Taste{Full}: August 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Taste{full} Featured!

Wanted to let you know Taste{full} was featured on {live the fancy life} today!  While we've been featured on blogs after endorsing or reviewing a product, I think this is the first time we've been featured for our amazing creative DIY genius a before and after/DIY post!  ;)  Like many others, I stumbled upon Jessica's blog after her nursery was featured....well to be honest I can't remember because it's been featured everywhere!! Her adorable son Bodhi's nursery is an awesome modern creation and was my first inspiration to create a lantern mobile (more on that later if I can actually pull it off) for new baby's room.  Check out her blog here, the post here, and her son's chic nursery here.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Nursery Progress: Changing Table Transformation

The biggest project I accomplished during my week of vacation was painting the changing table.  This project was a little scary for me.  First of all, it involved real paint, not spray paint.  Secondly it involved an antique dry sink.  Yes, rather than purchase the expensive changing table I'd been eyeing, I encountered an incredibly talented saleswoman at an antiques/thrift shop who suggested the dry sink as a changing table.  I suppose in hindsight I wasn't really a tough sell.  I was in awe of everything in that store and wanted desperately to buy something.  We'd found out new baby was a girl and the modern changing table I wanted fit better in my 'boy' room--the one I'd been unconsciously designing in my head while convincing myself I wasn't convinced that it was a boy. :)  Anyway, I loved the idea of using something completely out of the ordinary and I loved the price-- $80 which I bargained down to $70.  Apparently dry sinks are one of the easiest "antiques" to replicate and fake so I have absolutely no idea if it's a real antique.  Lucky for me, I don't really care.  But the fact that it was this knotty pine and had a...country look to it was the scary part.  I'm all about modern, or shabby chic, or even contemporary/traditional, but "country" is the one style I am not a big fan of.  Since I constantly am perusing etsy and various design blogs however, I saw it's potential to be more shabby chic or even farmhouse chic.  [Note to self: anything sounds cooler with "chic" added to it].  I also have been desperate to try distressing furniture (I've always loved it, but my recent obsession is mostly due to these gals. Check out better pictures of their stuff in this post over at HowDoesShe) and thought this would be the perfect piece to try that on.  A fun color, a little distressing, and a cool anthropologie knob would do the trick right?!   

Hobby Lobby Version
Anthropologie Version
I won't give you the play by play because it was really quite simple.  But here are a few things I learned.  I'm new to painting furniture so I didn't know about zinsser.  But now I do.  It totally saves you from the sanding part which is really the worst part.  I'm learning sometimes it still helps to sand for other reasons than paint adhesion but for this project I got to skip that part.  I also have learned to prime, prime, prime.  So I did.  I also tinted my primer which totally helped.  Not only did it help with fewer coats of the color paint but it also helped me see where the wood (specifically around the knots) was still bleeding through.  After 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of Sherwin Williams "Belize" (tinted 25% darker), I was almost done.  Next came sanding.  I'm not gonna lie; I was scared.  The thought of sanding paint off of a piece that you just spent hours painting is quite scary.  But I conquered my fear and did it anyway.  I used my father in law's sander again, which was easier than sanding by hand (though by hand is totally doable).  And as the fancy farmgirls say, it's quite addicting!!  It looked so much cooler after the sanding.  I did mess up at one point but I just painted over it and you couldn't even tell!  That's the beauty of distressing.  Obviously more is less since you can always go back and sand some more but re-painting may be tricky.  Lastly, I added this cute little knob from anthro.  Ok, I'm totally lying.  Rather than spend the $8 + shipping for the knob at anthro, I scored this just-as-cute version at Hobby Lobby for $2.99!  So that was it.  Well technically that's not it--I still have to poly it to resist scratching.  But that's it for now.  (I'm trying to convince husband to poly everything I'm painting so I don't have to.  I'll let you know how it goes).  Now for the finished result:


Now it's your turn; have you repurposed anything lately that you want to share?  Do tell...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Quick and Dirty DIY

