Furniture Point of View Feature and Link Party!

I am so excited to share with you today that I’m being guest featured with some amazingly talented bloggers in the Point of View monthly link party today!  I was so excited when Steph from Crafting in the Rain (who is also part of the Craftaholics Anonymous Creative Team with me!) asked me to take part because this month is all about FURNITURE!  You know I love a good furniture makeover and I was thrilled to be able to share Emma Grace’s dresser makeover.

Furniture - Point of View Link Party - June

Make sure you check out all these other fabulous makeovers too and jump on over to join the link party!

Jonie at Just Between Friends
Leanne at Organize and Decorate Everything
Amy at Ameroonie Designs
Ashlee at I’m Topsy Turvy
Steph at Crafting in the Rain

For those of you stopping by from another blog hostesses of the party…Welcome!!  You can find all the details on the dresser makeover here.  The makeover started as a vision as soon as I found out I was expecting my baby girl.  You see I was the only girl in the house and the idea of being able to paint a piece of furniture bright pink made me one happy lady!!  I scoured Craigslist for weeks trying to find the perfect piece of furniture and I finally found it!

BEFORE - Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser by jRoxDesigns

Yepp a real looker huh?  Well don’t worry it was a reproduction so no real valuable antiques were harmed in the makeover!  With the help of my very talented hubby we sanded it down,  primed it, sprayed it a gorgeous pink and then for weeks I very slowly and steadily hand painted all the white trim.  Phew let me tell you, at the time I thought I was going to pass out from all the trim work but it kept me going and gave me something to look forward to while I battled through my HG.  After we finished painting we applied a couple of coats of a high quality clear coat to protect all of my hard work!  The verdict?  In just a couple of weeks Emma Grace will be celebrating her 2nd birthday and it looks just as perfect as the day we put the last clear coat on before we left for the hospital to have her!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser by jRoxDesigns

It makes me smile every day I walk into her room and it was completely worth the insane amount of time I put into it!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser Detail by jRoxDesigns

I love the fact that without the white trim it would have been a gorgeous piece, but with it…I think it makes it amazing!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser Detail by jRoxDesigns

For all my loyal readers I know I’ve promised you an update on her room and I promise it is coming soon!  Over the last couple months I have finished her bookshelf, added a high hanging mobile feature out of paper lanterns like I had wanted to for months now…and so many more awesome projects that I can’t wait to share with you!

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Emma Grace’s Nursery Reveal :: Nursery Tuesday

Emma Grace’s Modern DIY Nursery

I know you have all waited long enough and today is the day…Emma Grace’s BIG nursery reveal!  I’ve included links back to the original posts with the details of each DIY project .  I’ve also created a page under the DIY Home Projects tab so that you can easily access all of the original nursery posts as well.

Emma Grace’s nursery has been so much fun and I’m really happy with how it has turned out so far.  It was really important to me that while designing her room I take into consideration being able to have the room grow with her.  There were very few things that we actually bought that I didn’t change in some way or another either with fabric or paint.  The entire nursery was done on a very tight budget.  We didn’t mind spending money on things that were going to be key permanent fixtures in the room like her closet organizing system, new closet doors and trim as well as a crib that will convert into a toddler bed.  I also saved a TON of money by fixing up old furniture (her dresser and rocker) while creating other custom pieces from scratch (her bedding, side table and changing tray).  There are still several projects that I want to do before I really consider her nursery “done”.  The wall her dresser sits on has plenty of room for a bookshelf which she desperately needs since her books are all stacked up in her closet and on her floor.  I’m also embarrassed to say two of her walls are still blank and need artwork!!  I have a couple of fun ideas in mind so stay tuned!  I hope you enjoy taking a peek at into Emma Grace’s fun, modern, DIY nursery!

Once Emma Grace started pulling up we had to drop the mattress support down and take out the bumper we updated her crib with a bit of paint!  You can find all of the details here!

