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Dresser Makeover | Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

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Dresser Makeover

I am scheduled to have my baby exactly 3 weeks from today.  Over the past two months, I have been getting ready to meet our little guy by getting his nursery together and I am excited to finally start showing you what I have been up to beginning with this dresser makeover.

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I started with a dresser that I picked up from the thrift store for $45.  It is solid wood and just needed some updating.  It was PERFECT for the nursery.  I wanted to go with a fish theme in the nursery because my husband LOVES fishing.  The fishing details are subtle and throughout the room because I didn’t want to overwhelm the space with fish.  I brought the dresser home with me and started thinking about how I could finish it to go with the fishing theme.  I decided to use Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan in the color Aubusson Blue and finished it off with their Clear Soft Wax.  I had never used Chalk Paint® before and was excited to give it a try.  It is definitely different than any other paint I have ever used.  First, I need to clarify that this is NOT chalkboard paint.  The Chalk Paint® is a really sticky and thick paint that makes it so that you don’t have to sand or prime your project before you get started.  It made the process of painting it super fast and painless!

Boys nursery

To use it, you just paint the project and then let it dry.  If you have enough coverage after one coat, then you can go straight to the wax.  If you want more coverage, just paint another coat on the project and then let that dry.  I had complete coverage at two coats.  I actually coated everything but the drawers twice.  For the drawers, I liked the way that the wood was coming through the paint, so I only painted one coat.  Applying the wax is as easy as rubbing a cloth in the wax and then on the dresser.  I found that if I moved in circles that it worked the best.

drawer pulls

Now for the fun part!  Remember how I mentioned the fish theme?  I decided that for the knobs I wanted to do something a little bit different than usual.  The bottom drawer pulls are Seachoice Galvanized 4″ Dock Cleats.  I know you’ve seen them before.   They are used on boat docks to wrap the rope around to keep your boat tethered to the dock.  They really are so perfect for the drawers!  The top drawers are nautical monkey fist knots.  I bought some rope and followed a You Tube video and tied them myself.  To attach them to the drawer, I fed the rope through the hole and then secured them with a knot on the inside of the drawer.  They are the perfect touch!  I am in love with the way the drawer pulls all turned out.

DIY Dresser Makeover

There you have it!  A subtle fishing themed dresser that is perfect for the nursery!  On top of the dresser, you will find some books, toys, and a lamp.  The lamp is from IKEA, toys from Target, and books from all over.  Last, the frames up above the dresser are from Michaels and I got them on sale for $4 each!!!  You can’t beat that!  I will eventually have pics of my baby in the two empty frames.  The frame that has the sea creatures in it is a print that my friend made for me that I am in LOVE with.  It is perfect for the subtle underwater, fishing theme I am going for.

Boys nursery makeover

Well?  What do you think?  I am excited to show you more of the nursery in the next two weeks.  It has been a labor of love for sure!

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Happy Halloween Tags | Free Printable

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Last week, I shared the Glow in the Dark Broomstick favors that I sent to Lillie’s school when they celebrated her birthday.  I meant to share these tags with you on Thursday or Friday, but life got a little busy for me.  (How’s that for honesty?)  Anyway, I wanted to make sure to share them with you so that you can use them if you would like to.  I also thought you might like some generic Happy Halloween tags to go along with it in case you don’t have a birthday to celebrate this month.

glow in the dark broomsticks

First, I wanted to show you how easy it is to personalize the birthday tags using picmonkey.com.  It is free to use and SO EASY!  If you haven’t tried it out already, you definitely need to pronto.  (I am not getting paid to say that.  I just genuinely love picmonkey)  To get started, you will need to download the Happy Birthday tags at the bottom of this post.  It is a jpeg image.  Save it to your computer and then upload it into picmonkey.  Once it’s uploaded, you will click on the T on the left hand side of the screen.  This is the text tool.  Type in the text that you would like, in this case, the name of the birthday girl.  For this tutorial, I used the GEO Sans Light font that is free to use with picmonkey.  Once you have the font you like in the size that you like, you can right click the word and then click duplicate text.  This will make an exact match and you can place it wherever you would like.  It is helpful so that you can make all of the tags look the same.

picmonkey tutorial

After you have placed your text on all of the tags, save the image to your computer, and then print it out on your printer. It is so easy!  If you have any questions about how it works, just let me know.

Witches Broom favor

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Happy Halloween Tags

Happy Birthday Tags

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