July 31, 2014

DIY Vintage Sign Clock

As much as I have so loved pumping out tons of baby projects and sharing all the baby love with you guys, I definitely want you to know that I've done lots of other things this summer :) 

The heat has kept me out of the garage for the majority of the summer which has made me a bit sad since I love painting and redoing big pieces but it's also let me get a few small projects done which has been great! 

I shared a quick & easy summer/fall wreath with you earlier in the week and today I wanted to share a project I did for my dad for Father's Day. 

I stumbled on an awesome round piece of wood while at Lowes one day and inspiration immediately struck. 
I love when that happens. 

It was actually a package of two so be ready for what I did with the other one :) 

As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to whip up a vintage inspired clock. 
So first things first, I stained it my beautiful dark walnut so that when I distressed it, the dark stain would show through. 

Next, I had to decide on a design for the vintage sign portion. 
My dad's family own's a party & food shop in South Carolina called "Cromer's" and it's a big part of his childhood and is still owned by some of his cousins today. 

So if you're in South Carolina and dying for boiled peanuts, look them up! 
They are definitely the place to go :) 

Anywho. All that to say. 
I knew I wanted something inspired by the Cromer's logo. 
So I used my Silhouette to trace the Cromer's logo and just took the 's off so it would be just my parent's last name. 
I used a vintage font to add their wedding year under it and then cut it out with my amazing Silhouette. 

I used my cut vinyl to create a stencil and painted it on in black. 
Then did the same thing for just the four main numbers so the numbers wouldn't be too busy and take away from the logo design. 

Then distress your heart out :) 

Lastly, grab a clock kit from your local craft store- I got mine at Hobby Lobby. 

Just make sure you pick the right size for your project.
My hands were a bit long for my clock but the metal is super thin and was easily cut to alter it a bit. 

Our next problem was cutting a notch out of the back of the clock in order to set the clock mechanism in. 

Cue my amazing husband and our dremel.
Now....learn from our over-zealous mistake and don't wear your poor dremel out.
It was the only tool we had that would even come close to etching out a notch big enough for our mechanism box but it's not really the tool meant to do it. 
We didn't have access to a router so we made this work.
But killed our poor dremel in the process. 

But we did end up with a notch deep enough to get the clock mechanism through and then attached the hands according to directions on the back. 

Throw in some batteries, set your hands and stand back to admire your gorgeous vintage clock!!!

I'm in love with how amazing the 'logo' turned out with the original font & design of my dad's family's store. 

How fun would it be as a 'cold drinks' outdoor sign? 
So many fun possibilities :) 

Are you loving the vintage sign look? 
I was so excited with how it turned out and thrilled that I could incorporate part of my dad's heritage into it. 

See you guys soon- hopefully with some updated bump pictures :) 

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July 29, 2014

Burlap & Lace Yellow Ruffle Wreath

I figured we would take a break for a minute from baby stuff and talk a little craftiness.
Since that's what I'm usually all about anyways :)

We have been crazy busy the past week- hubby took on a huge outdoor project that I've been dying to have done for years so I'll be sharing more on that soon! 

We also had the sweetest baby shower last night thrown by some sweet friends & family so I've been busy sorting and getting things ready for baby! Less than 5 weeks- eek! 

But for now, let's talk one of my favorite crafty projects. 
Which is of course a new wreath! 

If you have followed for very long at all you know that I have a slight obsession with wreaths. 
Tons of my tutorials can be found here for them! 

I switch them around in the house a lot whenever my moods change or I'm just up for something different in a space. 
And some of my older wreaths have been retired and re-used for new ones. 

I was wanting something for our front entry area because I had grown tired of the wreath that had been there. 
So I decided something yellow was the ticket :) 

Doesn't it look gorgeous with all the neutrals, yellows & blues going on? 
And after I hung it up I realized it could go for summer & fall if I wanted. 
I"m thinking a couple glittery pumpkins & leaves would be super cute tucked into it come fall. 

I was a terrible blogger and didn't get pictures of the whole process.
But I'll walk you through it the best I can :) 

Basically, it's the same technique I used for my fall rosette wreath that I'm still swooning over. 
The only difference being that I covered the entire wreath form with my fabric squares rather than adding ribbon to part of it. 

