Gray and Pink Dresser Makeover for a Big Girl Room & a GIVEAWAY

Beautiful dresser transformation with chalk paint.  Love the gray and pink color combination, perfect for a "big girl room!"

 

This project has been a LONG time in coming, but I can finally share it with you – my first ever furniture makeover!  We had plans to do this back in September with a hand-me-down dresser, but ended up not getting the dresser we thought we were getting…so it was back to the drawing board.  After scouring Craigslist for weeks, we ended up finding a dresser we liked at a local used furniture store, but of course it sat in the garage for a month after we bought it.  Finally, in early November, we got around to painting it…but then, some of the drawers needed repairs and we needed to find new drawer hardware.  I think the whole thing was finished around Thanksgiving, but of course with the craziness of the holidays and preparations for a baby, the “big reveal” got delayed until now!  But I am excited to bring you this amazing transformation of a second hand dresser, turned into a beautiful piece of furniture worthy of our little princess’s “big girl room!”

 

Beautiful dresser transformation with chalk paint.  Love the gray and pink color combination, perfect for a "big girl room!"

 

I’m no furniture makeover expert, but I will walk you through our dresser’s transformation!  You can see in the photo above that it had good “bones” – mostly solid wood, with some detailing along the top of the dresser and the attached mirror. We used Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint and Creme Wax, and it was SO easy to work with.  I actually wanted a more medium shade of gray than they have, so I mixed a light gray (“yesteryear”) with a dark gray (“relic”) and ended up with just what I was looking for.

 

Beautiful dresser transformation with chalk paint.  Love the gray and pink color combination, perfect for a "big girl room!"

 

To ensure an even mix of the colors, my husband used this drill attachment on his drill to mix the paint in a separate container.

 

Beautiful dresser transformation with chalk paint.  Love the gray and pink color combination, perfect for a "big girl room!"

 

There were a few scratches and gouges in the top of the dresser that my husband filled and sanded before painting, and after a coat of paint you’d never know they were there!  That’s the beauty of painting secondhand furniture.

 

Beautiful dresser transformation with chalk paint.  Love the gray and pink color combination, perfect for a "big girl room!"

 

I don’t have any great “in-progress” photos, so you’ll just have to believe me when I tell you it was super easy!  I did two coats of gray chalk paint, then followed the instructions on the DecoArt website to apply a layer of Creme Wax on top.  The wax really brought out the depth of color that I was hoping for.  I just love how it turned out!

 

Beautiful dresser transformation with chalk paint.  Love the gray and pink color combination, perfect for a "big girl room!"

 

The pink mirror was actually a bit of an afterthought…originally it was going to be gray like the dresser, but I decided I wanted something to add a bit more color, so I used the chalky paint shade called “Promise” to paint the mirror, along with a coat of creme wax.  Isn’t it pretty?

 

Beautiful dresser transformation with chalk paint.  Love the gray and pink color combination, perfect for a "big girl room!"

 

The finishing touch to give it a bit of “glam” were these terrific pink acrylic knobs from D. Lawless Hardware.  I think they’re my favorite part of the project!!  I love the little bit of class and sparkle they bring to the room.

 

Beautiful dresser transformation with chalk paint.  Love the gray and pink color combination, perfect for a "big girl room!"

 

I had a hard time picking which knobs I wanted from the big selection at D. Lawless, but ultimately these were the right choice.  And they arrived at my door step only a few days after I placed my order!

 

Addy has been moved into her “big girl room” for over a month now, and absolutely loves it!  If you missed the sneak peek of the reading corner of the room, make sure you check it out.  I still have a few finishing touches I need to get to (mostly some more things to hang on the walls) but you’ll be seeing bits and pieces of it revealed in the coming weeks…including a DIY pink crystal chandelier, cheap bookshelf makeover, and more!

 

Beautiful dresser transformation with chalk paint.  Love the gray and pink color combination, perfect for a "big girl room!"

