A Campaign Dresser Makeover & Group Giveaway

 

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Ever since we sold our coral Craigslist dresser I’ve been secretly on the hunt for a replacement.

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Of course, a campaign dresser has always been on my wish-list, but I never in my wildest dreams thought I would find one I could afford.  One random day I was searching Craigslist for what, I can’t even remember, and ended up performing my routine searches: “wood dresser” and “old dresser”, lo and behold a 6′ campaign dresser appeared in my search results, for basically free!  I got my man’s permission and we ended up picking it up a day later.  You wouldn’t believe it, but this giant 6′ dresser completely fit in my Kia Soul! I don’t care what they say about my hamster car, this thing can carry a load.

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Go ahead and laugh at me now, but I forgot to take a proper ‘before’ photo. #DIYerfail.

I knew I wanted to paint the dresser glossy white, but was hesitant to use a paint brush with a high gloss paint.  I’ve wanted to purchase the Critter spray gun ever since I read Jenny’s post, and had it sitting in my Amazon shopping cart for quite some time.  It was shortly after when Coupons.com reached out to me and made my spray gun dreams come true with their coupon codes!

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I got working on the dresser right away.  The first thing I did was remove the stupid stump feet that someone had put on it.  Then I removed all the hardware.  Boy there was a lot of hardware!

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

I crafted a simple rectangle base out of 2″ x 4″s and wood screws.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

Then attached the base to the dresser with L brackets.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

The dresser had a few dings, spots with chipped and damaged veneer.  I patched these areas with wood filler and sanded smooth once dry.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

Once the dresser was all prepped, I finally got to spraying! I didn’t take a picture of the Critter gun in action, but I will agree that this is the best and easiest to use paint sprayer ever.  I was able to get that factory finish with just a couple coats of paint.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

 

While the paint was curing, I spent a couple hours polishing the hardware, which was a pain in the rear but completely worth it.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

I love how the base turned out! Those stub feet completely clashed with the look and feel of the dresser. Plus, I added about 2 more inches in dresser height.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

 

Let’s bring this post around full circle and point out my Spring trend: white & gold! My home sings Spring with a glossy coat of white paint, a gallery wall of gold mirrors and frames, all married with bright artwork and photographs of our travels.  I know my Spring trend isn’t all ‘radiant orchid’ or anything, but it’s classic and represents me.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

I still can’t believe I scored this dresser.  Thanks to Coupons.com I was able to complete this dresser makeover in no time! I probably would have taken at least a couple more months before pulling the trigger and buying myself a paint sprayer.  I’ll probably spray paint everything from now on, and avoid using a brush as much as possible.  That smooth factory finish is like crack :P

So what about the giveaway? Well, Coupons.com teamed up with not only myself, but 14 other stellar bloggers and we’re all joining in on the giveaway! One lucky reader will win their choice of a $150 Target or West Elm gift card.  Say what?! Until now I had no idea Coupons.com offered coupons to my favorite home decor sites.  Just follow the Rafflecopter tool below and enter for your chance to win!

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Fly Away Stenciled Curtains

Ah! It’s Friday again! Thank goodness.  I’m skipping Friday Faves this week to share a fun project I just finished.  I’ve mentioned it a few times now, but I’ve been craving some serious coral lately.  It’s probably due to the change in seasons, but most likely the fact I’m missing that coral dresser of mine.  Still kinda sad I got rid of it, but that just means I can paint something else coral, right?? Like these curtains?

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

 

I’ve had my eye on pretty much every stencil Royal Designs Studios carries, so when they asked me if I wanted to try one out, it was a no brainer to accept.  It was tough choosing a stencil, I mean, have you seen their selection??!  I already bought the cheetah spots stencil, and this darling sparrow was next on my list so I had to get it, of course.

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

 

I tapped into my coral paint stash left over from my dresser makeover, I believe this shade of coral is Behr Lipstick, cut slightly with a splash of white matte paint.  I’m no paint brush snob, but the stencil brush Royal Designs Studio sent me is the best thing ever! I was able to stencil these two curtain panels so stinkin’ fast, with serious crisp lines too.  I’m always terrified of bleeding paint when stenciling, but this brush seriously works some magic.