Supplies needed: 
*Desired fabric- I used light burlap, yellow striped knit and lace
*Wreath Form
*Straight sewing pins

Cut your squares of fabric and spend an hour or two watching your favorite show & pinning them into the wreath form to create all the gorgeous textures. 
I wish I had more yellow on hand, I would have added a bit more in. 
But I supplemented with some burlap I had on hand which makes it more fall-friendly I feel like. 
Score for having one wreath that works for two seasons! 

I ended up throwing on a quick burlap ribbon at the top for something extra. 
Totally not planned but I love eye-balling my projects like that and messing with them until they 'work' just right. 

I'm thinking it's the perfect addition for the entry area but it doesn't mean it will stay there forever :) 
Switching things around the house is one of the easiest ways to change up the look without spending a dime. 
Which is always the best way to go! 

So how's that for a quick wreath tutorial? 
I love these style of wreaths because they all look different depending on what materials and colors you use. 
Plus they're a fun way to keep your hands busy if you're restless like me when watching tv. 

Is it bad to say that I'm excited about fall coming up and August isn't even here quite yet? 
I think it's Hobby Lobby's fault and all their gorgeous fall decor that is ALREADY out. 

But in the meantime, I'll be waiting on baby girl to make her appearance :)
Which is a thousand times more exciting. 
Love you guys! 

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July 24, 2014

Large DIY Distressed Signs {Nursery Project}

I'm finally able to pop in this week and share one of the DIY projects that went in Baby M's nursery
If you missed the nursery reveal last week, you can check out all the eye candy over here

Today let's talk about the huge distressed signs on the focal wall!! 

When we decided to put the crib on this wall, I knew I wanted something hanging on each side and couldn't quite put my finger on it. 

Then I stumbled on these gorgeous pieces of wood that were hanging out in my dad's barn. 

They were huge and thick and heavy. 
As soon as I saw them, I  knew they'd be perfect for a couple of amazing signs to hang on the wall by the crib. 

I had to convince both dad and the hubby that they would indeed be perfect for signs.
They were convinced they were too heavy to be anything. 
But they cut two pieces a little over 5 feet for me. 

I got them home and sanded the heck out of them to bring out the gorgeous grain and get all the dirt and grime off of them. 

Once they were sanded, I painted over them with the same color as the blue walls in the nursery, it's called Mint Whisper by Valspar. 

I didn't put thick coats on because I wanted the grain to still show through. 

For my letters, I used Microsoft Word to create the huge letters- make sure you pick letters that don't have a lot of details if you're going to cut them out yourself- they can be a pain :)
I used a very simple font and made them huge- one letter per page.

Change your letters to 'outline' before printing so you don't use a ton of ink.
Then I cut them out using my exacto knife to create stencils. 

I did these for my smaller letters too. 
Sometimes I'd just rather use Word than get my Silhouette out :) 
Especially when I don't want to to waste paper or vinyl. 

After creating my stencils, I used them to paint my letters on in a glossy white I had on hand. 

The pictures above show the dramatic difference between keeping them nice & pretty after painting verses distressing them. 

I love how the grain shows through- especially on a thick piece of wood like this. 
It makes it perfectly aged :) 

After distressing the sign, I rubbed a layer of clear wax on for protection and a pretty finish. 

Isn't the distressed wood just perfection? 
These pieces were already aged on their own so they had amazing cracks & lines in them that made distressing them a breeze. 
I make sure to get the edges & corners a little more, where natural aging & wear would occur. 

We hung them using heavy duty cleat brackets we found at Target that were meant for heavy items. 
Make sure you use the right hanging brackets when hanging big items like these.
Definitely don't want them being pulled off or falling off!! 

I love how perfect they were for framing the sides of the crib on our white focal wall.
"Sweet darling" and "Little Lovebug" are nicknames hubby calls his girls so they are super special to us :) 

Making a room personalized just for our family is my favorite thing in the world to do.
I love bringing sweet details in and creating spaces that are all about us. 
You just can't buy that in a store. 

Now all we need is our little lovebug here so we can enjoy our sweet little space!! 

What's your favorite technique for creating signs? 
Are you ready to tackle large ones like these?? 

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July 18, 2014

Pretty in Pink Dresser Makeover

Earlier this week I was finally able to share our full girly nursery reveal and I have so many projects from the room that I want to share with you!!

Hopefully I'll get them all in before baby girl decides to arrive which is a mere six weeks away!!
(where has the time gone???) 