Nursery Details:

Crib: Baby Mod ParkLane 3-1 Convertible

Crib Bedding: DIY (Bumper Fabric: Premier Prints – Suzani White/Candy Pink and  Premier Prints – Topeka Solid Candy Pink) (Crib Skirt Fabric: Premier Prints – Lulu Stripe Chartreuse/Candy Pink)

Crib Mobile: DIY Repurposed mobile base with Wee Gallery Peek-a-boo Collection Flash Cards – Details here

Dresser: DIY French Provencal Dresser makeover found on Craigslist – Details here

Mirror: DIY French Provencal Mirror makeover found on Craigslist – Details here

Changing Tray: DIY

Changing Pad Cover Fabric: Premier Prints – Gisella White/Candy Pink

Lamp: Base from yard sale – Shade from Target– Makeover details here

Side Table: DIY – Details here

“EMMA” Picture Frame – DIY by big brother!

Crayon Artwork: DIY – Details here

Window Treatments: DIY (Fabric: Premier Prints – Suzani White/Candy Pink , Premier Prints – Topeka Solid Candy Pink and Premier Prints – Topeka Solid Chartreuse)

Drum Pendent: World Market

Shelves: Target (No longer available – purchased about 5 years ago)

Rocker: Gift originally in Jake’s Nursery from Wood Quarters Furniture – Deluxe Carved Back Rocker

Rocker Pillows: DIY (Premier Prints- Polka Dot Lime/White, Premier Prints – Topeka Solid Candy Pink and Riley Black 1 1/2″ Jumbo White Ric Rac)

Wall Plaque: DIY – Details here (letters from Target Dollar Spot)

Wall Flowers: Umbra in White

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed taking a peak into Emma Grace’s nursery!

Custom Modern Nursery Side Table :: Nursery Tuesday

First I want to thank all everyone for the overwhelming number of compliments on Emma Grace’s dresser update that I featured last week! You guys are the best!  So this week I thought I would share another furniture piece that we made for the nursery.  In the corner of the nursery by the rocker I knew I wanted some sort of side table that I could at least put her baby monitor on and maybe a glass of water to keep me going through those midnight feedings.  Jeremy volunteerd his amazing wood working skills and said that he would make me something so I would finally stop trolling Craigslist!  So, I turned over all control to him (which by the way never happens 🙂 ) and let him do his thing and I got one fun and funky little side table!

Custom Side Table by jRoxDesigns

I love how it turned out.  It is funky and modern but works great with the traditional style of the dresser all at the same time!  Jeremy even rounded the edges of the table top to mimic the details of the dresser.

Custom Side Table Top by jRoxDesigns

My favorite part?  Guess how much the entire project cost us?  ZERO…ZILCH…NADDA!  He used all scrap wood he had lying around and paint we had on hand.  Now granted we do have quite a bit of scrap wood because of how much woodworking he does but still even if we had bought the wood the cost would have been minimal.  Another one of favorite features of the table is the legs.

Custom Side Table by jRoxDesigns

Funky right?  They remind me of giraffe legs which is too funny because guess what one of the accent fabrics we used in her nursery was?

Premier Prints Gisella White-Candy Pink Fabric

Oh little fun baby giraffes!  Aren’t they cute?  Okay another fun fact about this side table.  Take a look at the photo below again and see if you can see anything that might “match up” to the table.

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser by jRoxDesigns

Do you see it?  Check out the back of the changing tray on the top of the dresser.  Now look at the legs of the table.  Do you see it yet?  Jeremy actually used the scrap piece of wood that he cut out from the top of the back of the changing table for the legs!  Before Emma Grace was born I worked at a an awesome baby boutique and when we lost our vendor who made changing table trays my very talented hubby stepped in to help.  So, the top of four changing tray backs were turned into side table legs.  Pretty cool huh?

