Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Kids Bath Update

What the what? Two posts in a single week? Inconceivable! Don't expect this too happen to often. I don't want to get your hopes up.

Anywho, my sister wanted the next room to be the mudroom, but there are a couple of things I'd like to do in there before I do a post on it. Sorry Steph!

I did do a couple of little projects for the kids bathroom though. I showed a couple of inspirations for artwork in the kids bathroom back in this post.

Then, I spotted this from Jen over at American Crafts. Instant LOVE! So cute and looked pretty easy.

I picked up a couple of frames on clearance at Michael's and stocked up on buttons. I didn't have any buttons in my house. Unless you count the spare ones that come with every shirt and jacket you buy. But they were't pretty and cute. And I didn't have nearly enough.

This is what I started with:

I followed the tutorial pretty much to the letter (punny, I know). I traced the letters out on my card stock and started filling them in with buttons and brads. It's kinda like a puzzle. Trying to get as many buttons as you can within the lines. It took me a bit longer than I thought it would. Also, it was good to leave it for a day or two, then come back to it.  The empty spaces to seem to jump out better after you stepped away.

I knew I wanted these to be behind glass, since they were going in a bathroom, so I didn't do as much layering as Jen did. Baby Peach got more stars and pink than RC did to make hers a little more girly, but for the most part they look pretty much the same.

 They look exactly like I was hoping they would hanging up!

I also hung a couple of different pieces on the opposite wall. I'd gotten a cute bug calendar from my mom for Christmas.  I just cropped a couple of the bug pictures to fit into more Michael's clearance frames. I love the color and fun they add!

I love that it's kid friendly, but not too cutesy. 

The only thing left in this bathroom is to get a hand towel bar hung up! Yay!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Beautiful old dresser

I knew that I wanted to have an old dresser or buffet for the entry of our house. I had this picture in my head of an antique with cool lamps and a great picture above it.  Who knew that I'd find exactly what I was looking for at my in-laws' house?

I was down in their basement one day this past winter, when I saw her. A beautiful old dresser. I fell in love.

I said to my husband, "Do you know what your dad was going to do with it? Do you think he'd sell it to me?" His reply, "I don't know, go ask him."

I hustled upstairs to find out. He'd pulled it out of an old house he'd bought. He was going to hire someone to refinish it for him and try to resell it. When I asked him how much he wanted for it, my mother-in-law piped up and said, "Just take it!"

Um, don't have to tell me twice.

And just like that she was mine. For free. Woo hoo!

I've never refinished a piece of furniture before.  I'm don't know what kind of work I'm in for, but I'm sure it will be worth it!

Look at that great hardware! (She's missing one pull. If anyone knows where I can find one to match, please let me know!)

And, she has casters! I think they might be my favorite part. 

And look at those curves. Wonderful.

She's been out in the extra garage since before we moved into the house. The rest of the remodel and moving have been the priority. I'm hoping to get to her later this summer. I can't wait to show her to you all prettied up!