One of the big projects I was dying to get my hands on was working on a dresser for the baby's room. 
I had been searching even before we found out we were pregnant :) 
I knew I had a certain piece in mind that I wanted and sometimes Craigslist/Goodwill can be tricky beasts. 

But I definitely scored big when I stumbled upon the exact dresser I had in mind on Craigslist after just a few weeks of looking. 
It was only 75$ and came with a matching solid wood mirror which I've already re-purposed. 
Hopefully I'll get some pictures of it soon! 

Check this beauty out: 

It was in great condition and was perfectly solid wood. 
Behind the middle door are two more drawers which I love :) 

And I die for all that original, gorgeous hardware.
The only thing it needed was a track replaced in one of the bottom drawers.
Easy peasy. 

Since it was already in such great condition it didn't require much prep-work to get started.
I gave it a light sanding, removed the hardware and then dusted it off. 

It took three coats of a gorgeous pink to cover it. 
I used a color called 'Camellia Rose' that is in the Valspar collection.
BUT I had Sherwin-Williams color-match it and got a quart of their amazing proclassic enamel finish paint.

I can't rave enough about their latex enamel paint.
It's the only thing I use on furniture anymore.
It's easy clean-up, dries with a gorgeous, hard finish and goes on beautifully. 

I was so excited about painting a piece such a bold color! 
I'm a big fan of keeping walls & other pieces (such as the glider/crib/rug in this room) neutral colored so the other pieces like the dresser can be an awesome pop of bold color! 

Plus I'm not a big enough fan of pink to put in on walls so I used a soft mint blue on the walls and let my girly pink shine on the dresser. 

I distressed it by hand with sandpaper for my favorite finish. 
Plus those curves & crevices on this piece were crying out to have attention drawn to them.
I love how distressing brings out all the details. 

I kept the hardware in their original state because I loved the worn brass look.
I did soak them in a mixture of hot water & vinegar to clean them up a bit and make them shine a bit more. 

But if you wanted and updated look, go ahead and paint them in oil-rubbed bronze or gold. 
Adding new hardware wasn't an option to me because you can't beat the vintage vibe AND the fact that all the pieces were still with the dresser. 

I sealed the piece with a couple coats of soft furniture wax which gives it a silky feel and gives it a protective layer. 

I haven't even begun to come near filling all the drawers yet but I'm so excited about using it as our changing station! 
The changing pad sits on top perfectly and the drawer underneath is the perfect size for holding diapers & various things like baby powder and booty paste. 

Check out the before & after of this gorgeous girl!!!

So in love with all that color. 

I don't know if I'll ever get tired of painting furniture fun pops of color! 
I love white distressed pieces just as much but these bring so much personality and fun to a room! 

Are you in love with colorful pieces too? 
Painted anything pink lately? 

Be sure to check out the full Nursery Reveal if you haven't yet to see how the rest of the room came together.
You can also view a complete color/source list here if you're wondering about any of the pieces used in styling the dresser or the room!! 

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July 16, 2014

{Gold & Pink Nursery} Colors & Source List

I thought that adding the colors & source list for Baby M's nursery would be a lot easier standing alone than thrown in with all the crazy amounts of pictures in the nursery reveal post! 

Check out the Nursery Reveal post here to see all the gorgeous pictures and get some details of how the room came together!

Below I'll be listing paint colors, a list of where things were purchased and links to the DIY tutorials for most of the pieces in the room. 

I"ll be adding to the DIY links as I get the blogposts up so keep checking back if you're dying to see a certain one :) 

Please let me know any questions you have- I'd love to answer them either here on the blog or via email!! 

{Room Colors}
Main Wall Color- "Mint Whisper" by Valspar

Accent Wall Color- "Ultra White" by Valspar
*all the trim & the closet doors were this white as well*

Dresser- "Camellia Rose" by Valspar but was color-matched in the Sherwin-Williams proclassic enamel latex paint. 

