Nursery Part I

The time has finally come! I’m so excited to start working on this baby’s nursery I can’t contain it! Since we decided not to find out the sex the space is going to be very gender neutral. So many people have asked me, knowing I love interior design, how I would work on the nursery without knowing the sex. Honestly, my whole house is gender neutral! I love to keep a clean palette and then add pops of color here and there. With so many options out there it’s been hard to decide but I created a mood board to help keep me on track of pieces I want to add to the space. Once the baby arrives we can always add some feminine touches or masculine ones. Gender Neutral Nursery Mood Board

One of my favorite things about this house is that it is the house my husband grew up in. We have been working little by little to make it our own and this space is no different. The room we will be turning into the nursery used to be my husbands childhood room. Up until recently it still looked like his childhood room since all of his bedroom furniture was still in there! Sadly it was also the space where things went to die. Don’t know where to put that box? Stick it in the bedroom. Too lazy to put all that wrapping paper up into the attic? Stick it in the bedroom for now. Catch my drift?

Our plan is to empty this space out and start from scratch. Our first order of business was selling all that furniture and clearing out as much as we could! Try not to judge…just think of this room like Monica Gellar’s closet.Baby V Nursery Part 1We were lucky enough to sell all the furniture, which was in great condition to a family with 2 little girls who will hopefully enjoy it for years to come.
Next up was removing all the old molding and ripping up the carpet. We aren’t ready to take the carpet away yet since we will be doing more work like adding new molding and painting. Rather than having to cover the beautiful hardwood underneath we’re keeping the carpet there but we wanted to clear out all the nail strips.Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1We are working step by step with this room so the next task is to move the A/C vent a bit father away from the wall  so the crown molding will fit and then to center the light fixture. If you scroll up you may notice how incredibly off center it is! Once the holes have been patched it will be time to paint!

Choosing a paint color was interesting. I knew the exact color I wanted, Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, until I put a sample on the wall and was confused by how dark it was. Next to it I also tested Edgecomb Gray, our bedroom color, and then Balboa Mist. I posted this photo on Instagram and the right side seemed to be the popular vote.Baby V Nursery Part 1The problem? Those colors were not at all how they actually should look. To test it out I painted a strip of primer underneath the samples and once it dried I resampled the paint. Sure enough the colors were much more true to color. In the end, we chose Balboa Mist (left color but it actually looks like the color on the right) by Benjamin Moore. As much as I love Revere Pewter it was still reading a bit too dark for this space. The lesson learned here? Just because your walls look close to white you should still prime before testing out paints. 

Can’t wait to move on to the next step! Now to order and paint all the molding! 

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Copycat Target Christmas Tree

So I have this thing with DIYing. I love it! I know that most people would much rather just buy something but if I see something that I like I immediately ask myself, “Could I make that?” Most of the time the answer is yes but what really depends is how hard will it be and would it cost me more to make it then if I just bought it? 
That didn’t change a few weeks ago when I was in Target buying toothpaste but walked out with $200 worth of things I didn’t really need..or did I? 
While there I spotted these trees…
DIY Target Copycat TreeKnowing that in our garage we had a stack of shims I knew I could make a version of this and that’s exactly what I did. I grabbed a hold of the shims along with some leftover chalk paint and a box cutter.DIY Target Copycat TreeThe thing about shims is that one side is pretty thin and the other rather thick so using a box cutter I just starting cutting the thin side into the pieces I would need.DIY Target Copycat TreeDIY Target Copycat TreeNext I painted the pieces. I wasn’t trying to be perfect by any means just getting a coat on.DIY Target Copycat TreeDIY Target Copycat TreeThen, using a tree form I purchased at Michael’s and a hot glue gun I started layering the pieces all around starting at the bottom. There often were spots that needed a filler so I cut a shim to make it work.DIY Target Copycat TreeOnce that row was done I started with the next row and then the next row making sure to overlap.DIY Target Copycat TreeThis next part was a blogger fail because I finished the whole thing and didn’t take a picture when I got to the top but the finished product should give you an idea of what I did. When I reached the top of the tree I used pieces that were cut triangular so that the top came to a point. Once I finished I took some metallic paint and roughly painted the bottoms of each shim.DIY Target Copycat TreeHere’s the finished product. Not to shabby if I may say so myself! Now I know that it doesn’t look identical to the Target one but DIYing isn’t about perfection, it’s about making it your own!
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{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover

You guys!! I’m so excited about this project! I love nothing more than having a vision and seeing it come to fruition. To say that this project was easy would be a lie. Not to say that it was hard to do but I kept going back and forth on my decisions so what should have been a quick makeover took a bit longer than expected. 

Just to give you an idea, in our dining room we have a hutch and a buffet. I redid our buffet here and here is a shot of what it currently looks like. In case you haven’t seen that post please know that those handles can’t be removed so alas I’m stuck with them.
{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover I knew right away that I didn’t want to do the same thing to the hutch but I needed something to marry the two pieces. The idea was cousins, not sisters. Here is the piece I was making over.

{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover The plan was to go lighter with a cream color, wallpaper the inside, change the hardware, and just like with the hutch add mirrors to the bottom doors. I searched for wallpaper that mimicked the color of the buffet but ended up going a bit lighter. That ended up not working out and so I went back to the initial wallpaper and I love how it turned out! 

I decided to use chalk paint because it doesn’t require you to sand or prime! I chose Old White by Annie Sloan. The only prepping that needed to be done was closing up the existing holes from the hardware since the new hardware would need new holes. 

{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Here is the wallpaper that I used and one more look at the before.{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover

The After:

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{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Isn’t she a beauty! I love love how it turned out! I was nervous at first that the china and the paint color were too similar and everything was looking to monochromatic but the wallpaper really helps to break it up.
DSC02866{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Now that this piece is done there are only a few more things left to do before this room is complete. One of those being building a new dining room table! {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Another favorite time of day to gaze at this piece is at night when I get to turn the lights on!
{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Do you have a piece in your home you’d love to give a makeover to? Have you tried chalk paint yet? 

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