My sister, MB, is having another baby girl in a few weeks. To say it simply, I’m pretty excited about it. She will be my parent’s 15th grandchild – crazy huh?
My niece, Charlotte, is getting a whole new bedroom set because the new baby will be using her “baby” furnishings. And this is where I have stepped in. My sister doesn’t have the same kind of interest in re-doing furniture as I do, but she does appreciate a good, solid piece of furniture – and saving money.
This is Charlotte – or as she says, “Shar-lee”.
She is just as sweet as she looks, but funny and whip smart too! And she loves to read – she’s a girl after my own heart.
Anyway, she has a thing for princesses right now. Big time. I’ve been hunting and gathering furniture that can fulfill her princess-y desires and also last through her teenage years. After searching high and low for good deals on furniture, I’ve found some really great vintage pieces. We – my daughter and I – have been sanding and painting them this past week or so, and everything is almost done. I’ll post more on those things later – but here is a before pic of the things we’ve found.
Yes, my garage is a disaster area, but it’s getting better, if you can believe it. Ha!
And while re-painting furniture is exciting for me – it’s probably not going to make Charlotte very excited. But I found something that she might like a lot.
I found this little wagon magazine holder/rack on FB – one of the local swip-swap pages. (Have you heard of these pages? Do you belong to any of them? I think they are genius!)
It was pretty beat up, with the wood layers separating and the wheels caked with some kind of filler and sharp edges. But as soon as I saw it, I didn’t see a stagecoach wagon, I saw a princess carriage.
So I re-glued the wood and clamped it together, then sanded away the sharp edges. My daughter went a few steps further and got most of the filler out from between the spokes in the wheels and sanded it down even further to make it safe for her favorite little cousin. Then she primed it with Zinsser primer. That stuff is amazing – it even blocked the dark stain from coming through!
Then, I sprayed the inside of it with Krylon’s Ballet Slipper pink – the same color I used to paint this rocking chair for Charlotte a few months ago. Then I painted the outside with Rustoleum white gloss. And finally, I sprayed the outside with Rust-Oleum with Pearl Mist. It gives it just a little bit of sparkle and shine. I’m half considering adding some glitter, but that might be taking it a little over the top 🙂
I think she will love putting her favorite books in it – and when she outgrows it, she can pass it down to her little sister. I think it’s my favorite piece for her room.
I’m so excited to meet the newest member to our ever-growing tribe. If you could keep my sister and the little peanut in your prayers for a safe delivery, I’d be ever so grateful!
Thanks for stopping by!