Gold Accents- "Brilliant Gold" spraypaint by Valspar

Hot Pink accents (lamps, frames)- "Watermelon" spraypaint by Krylon

{Source List}
Crib- used from my son's old nursery. Touched up with White Enamel spraypaint. 
Rocking Chair- DIY project *tutorial coming soon*
White Ruffle curtains- Target
Distressed Signs- DIY project *tutorial coming soon*
Wooden Monogram Circle- DIY project
Painted Monogram- purchased at and custom painted. 
Gold Herringbone Wall Decal- Vinyl purchased from and cut/designed by me. 
Rocking horse- DIY project *Tutorial here* 

Bumper Pads- Custom made by a friend with this fabric
Crib Sheets- Land of Nod Gold Dot Nursery Collection 
Crib Skirt- DIY project
Gold & Pink floral pillows- Marshalls & TJ Maxx
White Pillow- Ikea

Dresser- Craigslist find and redone by me *tutorial coming soon*
Trio of song & monogram prints- Designed by me and framed in Hobby Lobby basic white frames
Changing Pad Cover-
White & Gold Accessory Box- DIY project 
Gold & White Enamel Tray- Target
Burlap Flowers- Old DIY project
Upholstered Tufted Rocker- Thrifted from Habitat Restore and re-upholstered locally
Gold Herringbone & Pink Pillows- handmade
Pink & Gold Pouffe Ottoman- Target
White End Table- Garden Ridge & repainted in Enamel White
Lamp- Garden Ridge & repainted Watermelon
Gold & White frames- TJ Maxx
'Beautiful' Sign- DIY project *Tutorial coming soon*
Name Banner- DIY project from Gender reveal
Rug- Garden Ridge

Bow Holder- DIY project *Tutorial coming soon*
Diaper Bag-

Bench- Thrifted and redone by me (original makeover here & updated tutorial coming soon)
Pillows- All handmade *tutorials soon*
Lovie basket- was around the house :) 
Toy Basket- Garden Ridge
Gold Frame- Antique handed down from my mimi
Wall Art- All DIY projects


DIY tutorials will be added to this list as they are posted on the blog! 
Be sure to visit the full Nursery Reveal here for all the pictures your heart could desire!! 

Let me know if there's anything I left out and I'll be happy to share it with you!!
Hope you guys enjoyed touring our sweet nursery :) 

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Glamorous Gold & Pink Nursery Reveal

Today is the day, friends!
I've been dying to get this blogpost up for months and it's finally time to get it out there!
I'm talking nursery reveal!!!!

Are you as excited as I am? 

Hubby & I have worked so hard on this little room for the past eight months because it was a total monster of a room before. 
And I still can't believe the transformation it's undergone to get to where it is today. 

So be prepared for lots of pictures, friends.
And I'll be sharing a source list directly after this post goes up sharing the details about paint colors, stores & thrifted finds so you know where everything came from. 
I just thought combining all of that with all the pictures would be a bit overwhelming. 
{To see the color names & source list, head over here

So here is sweet Baby M's gorgeous nursery...
I so hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. 

I can't thank my sweet husband enough for all the time & effort he put into it with me. 
He literally brought all the dreams & plans I had on paper and brought them to life with me. 
I'm incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful hubby & daddy to our kids. 

Are you ready???

Here goes...

Even before we knew whether it was a girl or not, I had already decided that gold & pink were going to be nursery colors if it turned out that it was a girl!
I had a harder time thinking of colors for a boy, so I was incredibly excited to get started as soon as we found out Baby M was a 'she'!!! 

Buttttt (a big but!) I'm not a huge mega fan of pink and definitely didn't want it to be too vintage-esque or outdated with the gold thrown in. 
So I opted to paint the three walls a gorgeous light mint color and leave the pops of pink in the accessories of the room :) 

So let's take a further peek, shall we??  

Of course baby girl had to have her own wreath!
A super quick & easy tutorial will be up on it soon :) 

I love seeing her sweet wreath greet us when we walk down the hallway! 

The 'main' wall of the room was actually pre-existing paneling that had been painted over. 
I decided to embrace it and hubby added molding to the sides and painted it white to make an 'accent wall' for me to work with.
I knew the crib would be beautiful on it but I wanted something graphic behind it to stand out. 
Enter in the gold herringbone. 

Which was incredibly hard to photograph :) 
But more on that later. 

This lovely little corner came together all by chance. 
I had scoured the internet for weeks trying to find a decent priced glider or rocker that would be comfortable, functional and (of course) decorative. 

I fell in love with all the gorgeous upholstered & tufted-backed chairs but did NOT want to pay the hefty price tag attached (we're talking anywhere from $1100-5000$). No thanks! 

Hubby gets all the credit on finding that gorgeous chair at Habitat for a mere 20$. 
I'll be sharing more on my thrifted makeovers in other posts but can you BELIEVE the difference a little upholstery work can make??