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

I wanted to do something a little different to our bedroom, since it’s a small space and all.  I wanted to keep things light and airy instead of weighing the room down with heavy colored curtains.  I picked up a pack of white linen curtains from Ikea and married them with the Fly Away stencil. Oh, and you’re probably wondering where our sconces are? We actually installed the curtains before we decided on the sconces, go figure right? So anyway, I must say, a little splash of coral goes a long way don’tcha think?

So tell me, what’s your favorite Royal Designs stencil? And have you stenciled a space in your home? Do share!

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Our New Bedside Lighting

Choosing bedside lighting isn’t one of my strong suits.  I usually toss mismatched thrifted lamps on our side tables, which make for a great single-sided photo of our bed, but over time I’ve realized it really makes the room feel out of balance.  I think mis-matched table lamps can be done well, but its a skill I have yet to hone and it was time I relied on a tried and true method: matching bedside lighting.  Real rocket science, I tell you.

bedside lighting with an accordion sconce | brittanyMakes

 

I’ve always loved accordion sconces, you can stretch them out to get a dramatic look, or tuck them in which reminds me of tucking your kids into bed, or in my case, my pups :)  Although I shouldn’t rule myself out on that analogy, soon I’ll be tucking in a wee one in about 12 weeks, crazy!

Accordion sconce by Kenroy Home

I loved the Floren swing arm lamp from Kenroy home, and I was able to get a pair of them to solve our mismatched bedside lighting solutions for good! These bad boys are the perfect option for an affordable bedside lighting solution.

I was so happy when I opened the box to find I only had to assemble 5 parts, and attaching the lamps to the wall was beyond easy.   I especially love that the cord is translucent, so I didn’t feel the need to use the cord covers that come with the lamp.

 

bedside lighting with an accordion sconce | brittanyMakes

 

Your probably concerned about the mix of metals going on in my bedroom, but I am a believer that all metals go together if done right, and the fact that this sconce is classic in design, it definitely pairs well with our gold headboard.

bedside lighting with an accordion sconce | brittanyMakes

 

 

bedside lighting with an accordion sconce | brittanyMakes

 

I have to thank Kenroy Home, a company who’s excelled at curating an amazing collection of home lighting and decor, for giving me the opportunity to welcome these lamps into our bedroom.  They complete the space if you ask me :)

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*this post was partnered with Kenroy Home, all opinions are my own

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The Homies 2014 – Nominate your Favorite DIY Blogs

Hey! Just checking in mid-day today to remind you to cast your vote for the top DIY & Home Project blogs! Every year Apartment Therapy hosts their annual The Homies awards, and this year I have more than one vote, woot!

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Click here to vote! I’m so excited for the top contenders, they’re killing it! I just love seeing my favorite fellow bloggers listed, they’re so deserving!

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Nursery Decor: Thoughts on Rockers

Rockers are expensive, yo. But that’s not even the worst part.  Deciding on a rocker with your (or should I say “my”) husband has to be one of the most obnoxious things ever, more obnoxious than having to wipe my bulldog’s bum every day.  In my defense, they didn’t mention this in the bulldog instruction manual when we bought her.  I would rather wipe my dog’s bum for the rest of my life then have another conversation with my husband about what rocker we should get for our nursery.  Oh, and I should add stroller to that list too.

Let’s just wish for some impossibilities together for a minute.  I wish someone would sell a rocker that is the same price as these repulsive ones, but is visibly comfortable (for the dude’s approval), incredibly stylish, and while we’re at it – customizable.  There’s major market potential here, am I right?

Now, I know I’m no where near being the first pregnant blogger to share a list of rockers that fit your budget.  It’s been done a billion times, but what I want to share with you are the EXACT rockers we narrowed down, of which one we chose to buy.  Sadly our rocker is currently sitting in the delivery box in our garage, and it’s killing me not to be able to bust it out and rock round in it, cradling my Frenchie like he’s my baby.

OK, so here are my lists, which I divvied up into two categories: Neutral and Stylish.  All of which are “affordable”, and by affordable I mean not.

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These four rockers above were somewhat approved by my mister, for the mere fact that they “look” comfortable. We ended up choosing one of these rockers, can you guess which?

nursery decor: neutral rockers // brittanyMakesONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR

Now, if I had all the money to spare, I would buy one of the rockers from this list above.  Let’s be real, I’d buy that bentwood beauty, although midnight nursing sessions prob wouldn’t be very comfortable in it, so, seeing as how I’d have all the money and therefore ample space, I’d place my midnight feeding rocker right next to it – most certainly that copper based gem.

