Nursery: Dresser Makeover

We have been preparing for the arrival of our baby girl for several months now. As soon as I found out we were having a girl I started planning her nursery. I quickly found out how expensive it can be to create the perfect space for a little one.

I drooled over this campaign dresser from Pottery Barn Baby for several months and finally ordered it. Unfortunately it was on backorder and would not be delivered until after our due date and I wanted everything to be ready before her arrival. I disappointedly canceled the order since it would not be here and it was too much of a splurge for us even with being able to purchase half of it in gift cards. 

As much as I was tired of doing DIY projects and was just ready to have something in the room we turned to Craigslist and started the search for the right dresser to redo. This was our first Craigslist experience and we were happy to have loved the first piece we went and looked at and scored it for $140 - a fraction of the cost of the Pottery Barn Dresser. I loved the mid century look of the dresser and that it was a really unique and fun style. 

As usual, I purchased a quart of Annie Sloan Pure White paint and re-painted the dresser. We removed the mirror it came with and purchased new hardware for the piece from Hobby Lobby. My husband drilled new holes for the hardware and was able to cover the old ones with wood filler without noticing them at all. 

We both love the way the finished dresser turned out (and how much we saved!) and can't wait to have the nursery completed. Check back soon to see the completed space :) 

Garage Sale China Cabinet Makeover

I have been trying to convince my husband since we got married that our wedding china needed a pretty place to call home instead of sitting in boxes. After deciding to move back to East Texas and into a bigger space I immediately starting searching for a piece to display our fun Pip Studio china we received for our wedding. 

We both learned real quick how expensive furniture is as we looked at pieces for our new home. I liked the idea of redoing a piece for a fraction of the price and my husband really loved the idea. We decided to go to a few garage sales one Saturday morning to look for a china cabinet or hutch piece. The first one we went to we found this mid century china cabinet for $150. It was not what I had in mind at first because I was thinking of something a little more cottage feeling, but my husband loved it, loved the price, and loved that it was right in front of us and we could stop our search for one. 

After texting my mom a few pictures of the piece and getting her approval I decided I could make it work so we purchased the piece and ended up getting it for $115. I started loving it more and more and really liked that it had a lot of display space.

I have always wanted to use this Anthropologie wallpaper somewhere and figured my husband would go for it on the back of my china cabinet better than our bedroom walls. The wallpaper was definitely a splurge, but I did have a coupon :) 

As usual, I used Annie Sloan paint on this piece. I went with pure white to match our kitchen cabinets that I painted. I am really happy with how this piece turned out and that I can see my pretty china collection every time I walk through the kitchen. Here are a few pictures of my finished piece. I still need to touch up a few places and seal it, but who knows when that will happen :) 

DIY He Is Risen Easter Wreath

Well since it is March I figured it was time to finally take down my Christmas wreath and replace it with something new. So I decided I would make an Easter wreath to celebrate this special time of the year. 

   Here is what you will need:

  • glue gun/glue Sticks
  • styrofoam wreath base
  • vintage broaches/flowers/embellishments
  • burlap ribbon (2-3 inches wide) 
  • moss ribbon
  • baker's twine
  • mini clothespins
  • alphabet stamps/ink pad
  • two sewing pins
  • ribbon/tulle



To start your wreath the first thing you need to do is wrap the styrofoam base with the burlap ribbon. I added a little bit of hot glue to the base and attatched my ribbon. After that I just wrapped the entire base until it was covered and hot glued the end so that it would stay in place. Then I did the same with my moss ribbon at the bottom of the wreath. 

So now is the fun part. I glued various embellishments onto my wreath. You can really do anything and put things wherever you think looks best. I found some really great packages of fabric flowers with vintage looking broaches at Michaels. Then I added a tulle bow to the top of the wreath to hang it from. 

Now for the letters. I got two sewing pins and placed them across from each other and tied a piece of pink baker's twine to them. I used a scalloped circle punch and punched out circles out of scrapbook paper scraps and stamped He Is Risen on them. Then I hung the stamped circles on the twine with mini clothespins. I tried other methods and this turned out the best and the cutest. 

And then you have a beautiful wreath to celebrate the Easter season! 

He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.

-Matthew 28:6

DIY - Moss Covered Letters

I recently got married in October so my mind was on DIY wedding craft mode for 8 months. I saw several places where I could order moss covered letters but I was not satisfied with paying over $30 per letter. Instead I paid under $30 to create my whole new last name. 


Here is what you will need:

  • flat wooden letters (I got mine at Hobby Lobby 1/2 off for around $2 each) 
  • 1 large bag of loose moss
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • a cup of ice cold water - for when you come in close contact with hot glue :( 

Then all you have to do is cover a small areas at a time with the hot glue. Then get a clump of the moss and press over it. Make sure you get a thick layer that way you do not burn yourself while pressing it down. I also worked over a large bag because the moss can be pretty messy.

Then you have beautiful moss letters for a fraction of the price. I just placed them in a window seal at my wedding. To add something extra you could hang them with ribbon - which would look great for a wedding, party, or even a nursery.