I’m again!

Again dwelling after spending the final week in Virginia with my new granddaughter, Zoe – her mother and pa in addition to my youthful daughter. It was laborious leaving… actually laborious, however it was time for Ed and I to get again dwelling, again to our routine, each day life and work.

Baby Zoe-with-Diane

So a lot of you requested to see extra images…. so right here you’re. I took 1,000,000 as I’m positive you completely perceive. 🙂


I loved each second with the ability to assist my daughter and son-in-law benefit from the first week of being dad and mom. Getting to carry this little cutie was what I loved probably the most!

Thanks for all of your congratulatory feedback and emails 🙂 after I posted final week that I grew to become a grandmom.  A lot of you requested concerning the child’s nursery – the way it was adorned or if I used to be serving to to embellish it?

To reply these questions, I believed I’d share what I’ve finished to this point for the nursery. In fact I’m serving to as a lot as I can, however dwelling far-off doesn’t make it simple.

I did point out a couple of weeks in the past that I used to be serving to my daughter by portray a couple of items of furnishings that she purchased at her native ReStore. Each she and her husband went to medical faculty and have fairly massive scholar loans. They can even be completed with their residencies in the summertime and will probably be shifting.

With these elements in thoughts, my daughter didn’t need to spend so much on the nursery since they’ll quickly be promoting or renting the house. For the subsequent few months the newborn gained’t even use the room as she is sleeping in a bassinet of their room the place in addition they have a comfortable rocking chair.

Earlier than the newborn was born, they painted the room in a impartial coloration figuring out that they weren’t going to be staying in the home.  As soon as they put the home available on the market or for lease, it is able to go for showings.

Baby nursery decorating ideas on a budget

The nursery colours are going to be a mixture of lavender, purple and wooden tones.

The crib was purchased at their native Restore. It’s going to keep as is. They cleaned it and purchased a mattress and new lavender and white bedding for it.

The bench/toy chest was inexperienced once they purchased it which you’ll nonetheless see on the underside of the lid. I painted it over the previous few days with DIY chalk paint that I made utilizing acrylic craft paint and Webster’s Chalk Paint Powder. When you can’t discover Calcium Carbonate Powder to make chalk paint, I like this powder. It’s a little bit costlier however mixes nicely into any sort of water-based paint to make chalk paint any coloration you want.

In case you are new to creating chalk paint, you may learn extra how you can do it, on this collection of posts: DIY Chalk Paint Recipes

Second hand crib and toy chest being painted in room that will be turned into a nursery.

The paint remains to be drying on this image however when totally dry, the colour will match the purple and white African print blanket that’s hanging over the crib rail.

The paint coloration seems to be sort of blue on this photograph, however it’s purple. My daughter spent two years within the Peace Corps in Africa. The blanket is considered one of many ornamental objects she introduced dwelling along with her. It’s good to see her use it in her dwelling in such a particular means.

Find out how to Combine DIY Chalk Paint and Retailer It

Since I used to be working away from dwelling, I solely introduced a couple of portray provides with me. I didn’t have my full arrange, I needed to improvise just a little. Listed below are two furnishings portray suggestions that I discovered labored extraordinarily nicely and will probably be utilizing any longer. The most effective half is that they gained’t price you a dime.


To combine up the chalk paint, I needed to go looking for one thing to carry and retailer the paint. When I’m at dwelling, I’ve saved all types of containers with lids to make use of after I make my very own chalk paint. At my daughter’s home I needed to be resourceful and headed to their recycling bin the place I discovered these cleansing wipe containers.


They turned out to be a complete win. They’ve a built-in place to wipe a number of the paint off the comb earlier than making use of it. This function, plus the snap-on lid that you could “burp” to take away air from the container, makes it a very nice container to combine and retailer paint.

I additionally didn’t deliver blocks of wooden or laborious foam to make use of to lift the chest off the ground to color it. My daughter urged cat meals cans to lift it. They labored completely.  So if you should carry a chunk of furnishings off the ground to simply paint the underside sections – seize four cat meals or tuna cans in your pantry to do the job.

The paint I used on the chest is Apple Barrel Model, the colour – Purple Pansy. I used 4 2-ounce bottles, 2 tablespoons chalk paint powder, and a pair of tablespoons of water to make the chalk paint.

Second hand furniture being painted and transformed for a baby nursery decorated on a small budget.

As soon as the paint is totally dry on the bench/toy chest, my daughter goes to misery the sides just a little with sandpaper after which apply darkish wax over it.

So far as the opposite furnishings they purchased for the room, you may see the altering desk that I painted white on my final go to.  The pine dresser will probably be my subsequent piece to makeover. I’m pondering I’ll merely stain in a darker tone to match the crib. I stained as soon as over pine and it turned out nice.

For the rest of the room I’m in seek for a brand new shade for the lamp, artwork for the partitions and if their new dwelling has wooden flooring, an space rug. It will likely be an ongoing mission, however one which I’ll take pleasure in doing to create a colourful glad place for Zoe.

Now that I’m again dwelling and again to initiatives for my home, I’ll end the submit that I used to be engaged on about how I’m adorning one a part of my front room for spring. Keep tuned…

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