Hi sweet friends!
I have another furniture makeover to share with you this week. But before I get into all that… anyone else ready for the long holiday weekend? You know I’ve totally been counting down the days over here. Between work, home projects, blogging, daily workouts and a few other kinda stressful things we’ve been dealing with lately, I could really use an extra day to just do whatever! You feel me?
On a side note, I’m pretty sure I talked a little bit about this in my front entryway makeover blog post earlier this month, but I actually started a regular exercise regime about six weeks ago now. I’ve been following the 12-week LiveFit Trainer program from Jamie Eason, and I absolutely love it. Started out with four days for the first two weeks, and then went up to five days for the third and fourth weeks. Now I’m doing early morning weight training six days a week, and then cardio (typically running or bike rides) four times a week after work. So basically two a days, although it evens out to about an hour of working out each day. And guess what, friends? I can honestly say that I have not missed a single workout so far. It has been a heck of a struggle not giving up some days and just sleeping in, but I’m so proud of myself for sticking with it.
I honestly just got tired of feeling sick and worn out all the time and wanted to do something about it. I haven’t really talked about it on here before (I’m sure I will at some point, as maybe some of you can relate), but probably the biggest motivating factor for this lifestyle change of mine has been living with chronic illness and feeling fatigued and sick on pretty much a daily basis. There’s really no simple “cure-all” for it, but I’m hoping that making a lifestyle change – exercise regime, cutting out processed foods/sugar/salt, more sleep, less stress, etc. – in addition to traditional treatment will help in some small way, maybe to make the symptoms a little more manageable. And then another reason is to of course feel strong and fit and confident in my own skin. I think we can all relate to that on some level, right?
Anyway… back to the project at hand! I was actually asked by my cousin to makeover this sweet little vintage nightstand for her baby’s nursery back during the winter months, but am just now getting around to blogging about it. That’s life, right?
My cousin actually struggled with infertility and miscarriages for many years, so her baby girl is truly a little miracle. She named her Josephine Nada… isn’t that just the sweetest? I love the simplicity and old-fashioned ring to it. Those kinds of names are my favorite. And it certainly fits her perfectly! She is just the sweetest little baby.
It probably goes without saying that this particular furniture makeover was very special to me… and I’m excited to be sharing the whole “before and after” process with you here on the blog this morning! This vintage nightstand was actually used by my cousin’s husband in his own childhood bedroom… how special is that?
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- latex paint (I used Valspar in Cuddle and Vessel Gray)
- dark antiquing wax (I choose Valspar for this project, but there are many other brands out there!)
- clear finishing wax (I’ve always used Minwax)
- medium-sized paint brush (I swear by Purdy brushes! They last forever!)
- fine-tip paint brush
- pack of cloth rags
The color scheme for the nursery is lilac and yellow, with gray accents, so my cousin asked me to use a pale yellow latex paint she already had on hand so that it would match. It’s pretty much like a butter yellow… really soft and pretty. This was the first time I’ve ever used yellow in my furniture makeovers, so it was fun getting to play around with it a bit.
I started out by applying a few coats of the paint… and I actually really loved the look of it before I did any distressing, too. I’m not usually one for yellow, but this color is so pretty for a nursery, isn’t it?
I wanted to somehow pull in the gray accents and pattern from the bedding she chose for the nursery, so I added a simple little leaf design to the drawer knob using a fine-tip paint brush to make it pop a little.
And then, once the paint had fully dried overnight, I went back and distressed the edges a bit with an orbital sander to give it some character and a little personality.
Next, I brushed on small amounts of dark antiquing wax in the distressed areas and then buffed it out a bit with a dry cloth rag after a few minutes of sitting so it wasn’t too dark. Since this piece will be indoors and likely won’t have much contact with liquids, I just sealed it with a clear finishing wax.
I was able to get this vintage nightstand finished and into the nursery a few weeks before little Josephine was born in late February. I hope she’s enjoying it as much as I enjoyed creating it for her!
What do you think of the makeover, friends? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
- vintage nightstand – family member (FREE)
- burlap feed sack – flea market
- ironstone pitcher – thrift store
- Winnie the Pooh book ends – family member (FREE… from my own childhood bedroom!)
- assortment of antique books – library book sale + flea market