Hello again, my dear blog readers! It feels incredibly refreshing writing for this blog again. My last entry was on June 27th a couple of weeks after our baby girl was born. Since then our lives have been an absolute whirlwind! For reals. We sold our house, left the lives we had built in Memphis for 9 yrs and moved 500 miles away to Edmond, OK to be close to family.I had grandeur ideas about writing a “goodbye house” blog post, but it didn’t happen in the midst of all the chaos. I was a total crybaby the day we had to leave our first little home (I may have even circled the block and come back for one last look). But this is a story worth telling!
In the summer of ’04 we made a weekend trip to Memphis with my in-laws in search of a house for us to live in for 3 yrs (which turned into 9) while Ben was in grad school. Oh the best-laid plans…
This is the day we first looked at the house. Initially we weren’t too impressed, but after looking at several other houses it became the obvious choice. Little did I know how much I would end up loving this home and all the wonderful memories we would make over almost a decade here!
This was our first impression upon walking into the house. Wreaths with x-mas lights as window treatments and random trashcans.
The dining room highlighted a space heater that came with the house – bonus!
Oh the kitchen! Dirty linoleum floors (that our puppy would later chew up), fake hunter green marble countertops and beige everywhere.
All 3 bedrooms were pretty much the same, one being slightly bigger than the others. Scuffed floors, ceiling fans that were falling apart and more beige.
The bathroom was pretty neutral, minus the window treatment and Coca-Cola light cover (which I vividly remember, but didn’t capture in this pic).
And that’s pretty much it – all 1,056 sq ft. Over the next 9 yrs we would put blood, sweat and tears into making this house our home. Besides a mini kitchen renovation we did everything ourselves. We got a puppy, had multiple career changes and brought home our baby girl here!
Stay tuned over the next several weeks as I document the transformation of our first home room by room.
After much anticipation, I would like to introduce Evangeline Jane!
We may be a little biased, but we think she is the most beautiful baby in the whole world and we’ve been busy getting to know our little girl. I know I’ve made a lot of excuses for not blogging, but this one was legit.
So what direction will this blog go now that I’m a stay-at-home mama? I’m not quite sure yet. I do know that I desperately need an outlet and miss doing DIY and blogging, so don’t count me out yet! I told Ben that I may need internet access and a Keurig for this new gig:) I’ll keep y’all posted!
I’ve had a lot of people comment on the dresser in the nursery and how
we Ben transformed it. We loved the idea of using a piece of furniture we already had and refinishing it for our little girl! The dresser went from this…
I still can’t believe how great it turned out and how perfect it looks in the nursery! This project began back on a cold February day when Ben decided to use a hand sander he’d gotten for x-mas several years ago and never opened.
He wiped it down, took off all the hardware and sanded it first with 80 grit sandpaper to rough it up and then with 200 grit paper to smooth things out. This took less than 30 minutes – I think it took us longer to drag it outside!
Fast forward several months later (after much moaning, groaning and unhelpful nagging comments by an impatient pregnant lady). One Sunday Ben asked me if I would mind if he worked on the dresser in the living room while watching golf… my response, “Of course, go for it!!” Who knew it was that easy?!
First he pried off the bumpers in order to make the bottom of the dresser completely level. He then secured wood blocks on the underside of the dresser.
Ryan Gosling Ben screwed in $4 fence post caps into the corners and the wood blocks. You can see a lot more details than we documented at this link.
Next came the very long, drawn out process of priming, painting and sealing the dresser. Ben used 2 coat of Kilz Clean Start zero VOC primer, 3 coats of Olympic zero VOC semi-gloss paint (color matched to SW 7009 Pearly White) and 4 coats of non-toxic, odor free Safecoat Acrylacq – whew!
Just when he thought he could call this project DONE, I hesitantly reminded him that we still needed to redo the hardware. Not. A. Happy. Camper. He started by using 400 grit sandpaper to rough them up.
Then he sprayed 4 thin coats of Rostoleum Universal All-Surface Spray Paint in the oil-rubbed bronze finish and let them dry outside for a few days. I was totally impressed with how well these turned out! I eventually want to do this to every gold doorknob in our house like in this post.
And here she is in all her beauty today! I can’t say this was the easiest project in the world, but it’s definitely the statement piece in the nursery! I absolutely love that Ben stuck with this and worked so hard on it. He MUST love me and his little girl because he does not enjoy DIY like I do:) What do y’all think?
Who’s ready for the highly anticipated nursery reveal?! I’m pretty sure the first night after we found out we were pregnant I began dreaming about designing the nursery for our little one:) So get comfy, grab an iced tea and enjoy!