 

I’ve teamed up with the great folks over at D. Lawless Hardware for a terrific giveaway…a $50 Gift Card for not one, but TWO lucky winners!  A big thanks to D. Lawless for sponsoring this giveaway.  Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 30.  Good luck!

 

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Have you ever attempted a furniture makeover?  Or do you have one on your to-do list?  After this success, I’d love to try another one soon!

 

Disclosure: I received free product from DecoArt and D. Lawless for this project in exchange for an honest review.   D. Lawless Hardware provided the gift cards for the giveaway.  No other compensation was provided.  Please know that all thoughts and opinions are completely my own!
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Daddy’s Hospital Survival Kit with Free Printable

Put together a small "hospital survival kit"  for the daddy-to-be - a great list of things to include in daddy's hospital bag!  (includes a free printable label!)

 

As I’m writing this post, I’m not sure whether we will have VERY recently welcomed baby #2 into our family…or perhaps we’re still waiting on his/her arrival.  (I’m writing this post 1 week before my due date and scheduling it to be published the day after my due date…so only God knows!)  I’ll be sure to post an update on Facebook once baby is here to keep you all in the loop :-)

 

I do have MY hospital bag packed, but in preparation for baby’s arrival, I wanted to put together a little something special for my husband.  Having been through this process once before, I know what it is that he’s about to go through…and while I definitely have a harder job, his isn’t all that glamorous either! So I put together a little “Daddy’s Hospital Survival Kit” to help him through his stay at the hospital, filled with some of his favorite goodies as well as a few other things that he may need.

 

Put together a small "hospital survival kit"  for the daddy-to-be - a great list of things to include in daddy's hospital bag!

 

 

I actually did a bag like this for him last time around and he really appreciated it, so I knew that he’d enjoy having another one.  If you’re thinking of putting one together – either for your significant other or perhaps as a gift for another daddy-to-be in your life (son, brother, neighbor, friend, etc.) – you might find this list helpful in brainstorming what to include in his “hospital survival kit!”

 

ENERGY.

Put together a small "hospital survival kit"  for the daddy-to-be - a great list of things to include in daddy's hospital bag!  (includes a free printable label!)

 

My first labor was a whopping 32 hours, the last 18 of which took place at the hospital. While I had all kinds of adrenaline pumping through my body, I know that it must have been hard for my husband to stay awake and alert by my side all through the day and night.  I stashed a few protein bars and an energy drink into Daddy’s Bag so he’d have something to help keep him going!

 

 

SUSTENANCE.

Put together a small "hospital survival kit"  for the daddy-to-be - a great list of things to include in daddy's hospital bag!  (includes a free printable label!)

 

Once you get to the hospital, you won’t be allowed to eat anything…but that doesn’t mean your husband should suffer the same fate!  Sure, you may not want him to eat in front of you, but by throwing a few of his favorite snacks and a Gatorade in his bag he’ll be able to grab a quick snack without having to go all the way to the cafeteria.  You might want to consider putting a few dollar bills in, too, so he can make a vending machine run in the middle of the night if needed.  (A good place to look to stock up on favorite snacks and candy in small sizes is the checkout aisle!)

 

 

OTHER ESSENTIALS.

Put together a small "hospital survival kit"  for the daddy-to-be - a great list of things to include in daddy's hospital bag!  (includes a free printable label!)

 

If Daddy is planning to spend the night in the hospital with you, hopefully he has a bag packed for himself with any essentials he needs…but this time around, my husband will be heading home to sleep in his own bed, so I don’t think he’ll be bringing much to the hospital for himself.  Just in case he needs them, the lotion, chap stick, tissues, and especially the brush-ups will be good to have on hand.  Think about any other little comfort items that might be nice for him to have – maybe hit up the travel toiletries aisle.

