Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday Made It - Nursery Edition

I'm so excited to be linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for my first Monday Made It! 

My "Made Its" this week have nothing to do with school; hope you don't mind! I spent the majority of this past school year on bed rest and maternity leave, so it's fitting that my first two "Made Its" are related to my baby's nursery. 

While going through things at my grandparents' house last year, my husband and I found this dresser and nightstand in their basement. Not exactly my style, but they were in excellent condition, and we wanted to bring them home with us and attempt to refinish them. 

We had no idea what we were doing, and I use the term "we" lightly. My husband did almost all of the work on these babies. He sanded, painted, sanded some more, painted again, removed hardware, and sealed them. I bought unfinished knobs and painted them. See? I helped a little. It counts. 

Folks, refinishing furniture is no joke, and I doubt I will ever do it again, but I'm in LOVE with these two pieces of furniture. And they are even more special since they once belonged to my beloved grandparents and are now in my sweet baby girl's room. 

My next creation took a whole lot less time, but it is also in my daughter's room, and I love it! This time around, I couldn't find a bedding set that I loved, so I pieced some things together on my own. We (ok not really me) painted the walls a beautiful turquoise blue, and I found pink and white polka dot curtains on Zulily that I fell in love with. Then I was on a mission to find something to tie together the pink and turquoise, and I discovered the perfect fabric at the mothership - Hobby Lobby. {You can see the package of curtains and the fabric on top of the nightstand above.}

I can't even sew on a button, so I enlisted my neighbor to make a blanket and pillow for the rocker for me. But the room needed something else. 

 I think I bought 1/4 or 1/2 of a yard of the fabric and a white 8x10 frame from Hobby Lobby. 

I put the fabric on top, cut out the center, flipped the frame over, and hot glued the fabric to the back side.

An important step so you don't get a fabric bunch in the corners is to cut the fabric at the corner, fold it over into a triangle, and then fold that straight edge up and hot glue it. 

Finished product. The lighting was obviously not great that day, but you kind of get the idea. :) 

Hopefully this will be the first of many Monday Made Its for me since it's SUMMER!! 


  1. First of all... LOVE LOVE LOVE the furniture. SO stinkin cute. It was totally worth all of your not enjoying it. The frame was a really good idea too. I love it.

    Enchanted Kinder Garden

  2. I love this linky party! I love your frame idea! I am definitely trying this with my daughter for her new apartment. We have some small pieces of fabric left! Also love the repainted furniture. I am working on my Monday Made It this weekend and will post our recycled chairs that we are finishing up! How motivating!

    Renee at The Science School Yard