Nursery: DIY Pegboard Display

DIY Nursery Pegboard

If you’re new around here be sure to check out my son’s Nursery Reveal as well as the Rustic Shelf and How to Refinish a Mid Century Dresser tutorials either before or after reading this post!

Today I’m showing you have simple it is to add some pegboard to your nursery. Or your kids room. OR your garage for that matter! Many of the nurseries that I pinned during my pregnancy had some sort of pegboard display over the changing table. I loved this idea – it adds some interest to the wall but also adds needed functionality to the space!

This is an easy project that you can do in one afternoon which is always a bonus. 

What you’ll need:

  • Pegboard (I got mine at Lowes and they even cut it to size for me!)
  • 3 strips of wood. I chose “craft wood” for this that was 1/2 inch thick by 2 inches wide. I didn’t want the pegboard too far out from the wall. (these will act as cleats. Get the cheapest piece available and again cut to size, slightly shorter than the height you want your pegboard)
  • Paint (I chose Elephant Gray  by Behr)
  • Roller
  • Hammer & Nails
  • 6 Screws
  • Pegboard hooks and baskets (affiliate links)
  • Other accessories you want to hang such as this letter C

Directions:

If you haven’t already, cut both your pegboard and 1×2’s to size. I wanted mine centered directly over the dresser/changing table so that’s the width I opted for. I pretty much just eyeballed the height :-)

Paint the pegboard and let dry overnight. Don’t be tempted to touch it – the surface of the pegboard needs enough time for the paint to properly adhere. Give it a second coat of paint if it needs it (mine did).

Painted pegboard | wife in progress

Nail 3 cleats into the wall. You want a center cleat and then the other 2 should be approximately 2 or 3 holes in from the edge of the pegboard. You will want to make sure that they are level so that you’ll be able to screw the pegboard into them.installing-pegboard

Screw the pegboard directly into the cleats. I used 6 screws – 3 on the top and 3 along the bottom.

screw pegboard to wall
Pegboard on wall
You can see that the pegboard isn’t too far off the wall. If you want it further off the wall, you could always frame around it to make it look more finished.

Finally, attach the hooks and baskets and accessorize as you please! 

The baskets are awesome for all your diapering necessities by the way. I highly recommend them. The hooks are great for hanging toys to keep baby amused while changing said diapers!

pegboard-baskets

Baby Boy Nursery Pegboard

The final two tutorials that I’ll be sharing with you will  be the DIY Crib Mobile and the DIY Chalkboard Name Print. I hope you’ll stop back to see them!

Until then..have you used pegboard in your home in a creative way? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

Nursery: Refinishing a Mid Century Dresser

Refinishing a Mid Century Dresser

Last week I showed you how I made the Rustic Shelves in the Nursery. This week I’m sharing the process behind refinishing one of my favorite items in the nursery – the mid-century dresser that I picked up on Craigslist for $100.

 original mid century modern dresserIt was in OK shape when we got it but had some dark marks that I knew needed to be sanded out and re-stained. At one point I was tempted to put it in the living room and use it as a TV stand but in the end decided that the baby should have it…it was featured on the nursery mood board after all!

scratches on dresser

Now, refinishing a piece of furniture like this is not necessarily difficult but be forewarned – it is horribly time consuming! Between sanding, conditioning, staining, drying, sealing drying some more…it’s quite the process. Realistically if you’re going to do this you’ll probably need a few days/nights or a couple of weekends.  I’m not even remotely exaggerating when I say we started this is August and didn’t even finish it until November. Drawn o

Along with my orbital sander, I used:

material needed to refinish dresser

The sanding process is the most tedious part of refinishing a piece like this. You want to start with a lower grit sandpaper and then work to a finer grit. I started with with 80 to get the original finish off, then lowered to 120 and then did a third pass with 150.  I wouldn’t go any finer that 150 as the wood can become too smooth to soak up the stain.

A good tip for your final pass with the 150 is to lightly dampen the wood with some paper towel or a rag. This will raise the grain allowing you to get a nice smooth finish.

After sanding the existing finish completely off I conditioned the wood as per the instructions on the pre-stain. Pre-stain wood conditioner helps achieve an even color when applying stain. I highly recommend it with a piece like this.

Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner prepares bare wood for staining. It penetrates the grain of the wood to promote uniform acceptance of oil-based stains. Treating the surface with Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner helps prevent streaks and blotches by evening out the absorption of oil-based stains.                                                                                                                                                                       – Minwax.com

The stain I chose was Minwax’s Special Walnut as it was as close to the original color as I could find. I did not sand the sides or the feet of the dresser (just the top and all the drawers) so it was imperative that this matched well. And thankfully it did! Also, when I say “I” you know I really mean my wonderful husband. I was of course pregnant throughout this whole process so I barked orders and he happily complied :-) 

We also decided to paint the top drawers to really make them pop and bring out the fun details.

refinishing a mid century dresser

Finally, the dresser got three coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly in the satin finish. After using this wipe-on variety I (ahem, Brian!) will never go back to regular poly! It’s SO much easier to use!

