A Perfectly Pretty Turquoise, Yellow and Pink Bird-themed Nursery, Part 1: Chalk Painted Dresser

You know what I miss about being single? My old bedroom that was 100% reflective of my style: burnt orange walls, rich original pine flooring, dark woods, deep blue accents, and sunflowers, happy sunflowers. My retreat. And it was unabashedly bright and feminine.  Being married, however, I try to downplay my naturally feminine decorating tendencies without necessarily going masculine, and the result is neutral. Not bad, but not fully representative of either of us.

So, I decorate vicariously through my daughters, at least while they are still young enough not to offer much input.

When I walk into this room, I feel so peaceful (until my wildling starts banging on the walls next door, of course).

There’s a bevy of DIYs going on in this nursery, which I will walk you through in a three part series, but you know which is my favorite? This dresser.

It was a thrift store find, purchased and DIYed with love by Lottie’s Heehaw, Glamma (yes, Glam-ma) and I over a fantastic weekend we spent together after she was born — a memory piece.

To create this look, my father started  some heavy duty sanding to buff out the deep scratches.

Next, Glamma and I applied two coats of chalk paint (Note: chalk paint doesn’t necessarily need a sanded surface!). We used swift, rough brush strokes that inadvertently created a textured surface with a softening effect.

Finally, we applied one coat of wax, let it dry, and then reattached the hardware. Can you believe it’s the original hardware? So sweet.

I loved this item so much I knew I had to make it the focal point of her room. And even though I’m sure it will see its fair share of markers, dried boogers and carved initials, I hope she’ll one day appreciate the love that went into it.

Time, Materials, Costs, Alternatives

As I journal DIY projects from here on out, I’ll make note of time, materials and costs to help you decide whether or not this is a project you’re willing and able to tackle.

  • Dresser, thrift store find, $70 (donated by G-parents)
  • Chalk paint, CeCe Caldwell in Destin Gulf Green, $35 (donated by G-parents)
  • Wax, CeCe Caldwell, $10 (also donated)
  • Hardware, original! $0
  • Time, between three people and a power sander, about 1-2 hours of labor and about 2-3 hours of drying time.

Some cost saving alternatives would be using a donated or existing dresser or chest is drawers, as well as making your own chalk paint (I’ll cover my experience with this in a future post).

Aaand We’re Open

I’m lying on my couch nursing my 3 month old, forcing myself to get this first post off the ground. Here goes.

My name’s Allison. I’m a former

***oops, I literally just hit the “publish” button while sneaking my way off the couch and trying not to wake my nursling. That’s how I anticipate much of this project to go. Any moms relate? As I was saying…***

My name’s Allison.

photo courtesy of Katie Arey

I’m a former content marketing professional turned stay-at-home mom with a penchant for power tools, paint, and DIY projects.  While my job title and priorities have changed quite a bit over the last two years, my ambition and creative drive haven’t. So, I invite you to follow along with me on a series of colorful misadventures, from DIY and creative projects, to kids, health and all my various – often hilariously failed – attempts to better my person, my budget and my family.

But let’s not put a limit on the topics, shall we? Let’s just say anything goes. Hopefully you’ll get a good laugh at my expense, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll learn how to build something together.