcast that Hannah will have a new cousin arriving late July!    My brother, Joe, and his wife, Lindsey, are expecting!  Hannah and Baby Griffey will be about two months apart.  We will be finding out the gender in a few weeks for their baby, and I can't wait.

Weston and I came to Franklin for the weekend to celebrate my Mom's birthday.  This was the first visit we've had together with two visible baby bumps.  Lindsey is at 17 weeks, and I'm at 26 weeks.

It was so much fun swapping stories and ideas for the babies and nursery rooms.  While I was in town, I had my mom help me sew the curtains for the nursery.  I don't have them hung yet.  I'm still deciding on the curtain rod, but Hannah's room has made some progress.

We have a crib!  We chose a white Jenny Lind crib, and Weston's parent's were so generous to give this to us as a baby gift. 

We ordered two of these vintage looking floral crib sheets from the Shabby Chenille collection at Carousel Designs.  We also ordered enough fabric to sew curtains and a blanket.  We still need to get the fabric for the crib skirt too.


And I found this little shabby chic table at World Market.  We plan on using it as a little table next to my glider.

Well that is it for nursery updates.  We have several things ordered that haven't come in just yet.  I'll be sure to share once they do!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Nursery Changing Table Redo

Hi!  I was finally able to snap some pictures of the dresser we redid for Hannah's changing table/dresser.  We snagged this piece off of craigslist for $90.  I scoured the listings on craigslist and local antique stores for a couple weeks, and I was having a hard time finding a french provincial dresser high enough for a changing table.  But lo and behold, I found the perfect dresser on CL.  The only problem was the dresser was in Georgia about 1.5 hours away, but I talked Weston into making the trip to pick it up.  For one, we were saving so much money finding a piece that I could refinish rather than buying one that someone else refinished or buying a brand new dresser.  The time and gas to get there seemed worth it as long as it was what I hoped it would be in person.  Talk about pressure!  Luckily it was what I had hoped, and the 3 hour roundtrip drive with Weston turned out pretty nice.  And I think she turned out beautiful, and I am loving all the storage!  And this is the paint color for the nursery.  It's Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter.

Here it is before with the before green paint in the nursery.  It's a little blurry from the iphone, but you can see why I loved the dimensions and lines to it.

So I set out on a 3 day project of sanding, priming, 2 coats of painting, and 3 coats of Minwax polycrylic gloss finish.  Here are the drawers drying in our living room.  I also wiped the insides of the drawers with a vinegar soaked washcloth.  It was definitely stinky at first, but 8 hours later the vinegar smell dissipated and took the musty smell with it!

I got creative with the hardware painting and used old styrofoam with disposable kabob sticks to help.  I should mention we used Behr's Sweet Nothing as the paint color for the dresser.  It is such a pretty soft pink that almost looked white when it was in our living room.

I also changed out the knobs for the center drawers with these glass knobs that I got at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off.

I also added these wood appliques to the bottom of the dresser.  You can find these at any craft store, and I attached them with paintable caulking and a clamp until they dried.

And to finish off the dresser, I lined the drawers with wrapping paper I found at Michaels.  It's their shabby chic collection which just so happens to be the style I am going for in her nursery.  How cute are these booties in the drawer?  It only took 1.5 rolls to do the 9 drawers, and I used double sided tape rather than mod podge so it wasn't so permanent.  I'll let you know how it holds up, but from what I can tell, it's going to work great!

And one last sneak peak for baby girl's nursery are these adorable prints.  The scripture print I found off of etsy, and the other is from Sarah+Abraham that I purchased 50% off.  Both frames I already had, but I found matting so the 8x10 prints would fit in the frame.  I probably spent $30 total for both framed pieces.

That's all for now.  Can't wait to share more with you as we get her nursery together!