The Striped Nursery

So much for a lazy weekend before the big move… Somehow my sister talked me into starting her son’s nursery. I’m actually quite excited about this project though because 1.) I’ve never decorated a boy’s bedroom before and 2) it’s been 8 years since I decorated a nursery.

My sister sent me a photo she found on Pinterest a couple weeks ago for inspiration. The nursery was from Jennifer HSU Interior Design and I instantly fell in love with the look.

IMG_3908 (1)So I headed out to Ace Hardware to pick out some similar paint colors from the Clark+Kensington line.

BLUE: Beyond the Sea 1022 
DARK GRAY: Anchors Away 5062
I started by measuring out the wall and taping it off. Since they’re 8ft walls, I planned for a 3ft section at the bottom of the dark gray and (6) sections of 10 inch stripes at the top (10in x 6 stripes = 60 inches or 5ft).

measure striped nursery wallNext it was time to tape off the walls. Since the walls were already white, I only had to tape off for the blue stripes. I marked off the 10 inch sections with just a little pencil mark in the corners, then Ben held the laser level while I taped off the lines. I have to admit, it was a little off by time we taped off the 4th wall, but there is NO WAY you can tell. I even thought some of the lines would look wavy but nope, you can’t tell at all.

Note: when you put the tape on the walls the width of your stripes are going to look uneven. This is because you’re taping on the OUTSIDE of the blue stripes; the tape is on the white part of the stripes. Make sense?

tape horizontal stripesThen it was time to edge with a paint brush. I first pressed down the tape firmly so the paint wouldn’t bleed underneath.

paint horizontal stripes tutorialThen I filled in the rest with a roller.
I followed the same step with the bottom dark gray section as well.

nursery paint horizontal stripesThen I peeled off the tape and saw this beauty…

nursery striped wallSeriously, I’m in love. This might become my favorite room to date when it’s all said and done. Now we just need to finish the wall art, move the rest of the furniture in here, hang some blinds, and some other minor adjustments.

blue and gray striped nursery

blue and gray nursery

striped blue wallAnd we still need to do the chair rail and picture frame molding, but this room is quickly coming together after just one morning of painting!

blue and gray nursery wall

striped nursery wallSo stay tuned for the rest of this makeover. We close on our new home Wednesday and move in this weekend but I promised my sister I would help her finish the nursery ASAP. Stay tuned!

nursery painted stripe wall 

Distressed White Dresser Makeover

If you saw my guest bedroom makeover last week, you may have spotted my new white distressed dresser. Except it isn’t new… it’s actually really old, just with a new coat of paint.

guest bedroom painted dresser wallHere’s what the dresser looked like before in our old house…

old dresser makeover chalk paintAnd here it is now in all of it’s white, chippy goodness.

distressed white chalk paint dresserI actually painted this piece right in the guest bedroom with Belle Craie chalk paint in Dover. I did a dry brush technique where I only get about 1-2 inches of the brush wet with paint. Then I lightly brush the paint over the dresser, using only one direction for the paint strokes. I did two coats with this technique giving it about 1 hour in between coats.

distressed painted white dresserOnce it was fully dried I used both a sanding wedge and fine grit sandpaper to distress.

sand chalk paint white dresserAnd after about 3 hours of work the dresser looks like this…

guest bedroom painted dresser wallYou really can’t go wrong with this dry brush technique which is why I’m a huge fan. I really need to do a better tutorial, but I was trying to get this done before our vacation last month.

distressed white dresser guest bedroom

white chalk paint dresser

distressed chalk paint white dresserI decided to keep the original hardware to save costs. I think it actually goes nicely with the yellow tones in the guest bedroom.

guest bedroom design idea

distressed white dresserAnd now this dresser that we’ve had since the 1980s has new life.

distressed white chalk paint dresser

before and after painted white dresser

Quite the before & after, right?
To see the full guest bedroom makeover, click here.

distressed dresser makeover