Project Dream Home: Nursery (Update!)

About 11 months ago, I wrote a blog describing my “dream nursery”. I described it as very neutral, timeless, white with a touch of Disney. We never wanted an all Disney decked out nursery because it’s just too much, but puh-lleeassse you know we can’t have a baby room without a bit of Disney magic. Finishing our nursery was quite a task, in fact, we still haven’t really finished it. Between Husband ripping out the closet and me having Luna three weeks early, the room was not even close to being done when Luna arrived. A lot has been done since then, and even though it’s not fully ready, I think we’ve done enough to share some of our work.

I should warn you; I am in no way a decorator. In fact, I kind of suck at decorating, but thankfully Pinterest exist and I am at least able to mimic some of the awesome ideas I’ve pinned. (Although, really, it never turns out quite like the pin.) The nursery is now my favorite room in the house. It’s bright, cheerful, clean (for now) and I spend a lot of time in there. I will share my favorite parts of the room with you!

Luna’s room has a loft (how cool, right?). When we bought the house there was an enormous heavy metal ladder leading up to the loft that stuck all the way out to middle of the room. It was ugly, bulky, dangerous and took up about a third of the space. Before Luna arrived, we removed the ladder and the railing with good plans and intentions to create newer nicer versions. As you can see, that task has been put on the back burner. However, I’m kind of okay with Luna not having a way up to her loft just yet. Her sleep sheep is a nice soft noise maker that we use religiously. It was a gift that came from Pottery Barn Kids. The Summer Infant baby monitor is the bomb! You can read about our fun games with it here.

loft

 

My good friend Sara made this magnet board for Luna and I love displaying all of Luna’s baby friends on it! Homemade gifts are the best!

magnet board

My Dad-in-law and I made this when I realized I had an obsession with baby headbands and nowhere to place them. I got the various knobs from my Grandma-in-law who seems to have just about everything I could ever possibly need. It took about ten minutes to make. SO simple.

headband

I LOVE everything on these shelves! The large letter “L” was used as a guest book at my Texas baby shower. I still let people who come visit write special notes to Luna on it. I love reading what people wrote for her. I have a gazillion children’s books collected from teaching elementary school. While organizing them recently I came across a vintage Cinderella book that I once picked up in a yard sale. It was falling apart, and I decided to use the cover as a framed picture in Luna’s room. I kept the rest and am just waiting for something creative to do with them. I snagged the vintage wooden blocks from the enormous Nashville annual flea market. The poem to the left was written by my Grandmother for her daughter (my Mom). My Mom actually found the poem after my Grandma passed away, and she knew it would be perfect hanging in Luna’s room. It’s a piece we will always have up.

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We bought this Cinderella mobile on a whim at Babys R Us and it’s turned out to be one of Luna’s favorite things.

mobile

Here’s a different angle showing off Luna’s bay window. I keep some succulents in the window, which I have managed to keep alive for almost a year now! MIRACLE! The map is a vintage (not real vintage, but a new print of the vintage version) map of Disneyland when it first opened. The glider was also purchase from Babys R Us and I love it. It is absolutely the best piece of furniture we have ever purchased. I fit in it perfectly, it’s super comfortable, it glides, it rocks, it swivels and I have slept in it while rocking and nursing Luna in the wee hours of the night a hundred times. It’s a lifesaver. Then, there’s my Nook. My Nook keeps my company almost every night as Luna keeps me up.

glider

Another angle! In my “dream nursery” post I said we definitely wanted some vintage Disney posters. I found some online, but we ended up ordering the ones we wanted while visiting Disneyworld last fall. You can order them WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney and have them shipped to your house.  The rocking giraffe was bought by Peter’s Grandpa when Peter was born. It’s still in perfect condition and I cannot wait for Luna to be big enough to play on it.

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And, no nursery is complete without a bookshelf full of beautiful children’s books!

bookshelf

OH, and an adorable naked baby.

baby

What do you think? Am I missing anything? What does this nursery need to be complete (besides the ladder and railing for the loft!).

Cheers!

 

DIY Painted Fabric Chair

I have another exciting Pinterest project to share! Yup, I’m getting craftier by the minute. Pinterest has got to be the greatest creation ever.

After moving back to Tennessee our Grandmother gave us a few vintage furniture pieces, one of them being a wingback chair and ottoman. It’s nice, but not exactly the color scheme I’m going for in any of our rooms.

before

I really wanted to keep this chair in our bedroom, but I needed to change the color. For weeks I tried to find a chair cover to fit. I even ordered one from Ikea (and have yet to return it…woops). Nothing was close to fitting our “new” chair correctly. My next idea was to find a Pinterest tutorial to make my own char cover. I found a few, but they all looked challenging, time-consuming and the outcome wasn’t that great.

I was complaining about my chair situation to our cousin, Stephanie, one day and within a couple hours she sent me this link. She actually found a “Pin” that linked to directions for painting a fabric chair! I wasn’t sure how painting fabric would work… won’t it be stiff and uncomfortable? But, after reading the woman’s blog and tutorials. I decided to give it a shot.

I won’t bother giving you detailed directions because you will be better off following the directions on the original post. (Seriously follow her directions.) Here’s the gist of what I did.supplies

  1. Clean the chair (vacuum and stuff)
  2. Spray with water (this step caused the process to go a lot slower because I had  to wait for it to dry before adding any more coats)
  3. Mix a lot of latex paint and fabric medium (1:1), then add water
  4. Paint first coat

1st coat

  5.Go grocery shopping while first coat is drying and forget what you were doing. Spend the rest of the day catching up on Harry Potter and painting nails.

6. (next day) paint 2nd coat

2nd coat

7. Eat lunch while it dries, decide its too hot to finish project, go shopping with Mom-in-law instead

8. (next next day) Mix A LOT of acrylic paint and fabric medium (1:1), add a bit of water

10. Finish it with a final coat!

finished

Voila!

It took me a few days because I get distracted easily, but I’m really happy with the outcome. It’s not as soft as it once was, but it matches our room a heck of a lot better!

beforeafter

More “Crafting with Hilarie” coming soon!

Cheers!

DIY Painted Nightstand

DIY painted dresser

When we decided to buy a house in Tennessee, many of Husbands relatives began calling us begging to take some old/vintage furniture off their hands. Husband comes from a family of hoarders collectors. If we ever need anything, and I mean anything, someone in the family has it. Whip-o-matic? Conductor’s hat? Carousel horse?  Giant stuffed penguin? Soda dispenser? Claw foot tub on wheels? A revolutionary war sword? An Academy made of chocolate?They got it!

So, a big empty house for us meant a place to share some of their extra furniture for them. We are incredibly lucky to be given some of these vintage pieces, but much of what was given to us needed lots of TLC. Some pieces needed to be cleaned, refinished and repaired, while others just needed to be completely redone.

His Grandmother gave us an old small dresser that was the exact size I wanted for my nightstand. The only problem was the color, lime green. I’ve never refurbished anything before, but everyone on Pinterest makes it look so easy so I decided now’s the time to give it a shot.

sanding

This little dresser turned out to be an easy first DIY project. Here’s what I did.

-Removed handles

-Sanded every surface

-Cleaned the surface

-Painted

-Painted again.

-Replace handles

Done!

finishd project

Easy as that!

It looks perfect next to my bed and was a heck of a lot cheaper than purchasing a new one. The whole ordeal inspired me to attempt some more Pinterest DIY projects. I’ll be sharing those soon!

before after

Cheers!