 

If you’re looking for more ideas of things to stock your Daddy Hospital Survival Kit, consider including a handwritten note/card for him to read at the hospital, letting him know how much you love him!  (Especially because you may not be in a very loving, sentimental mood throughout your labor experience!)  If you have other kiddos at home, you could help them write a note or draw a picture to put in, too.  Maybe you could buy or make a “New Daddy” t-shirt for him to wear proudly after the birth of his baby.  Or make/buy a onesie for your baby that you know he’ll absolutely love to put the baby in (think related to his favorite sports team, tv show, hobby, etc).

 

Here’s an image that you’re welcome to use as a label on your Daddy’s Hospital Survival Kit – just right click and “save as” to download it to your computer!  Or, if you have a Silhouette, here’s a free studio file for you to print and cut using your Portrait or Cameo.

FINE PRINT: This design is for personal use only.  I would love for you to follow me via FacebookPinterestInstagram, orTwitter in exchange for downloading the cut file or free printable.  It’s certainly not required, but much appreciated!

 

Put together a small "hospital survival kit"  for the daddy-to-be - a great list of things to include in daddy's hospital bag!  (includes a free printable label!)

 

Don’t forget to make sure that YOU have a hospital bag packed and ready to go, too!  I’ve got a free printable hospital bag checklist with things to pack for mom, dad, and baby, so stop by and check that out, too!

 

Things may be a little quieter than normal around here over the next few weeks as I take a bit of a “maternity leave” from the blog to get settled as a family of 4 – but don’t you worry, I’ve got some fabulous bloggers lined up to share some inspiring guest posts with you in the coming weeks, so don’t go away!

 

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DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters

DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters - cut a vinyl stencil or buy a pre-made one from the craft store for these easy and personal handmade gifts.  (They make great gifts for guys!)

 

 

I had an epic goal of hand making one gift for everyone on our list this year…I didn’t quite make it, but I did come pretty close!  These DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters were one of my favorites, though.  I made a set for each of my not-quite-brother-in-laws (my two sisters’ significant others), which worked out perfectly, since they are both into things like camping or hunting, and they really like rustic, earthy elements.

 

Originally, I had wanted to make the wood slices myself (er, have hubby make them for me) and we did slice up a log that I’d hoped to be able to use…but alas, most of the slices cracked as the wood dried much too quickly.  (You can see what I did with the surviving slices in this post!)  So I just bought birch wood slices from Michael’s – with a coupon of course – and went about stenciling them myself.  (There are lots of shops on Etsy where you can buy wood slices, too.)

 

DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters - cut a vinyl stencil or buy a pre-made one from the craft store for these easy and personal handmade gifts.  (They make great gifts for guys!)

 

First, I decided I wanted to make monogrammed wood slice coasters for my middle sister’s fiance.  I created the design in Silhouette studio, and then cut it out of vinyl.

 

DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters - cut a vinyl stencil or buy a pre-made one from the craft store for these easy and personal handmade gifts.  (They make great gifts for guys!)

 

 

I used contact paper to transfer the vinyl design to the wood slice.

 

DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters - cut a vinyl stencil or buy a pre-made one from the craft store for these easy and personal handmade gifts.  (They make great gifts for guys!)

 

 

Then I dabbed on acrylic paint – two thin coats was enough.

 

DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters - cut a vinyl stencil or buy a pre-made one from the craft store for these easy and personal handmade gifts.  (They make great gifts for guys!)

 

 

After letting them dry for about an hour, I applied two thin coats of varnish to help preserve the design and repel water.  It gave them a little bit of a shine, too.

 

DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters - cut a vinyl stencil or buy a pre-made one from the craft store for these easy and personal handmade gifts.  (They make great gifts for guys!)

 

 

Then I used hot glue to add thin corkboard to the bottom of each coaster that I had cut to the right size and shape.  You could also use a piece of felt, or even a few sticky felt or foam dots – just something to keep the bottom of the coasters from scratching up any furniture.

