Nursery Reveal (10 months later)

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I’m almost embarrassed to say how long it has taken me to post our completed nursery. Our sweet baby boy is now 9 1/2 months and all I can say is WOW, they weren’t lying when they said it goes by fast. The delay of this post wasn’t due to a lack of excitement… oh no. I love the way Beau’s outdoor themed nursery turned out. Lack of sleep, maybe? Nah… we got used to that. You see, there was one FINAL piece that needed to be completed. One crucial item that without it NO nursery is complete and therefore cannot be posted.

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“Little Man” Themed Baby Shower for Baby B

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A couple of Saturdays ago, my mother-in-law (with the help of my mom, sister-in-law, and sweet friend) threw me the most beautiful “Little Man” themed baby shower for “Baby B!” I was blown away with how put together and cute the whole set-up was (not that I didn’t think they had it in them) and of course had to share it on the blog. These ladies worked their butts off making all the details perfect. Here are a few pictures.

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Refinished Child’s Armoire

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There’s nothing I love more than a hand-me-down piece of furniture that has been in the family for years. Sure, I love to refinish any old thing, but knowing the story behind a piece really makes the end product that much more fulfilling.

This past fall, after announcing our pregnancy to our family, Kurt’s Mimi and Pappa were quick to offer an old child’s armoire they had stowed away in their back shed. Knowing the size of our nursery, which is not big at all, I highly doubted anything else would fit, especially an armoire, which in my head was huge. A couple months later, we made the trip to their house for Christmas and we finally got to rest our eyes on the child’s armoire that had once been Mimi’s.

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DIY Crib

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Since we found out we were pregnant (maybe even before), we knew we wanted to build our baby’s crib. Of course we I had my doubts. Would it be safe enough? What would we finish it with that would be safe for baby? Would it even look good? Psh… c’mon – I knew the answer to that last one.

I started by searching different styles of cribs on Pinterest and even DIY cribs to see if I could get any tips from other DIYers. I came across Back to Domestic’s DIY Cribs and loved the style. This style of crib looked like it could be built using the same general technique we used for our DIY Pottery Barn Farmhouse Bed, which gave me the confidence I needed to move forward.

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DIY Mini Nursery Bookshelf

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Happy New Year, and what a year it will be! 2014 was a great year for us and it’s hard to believe 2015 will be even better! As we’ve been waiting on the arrival of our baby boy, we’ve been working hard on projects for the nursery. With frequent trips out of town on the weekends, time at home is sparse and the projects are taking longer than we like.

For Thanksgiving, we traveled to Georgia to spend time with my family. The weather was good for the most part, but I was thrilled when a rainy day turned into a project day in my dad’s workshop. Being the tool nerd that he is, my dad has a nicely stocked workshop, which is something I could get used to.

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Our biggest DIY to date

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Man oh man, has it been awhile? This year, filled with DIY projects galore, has absolutely flown by. I haven’t posted in quite a while, as our lives tend to get a little more hectic during college football season with frequent weekend trips back to Baton Rouge. But don’t you worry… We’ve got SEVERAL projects that are in the process of making it to the blog.

One of our biggest DIY projects, that hasn’t officially made it’s blog debut, started brewing in July and made itself known (to us) in August 🙂

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Easy Color-block Candleholder

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Last weekend Kurt and I were finally at home together for the WHOLE weekend. We’ve been pretty busy lately so a weekend at home is hard to come by. I, of course, had to do some sort of project and luckily there was a super easy one I had been concocting in my head. Often times, we have scraps of wood lying around from previous projects. I had my eye on a leftover piece of 4×4 post from our DIY Pottery Barn bed. A few different ideas ran through my head, but ultimately I decided it would make the perfect color-blocked candleholder for our bathroom window sill.

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Recessed & Under-Cabinet Lighting

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Last week I was thrilled to have my parents, aka. “the nuggets,” come to Alexandria and stay with us. The last time they came to our house was November, for the birth of my niece, and since then the projects for my dad had piled up.

If you know my dad, you know that he is incredibly smart and handy. Wood working, tiling, electrical work… you name it, he can do it. I grew up shadowing him and helping with projects around the house. He’s a quiet man so just having the time together was enjoyable to me. I didn’t realize how much I was actually learning during those projects but I realize it now. I do the home projects I’m comfortable with, but one thing I leave for my dad (for now at least) is electrical work.

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DIY Farmhouse Bedside Tables

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After Kurt and I surprised ourselves by successfully building our very own Pottery Barn Farmhouse Bed, matching bedside tables were subsequently added to our long list of home projects. This new to do task was pushed to the bottom of the list as we already had bedside tables but a girl can only look at laminate furniture for so long. So on Memorial Day Weekend, while everyone we know had plans of vacationing, we had plans for farmhouse bedside tables by ana-white.com. Here is a picture of our Pottery Barn Farmhouse Bed with mismatching laminate nightstands. These nightstands have been reunited with their matching headboard in our guest bedroom… I plan on painting the whole set eventually.

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Guest Blog: Nursery Bookshelf

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When my beautiful friend, Jessica, of The Happily Hughes asked me to guest blog I was thrilled! I knew exactly what I would blog about. A couple of month’s ago I scored an old pie safe that was in “okay” condition. It was the seller’s stepfather’s great grandfather’s piece (still with me?) so really it was in great shape for it’s age.

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Painted Bathroom Cabinets

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When we traded our huge builder grade mirror for two wooden framed mirrors Kurt made for me, I knew I would have to do some repainting. Before we moved in, we painted the bathroom walls a warm muddy gray to hold us over until we could fully tackle the room decor later. I loved the color of the walls, but with everything else white, the room felt boring… boring, that is, until your eyes rested on our awesome mirrors (thanks babe ;))

After transforming our kitchen by painting the oak cabinets, I turned my efforts towards our builder grade, fake wood master bathroom cabinets. Now, as you know, Kurt and I don’t like to spend money where it isn’t needed so I used quite a few supplies that had been purchased previously for other projects.