The first rocker I ever shared with my husband was that bentwood rocker from onefourtythree.  Let’s just say he couldn’t have but his foot down harder.  I get it, I couldn’t see him nursing in that chair either.  I did walk away with the exact feeling I felt when my parents used to tell me I couldn’t spend the night at my bestie’s house on a school night.  So. Extremely. Soul crushing. The others truthfully weren’t ever a real option, just ones that were entertained and compared.

So, how did we choose? Well, the only reason we bought the rocker we did is because I’m an excellent gift card hoarder which saved us about 60% off the original price.  Can you guess which one we chose?

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Will Copper replace our love for Gold?

Copper is trending hard right now.  We’ve been easing into this trend by calling this beautiful metallic “rose gold”, which in fact is a metallic not as harsh as true copper, but soft and easy to swallow.  The other night I started thinking (read: stressing out while eating a pint of ice cream) about this shift in our favorite metallic hue. Will copper replace our love for gold? I mean, I do sport a rose gold bracelet watch and not a gold one.  Is this a sign that I’m moving on? Did I fall out of love for one metallic and not even know it? Is this what sad love songs are all about?

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I don’t *think* I’ve fallen out of love with gold.  I wear a crap ton of gold jewelry on a daily basis so either I’m too cheap to buy new jewelry or I am rocking my mixed metallic accessories like I just don’t care.

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I love all these images with copper accents in the home.  I can’t tell if the plant stand above is gold with a filter on the photograph, or rose gold.  Either way, I would love it in either metallic.  Gold, I am still in love with you.

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I just might be cheating on you with copper.  Ha!

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Then I started thinking of easy ways to incorporate copper in your own home, which led me down the rabbit hole I love so much: online “window” shopping.  I even have a Pinterest board for it.  You should follow that board of mine, sometimes it’s good.

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And what about the kitchen? There are plenty of classic copper accessories for your kitchen.  I dream of these in my own home paired with dark cabinetry and contrasting white Carrera marble counter tops (literally drooling right now).  Ain’t gonna lie, if that kitchen mixer came in brass, I’d do some terrible things to get my hands on it.  Kitchenaid – are you reading this? We need a gold/brass mixer, STAT.  STAT means now.

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I actually own those Moscow mule mugs, they’re beautiful! but a pain in the rear to clean.  I told my husband they’re reserved for our viewing pleasure only :P

So tell me, will copper replace your love for gold?

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The Infamous Faux Zebra Rug DIY

I’m incredibly cruel and teased you with peeks of a metallic zebra rug that I DIY’d when helping my girlfriend redesign her home office, back in August! I feel bad for holding out so long, but I originally had wanted to make a few more and host a giveaway (which I still might do), but time got away from me.  So, today I’ll share the tutorial so you can make your own!

I was quite fond of the faux zebra rugs crafted from drop cloths that hit the DIY stages a while ago.  I  thought about making my own but decided against it since I figured they would dirty easily, not to mention drop cloth fabric isn’t heavy and wouldn’t lay flat like a true rug would.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

When deciding to make this rug I knew the only way for it to be a success if it met these two criteria: heavy in weight and easy to clean.  The perfect medium hit me as I was browsing the fabric store – vinyl! It was perfect, a fabric that is wipe-able, durable, and heavy enough to lay flat like a true rug.  The quality of vinyl these days is very impressive.  For this rug in particular I chose some vinyl with the color and texture of linen, but I’ve also made one for myself from smooth white vinyl, so any vinyl of your fancy would work perfectly!

Materials Needed:

  • 2 yards of Kraft paper
  • Scissors
  • 2 yards of upholstery width vinyl (54″ wide)
  • 2 Krylon gold leaf pens

STEP 1 Sketch out the outline of your zebra rug on your Kraft paper.  You really only need to do this for one side of the rug since you can flip over and use for the other side.  I used this image when sketching out my zebra rug, as well as for the stripes.