 

DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters - cut a vinyl stencil or buy a pre-made one from the craft store for these easy and personal handmade gifts.  (They make great gifts for guys!)

 

I made another set for my youngest sister’s boyfriend, who is an avid hunter.

 

DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters - cut a vinyl stencil or buy a pre-made one from the craft store for these easy and personal handmade gifts.  (They make great gifts for guys!)

 

I even had my sister send me a photo of his dog, an enormous black lab named Huck – then I used photoshop to create a silhouette of his head and imported it to Silhouette Studio to make it into a stencil for a coaster!

 

DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters - cut a vinyl stencil or buy a pre-made one from the craft store for these easy and personal handmade gifts.  (They make great gifts for guys!)

 

It is normally SO difficult to buy gifts for men, let alone make them a gift that they’ll actually enjoy and use…but I think these are winners in that department!  And actually, I like them so much that I want to make a set for myself.  They’d make great gifts for anyone who likes more rustic elements…or even terrific wedding or shower favors!  The most time consuming part was designing and cutting the stencils – the painting and top coat was really quick and easy!  And even if you don’t have a Silhouette to design and cut the stencils yourself, you could easily purchase a reusable monogram stencil from a craft store.

 

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So, be sure to file away this idea until Father’s Day, or even next Christmas, for the men in your life!

 

Did you have any really successful handmade Christmas gifts this year?  I’m always looking for new ideas!

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Laminated Labels with your Silhouette

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

Did you know that you can use your Silhouette to cut laminated labels and other shapes?!?  I wasn’t quite sure how or even if it would work, but I got this laminator for Christmas (yay for new toys!) and experimented a bit to find a method to create perfectly cut laminated shapes using my Silhouette.  Want to know how?  It’s a multi-step process, but stick with me and I’ll walk you through it!

 

The first step is to create your labels (or other shape) in Silhouette Studio.  I created mine using a label in this shape set from the Silhouette Design Store and filling the outer shape with a free quatrefoil pattern from Mel Stampz.

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

Once you’re happy with your labels, you need to create THREE cut lines using the offset tool.  #1 – CUT EDGE.  Use the internal offset tool to create a cut line just *slightly* inside of your shape – that creates a “full bleed” image and allows for the machine to be off by a tiny bit when cutting and still have your design go all the way to the edge.  #2 – OUTER BORDER.  Use the external offset tool to create a cut line about 1/4″ outside of your cut edge.  #3 – MIDDLE LINE.  This is for your final cut once you’ve laminated your labels – it should be between your cut edge and outer border, but a bit closer to the outer border (like shown in the image below).

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

Now, select ONLY your CUT EDGE and your OUTER EDGE to cut.  Nothing else should be selected to cut.  (I’m still running version 2, so this will look a bit different in version 3 of Silhouette Studio, but the concept is the same.)

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

Go ahead and proceed with your print and cut!  If you’re new to the print and cut world, the first step is to add registration marks to your file before printing.  Then print your design – be sure that all of your design elements that you want to be printed have weight and/or fill color.  Take your printed design with registration marks, stick it onto your mat, and load it into your Silhouette.  Follow the prompts in the software to read the registration marks and cut your design – remember you should have TWO cut lines selected to cut and nothing else.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

Here’s where it gets a bit different – the only paper that you are discarding now is the ~1/4″ border around your labels – keep the labels AND the outer paper with the registration marks!

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

And here’s why – you’re going to take your laminating pouch (I used THESE) and place the outer paper into it, like this:

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

And then center your labels in the holes, like this:

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

If you want, use a small piece of double-sided tape on the back of each label to make sure they stay centered in the holes.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

Now, run it through the laminator!

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

Now, remember that middle cut line I had you create?  The final step is to go back to your file and select only the MIDDLE LINE to cut – that means you’ll have to deselect the other two lines.  Stick your laminated sheet onto your mat, have your machine detect the registration marks again, and cut!  I used these cut settings:  blade 3, thickness 33, speed 2, double cut.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

You will have perfect, professional looking, laminated labels!

