Sunday, October 30, 2011


Over the past couple weeks, I took somewhat of a break from doing anything that wasn't in my opinion directly vital to my survival, so I have worked, slept, showered, and ate.  That's not to say that I haven't had a million projects running through my head.  So this afternoon, I decided to tackle one head on.  I started the first step of the nursery dresser/changing table revamp and sanded everything down.  

I used 180 grit paper with my palm sander.  I'm not really going for a complete strip, as I will be painting this piece.  I also had to be conscience of the veneer and to not go through it.  So, my goal was to get the shine off and get a smooth surface for the primer and paint to stick.  After I sanded down, I filled in the chips in the veneer and will let them sit until probably next weekend and then will sand those down.  I was also able to pop off the key holes with a very small screwdriver.  I have yet to decide whether I am going to just clean them or give them a new color.  I chose to leave the legs alone for now...mostly because I didn't feel like standing on my head to sand them.

Now, onto my color choice.  Since we are having a girl, and I am 100% going for a girly nursery, I am leaning heavily towards pink.  I'm thinking a very light champagne pink.  Andy has placed a bet that I will paint it pink and then not like it and change it to white.  We shall see.  I have at least a week to make up my mind officially.  I am also debating on first, I was sure I'd go with glass knobs. Very chic and antique.  But now some other ideas have surfaced.  Bottom line, I don't want this to be typical...I want it to be unique without going overboard.

I also realized I should give you a "before" shot of the nursery.  So, here's how it sits today:

We are going to keep the yellow paint, but I'd really like to do a horizontal stripe in a gloss or something like that to add some texture.  It's a pretty small room at 10x10 but the closet is good size, especially for the era this house was built in (late 50's/early 60's).  

So, have any of you out there just been taking it easy lately and now ready to jump head first into a list of projects?  Do share!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The One

I've been on the hunt for a dresser for the nursery.  Our plan (ok, my plan) has been to pick one up cheap second hand, preferably 70's or older, and refinish/paint it.  I wanted one that was low so it could be used as a changing table too.  Yesterday, I found one that I loved.  And then I went to ask the seller about it and it was gone.  I was sad.  It was $30 and just what I had imagined.

Today when I walked out of work, I took a quick peek at Craigslist and found "the one."  Antique, all wood low dresser...for $30!  I called immediately and arranged a time to see it tonight.  A couple hours later, this true beauty is sitting in my garage...

I love it so much!  I am thinking glass knobs, but I am really debating with myself about whether I follow the hot trend and paint it, or if I stain a deep espresso to give it the "old yet modern" look.  What do you think?  I really am open to ideas here...

And just because I am sure you would love to see more, here is the awesome rocker my Mom found in a thrift store for $45!

Haven't decided if the fabric will stay or go, but I have to figure out a way to refinish the wood on it.  The cushions seem to be pretty well in place on it, so if I go that route, it may have to be professionally done.  Any advice out there on something like this?  Does it seem complex but is actually really easy?