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Spring Refresh: Planting for Curb Appeal

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Each year, I look forward to planting flowers and sprucing up my front yard. I normally don't plant this early, but I am glad I did. Mainly for the milder temperatures, but also because I scored some great deals at The Home Depot Spring Black Friday sale.

Here is what my flower garden (or lack there of) looked like before planting:



This pic was snapped on my i-Phone but you get the point. The soil was waiting to be tilled and prepped for flowers, after being dormant all winter. The process of tilling involves loosening up the soil in preparation of planting. Since I didn't snap any photos of me tilling, check out this youtube video.  This video demonstrates with tilling with a shovel, but I actually used a small tiller which I found to be easier than a shovel. You just take the tiller, stick it in the soil and twist. But the process is pretty much the same.

In the past, I always have a problem with weeds appearing in my garden a little while after planting. So, after tilling, I laid out Easy Gardener Weed Cloth. This is supposed to help suppress the weeds, while allowing nutrients and water to reach the soil to promote growth. The application process was easy, you just lay the cloth out and stick darts into the ground to hold it in place. The darts are sold separately and come in a pack of 6 or 10. They are sold in the the same section as the cloth.  This was my first time using something like this, so I will keep you all updated as to rather it works or not:/



Once the cloth was laid, I cut holes into the fabric where I would be planting my flowers. After planting I laid out approximately 6-8 bags of Earthgrow mulch over the cloth and around the flowers. Then I did a good watering.

After several hours of work, I was finished and very happy with outcome.








It's amazing what flowers and a few hours can do to achieve instant curb appeal. I love the results and am so ready for the warmer weather. 

Also, as a reminder, here is the before picture of my home right after we moved in taken from my home tour page. I almost forgot what it looked like!


And again, just for fun...




Sheesh, thank goodness for a little elbow grease. I like to take a look back to see where I started because even when I feel like I'm not doing enough, a good "before" pic always reminds me that I have still come a long way!

There are a few other projects that I will be doing out front and of course I will keep you all updated as I go.

Until next time!





Baby J's Nursery Source List

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Tuesday folks! last week I shared the photo's from Baby J's nursery. Thanks to all of you who checked out the nursery and for all of your kind comments. It really been one of my most fun and proud projects to date, next to my stained oak table.

Today I am sharing the source of all of my nursery findings. Overall, I was able to complete this nursery for around $500, not including my crib. It was a gift from my sister.


Wall Color
Mindful Gray color matched to Behr Paints

Dresser
Old DIY Makeover from Guest Room. Stripped and Painted Dark Cobalt Blue by Behr Paints. You can read more about the entire project here


White Frames
Ikea

Large Red "J"
TJMaxx

Stuffed Moosehead


Crib
Babyletto Madison 3-in-1crib purchased from Target.com but no longer available. I found this link that offers the same thing.



Birch Wall Decal

Swivel Glider Chair
Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider purchased from local Georgia furniture store

White Pillow on Glider
Marshall's

Red & White Foot Bean Bag
Kohls





Picture Ledges(used for books)
Ikea

Books
Various Thrift Stores

African-American Child Art

Small Stuffed Animals
Ikea

Baby Things Basket
Gift

Lamp
HomeGoods


Large Stuffed Giraffe

White Sheer Curtains
Target

Bamboo Roman Shade
The Home Depot



Giraffe Wooden Stool
HomeGoods

Numbered Hook
HomeGoods


Let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the items listed. Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!







Baby J's Nursery Reveal

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello good people!! I hope you all are having some of this fantastic weather that has passed through Atlanta over the last few days. It has been hard for me to sit in the house and take some time to blog, but here I am.

 I know that I never spoke much about Baby J's nursery plan, so to fill you all in, I knew that I wanted something that could carry him past the baby years, but nothing too mature. For some reason Giraffe's really stuck with me so I decided on a subdued safari "theme," even though I am not into "themes" much. I wanted it to be functional and stylish, boyish and playful, timeless, and overall adorable.