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

 

I used them to stick onto some fabric bins I’d picked up at Big Lots a while ago – they are terrific for containing miscellaneous clutter in our bathroom closet!  Inside each bin is a bit of an organized mess, but it’s super easy to just toss things into the correct bin now that each one has a specific purpose.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

 

Even though I had to put them two deep so you can’t see all the labels on the front of the bins, it’s easy to take a peek and see which one is which.  Eventually we’re going to add one more shelf on top so that the bins can all be seen…but one step at a time :-)   I really wish I’d thought to take a “before” picture of the hodge podge of containers and clutter we had on this shelf before…you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you this is a BIG improvement!

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create and cut out laminated labels with your Silhouette Portrait or Cameo!

 

NOTE:  Some of you more advanced Silhouette users may be wondering why I didn’t use the PixScan mat to cut my laminated labels…I actually tried and it probably would have been successful, but because I’m not running the updated version of Silhouette Studio on my desktop computer yet (though I do have it on my laptop) it just got too darn complicated sending files back and forth.  Essentially, by re-using the outer paper with the printed registration marks I was just creating my own little PixScan mat.  If you do own the Silhouette PixScan mat, though, you could easily use it to make laminated labels like these.  (If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out!)

 

The Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group

It’s a new year, which means lots of folks – including me! – are trying to start off 2015 on the right foot by getting things a little bit more organized around the house.  Lucky for us, the Silhouette Challenge theme this month was all about organization…so click through the great projects below to be inspired with 32 more ways to get organized using your Silhouette machine!

Organizing With Icons Butterfly Labels Customizing Your Erin Condren Life Planner Weekly Layout Organizing Your Craft Supplies with Labels Weekly Menu Box Peg Board Entry Way Order In Kid Land A Fun Way to Label Binders Sugar and Spice Looking Oh So Nice Turning a Plain Cabinet into Something Beautiful DIY Cash Budget Envelopes Flour and Sugar Pantry Container Labels Personalized Hair Bow Organizer Organize your Refrigerator DIY Vinyl Decorated Coupon Organizer 2015 Blog Planner Designed For Dragonfly & Lily Pads Laminated Labels with Your Silhouette The Secrets of How We Built Our DIY Play Kitchen Creative Way to Dry Winter Mittens Organizing Canvas Toy Bins with Labels Kids Closet Storage {with Rubbermaid Drawer Dresser and Vinyl Labels} Cute Gold Binder Labels {2015 Organization} Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files Personalized Ring Holders Upcycle for Organization Organizing Makeup with Style: A Monogrammed Makeup Case Vinyl Tupperware Labels How to Make a Chalkboard Clipboard Christmas Card Memory Book Simple DIY Holiday Storage Labels DIY Vinyl Frame Calendar with {FREE CUT FILE} Ribbons & Tapes Upcycled Organizing Box Print and Cut Pantry Labels

1. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 2. Simply Kelly Designs // 3. Daily Dwelling // 4. Ginger Snap Crafts // 5. Our Southern Home // 6. Sowdering About // 7. The Moberg Family // 8. Decor Adventures // 9. Pineapples and Pinecones // 10. Patina Paradise // 11. The Thinking Closet // 12. It Happens in a Blink // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. From Wine to Whine // 15. Practically Functional // 16. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 17. unOriginal Mom // 18. One Dog Woof // 19. Creative Ramblings // 20. My Favorite Finds // 21. Create it. Go! // 22. A Prudent Life // 23. Where The Smiles Have Been // 24. Barb’s Life // 25. Everyday Paper // 26. Pitter and Glink // 27. Peanut Life Adventures // 28. Feto Soap Blog // 29. Our Rosey Life // 30. Two Purple Couches // 31. My Paper Craze // 32. TitiCrafty // 33. Lil Mrs Tori

Happy organizing…and label making! :-)

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