STEP 2 Flip your vinyl over wrong side up, lay your Kraft paper stencil down and trace the zebra outline.  Flip the Kraft stencil over to the opposite side of the vinyl and trace.  Then, cut out the zebra form.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

 

STEP 3 Flip your vinyl right side up.  Lay your zebra stencil on top of the vinyl and begin drawing the outlines of the zebra’s stripes with the gold leaf pen on the opposite side, mirroring the stencil.  You can fill in the stripes as you go, or outline first then fill in after. I worked a hybrid method as I drew the stripes.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

Don’t worry one bit about being perfect, the great thing about zebra stripes is they are unpredictable and weird, so you really can’t mess up.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

STEP 4 Now that you have the left side complete, remove the Kraft stencil and freehand the stripes on the right side.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

 

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

The gold leaf pen dries quickly and is permanent as far as I’ve experienced, but if you want you can seal the rug by spraying a coat of clear acrylic spray paint as a protectant.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

The options are endless for this rug! If gold isn’t your thing, try a black Sharpie or a Montana Cans paint pens, which comes in all colors of the rainbow including gold and copper (and are CRAZY permanent, ask my husband what happened to our brand new sheets when I accidentally shook the pen too hard.  Oops!)

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

And there you have it! Who would have thought the secret to a killer faux zebra rug is vinyl?

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

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Navy velvet curtains & a new workspace

You know what’s amazing? YOU. YOU are ALL amazing! What a fun day yesterday, first sharing some big news, then reading all your positive and encouraging comments.  I’m so elated and humbled.  Thank you, seriously, for being the best readers around :)

It should start to make some sense now why we moved out of our loft.  We moved to save money, to put ourselves in the best financial position before bringing a baby into the world.  Right now we’re temporarily living at our old house, then we plan to move into our own place right when I’m about to pop! It’s going to be a fun challenge, and time is going to fly by so I’ve decided to embrace the spaces we have for the time being and put my personal touch on them.  It will help me enjoy living in the moment rather than impatiently waiting until we move out.

I started working on the spare bedroom, which I get to use as a workspace (woot!).

Navy Velvet Curtains // brittanyMakes

Lots of gold, as to be expected :P I’m still loving the black, white, gold and navy blue palette, so I hung some navy blue velvet curtains.  This marks another remarkable thing about this blog – one sweet reader sent these curtains to me after I mentioned my longing for the navy blue Sanela Ikea curtain, (which are sadly no longer available).  She had never used them, so we struck a deal and now they’re happily hanging in my workroom!

Navy Velvet Curtains // brittanyMakes

Did I ever tell you the story about my mirrored Parson’s desk? One of my close girlfriends found it on Craigslist for me (awesome friend right?!).  I guess one of the managers at West Elm was selling her hoarded collection of pieces that pretty much never been used.  My girlfriend negotiated the desk down to $120.  $120!!! This desk is no longer available, (you can buy the console here) but the desk used to sell for over $700.  NUTS!

 

Corner by corner, our space is slowly coming together.  Knowing me I’ll probably shift things around a bit until I’m happy. I plan to paint that campaign cabinet soon.  Those poor oxidized pulls and brackets need new life!

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Christmas came early!

 

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It’s official! My Home Depot Holiday Challenge is live! I had such a blast working with The Home Depot and decorating (a few months early) for the holidays.  It totally put us in the spirit early this year, we’ve been drinking hot cocoa and watching Christmas movies ever since :)

Go on, get some inspiration and check the full post over on the Apron Blog.

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getting settled

black, white & gold bedroom

We’ve been in our place for about two weeks.  We should be more settled than we are, boxes are still unpacked and clothes have yet to be hung, but one thing’s for sure – our bed was ready the day we moved in.  Perhaps its residual adoration of our loft bedroom, or just the fact that I’m ridiculously in love with our headboard, but I’m significantly less stressed about figuring where to find space for things when I have a pretty bed to lay on.

black, white & gold bedroom

 

I picked up this adorable mini English bulldog bowl from Anthropologie.  and it totally completes this vignette if I do say so myself.  Oh, and get this, Anthro says it’s a pug, but I wholeheartedly disagree.  That, my friends, is an English Bulldog, and someone should notify their product department regarding this obvious mistake.

On a side note, my Home Depot Holiday Challenge is less than a week away! (Sneak peek here and here and here). I seriously can’t wait to share my space.  You should definitely catch up with those who have currently been published.  There’s so much talent going on right now, guaranteed you leave impressed, and inspired.

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