Here’s the view when you first walk in the door. A decorator friend of mine did a nursery consultation several months ago which I stuck to pretty closely with a few twists of my own. I loved her vision and how it all came together!
Y’all, this dresser was a major labor of love by Ben for his little girl! He loosely used this tutorial to add the legs, then after 4 coats of paint, 3 coats of Acrylacq and spray painting the original hardware ORB later, it was finished! This was my dresser as a child so it has huge sentimental value to me.
This beautiful real cotton wreath was given to me by all my sweet hostesses at my Memphis shower and I think it really brings the entire nursery together! It adds texture and that “Southern” vintage feel I wanted. Look at those cute babies:)
I’m still absolutely loving the classic black crib which initially caught me off guard. I opted for no crib bumper and simple white sheets. My mom helped me make the crib skirt and I used the leftover fabric to add a couple of bows.
I got all of the art from Etsy and the frames are from IKEA.
I looked everywhere for a simple mobile and finally found the perfect one at a consignment sale. It was 1/2 off day so I scored this Pottery Barn find for $2.50!
These pillows were custom made for me by my friend Lauren. She used the same ribbon that lines the curtains.
This is my favorite baby gift! My mom (who has never quilted) decided to make a baby quilt for her granddaughter. I. absolutely. love. it. She worked so hard picking out the fabric and spent every waking moment trying to finish it before my shower. It is vintage, timeless and perfect!
I wrote a post about the curtains, but since then we also added a bamboo shade for extra room darkening and to break up all the white with some texture. We left the white blinds so that we can still have some privacy.
Originally we wanted a white rocker, but after finding this one on Craigslist for a fraction of the price we went for it. Since there is cream in the rug I think it totally works! The rug and rustic table came from Overstock.com. My mom helped me make the chevron floor pouf which I blogged about here.
I got this adorable print from the same Etsy store which has a golden retriever in a pile of leaves. This is our way of honoring our first child, Cali, in the nursery:)
Here’s a little bit of a wider shot of this side of the room. The lamp on the table came from Target and the rustic wood coat rack came from an antique mall. I love the little details hidden all around this room.
I found these cute and practical drawer organizers at IKEA. I’m still waiting to get over saying “Awww” every time I pick up a piece of cute baby girl clothing.
We knew from the beginning that we wanted to use the dresser as a changing station. We just purchased a changing pad which is secured to the dresser and the brown polka dot cover is from Target.
I still have a lot of organizing to do, but her little closet is coming together and the cute closet dividers are already coming in handy!
The car seat and main stroller will go in the car and the BOB jogging stroller will more than likely live in our dining room once we start using it regularly.
In keeping it real, this is what the nursery really looks like with all the baby gear out and about. Where are you supposed to put all of this stuff?!
Here’s a “before” shot of what this room looked like just a few short months ago. It’s come a LONG way and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
I don’t think I could possibly find another angle of the nursery to take a pic of so it’s time to wrap up this reveal party. I’ll be 37 weeks this Friday so our baby girl could come any day now and we absolutely can’t wait to meet her! What do you think of our non-traditional, non-themed, vintage-inspired, simple nursery?
While doing our baby registries, I came across some closet dividers that were super cute. I just couldn’t bring myself (or allow anyone else) to pay $20 + shipping for them so I found this tutorial and made my own!
I love how they turned out and, even though I don’t think of myself as a “crafty” person, these were really easy! Mostly it was just a lot of fun making something for our little girl myself since I’m not a knitter:)
I grabbed 6 wooden letter “O’s” and Spa Blue Americana acrylic paint at Hobby Lobby and the rest of the supplies (Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, stickers, brushes) at Michaels. I spent about $14 on this project, but many of you “crafties” would already have a lot of these supplies at home.
First, I simply painted one side of the O’s – make sure to get the inside AND outside edges because they will show! Note: your fingers will get dirty.
Then I traced around the O’s onto the scrapbook paper with a pencil and cut them out. It was suggested to use an exacto knife, but good scissors worked just fine for me. I cut an X to get to the middles easier like in elementary school.
Now it was time to glue the scrapbook paper onto the O’s and paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on top. I didn’t bother with the other side and I waited to add the stickers until everything had completely dried.
Here’s the final result – so cute if I do say so myself! Before starting this project, you will want to make sure that your closet bar is the kind that can lift out. If not, you’ll need to alter this project so that there’s a way to get the O’s on.
Now all we need are some huggable baby hangers and a closet full of adorable clothes! These currently only go through 18 months, but since I didn’t Mod Podge the stickers I can easily switch them out as she grows.
Anyone else a big fan of easy craft projects that make you feel like superwoman? What DIY projects have you been up to lately? Am I the only new momma that felt like my head was going to explode when registering?