My friend and coworker Camille and I have pretty different tastes when it comes to design, but there is one thing we agree on: We both love a bargain. And so, for this week’s installment on my nursery design, I thought I’d riff on her Adventures in Antiquing series and share my latest furniture find, as well as some tips for turning a diamond in the rough into a showpiece for your home.
I’m a Craigslist junkie. I have the app on my phone and iPad and also check it regularly on my laptop. Obviously, furnishing the nursery has been at the top of my mind lately, because I was lacking a dresser for the room. Since I want this dresser to double as a changing table, I wanted a long and low solid wood midcentury-modern dresser, and I didn’t want to spend more than $200. When I found this Franklin Shockey sculptured pine dresser on Craigslist for under budget, I knew it was The One. These dressers typically sell for $400-$1000, but this particular example was a steal because the finish was in pretty bad shape:
I could see past the dried-out wood and scratches and knew this was a great piece. And so, I started off by giving it a good cleaning. Once it was dry, my husband, Chris, treated the exposed surfaces with Howard Restore-a-Finish, then gave it a generous coat of Howard Feed & Wax (I had to skip these steps because these products give off fumes that are a no-go for pregnant ladies).
The dresser still needs a little more TLC — maybe some wood filler on the deeper scratches — and I might take Young House Love’s advice to use a brown magic marker to blend in more shallow nicks. But for now I am thrilled with the results:
This dresser is just my latest Craigslist find (I really am an addict), and made me think about some other items I’ve been lucky enough to track down. Like this midcentury couch and wacky 1970s globe lamp:
Those are just a couple of favorites from a house filled with Craigslist bargains. How about you? Do you have any tales of triumph from Craigslist? Go on, make me envious.
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Well, it took some heavy lifting (not on my part, don’t yell!), but the Room of Shame is now empty and ready for a fresh coat of paint. It’s been a while since I took on a paint project at home, so I revisited our Painting Dos and Don’ts to make sure I was prepared. Armed with those tips, I headed to our local Sherwin-Williams store to pick up some HGTV HOME paint and supplies.
I wanted a nice deep blue with gray undertones that wouldn’t read as purple in any light, and HGTV HOME’s Indigo Batik is perfect. I’m only using this on one wall (more on that later), so the other three walls are getting a fresh coat of HGTV HOME Interior Satin in Extra White.
But I’m getting ahead of myself — before we start painting, there is prep to be done. We — or rather my patient husband, Chris — started by wiping down all of the baseboards, windowsills and light fixtures. I patched old nail holes and lightly sanded. Then we removed all of the switch plates and outlet covers. We took down the curtains, and taped off the floors and windows. Lastly, we laid a drop cloth over the entire floor. I don’t want to risk getting even a drop of paint on our beautiful wood floors.
And now it’s time to paint! HGTV HOME paint is zero VOC (though some colors are only low VOC), so I am able to help out, which is good news because I love painting. This weekend we will finish the white and next week I’ll show you how I’m tackling the paint treatment I showed you in the mood board here.
Well, I know what I’m doing all weekend! How about you, readers? Are you taking on any painting projects in your home this spring? Spill the details below (but not the paint!).
We all have that room in our home, right? The one with furniture that doesn’t go with the rest of the house, no art, and walls badly in need of a fresh coat of paint? If you don’t, I don’t want to hear about it (okay fine, what’s your secret?). This room is kind of my hidden shame, but I’m willing to share it with you. Cue the scary music…
Sheesh, where to start? The Ikea beds that I thought would be minimalist chic but turned out to look more like prison cots? The mountain of outgrown baby clothes in the corner? The dresser and chest that are out of place in my mid-century modern home? The drab white walls with streaks of water damage left over from a bad storm? It’s embarrassing.
First up, I’m giving the trunk and dresser to my mom, where they will fit in with her rustic traditional style and free up much needed space. The beds are headed for Craigslist, along with the too-small rug. Once everything is out, a crisp coat of paint in bright white will go up on the walls and I’ll be ready to tackle my first project: a custom paint treatment on one wall inspired by this one from The Brick House blog.
What’s staying? I’ll keep the glider, but I’m having the cushions recovered, or I might even try to do it myself. The vintage tile and brass side table will get cleaned up and hold a lamp next to the glider, perfect for bedtime stories. The sassy antique lamp will get a new shade and hopefully fit in with the vintage nautical vibe. And that huge Charley Harper national park print will bring color to one of the walls.
Two things I’m unsure of: the Eames rocker (currently holding my stash of teeny baby boy clothes), and the curtains that came with the house. The room is small so I’m pretty sure there won’t be space for a second chair, so that may find a new home in Lulu’s room. The curtains will depend on how they look when the work is complete. Their crisp black windowpane check is inoffensive, but may be too busy once everything in in place. What do you think?
WHEW. I have got some major work to do (and let’s face it, so does my husband). Make sure to check back next week to see our progress. And don’t forget to take a look at the mood boards, both high and low, that I created for the design of this space.
When I left you last week, I was showing off my if-money-was-no-object nursery mood board. And sure, it was fun to pretend that I can drop thousands of dollars decorating this baby’s room, but let’s face it: I don’t live in that world. In reality, I’ll be using what I already have, doing a lot of projects myself, and looking for inexpensive alternatives to finish things off. But here’s the fun thing: I actually like my “reality check” mood board even more than the expensive one. After all, I am more of a do-it-myself kind of girl. Wanna see?
