How is the beginning of your week going? I’m feeling a bit of nostalgia as I work on this post. I was just editing the pictures of my husband’s dresser restoration that I did well over 3 months ago. Looking through pictures of our bedroom and our things is making me miss him. I’m currently 2,322 miles from him as I type. And after only 8 days apart, I’m having a hard time imagining how I’ll handle the next two weeks. However, I am sitting in my best friend’s kitchen in Tucson, Arizona awaiting her second baby… so I don’t have anything to complain about!
I couldn’t have been more honored when my friend asked me to come help ready her home, freeze some yummy home-cooked meals, and actually be present for the birth of her new daughter. Today is the “actual” due date, but we are currently waiting and praying for a safe delivery whenever it’s supposed to happen… no signs of baby yet!
Today has been wonderful. The cool air has been drifting through open windows, the curtains dancing in the breeze. The sky has been the dark kind of cloudy and slightly rainy, covering the tops of the surrounding mountains with blanket-like clouds. Fall feels like a welcoming embrace, doesn’t it? On top of my favorite weather, it’s been a day full of soup, which is my favorite food. Needless to say, soup plus a cloudy day equals nothing but joy and comfort in my heart. I prepared a double recipe of my mom’s cheese broccoli and potato soup for the freezer (it’s soul food) and for lunch we snuck into Tucson for some spicy vegetable pho… maybe that will kick things up a bit and get this labor going! We left with clear sinuses, full stomachs, and happy faces.
Until I return from my travels in mid October (I’m Texas bound after the baby is born), I’ll have to settle for FaceTime moments with my husband and a suitcase for my stuff. For the rest of this post, I’ll just day dream of our room and being together in the future -because, duh, that’s what young married people do.
I had already painted this dresser a couple of years ago. It was actually my first General Finishes milk paint experience. I originally loved it, and it turned out well for not really knowing what I was doing, but it got a couple of solid chips in it on our moves to Mississippi and Maryland.
I have started to redecorate our bedroom in soft grays and whites, so I wanted this to match the fresh feeling the rest of our room has. Take a look at my before and after pictures and let me know what you think!
Before it was a two-toned gray. (also, I’m so bad at leaving drawers open when I take pictures and not seeing it!) I really did like the way it looked at first. Now that my taste and decor have changed (and I’ve grown in my ability to restore and paint furniture…) I didn’t want to look at this finish anymore. -> that’s the nicest way I can say I don’t like my paint job. 😉
Since I painted the walls in my bedroom Agreeable Gray, by Sherwin Williams, I didn’t want the dark gray to clash… it has much more of a purple undertone.
My goal is to slowly change our decor into lots of soft whites and grays. I would like an industrial farmhouse feel with a touch of pretty. 🙂 My headboard has also been repainted a solid white to match the base of this dresser.
Since we were on a tight budget when we first were settling in, I opted to just paint the knobs. I’m glad I did because they look much better, but I can see this looking even better with some bigger knobs. However; in real life… sometimes we just need to make due, right? At least for now.
I stained the wood in General Finishes Java Gel, and I painted the base in Rust-Oleum’s Linen Chalked Paint. I sealed the stain in a polyurethane and the chalk paint in General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. I love this chalk paint because it hardens like a rock and I’ve never had it chip!
I found this Bassett mirror at a garage sale in Texas for $20. I stripped it, stained it, and then painted over it so I could distress it. It’s been perfect for what I needed. If you ever need to find a mirror, don’t be afraid to paint a used one! The sign over the mirror was a decoration at our wedding.
Rentals are so tricky, but now that we have been in Annapolis for 4 months, it’s starting to feel like home. I could use any recommendations you have for living in a rental! I love to hear real feedback from renters. Thanks for day dreaming with me today. Hope your week is full of only goodness. -Beth