Friday, August 31, 2012

Favorite Furniture Friday

I need like 5 houses so I can decorate each with a different vibe. Here's some design fun for today. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Out with the old...

Out with the old-true. In with the new, not so much. See we don't really every buy anything new. Well, rarely. Usually we buy something old and make it look new.

Anyway, my house is a bit of a revolving door. See, when you don't live in a big house, but a smaller city apartment, you don't have as much room to keep stuff. We live in a like 100 year old apartment and there are very little closets and no storage, thus the revolving door. As our Aunt Carol put it so nicely, "if you don't spend much money on it, you don't mind selling it." She's right, which is why I buy stuff cheap and make it pretty :)

This is what I sold on Craigslist. I sold it all for $950 total, which is what I then had in my budget to re-create the space.

I made this apothecary type cabinet 3 summers ago while my hubby was on a  mission's trip in Slovakia. I got the plans from Ana White and then changed them up a little bit. I used gorgeous hand cut reclaimed wood on top. So pretty! It was his birthday present when he got home. We loved it for a long time, but were ready for something new. Good thing neither of us get attached to stuff! 

We also sold our industrial cart coffee table and our rug. Gasp, I know. Those are so hot right now! We realize that and were called crazy by a lot of folks, but the truth is it wobbles and the wheels stick out and we were afraid that Wells might fall and knock out one of his only teeth when he begins to walk. So we sold it. P.S. That is an old pic, so we have replaced the couch!

We also sold our dining room table set. This was a tough one as we loved it so much, but we really like having a more square/rectangular table. This table was "redeemed" by our Aunt Carol. She is so talented. Check out her blog. We were so sad to see it go, but the look on the girls face who bought it made it worth it. She LOVED it! Also, our dining room is so small, so we wanted to de-clutter it. That is why we sold the above buffet and the dining room table. We really want to do something to the lampshade. That will come in our future!

So we were coffee table, dining room table, buffet and rug less for a week and then slowly perked the place back up. I'll post next week about what it looks like now!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A third of the way to did time go so darn fast!

I LOVE this outfit and put him in it at least twice a week. Unfortunately, it is now too small. So, last Friday I put him in the outfit intending to take the 4 month picture and he pooped all over it. Then Sunday I put him in it and he pooped all over it. Then, yesterday I put him in it and he wouldn't stretch out his legs or take his hands out of his mouth. That is what you get with a 4 month old I guess. This is a very accurate photo of what he does all day with his hands :)

Weight: 16 lbs.
Height: 25.25 in.
Milestone: He is sitting up with just a little bit of help now. He is talking all the time and giggles at everything.
Favorite things: his blankets and his tongue, everything in the mouth (especially his hands)! He also loves his Red Car Jumper and I love it too!
My thoughts: I cannot believe he is already 4 months old. It blows my mind how fast time goes. Everyone tells you that when you're pregnant, but you don't realize it until they are here. I want to cherish every minute of his infancy, but it just goes so fast! Then, yesterday I was reading the Bible and how God wants us to come to his as children and how special children are in the kingdom of God and I read the verse in a totally new way. I have this child who is utterly and completely dependent on me. He couldn't survive without me. Then, I realize that is how God wants us to come to Him. Oh God, help me to be completely dependent on you for everything. I am sorry for trying to do things on my own. Thank you for sending this precious life to teach me so much about your love and grace.

Product review: Daddy Van's Furniture Polish

I used Johnson's Wipe on Wax forever, thinking it was great. However, it is so smelly. I have to have all windows and doors open to hide the scent and that doesn't even help! It bothered me having that much smell in here with a little baby.

That is why I was so excited when I came across Daddy Van's Furniture Polish. What? Wax polish can actually smell good? Like Lavender and Sweet Orange. I love this stuff and it works super duper well! I DaddyVan'd the heck out of all of our furniture this week and am in love. I did it to all wood pieces as well as pieces that I have made with paint. It works on both! You can get it on Amazon here.

 I tried to take a picture of it on some furniture. It is super shiny. The wood looks so healthy :)

Saturday, August 25, 2012


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Sneak peek at Monday's reveal :)

So, everyone who has been to Ikea knows the Billy bookshelf. Well, we had one of these from Ikea that we have transformed into something you will not recognize. Check back on Monday to see the final piece!

This is the before:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Painting a crib tutorial and our finished nursery

We lucked out! We are the last ones to have kids on Joe's side and so we got a TON of hand me downs. One being a crib. I know that cribs that have the side that lowers up and down are not allowed anymore, but I have to say I really like them! So, we loved this crib, but the color just really didn't go with our place. So we painted it with our beloved Annie Sloan paint. Here is the tutorial:


Step 1: put the crib on a blanket you don't mind getting dirty!

Step 2: paint the crib, nough said!

We mixed French Linen and Old White. Used more French Linen than Old White.

Step 3: Poly the whole crib to handle the wear and tear. Make sure you get one that is child safe and also make sure you give it a few weeks to fully dry and all before you put the baby in it. We used this one.

Finished crib before we had the nursery finished :)

Finished nursery photos, although everything in our house is a moving target and always getting changed...what can I say, I like to re-decorate!

A few things about the nursery:
*The crib skirt and the baby duvet I made. I will make a tutorial for both soon!
*The pictures above the crib are our maternity photos and then the mattes around the pic were signed with messages at each of our showers. Really sweet messages that I glance at every time I put him down to sleep.

If you have any questions about where I got stuff, let me know!