Alright stay tuned because next week I’m going to show you an update to her crib and how we have changed things up over the past year.  We are getting so close to a final reveal!  Are you ready?!?!?!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser :: Nursery Tuesday

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser by jRoxDesigns

When designing Emma Grace’s nursery one of the things I knew for certain was I wanted a one of kind piece in her room.  Although I do love crisp modern design I also have a place in my heart for soft lines.  As soon as we found out we were having a girl I knew I wanted to give her a modern style girly nursery but I wanted it to be soft and welcoming.  Although Jeremy doubted me at first because I had narrowed down my dresser choices to two…

MALM 6 Drawer Dresser

the MALM 6 Drawer Dresser from IKEA with a some sort of graphic overlay on the drawers

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a French Provencal style dresser.  Yeah I know not my style at all but when I saw several of these pieces painted in fun colors

Vintage French Provincial Dresser In Sunflower Yellow by minthome on Etsy

MintHome on Etsy

I was sold!  So I decided on pink and white.  Yes bold but with the rest of the furniture in the room being white and a soft grey backdrop on the walls I knew it was doable.  So I searched Craigslist for weeks to find a dresser that would work.  Then I found it!  For less than $60 I was the proud new owner of a fantastic dresser.  (Okay a side note we did drive almost 2 hours both ways for it in our truck so if you figure in gas it was a bit more! 🙂 )

EG_Dresser_BeforeThe first thing we did was take all the hardware off and lightly sanded down the entire dresser.  I then taped off the drawers and took them outside to prime.

EG Dresser Drawer Taped

One of the things that I love about painting furniture is our paint gun.  A couple years back we invested in a paint gun and it was SO worth the money.  With it Jeremy (not pregnant me!) was able to spray down the dresser and all the drawers relatively quickly and with a perfectly smooth finish.

Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer

I used Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1-2-3 water based primer and it works like a dream!  I love RustOleum products and I’ve tried many different primers and this one is by far my favorite.  It dries quick, has great adhesion, a very low odor and it levels out really well!  So after Jeremy finished priming everything I gave it all one more sand down with a fine steel wool.  This gave us a super smooth finish to work with.  We then painted over all the pieces with the same paint I used to paint her closet which was Behr Premium Plus Ultra Paint and Primer in One.

BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Paint

The color is called “Invitation to a Princess” by Disney for Behr.  It is the perfect shade of pink and matched her bedding perfectly!  After we got two smooth layers down it was time to start painting the trim.  Originally I tried to tape off the edges but it didn’t take long to realize that it wasn’t going to work.  So…a little itty bitty brush and I had a date for the next couple WEEKS…for HOURS and HOURS on end!  By the time I finished the first coat I thought I was going to die but I persevered and it was worth every last paint stroke!  I sealed the entire dresser and the front and sides of each of the drawers in Minwax’s Gloss Polycrylic.

Minwax Polycrylic

Now let me tell you this stuff is awesome!  We go through this stuff by the gallons at our house with our cornhole boards.  It goes on super smooth and dries nice and hard.  It takes a couple of days to completely harden so right before we left to go tot the hospital we put the drawers in the dresser but didn’t close them all the way and by the time we got home with little missy they were perfect. So I’ve made you wait long enough…I present to you…the pride and joy of my DIY nursery…

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser by jRoxDesigns

Did I mention we got a matching mirror with the package too? Eeekk!!

Custom Painted French Provencal Mirror by jRoxDesigns

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser Detail by jRoxDesigns

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser Detail by jRoxDesigns


My favorite part of the make over (other than ALL of those beautiful white details of course) was the silver sleek handles that I added to replace the original over the top handles!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser Hardware by jRoxDesigns

So I’m going to leave you with most amazing photo ever…again…ahh I LOVE it!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser by jRoxDesigns

Have you guys ever taken on a HUGE furniture project like this before that turned out amazing?  Or maybe it didn’t turn out just like you planned?  Tell me all about it!

P.S.  The custom painted furniture doesn’t end here!  Oh no!  Jeremy made me the most amazing side table to go with it.  Stay tuned for next week!

Psst…Check me out over at East Coast Creative as a share this awesome project as a chance to be part of Creating with the Stars!