This super sweet-yet-affordable nursery skips the high-end wallpaper, in favor of a DIY paint project like this one from the Brick House blog. Since they were actually the most reasonable items from my previous mood board, I think I’m actually going to buy the graphic French and colorful raindrop prints, and I’ll round those out with this leaping pig print that I already own. I also snagged a model sailboat from my parents basement, and I’ll mount that to the wall with the rest of the artwork. After pining for the expensive rug from last week, I found this star-flecked Dwell Studio rug and I am crazy for it. Like, beyond reason. This may have to be my one splurge (though it’s less than half the price of the inspiration rug!). I dream of a highly collectible mid-century modern dresser, but I found one similar to this on Craigslist for $50 that will hold a diaper change pad and clothing to boot. For lighting, this tiered brass pendant from Urban Outfitters looks like it costs about five times more than it actually does, and it pairs perfectly with this vintage-inspired constellation globe. I wisely held on to my old Dwell Studio for Target glider (no longer available), and I’m going to give the cushions an update with some cute new fabric. Fancy cribs are fun to daydream about but you can’t beat the $99 Ikea classic I already own. I’ll dress it with inexpensive striped percale sheets and a blanket made from this adorable scooter-printed fabric. And you’ll have to stay tuned for an upcoming Weekday Crafternoon to see me take a classic rocking horse and an Ikea sheepskin and make a super cute custom riding toy.
Which do you prefer? The high-end nursery from last week, or this week’s more approachable take? I was surprised to fall hard for the less expensive option, but I’m kind of relieved. Check back next week to see the embarrassing “before” pictures of my guest/junk room. I’ve got a lot of work to do.
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Around here, we are crazy for cute kids’ rooms (and even cuter kids!). With kid #2 due this June, I am rolling up my sleeves and diving head first into turning my neglected guest/junk room into a nursery for my little boy. Before I tackle the “before” (and yes, I’ll be showing you my Room of Shame in a couple of weeks), I’ve been having a blast creating my dream nursery mood board. It’s boyish without being babyish, and has a color palette of navy, grey, orange, weathered brass, and warm wood tones that fits right into my modern house in the woods. I’m not big on sticking to a theme, but there are definitely some elements that tie together here — sort of a vintage nautical thing.
My money-is-no-object nursery would have 3 crisp white walls accented by this gorgeous underwater wallpaper from Hygge & West. On the walls I want to mount a vintage model sailboat, graphic Frenchy artwork, colorful raindrops and an adorable piglet portrait. To warm up our wooden floors, I got lost in this constellation-inspired Calligaris rug, and I’d skip the rocking horse in favor of a rocking sheep. To rock baby to sleep, a sleek handcrafted rocking chair that’s an instant heirloom. I’d love to skip the changing table in favor of a changing pad on a low-slung classic mid-century modern dresser in gorgeous wood, topped with a constellation globe so my baby will always find his way back home. Wouldn’t this chunky vintage brass pendant be lovely lighting up the space? Lastly, baby boy needs a place to lay his head, so I’m ogling a modern crib that still manages to be cozy, this custom-made crib sheet in a tiny anchor print, retro elephant fabric for throw pillows, and a cozy, graphic blanket.
Sigh, it would be a stunning room. And if you tally it all up, it would probably cost as much as I’ve spent to decorate the entire rest of the house. Next week I’ll show you how I took this pie-in-the-sky mood board and created an affordable version that I actually ended up liking even more.
You guessed correctly if you chose option C. This Barbie-inspired girl’s room, designed by Susie Fougerousse, features a feminine crib with neutral bedding.
SEE ALSO: A Multifunctional Girl’s Room in a Small Space
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Katie is the winner of an HGTV notebook. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention — and when you’re the mother of four kids and a top mommy blogger, designing kids’ rooms that are both fun and functional is a necessity. Enter Rebecca Woolf of Girl’s Gone Child; she’s taking us on a video and photo tour of nurseries and kids’ rooms that offer big design ideas for your little one.
Start by peeking inside the whimsical world of Rebecca’s 10-month-old twin daughters, Reverie and Boheme, to get a taste of her eclectic style:
You’re in for a huge treat this week, as Ken and I are going to show you a never-before-seen space in our home! I don’t want to give too much away, so you’ll have to tune in for the surprise reveal…
As you can see, we’re so thrilled! Looks like Rebecca’s new series couldn’t come at a better time for us!
I look at a lot of magazines and websites for these delights, and sometimes that leads to the most wonderful design déjà vu! Take this moon-shaped cradle from Creme Anglaise for example.
When I saw it, it immediately reminded me of a rustic take on this Limited Edition Piero Fornasetti Cradle I spied a few months ago. It’s made from recycled pallet wood, and is 100% handmade. Wouldn’t this be dreamy in a celestial-themed nursery? In fact, I think I know just the curtains that would go with it…
I’ve always considered myself a good gift-giver, but I’ve been going to a lot of baby showers lately, and I’m forced to contend with the reality that I have no idea what to get for new parents. I’m all, Do I go practical? These strollers cost as much as my rent! Maybe a toy. That’s not a choking hazard, is it? I could get them a cute onesie…but they don’t know the sex yet. These are all pink or blue. WHY CAN’T I JUST FIND A CUTE UNISEX ONESIE?! until my brain essplodes. That’s what makes this Floating in the Clouds 3D Wall Art by Gosh & Golly so attractive. (Well, that, and the fact that it’s adorable.)
It’s cheery, totally gender-neutral, would look precious over a crib, and since it’s made to order, the hot air balloons can be customized with different colors and patterns. Gosh & Golly also makes whimsical mobiles, just in case you sense that the parents-to-be wouldn’t go for sticking things on the wall. (But here’s hoping they’ll set up a registry and let you know what they want in the first place!)