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Houston Design Blog | Material Girls | Houston Interior Design » Nursery Project #1 as seen through iPhone Pics

So my husband and I have been very hard at work on the nursery.  The first project I decided to tackle was this chest of drawers that I believe Bryce had in his room growing up.  It was in desperate need of some TLC, but I loved the lines of it and new it would be perfect to double function as a changing table.  

The color scheme for the nursery is lavender, dove grey, white, and gold.  The walls have since been painted “Ponder,” a fabulous grey/lavender by Sherwin Williams.  We nearly had a melt-down over some very FOUL smelling Eco paint but it seems to have since been resolved (my poor husband has already put on a total of three coats of primer/paint at this point with one to go to remove the smell).   

Now let me preface this before and after by saying I am by no means a DIY guru,  but every now and then I get the bug and can be very impulsive about starting a project.  Please, please, please excuse the terrible photos – my real camera currently has a broken lens. 

The prep work…yes, it was a game day, and yes, Hartley is proudly sporting her OU jersey. 

The first thing I do is sand the piece down with an extra fine grit sandpaper.  I selected “Nimbus Cloud” by Martha Stewart Living Paint in a flat sheen from Home Depot for the base color and start painting right away – no, I did not prime.  I used about a 2-1/2″ wide paint brush to apply the paint in even strokes.   

Coat one of paint goes on and I as usual start to panic (as I always do when painting furniture and only seeing the first coat).   I’m scared it’s too chalky-white.   

I decide to run to the paint store and I get a quart of “Dorian Gray” by Sherwin Williams for the top to give it some contrast.  I then apply a second coat of “Nimbus Cloud” to the entire piece and start to like what I see.

The next step is applying Rotten Stone to give the piece a more age.  I was nervous as heck to do this…I dabbed a mineral-oil soaked rag in the rotten stone and then wiped on, and then quickly off.  This took a while because I kept wiping too much of it off.  It is VERY subtle (impossible to see in an iPhone photo) but it really helped the piece not look so “flat”. 

I also found this gold wax stuff from Bering’s that I applied with my finger to “highlight.”  Can resist a touch o’ gold!

 So there you have it! 

I may even go back and add some more Rotten Stone.  I’m also still undecided about the hardware, but it works for now. 

So the following weekend (because I wasn’t tired enough) I decided to tackle our t.v. console with the same color but using a heavier hand on the Rotten Stone.  I love it!  You can see a before picture of my t.v. console here.   I had been dying to “neutralize” this piece for a long time but couldn’t decide how I wanted to refinish it.  Having left over paint in colors I know I liked sure made it easier.  I can’t wait to show you all the art work and vintage frames I’ve been buying like crazy for what will apparently be a gallery wall in the nursery since there is no real plan right now :) 

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6 Comments to 'Nursery Project #1 as seen through iPhone Pics'

Elisabeth 14 Oct 10 at 6:35 pm

This is awesome! :-)

photodiva30 15 Oct 10 at 12:59 pm

Very cool use of the gold touch and Rotten stone for that vintage appeal. Nicely done. I’ve been thinking about vintage frames to put my kids photos on wall art – you know to complete that aged theme with a personalized touch.

photodiva30 15 Oct 10 at 1:01 pm

Cool use of gold touch and Rotten stone for that vintage appeal. Nicely done. I’ve been thinking about vintage frames to put my kids photos on wall art – you know to complete that aged theme with a personalized touch.

Lola Fox 16 Oct 10 at 3:28 am

I like dresser white, great facelift.

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MaterialGirls 18 Oct 10 at 1:46 am

My mom said today “I LOVE what Lauren did with her nursery chest!” I agree- it looks beautiful! You have a lot more patience than I do :) I wouldn’t have gotten past the first layer!

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You did a remarkable good job, making this a really nice looking nursery chest again. I also like the tv stand much better now, than what it has looked like before.

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