I do have good news, though! Even though I haven't been posting, I have been taking lots of pictures to document all the stuff I've been working on. So without further ado, here's installment number 1 of many catch-you-up posts!
Over the last few months I've been working on slowly redecorating my daughter's bedroom. She's transitioned from her toddler bed into a (drumroll please...) twin size bed! Way to go my sweet, sweet girl. As a result of that move, I've felt the need to update her bedroom to more of a big kid feel. Additionally, our son will eventually be sharing that room with her so I'm trying to make it a good room for both of them. I've had an ocean theme in there since we moved in, but I've decided to go with more of a bright and colorful forest theme.
I'll be doing several posts on the progress I've made, but today I thought I'd share the super cute bedside table makeover I did. Ever since I refinished our coffee table I've been looking for another piece to paint, and I found the perfect thing in this little chest of drawers from the Habitat for Humanity thrift store.
She needs some work, huh? I'd already started sanding a little before I took these pictures, but they give you a pretty good idea of how she looked before I started working. The whole thing was spray painted (very poorly, I might add) in a glossy black. I'm a pretty bad spray painter myself, so I sympathized with all the crackly, drippy spots the previous owner had made. As you can see, whoever owned this table before me decided to dress 'er up with a nice thick covering of garish butterfly and flower decals. The one's I had already removed are in a pile on the top in the above photo. They left pretty nasty sticky spots that I had to work hard to sand down.
Don't you love those big fat wooden knobs? Those things drive me crazy, so I knew from the beginning that they were goners. I let Lily choose their replacements and I think she did a great job choosing!
With all the bright colors I planned to use in their room, I wanted to go with something neutral for this table. I've been loving all the grays and chippy old wood I've seen on Pinterest lately, so I decided to try gray with some dry-brushed white on top to give the piece some age. I didn't get any in-process pictures (oops), so here's the final product!
Tada! Isn't it cute? Lily chose the prettiest blue milk glass knobs, and I think they look really beautiful with the grey. I'm sorry these pictures don't capture much of the dry-brushing detail. It turned out really well! To protect the finish I did three coats of wax on the exterior and one coat inside the drawers.
Since Lily chose the blue knobs I decided to add a little surprise to compliment them. I have lots of the lovely blue paint from our coffee table leftover, so I used that to give a bright pop of color to the inside of the drawers.
That lamp is one I've had for a while, but for this redo I added those rosettes to the shade to give it a little more punch. Like the owl? I made this one myself, but it was inspired by this one from Kerry's sweet Etsy shop. Here's the table with the bed:
Doesn't that look nice? I love it how it all turned out! And look at that cute little curly-headed photo bomber. :) I'm so proud of that quilt, too. It turned out even better than I'd imagined! If you're interested in having one, I do sell them here in my Etsy shop. They're really bright and fun, and Lily loves to snuggle up in hers every night.
Whew! That turned out to be a very long post! Thanks for persevering all the way to the end! Do you like how the big kid room is coming together? Let me know!
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