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Vintage Car Poster DIY 09.21.15

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One of my favorite decor pieces in Luke’s toddler room is the vintage car poster above his bed.  I couldn’t find a ready to buy car art in the size and look I had in mind, so I set to print one out myself.  

If you’re interested in printing and framing one in the same manner, here’s what you need:

A printable image – rounded wood moulding – two eye hooks – ribbon for hanging – black spray paint – staple gun.

I obtained the image from Shutterstock and resized it to the size I wanted.  When you purchase the image, make sure the resolution is high enough to allow for printing at the size you desire.

The poster above his bed is a 26×34.  I had this printed on Vinyl paper, which is thick and sturdy, allowing me to staple it to the wood trim and hang without framing it.  

After I got my print, I went to home depot and got them to cut me two pieces of rounded moulding two inches wider than my print size.  I then painted them in black and stapled the print to the back.  

Finally, I attached the eye hooks to the wood trim, hooked a ribbon through them and hung it above his bed. It turned out really nice! 

 

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Monogram Ornament – DIY 12.09.13

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Happy Monday friends! Hope you all had a great weekend.  In the spirit of Christmas, I would like to share a personalized monogram ornament DIY with you. If you want to add a touch of fancy to your tree, this gold foil ornament should do the trick. Here are the steps:

1. Apply a base coat to your ornament to seal any pores.

2. Once it dries (5 minutes), apply a gold foil adhesive. Read adhesive instructions on how long to wait before applying the gold foil. I had to wait half an hour for the adhesive to become sticky enough.

3. Lay the golf foil paper on top of the ornament and make sure it is centered so that you have enough gold foil sheet to cover all the sides. Make sure to wear gloves if you don’t want the golf foil to stick to your fingers!

4. Use a sponge brush to press the gold foil into the ornament and remove all excess gold foil paper. 

5. Apply a gold foil sealant to your ornament and wait till it completely dries. You should not see any sealant residue on the ornament once it completely dries.

6. Finally, I chose the letter L (for my son’s name) stencil, and used acrylic white paint to paint it on. This part is a little tricky because you can’t tape the stencil to the surface without ruining the gold foil. Make sure you hold it really tight in place while you’re painting so it doesn’t shift around.

And voila, you have a fabulous ornament to adore your tree with! 

This is my first DIY on the blog and I really enjoyed putting it together for you guys! I hope you enjoyed it as well!

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Three Ways to Save on the Nursery 10.21.13

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One of the first challenges, if not the first, in designing the nursery is setting a reasonable budget.  Staying within the budget becomes a whole different challenge later on! Having gone through the process myself, I’ve come across various ways to save when designing your baby’s nursery. Here are my top three favorite ways:

1. Craig’s List finds: you can find some amazing pieces for the nursery at amazing prices on Craig’s list. Granted, you’re going to have to be very patient and check back often.  Throughout the last two trimesters, my hubby and I checked back regularly.  We ended up finding two of my favorite pieces in the nursery: the wooden rocking horse and the vintage radio flyer car above. 

    Tip: before you head out to meet the seller, make sure to ask the right questions (why are you selling, dimensions, condition, etc) and if possible, request more pictures of the item from different angles. This will save you a lot of time and disappointment. 

2. Refurbish it: A typical dresser/changing table in the nursery can cost anywhere from $500 – $2,000.  Refurbishing an older item will cost much less! I have not done this myself, but you can find many mommies and bloggers doing this. They find a piece of furniture (typically a dresser) for a steal (from Craig’s list, yard sales, etc) and they give it a new look through applying different finishes as you can see from the pictures above.  The result is a unique and beautiful piece that would have cost much more to buy.

Resources: white dressergreen chevron strips dressercoral dresser

    Tip: When looking for a piece of furniture to refurbish, make sure it’s made of solid wood as it is much easier to sand and refinish.  Compressed and composite wood can get damaged when sanding or look terrible when a new finish is applied.

3. Free nursery printables: The web is filled with talented folks creating art and putting it up free of charge for us mommies to use! When designing Luke’s nursery, I took some time to create printables with my color pallet. If you don’t have the resources/time to do that, fret not, pinterest is loaded with great quality printables in all styles and colors.

Resources: To the moon and back printthink left printI love you printwe will never part printalphabet printgoodnight stars print

I hope these tips will help you save some bucks in the process of designing the nursery! Have a wonderful week ladies!

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Trending: Dipped Furniture 10.10.13

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I will never forget the first time I came across dipped furniture! My heart sang! What a genius way to make a piece of furniture stand out.  The most plain, boring furnishings turn into an eye catching pieces when given the dipped look.  It’s a super easy way to turn furniture from drab to fab and transform outdated pieces to give them a new look.  It’s an awesome idea to incorporate into the nursery, especially when you’re on a tight budget.

Check out these fabulous tutorials:

  (clockwise from the left) pink dippedturquoise/gold dippedwhite/gold dippedchairs dippedgeometric dipped legsvase dippedside table dipped

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Fab Find: Bloomingville Delights + Awesome DIY 08.05.13

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I’m so excited that August is here!  Although, I am sad that summer is coming to an end much quicker than I would like it to.  We have so much fun planned this month.  We just came back from visiting family in Canada (my family lives by the rocky mountains and the views are just stunning!). My friend will be coming to visit me here in Chicago.  Then we’re off to Miami for a nice family trip.  That being said, I’m also super duper excited about coming across Bloomingville!  They are based in the Denmark, but have many sellers across the US.  While they don’t carry nursery furnishings, I do think their decorative accents would make a great addition to the nursery.  I especially love products that have a clean, simple look, and they have that in plenty.

These wall shelves are just perfect! You can accessories them in so many different ways.  They are so versatile and can grow with your baby to toddler-hood and into the teen years.

I have not looked into prices and I’m not sure where their products stand on the price line.  But if you find that these wall shelves are not in your budget, here is a great DIY to making your own! You’ll be able to customize it however you like that way!

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