I was very happy with how everything turned out. This post will be mainly pictures, and I hope to do a video tour soon, with a more in depth overview. I will also do a follow-up source list. So without further ado, here are the pics! You are warned, this will be picture overload:)



















I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into his nursery! It was so fun to decorate and I am very happy with how it turned out. I hope to be able to post the source list for everything next week~

Until next time!!!

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Old Dresser Update for the Nursery

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A while back on Instagram, I posted a sneak peek of a dresser/changing table that I was working on for my little one's nursery. Well, some time has passed and I promised a tutorial so I guess its time! Especially since my little one is here and already six weeks old. I have so much to update you on, but let's start with this:



This is an old dresser that my husband used in his apartment prior to getting married. It had been living in the guest room and I have been requesting to strip and paint it since we moved into our home over two year ago. Of course the answer was "why mess up a good antique dresser?" My internal response was "it's ugly and I hate it." Anywho, once we found out we were expecting, we were determined to repurpose things around the house, as we could. Lucky for me, I talked him out of buying a new dresser and decided to just makeover the one we had.

Here is how it turned out ( not sure why the image is blurry):


With a little work, you can achieve the same results. Here is how I did it....

First I removed all of the drawers, as you can see from the top picture. I unscrewed all of the hardware, propped the dressers on old cut 2x4's, then I proceeded with a quick hand sand. When I say quick, it was quick! Nothing fancy, just enough to rough up the surface. This is done so that the primer/paint can actually adhere to the surface and won't chip off during use.

Once I sanded the surface, it looked like this:


After sanding was complete, I wiped the dresser down with a dry rag and continued with priming. When priming this dresser I used Zinsser 123 Bulls Eye Water Based Primer and applied it with a small sponge roller in the direction of the wood grain. Some people go with an oil based primer, but I would be using this in the nursery, and I didn't want the odor so I went with the water based one. Plus it dries faster and I am impatient:)



I could have applied two coats of primer and I probably would have been fine, but I applied three to be safe...allowing several hours of drytime in between each coat. After the final coat I let the dresser sit overnight.

I knew that I wanted a rich blue color for the dresser, so I went with Behr Dark Cobalt Blue. I forgot what finish I used, but if I had to guess, it was probably satin. Definitely not flat, as I wanted something that I could easily wipe off.

I painted the dresser using a small sponge roller, the same as the primer, letting the paint in between coats, for a total of three coats. I followed all of the steps for the drawers as well.

In deciding on hardware, I knew that I did not was to close the original holes, because making new holes would be too hard and a bit too tedious for me. I went and checked out several retailers for new hardware, however because the dresser is so old, the spacing of the hardware holes no longer exist. I know! I couldn't believe it. So I was forced into using the original hardware.

I had some leftover spray paint in my garage from Hobby Lobby in a color called Pewter. I took a chance and spray painted the old hardware and it worked!

After all is said and done,here is how it looks in his room:




I hope to soon be able to photograph his entire nursery. I am so in love with it!

Glad I was able to share this post with you guys! Until next time:)





The Gray Blues...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

For my nursery, I wanted the perfect (in my eyes at least) shade of gray. As many of you may know, gray can be a tricky color. For example, in looking around Home Depot, I found that several grays either picked up too much blue, too much purple, or looked too taupy. I wanted something that we super clean.

In doing research (Pinterest), I somehow came across what I felt to be perfect! It's called Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams.
Grey and purple master bedroom. Paint: Sherwin Williams - Mindful Gray #home #decor
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 Its one of those colors that to me creates a nice clean canvas to decorate around, which is what I really wanted.

I am very happy with the decision. We painted last Sunday and the color dried to be exactly what I thought. We purchased the paint from Home Depot, and had it color-matched to Behr Paint & Primer. What I like about the Behr Paint & Primer in one is the fact that it is low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). You can read more about what that means to you and your body here, especially if you are expecting. I'm no doctor of course, but I still want to expose myself and my baby to as few chemicals as possible:)

Right now I am working on making over the dresser for the room. Once that is in place, I will be sure to share it, along with the wall paint, thus far.

Can't wait!

Until next time...