Last night I was too tired to do anything too meaningful...but I desperately wanted to mark something off the to-do list that somehow doesn't seem to be getting any shorter! So, I decided to line new baby's dresser drawers. This isn't really a project you have to copy but because I'm obsessed with blogs, I did review this post at Hi Sugarplum! and this one at Young House Love for tips and suggestions. After going back and forth I'd planned to go the Modge Podge route for durability. But Alas, could not find my sponge brushes so I ended up going the spray adhesive route instead. Unfortunately we live in a city where cool paper stores aren't in abundance so I didn't really know where to find heavy weight premium paper. I ended up just settling on 'normal' wrapping paper from the Hallmark store in the mall. It doesn't necessarily match her bedroom but it matches the dresser, is super cute, and despite the pink could maybe pass if the dresser ever gets passed down to a boy. Which is a huge IF at this point. But I digress... I cut each piece to size (does anyone else have trouble cutting straight lines on fabric or wrapping paper and if so- tips please?!), and then glued to the drawer. My measuring wasn't perfect and as I've mentioned before I tend to rush [I just can't help myself!] but it still looks pretty cute and the imperfections aren't that noticeable. I just love the idea of a cheap and easy DIY project (wrapping paper + spray adhesive = done) that will add a little peek of happiness each time I open her drawers. Won't that make doing laundry more fun? No? C'mon don't burst my bubble! Oh and speaking of cheap, here is a cost breakdown:

wrapping paper: $3.00 (when you buy 2)
spray adhesive: $3.60 (used a 40% off coupon)
Grand Total: $6.60

Any tips and tricks on lining drawers, cutting in a straight line (I know- how lame am I?), or anything else relevant? Do share!!
P.S. sorry for the lame cell phone picture. When I blog about the dresser itself I will take better photos, I promise.

Monday, August 15, 2011


This is just a quick post to show you my most recent purchase for new baby's room:

I am such a believer in the power of words. I am not always so good at it, but I try to "speak life" and positive things over myself, my family, and my circumstances. I love the thought of reminding new baby to give God glory every day. To glorify Him in her actions, her behavior, her words, and simply who she is. To me, it's never too early to start teaching, instructing, and confessing good things over our little ones. There are so many negative messages aimed at young people and children. I want to do all I can to combat those messages for my kids. It's really just a poster but it might be so much more! I found this print via pinterest (totally addicted to that site) and purchased it here.

Do you have any cute posters/prints in your kids' rooms? Do you have any positive message posters? Do tell...

Monday, August 8, 2011

My To-Do List = Future Blog Posts...

I'm totally behind in posting details of my projects... I blame husband because in order to take "after" pictures, I have to move furniture...which I can't (or at least shouldn't be doing).  And I refuse to take pictures of newly painted did-it-myself treasures in the most disgustingly crowded and disorganized garage you've ever seen.  seriously. EVER.  (ok maybe not if you watch hoarders.  Wow, am I really comparing myself to a hoarder now?!).  But I felt compelled to post my to-do list so you can see that I am in fact making progress and plan to post about every last one within the next month.  After that, new baby will be here and I make no such promises to do anything.  Except multiple feedings per night, nursing all day, and changing tons of tiny diapers.  Which sounds exhausting, but I actually just got a pitter patter of excitement in my heart of when I thought of my new baby girl and her little tiny bum.  [happy sigh].

To Do:

Paint samples in Genevieve's room-- I have all but dropped G's room off of my radar but I did get this done.  I can't wait to re-do her room and show you what I've copied come up with!  It will be so cute...but not just yet.  I can only do so much and things are dropping off of my list at an alarming rate!

Paint rocking chair for Genevieve's room-- posted about here.

Make lantern mobile-- I've gone back and forth between a couple of different types but can't actually make this until the room is partially put together... more to follow!

Sew changing pad cover-- I actually did this! I am very proud of myself.  I didn't end up doing it as described in this post with that crappy machine but I did end up sewing not one but TWO of these babies!  Will post soon...

Paint changing table-- have this post all written- just need to add photos!  Definitely my proudest project!!

Paint magazine rack-- posted about here

Finish painting lamps--one of the few things on the list that has nothing to do with the nursery.  I LOVE how these turned out! Stay tuned...

Paint frame for baby's initial-- can't do this until the room comes together...not sure what color to go with just yet!

Paint side tables for living room-- one of the things that totally fell off the list. Not likely to happen any time soon!

To Buy:

Dresser for new baby's room- got a lovely little dresser at a yard sale and will post about it soon!

Dresser for Genevieve's room--still looking for this one.  I want a good quality wooden dresser with nice lines for less than $50 (of course I plan on painting it).  Is that too much to ask?!

Curtains for new baby's room--thinking of going with the drop-cloths-as-curtains trend...more to follow!

PS-these nurseries are just eye candy- not anything like new baby's other than blue walls...and pink elements (of course). Picture 1 from here.  Picture 2 from here.

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