I'm so looking forward to rocking baby girl in this corner!!

Most of the items in this corner were thrifted or made by me. 
The name banner & 'beautiful' word art were both DIY projects that I l.o.v.e in this space. 
More on those to come :) 

The little table & lamp got quick makeovers and both the pillows are handmade. 

Hubby outdid himself by taking some crazy made up plans I drew on a piece of scrap paper and making this gorgeous bow holder for little girl. 

I added some fun stripes with paint and it's perfect for holding all her bows.
Because you know that a girl can never have enough...
Even if hubby says there's plenty :) 

A tutorial to walk you through how we made it will be coming soon. 

I found the cutest Etsy shop that does custom iron-on appliques and fell completely in love!!
I used one of the monogram appliques I ordered to customize Baby M's diaper bag from Zulily. 
Love it :) 

I added some fun vintage finds from around the house to a gorgeous gold & white enamel tray I found at Target. 
I love how sweet the milk glass & burlap flowers look together. 

I was incredibly excited to find that the coffee table that used to reside in our living room was the perfect size to serve as a sweet little bench along this wall in the nursery. 
It got a little glam touch-up and found it's home with some DIY pillows and a basket full of lovies. 

More on it's quick makeover later! 

The three pieces of wall art above the bench were all DIY projects. 
The Sound of Music quote was something I made as soon as we found out about Baby. 
I just needed to make something :) 

The gorgeous gold frame was an antique frame from my Mimi's old house. 
And the tree slice quote was made from a piece of our tree we recently had to have cut down in the front yard. 
The kids adored the tree because it had a wooden swing hubby made on it's our own little version of the 'Giving Tree'. 

More pictures of the crib wall!!
The gold herringbone pattern was made by using the natural boundaries created by the paneling on the wall.
I spent one evening carefully cutting vinyl to create the pattern and I couldn't be happier with the gorgeous glam feeling it brings the room. 

If you're doing a more complicated pattern, there are lots of cute shops to order from but I love the fact that all I had to do was order the vinyl and I could make my own pattern. 

I'll be sharing more on the gorgeous distressed signs on either side of the crib soon. 
They are one of my favorite elements of the room :) 

Hubby created the barn wood circle for me by using an old MDF tabletop we had lying around as the base. 
No tutorial on this one since I completely forgot to take pictures.
But basically a jigsaw will take care of you once you trace the size of circle you want onto your boards :) 
If you have more questions about it, don't hesitate to email me! 

The wooden monogram was a purchase that I painted to match the dresser & bedding. 

I love the sweet gold rocking chair resting in the corner and it was so easy to makeover!
More details coming soon on it. 

One of the things I was super excited about was transforming the closet bifold doors into French Doors. We hate hate hate our bifold doors in our house and I found this wonderful tutorial on changing them into french doors which is genius.
We've been slowly re-doing all our bifolds into these. 

And, of course, what little girl's closet wouldn't be complete without all kinds of sweet, girly clothes?? 
Mommy & Mimi may go a little crazy with all the cute girly stuff out there!! 
Some of my favorite places have been Zulily, Marshalls, the Target clearance rack & 
Yikes. Girls are dangerous :) 

You will definitely be hearing more about the gorgeous pink dresser.
No room in my house would be complete without an awesome furniture transformation! 

These three prints were one of my favorite & easiest DIY project for this room. 
I designed all three on my favorite photo-editing site and had them printed at Walmart. 

If you'd like more details on how to get some yourself, email me at
I'd love to chat with you about how we can get you your own customized trio.
I'll be setting it up in the near future for you to be able to purchase them hopefully through Etsy but in the meantime, you can shoot me an email if you are interested!! 

And of course you can't have a great room reveal without realizing how far it's come. 
The before picture doesn't even touch the surface as to how bad this room was. 
It was packed. And served so many purposes. 
I still can't believe we were able to get everything out of it and get this room down to it's bare-bones to get started. 

But I couldn't be happier with the gorgeous outcome. 

Now all we need is a beautiful baby girl to fill it!! 

What do you think? 
Are you in love with the mint, pink & gold color theme too? 

I'd love to hear your thoughts- it was definitely one of my most time-intensive & dramatic makeovers yet!! 


For all the details on colors & the source list for most of the items in this room, check out this post

DIY tutorials for various projects will be added as they are posted!! 

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