Gender Neutral Nursery On a Budget Reveal

I have had the most wonderful three months of snuggling and cuddling my new little baby but have decided it is finally time to get back to work. When I last left you, I was preparing my gender neutral nursery for our third kiddo. There is nothing better in my opinion than waiting to find out the gender at the hospital. On a Sunday afternoon in March, we welcomed our precious, little...BOY! Here is a tour of his Little Foxes Nursery.
navy orange light blue nursery

It was such a good idea to prepare the nursery before baby arrived. I made the mistake of not doing this when we had my daughter, and she didn't have a completed room for six months. Let me tell you; it was depressing sitting in an unfinished nursery feeding her every couple of hours. Everything you see in this post was finished and photographed before our precious boy arrived. Here is my inspiration board I started with to get the ball rolling.
Once I finished the room, I thought it leaned a little more masculine, but I decided I could add some feminine touches if we had a girl like flowers or bows on my foxes. Honestly, I had a feeling it was going to be a boy, so I lucked out that I didn't need to make any changes.

I am a very amateur seamstress and made the bedding. I bought the sheet, but I made the skirt, blanket and pillows. If you can thread a machine, you could make a set like this for under $50. The crib is a Walmart special that my daughter used as well. I bought this Baby Mod Modena crib for under $200 three years ago. The price seems to have gone up since then, but it is still a great value.
orange navy crib bedding

I ordered these prints from Etsy and had them printed from an online printing press. The frames are from Hobby Lobby. Total cost for these was under $40.
fox nursery

I found this adorable onesie at Costco. It was in a two pack and under $8 for both of them.

These pomps are a great way to add color to a nursery on the cheap. I used a Martha Stewart tutorial to make these. I also got the tissue paper at Hobby Lobby. They have lots of  colors to choose from in their gift wrapping section. The chair I have used with all my kids. I refinished the night stand on my own, it was another hand-me-down from my daughter's room. I also had a lamp I was going to refinish, but I got the pictured lamp and shade on clearance at Target for under $15. The pillow is from HomeGoods and was under $15, too.
navy nightstand

The hubs and I put this wood plank sign together a couple of weeks before baby arrived. I just love the way it turned out. This is the life verse we chose for baby number three.
verse art

This changing table also belonged to my daughter. It is the South Shore Savannah Collection Table, and I bought it on Amazon. I bought a new changing pad cover to go with it and spray painted the baskets to match since they used to be hot pink. The changing pad rang in at $15 and the spray paint cost me $5. I found the shelf and metal letters at Hobby Lobby for under $40 with the use of my 40% off one item coupon on their app.
little fox nursery

So, there it is. I had a lot a fun putting this room together, and by refinishing and reusing a lot of pieces from my daughter's room I was able to make it happen for under $200! 

Stay tuned because my hubs built me an amazing barn door that I will be featuring on here soon, and I am booking jobs again for the summer. If you have a piece you need refinished, contact me for a quote!

Pin-spired: Antiqued Flower Pots Just in Time for Summer

Pinterest strikes again. I was Pin-spired last week to give my old flower pots a makeover just in time for some summer flowers. I learned about using petroleum jelly to distress with spray paint from Holly over at Down to Earth Style. I followed her instructions exactly, so head over to see how it is done. Her project is with a frame but the process is the same no matter what you are painting.

I had a surplus of Aquaphor, so I used that instead going out to the store for petroleum jelly. For the first coat, I sprayed my holders down with some Rust-oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Hammered Black. Once that dried, I spread on my Aquaphor goop in random patches. Then, I sprayed them with Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2X General Purpose Spray Paint in Heirloom White. I waited for it to dry again. Then, I used a putty knife to scrape off the spots slathered in my goop. I also scraped some random spots with my putty knife for more distressing.

There you go. A quick and easy update completed during one nap time. You got to love that instant gratification. This project is part of my deck makeover I hope to be sharing soon. Are you working on sprucing up any outdoor spaces for summer?

The Making of a Makeover

In my last post, I revealed my recent sideboard upcycle. There were simply too many details to share with you in one post, so today, I am going to give you the nitty gritty on this makeover. 

This piece arrived via a client and is something that I typically wouldn't gravitate toward refinishing on my own. The client didn't really have a vision of how she wanted it to look and gave me free reign to let my creative juices flow.

If this piece were for my home, I would have taken the glass out and put some chicken wire in there, ripped off the backing and replaced it with bead board, and distressed the tar out of it. This is where I took a step back and put myself in the client's shoes. Knowing her style and home, I decided I needed to go a more traditional route and less country and shabby.

The wood on the top of the piece was in decent condition, no scratches or gouges, so I thought a stained top would work nicely. I roughed it up with my DeWalt orbit sander and stained it with Minwax Polyshades, a stain and varnish in one, in Espresso. I am new to this product and put it on way too thick the first coat, so I basically had to sand the whole thing down and start over. Lesson learned. The idea is to do a really light coat and blend it in really well keeping a wet edge. You also want to buy a "best" quality brush with natural white bristles to minimize your streaking.

Not bad. I am looking forward to trying more staining techniques in the future. I really love having the contrast of the wood color top with a painted base.

Even though, I did not care for this glass at all, the client wanted to keep it. I agreed as long as she would let me get rid of the brass. I just don't like brass. I blame my early 21st century home that was covered in head to toe brass fixtures. Now, my home is almost brass free and I had to take this brass down, too. I turned to one of my biggest loves for transforming metal, Rust-oleum Metallic Spray Paint. They have tons of metal looking shades like nickel and oil rubbed bronze. The one I used for this project is called Hammered Black.

I taped this puppy up to the best of my ability and sprayed several coats over a course of 30 minutes. Once I removed the tape, I scraped off any paint that got on the glass with a razor blade.

My next issue, was this water damage inside the cabinet. The veneer was warped and peeling and there was a visible hole in the bottom of the particle board. I already had to buy hardware for this thing so I needed to get creative here to keep my costs down. I ended up taking this off and flipping it upside down. The hole is now hidden behind the drawer on the top. As for the damaged veneer, I sanded that down and simply painted over it. Problem solved.

The hardware was also a little bit of a headache. The holes were not a standard size. I am guessing that is why someone put those knobs were a pull should be. I shopped around for pulls that would be long enough to cover the existing holes but had 3" holes so I could add some new drill holes myself. I picked these up at Menard's for a great price, and I love the way they look with the completed piece and my painted glass trim.

The easiest part came last with my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I used a 2:1 mix of Paris Grey and Old White for the base with clear and dark wax.

The hard work always pays off in the end. Here is this beauty in her new home. Happy painter and happy client.