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 :)