DIY Colorful Dresser & Changing Table

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I took the full week off of work so we were able to really dig in to the nursery projects. This is one of my favorites!

When we got married, my grandpa gave us the bedroom set that belonged to him and my grandmother. It included a bed, dresser and two bedside tables. We've used all of those pieces throughout the house, but the dresser was previously being used in our formal living room. It was originally a shiny cherry wood finish, but we sanded it down to the natural wood. You can see its natural state in this photo from last Christmas.

It was the perfect height and size for a changing table/dresser combination, so we decided to move it into the nursery. Because the majority of the nursery was black and white and gold, I really wanted to have some fun with this piece and bring in a lot of color. I thought about many color combinations, but in the end I decided to paint each drawer a different color.

I'm finding the hardest part about designing a nursery for boy and girl twins is finding colors that work for both genders without being too feminine or two masculine. I didn't want to stick to neutral colors like yellow and green, but I didn't want too much pink or blue. It's been a challenge to walk that fine line, but it's certainly a fun problem to have!

I dragged the husband to Michael's and plopped myself down in the aisle in front of the acrylic craft paints, trying different color combinations. I wanted each drawer to make sense together, so I decided the colors couldn't be too pastel or too neon. The tone of the paint color would be the main thing to keep it all cohesive. I also stuck with matte finish paints because the dresser is matte, and I thought that would make it all look purposeful.

In the end I decided to do a column of drawers with girl colors, a column of drawers with boy colors and a row of drawers at the top that would help tie the two together. I also decided to take a subtle ombré approach to the drawers, keeping the darker shades at the bottom.

I arranged them on the floor at Michael's, gave them my stamp of approval and had to get the husband's assistance to get back up. It turns out pregnancy really decreases your core strength. Who knew?!

The process was simple. I used a cheap black foam brush to apply the paint to each drawer. Each needed 3-4 coats, depending on how dark the color was. This tiny tube of $1.50 craft paint was plenty for painting one drawer each, so it ended up being really affordable. I even used the leftover paints for some artwork for the room, so we stretched the value of that paint to the max.

I was SO happy with how it turned out. It's just the happiest piece of furniture. It makes the nursery feel so playful and whimsical.

I wish my lighting for these photos was better, but it has been raining for four straight days so my "natural light" is really lacking right now. 

Once we painted the drawers, the silver hardware was not working anymore. A quick splash of gold spray paint fixed that problem and saved us from having to buy new hardware. I thought about buying something new, but 15 pulls at $5 each really adds up!

In order to make the dresser into a changing table, the husband used some of his cedar stash to create brackets that keep the changing pad in place. He adhered them to the dresser with a nail gun and some wood glue. They don't match the cherry wood of the dresser exactly, but it's close enough.

Doesn't it look great with the colorful elephant artwork (from HomeGoods) we put on the adjacent wall? I'm really enjoying this view from the chair in the opposite corner.

This is just one of the projects we've finished for the nursery. It's slowly but surely coming together. I'll be back with more projects soon!

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It's a...

... boy! And a girl!

It's so funny how life works. I grew up with one brother, and I always thought having one of each would be perfect. Of course I never dreamed I would have them at the same time, but He is a better planner than me.

I'm 17 weeks along, but I'm already measuring 24 weeks. Our baby boy is measuring quite large (100 percentile for singletons), which I'm blaming on his father. He was a 10 lb. baby himself! Our baby girl is measuring at 55th percentile for singletons, which is right on track. I guess I'm doing a really amazing job eating everything in sight. It's all for the babies. *wink*

Now that we know the genders, we can really get started on the nursery. I haven't bought much just yet, but I've indulged in a couple of cute onesies because I just couldn't resist.

Like I said in my previous post, we have already purchased the cribs and the rocking chair. I've been hunting around for other big pieces like a rug and baby bedding, but it has been hard to zero in on exactly what I want.

I did start putting up my arrow decals, which I love!

It turns out I didn't order nearly enough, so I had to go buy a bunch more. I'm spending way more money than I thought I would on "stickers," as Scott calls them. I tried to tell them they were really "wallpaper" and therefore this was a decent price, but he didn't buy it. Then I just played the crazy-pregnant-lady-who-has-been-dreaming-about-a-baby-nursery-for-a-long-time card and he left me alone to order more decals. Smart man. 

We honestly haven't spent much time planning or working on baby things yet because the husband has been absorbed with football season. His last game is tonight, so his schedule will clear up and he'll have a lot more time to tackle projects. I have some pretty simple requests for him for this room (add a changing area to our existing dresser, add photo ledges to window seat area, paint dresser) that we're excited to get started on.

Does anyone have any good suggestions for baby bedding? I've done a lot of online searching, but it's proving hard to find what I had in mind at a decent price point. I really want vibrant colors and nothing too "precious" so that it doesn't scream boy or girl. I'd even take solid sheets if I could find decent colors! I'd love your suggestions.

I'll keep you posted as we make progress on the nursery. I'm off to continue eating everything in sight...

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