In contrast, four months AFTER our secondborn arrived, we shoved our clothes into one side of our bedroom closet, crammed a pack 'n play into the other side, and called it good.
(first she slept in the bouncy chair)
(then in the pack n play)
Oh, to be a secondborn.
Then we moved into a new house! To assuage the guilt of banishing Tess to sleep in a closet for the first year of her life, I wanted to create a really awesome room for her in the new place. Without spending much money. And with limited snatches of time. The previous occupant was a 14-year-old boy, so it is taking some work to transform the room from a teenaged-boy-cave to baby girl sanctuary, a process that very well might take months. Or years.
But for now, here is project #1, the refinishing of an old dresser.
I picked up this cute little dresser at our neighborhood yard sale, where it was offered for $15. After some discussion, I ended up paying . . . $20. Seriously, I might be a cheapskate, but I am the world's worst barterer.
Anyhow, the little dresser was so cute, but someone had decided to paint it eggplant and forest green. Seriously? I'm not sure which decade this color combo was hot. So we read this awesome tutorial on painting old furniture and went crazy.
First came the sanding. This took forever with our little sander and my hands are vibrating just remembering it.
Then with a half-empty bottle of spray primer, some old ceiling paint from a prior plumbing disaster, and some new drawer pulls from Home Depot, we transformed it into this:
Now it matches her crib, and one day we'll re-do the little dresser that we use as a changing table to match as well. Every time I walk into her room and see this dresser, my heart does a little happy dance knowing that soon my little girl will have a room as sweet as she is. Plus it sure beats sneaking into the closet to get clothes without waking her up every morning.