Monday, September 6, 2010

39 weeks, and what I've been up to...

I am finally on the home stretch!  By this time next week, I will be in recovery snuggling my sweet Delaney.  I couldn't be more excited to hold a baby in my arms!  But having only a week left, also means crunch time...I am mostly finished with the furniture redo's I have been working on, so this week will be devoted to crafting.  We have a show just two weeks after the baby is born, so I want to try and have everything done before then.

At 39 weeks, I feel great.  By the end of the day I am most certainly waddling around, but I still have pretty good energy.  I am lucky to be carrying a pretty low baby, which means I am breathing easy these days.  I remember with Jack and Bianca, when they were finally born I took my first deep breath in MONTHS.  I have been seeing two different doctors (They will both be doing the c-section because by the 3rd one, there is more tissue and scarring to take care of).  One of the doctors says Delaney will be a big baby, surely over 8 lbs.  The other doctor thinks we have a petite little gal on our hands at barely 7 lbs.  I'm anxious to see what we get! As long as she has hair I don't really care. Just kidding. But seriously. 

From the front view, things aren't looking too bad...

It's the side view that's alarming!

Ok, enough of that.

For the last couple of weeks, I have been trying my best to put our home together.  The thing about moving from a tiny apartment, to a house that's twice as big, is that it needs to be filled.  Buying a house however, meant our budget would be restricted. 

So, what's a poor girl to do?

Hit up all the local garage sales, of course!!

I've had a blast picking up furniture for next to nothing, and refinishing it.  Let me take you on a little tour...

First of all, we needed a table.  In our last place, we were on a card table which also doubled as my craft table.  It was less than appealing with paint, glitter, and hot glue all over it.  I pickup up this little darling for 30 bucks at a garage sale...the little old man just wanted it gone.  It was in pretty rough looking shape, but a few coats of paint, some sanding, and stain made her into a real beaut.

The table is extremely solid, and I love the windsor chairs.  We have black appliances in the kitchen, but the cupboards are brown, so with the table, I wanted to incorporate black and brown together.  You'll notice on the chair, it looks pretty beat's that way on purpose.  I sanded down any edges so I could stain them brown.  The pictures don't do it justice, but I love how it turned out.

Next, Our bedroom has always been too small for end tables or anything.  Our bed has always been pushed into a corner. I always hated our bedroom.  Now that we have a bigger Master, I want to make it a place that scott and I can go and relax and hang out. 

First, there are the end tables.  I got these babies for 7 dollars a piece, but did splurge 2.50 a piece on the new knobs and World Market.  I painted, sanded, and stained them.  I wanted the stain to really show up because I wanted to tie in the chocolate brown with the headboard.


A closer look...once again, it's got some imperfection, but that's the look I was going for.

Next is one of my favorites.  I scored this rocking chair for $10.00.  I wanted it to go in the bedroom, so I painted it the same color as the end tables.  Funny thing about that pillow...I saw it at Fred Meyer and thought it would be perfect, but was NOT willing to fork out 20 dollars for it.  As luck would have it, I spotted the same pillow at a garage sale just a few days later for 3 bucks. sweet!

Here is the base...I love how the stain brings out the lines.

When we moved, our bed frame was damaged, so I knew we had to buy a new one.  No big deal, they cost around $35.00.  I bought a hideous (hideous like, the paint was the color of what you'd find in a newborn's diaper, and the fabric covering it was sporting puke green, purple, gold, and black stripes. gross)  padded headboard off craiglist that had a frame attached for $25.00.  Double score!!  I painted the wood chocolate brown, and re-upholstered the padded area with a very soft almost minky chocolate fabric I found in the clearance bin at JoAnns.  

It is SO comfy to lay against (the padding is about three inches thick).  It makes it so nice to sit in bed to read...or blog :)

There is still nothing on the walls in the bedroom, that will have to wait.  For now, it will be a perfect place to sit and snuggle with a baby!

Lastly, The kids room is something I want to make really fun.  I want to make it a place they want to play...genius idea, huh.  I found this little laundry hanger at a garage sale for .50 cents, and just painted it pink then nailed it the wall.  The mirror was found for 3 bucks at lowes, and I will be printing out some pink vinyl with a girlie saying to complete the look.  That hanger has been great for all the accessories this girl has!

I think that's it for now...for the next month or so anyway :)

Thanks for coming along, if you have any questions let me know, and I will respond in the comment section!


Jonathan and Janessa said...

It all looks great Jill! The rocking chair is my favorite :)

Ali said...

Your house is darling! I want a soft headboard to lean against while I read. You're amazing and doing it all so close to your due date.

cindy said...

Well my dear you have been one busy lady. I love all your great 'finds', you have made them classy.
I also think you look great. Can't wait to meet Delaney and visit you.

Emily said...

Love your shabby chic approach. Everything looks amazing! Want to be my decorator?

Emily said...

Wow! I'm impressed you're doing this all so close to your due date too. Go you! Everything looks awesome!

Grandma Scott said...

You are so creative Jill... The new "stuff" looks great. You are amazing.

FishinFamily said...

Jill I am in awe! You are amazingly talented. I love everything you've done ~ Bianca's cute wall thing is adorable. SSOOO fun!!

melody said...

Fun! One of these days I will break down and buy (or make, thanks for the idea) a headboard. When I look at my bed I still feel like I am a college student or something.

I love the blue chair. Can't wait to see your little one soon!

melody said...

Hey, taking a closer look at the chair I noticed the tan quilt - the one Em, Mari, and I made for you, right!? (I remember it kept getting smaller and smaller as we messed up and had to cut it down.) The similar yellow striped one Mari made for me is still my favorite quilt.

Jessie said...

First off, you look so good! And it's so nice when you are down to the home stretch and still FEEL good!

And holy smokes, I love all your new stuff! I love yard sales! You can find some of the best stuff, and they practically give it away because like you said "they just want to get rid of it."

My question do you refinish your furniture? The way I do it, is not everyones way. Do you sand pretty good? What kind of paint? What kind of sealer? You are awesome Jill!

jill said...

Jessie -

I always use spray paint, I like the finish of spraypaint, and it's easy. I use Rustoleums 2x layer spray. It has great coverage and will save money in the long run over the .99 cans. So far I haven't used primer on I just do a few coats of spray paint, then I sand down any edges I want to look distressed. I use a good coat of stain, then finish it with a polyurethene spray coating. With the stain, if you want it to REALLY show up (like on my blue endtables and rocking chair) I put the coat on when the paint has only been drying for 3 or 4 hours so it's still a tiny bit sticky. I really like the distressed, rustic look so I don't put any time into sanding down surfaces before I paint...or maybe I'm just lazy :) The poly coat and stain ALWAYS take longer to dry than you think. My table was sticky and wet for like 4 days.

What are your methods?