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Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}

Ok – this is take 2 of this post {as those of you who subscribe may have noticed}. I started a draft while baby girl was napping, but didn’t get very far before she woke up. I came back to save what little I had written and Lucy girl decided it was good enough and hit publish. ha! ;) 

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Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I have another nursery project for you today! Now, this one is not earth shattering or new…but I love it! As a former preschool teacher, I’m a little bit obsessed with children’s books and instilling the love of reading in our kids. Studies show that having books in the home is directly linked to academic achievement. I use all of those statistics as my excuse for endless amounts of books. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}Now, if you’re going to create your own little Einstein by having all of the books, you have to find some creative ways to store them and have them easily accessible. We have a cube bookcase that holds a majority of the books and toys, but why not have some of those beautiful books double as wall art? 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}When I started dreaming up ideas for decorating a nursery, I was always drawn to the look of book ledges. Children’s book covers are bright, beautiful and meant to be seen. I love the idea of having them on display not only to look pretty, but as a visual reminder to enjoy a good book. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I bought 5 of the Ikea Ribba shelves in white. They are just under 22 inches, which  the perfect size for the space we have. They are really easy to install, you just need to measure carefully so that the spacing is right and the edges are even. The ledges should be screwed directly into the studs or supported by wall anchors to be sure that they are secure. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I used the higher shelves to hold special books that we want to keep safe from being damaged. The lower shelves are great for books that you want your little ones to be able to easily grab. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I love it, and I have to say that Lucy seems to love it as well! There has been lots of smiling and reaching towards her favorite books. :) 

There are so many children’s books out there, it’s hard to know which ones are great! Here are some of our favorites for toddlers and preschoolers:

Baby Lit Books {We have several Little Miss Austen books *cough cough, early brainwashing*, The Jungle Book, and The Secret Garden. These are great board book primers, plus the illustrations are lovely!}.

Sandra Boynton Books {We especially love Doggies}

Eric Carl (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?

Anything Dr. Seuss

The Jesus Storybook Bible

The Beginner’s Bible

Skippy Jon Jones

Maisy Books

Llama Llama Red Pajamas

Pete the Cat

What are some of your favorite children’s books? 

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Two-Tone Nursery Dresser Makeover

I’m still working on finishing up baby girl’s nursery, but I’m getting so close to done! One of the first projects I tackled for her room was a dresser makeover. I actually started it in December and I think I finally got it done in January. It was by far the hardest furniture makeover I have ever done! 

Two-Tone Nursery Dresser MakeoverI had been searching for the perfect dresser to makeover and double as a changing table for a few months. I finally found this 1960’s Drexel in French provincial style on a local Facebook garage sale group. I got it for a steal, and I knew it was going to need some lovin’….I just had no idea how much!

Two-Tone Nursery Dresser MakeoverClearly it had seen better days, but since I was planning on chalk painting, I didn’t think much of it. First things first… I bought a lead test kit at the hardware store to make sure we weren’t dealing with any dangerous paint. No lead was detected, so I was in the clear! The top of the dresser had some chipped paint and I had just planned to sand the top a bit to smooth out the finish before painting. However…the paint started peeling off in sheets. So, I kept sanding the body of the dresser until it was completely smooth…which meant I was down to the wood. Not an easy task.

Two-Tone Nursery Dresser MakeoverBy the time I got to the drawers, I finally had my “ah-hah”, “duh” moment and I pulled out the Citri-strip. This stuff is a miracle in a jug. I used gloves to apply the stripper on all of the paint and let it sit for about 30 minutes or so, then I came and scraped off the paint with a paint scraper. It came off so easily! It took me maybe an hour to finish all 6 drawers (including the time I waited for the Citri-strip to work).

Two-Tone Nursery Dresser MakeoverAll that was left to do was paint and wax! I’ve been in love with the two-tone look for dressers and wanted to try it out on this piece. I painted the body of the dresser with Simply White by Cece Caldwell, and the drawers were done with Carolina Sun Yellow. I have to say, out of all of the chalk paint brands I have tried so far, Annie Sloan is still my favorite. It is so easy to apply and goes on very smooth. I had to add a lot of water to the CCC paint and it still wasn’t as smooth as the ASCP. However, Cece Caldwell has more color options and I love that yellow! It’s so sunshine-y and happy! :)

I still had a ton of Annie Sloan clear wax on hand, so I finished with that. I love the wax from the ASCP line as well. 

Two-Tone Nursery Dresser Makeover

Two-Tone Nursery Dresser MakeoverI had the opportunity to get matching hardware for the drawers that were without, but decided to find something that was a bit more simple. I really wanted to find some clear acrylic drawer pulls, but I was working with a less common hardware size. I could have filled the wholes and started from scratch, but I really didn’t want to have to do that. I found these lovely bronze pulls from D. Lawless Hardware and I am so happy with them! They were very affordable and I think they look great on the dresser. 

Two-Tone Nursery Dresser Makeover

I can’t wait to show you more of baby girl’s colorful room! It’s pretty much our new favorite space in the house. :) 

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Two-Tone Nursery Dresser Makeover

Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery

I started working on the nursery early this year. I had only gotten so far with this special room makeover when we got our surprise call from our agency and got to meet our daughter 24 hours later. In between feedings, diaper changes, and naps I’ve been working on getting our girl’s room looking cute and cozy. 

Luckily, I already had the major items on the to-do list checked off, so I’ve mainly just been working on the final touches. I’m actually really glad it worked out that way, because it turns out you might do things slightly differently when you actually know who your child is and can make it a bit more personal. Right now my main focus is getting wall art together. 

Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery …and it must be monogram season around here! Because I have yet another monogram project for you! This one could not be easier. It was the perfect simple craft to work on during nap time, and could be easily customized for any space. 

To make your own you will need : a wooden letter {this one came from the new Target craft section…that I’m obsessed with}, fun patterned paper, washi tape, mod podge, scissors and/or Xacto knife, and either a picture hanging sawtooth or Command strips {I used the velcro kind}. 

Whimsical Monogram for the NurseryI decided to paint the edges of my letter white with craft paint, but it would also look fine “naked”. It’s up to you!

Trace your letter upside down and backwards on the wrong side of your paper. { Ha! – Does that make any sense?}. Carefully cut the paper version of your letter out. 

Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery

Whimsical Monogram for the NurseryApply a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the wooden letter. Smooth out the paper onto the letter to make sure it’s stuck well and without any bubbles. Allow it to completely dry before applying your sealing layer. 

Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery

You will just need one to two thin layers over the paper to seal. Always make sure the Mod Podge is dry before adding any more, otherwise you will be dealing with bubbles and wrinkles in the paper. 

Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery

As a final touch, add a bit of coordinating washi tape to the edge. I found some sparkly gold tape {by Scotch}. It’s like the pot of gold at the end of the heart rainbow! ;) I wanted my stripe to a be bit thinner than the tape, so I just let it hang over the edge and trimmed the excess with and Xacto knife. 

Whimsical Monogram for the NurseryAnd voila! A cute initial to hang on the wall. I just used a picture hanging Command Strip to adhere it to the wall. I’ve been collecting other L’s to have a little collection. 

Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery

 

I have so many nursery projects to share with you in the coming months! I’m so excited with how it is looking in there so far. But no worries! I’ll be sprinkling some non-nursery projects here and there as well. :)

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