Refinishing a Mid Century Dresser

 I’m so glad that the stain matched so well. Sanding down those rounds legs would have been a nightmare I’m sure! 

What do you think? Do you like the white drawers or are you more of a fan of stain only?  Next up I’ll be sharing all the details on the pegboard that’s above the dresser. It’s so quick and makes a fun statement on the wall!

When NOT to Do it Yourself

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when not to DIY | Wife in Progress

What’s the number one reason people DIY? In my case it’s almost always to save money. In most cases if you do some research and have the right materials on hand, your DIY attempt will succeed. However, there is one situation that I never recommend you DIY – in fact I recommend you #DDIY (don’t do it yourself!) – and that is when it comes to new carpet and floors.

The reason I’m telling you all this is because Brian and I are currently deciding whether or not to replace the old laminate floor in the kitchen as well as the carpet upstairs in our bedroom and bonus room.

More importantly, since the baby’s nursery is now where our guest room used to be, and the guest room is now where the office was, we currently do not have an office space. My grand plan is to create an office nook in the bonus room upstairs. And new carpet is part of that plan :-)

Here’s an idea of what I’m looking to do:

office nook mood board

The design is centered around the beautiful new (very affordable!) carpet. The color is called “grain” and the whole room is centered around this beautiful warm, neutral taupe with a hint of gray. I love it!

grain carpet

Whether it’s installing carpet or hardwood, you don’t want to screw around with something that you’re going to spend a lot of money on. Especially since you’re going to have to look at every day for a long time! That’s why it’s so important NOT to DIY this

Click here to see more #DDIY videos from Carpet One
 

With this being said, I took myself over to my local Carpet One store, Bradford Carpet One. Have you heard of them? Carpet One has more than 1,000 stores worldwide. Each store is locally owned by people who live and invest in the community BUT they still benefit from national pricing making them extremely competitive.

Bradford Carpet One

Why go to Carpet One? Because they specialize in flooring. That’s what they do. They are the experts, the professionals!

10 reasons to hire a professional to install your floor

1. You want an expert who really knows what they are doing. They know what underlayment you need, what type of flooring will work for your space and know how that product will wear over time.

2. Installing your flooring product incorrectly could compromise the appearance and integrity of the product. You’ll have no comeback on this either. However if you it professionally installed you’re guaranteed not only to have the job done correctly and not waste money by throwing out materials that you’ve damaged. 

Quality installation makes a world of difference in the appearance of your flooring. An installation done right can make budget-friendly flooring look high-end, but conversely, a second-rate installation can leave even the best flooring with obvious seams, lumps, bumps and other issues. It’s important to remember that mistakes made during installation can comprise the appearance, functionality and lifespan of your flooring.
                                                                                                                    – CarpetOne.com

2. Have you ever tried ripping up a carpet? I have and let me tell you it’s no walk in the park. You will be pulling out staples for days, and days….and DAYS! This is a task that I am definitely willing to pay for just for the sake of saving my hand from turning into a permanent claw.

3. When I say hire a professional I mean through a specialty store. You don’t want to deal with a big box home improvement store. They neither have a large enough selection nor do they have sales consultants with enough expertise to really help you. You want to stick with a specialty flooring store. So why not support your locally owned Carpet One store that has a vast selection as well as exclusive brands.

selection at carpet one

4. Carpet One offers exceptional warranties and guarantees. I was really impressed with their “Beautiful Guarantee”. If you’re not happy with how your floors looks once it’s installed (for instance, the color doesn’t work in your home) they will replace the entire floor FOR FREE including installation! How about that for 100% satisfaction guaranteed?! This really gives me the confidence to know that if my floor isn’t as beautiful as I had envisioned that I don’t have to worry.

5. Getting your rooms measured by a professional will save you money in the long run. You won’t purchase too much material that you may not be able to return OR you won’t buy too little and have to run back to the store again. 

6. Carpet One has one contact person for your entire experience. My sales consultant was Pam and she was ah-maz-ing. Not only did Pam help me pick out both carpet and wood floors that were within my measly budget (both under $1.20 a sq ft!) but she didn’t pressure me into buying anything else I didn’t need. Pam was also the person who came to my home to do the free in-home measurement AND had a quote to me within 24 hours. Pam will be my contact person throughout the entire process which is very reassuring!

In home measurement

Pam taking measurements in the “before” spaces

7. Have allergies or little ones?  Carpet One exclusively offers Healthier Living Installation. Their cleaner, healthier installation practices help to minimize irritants, dust and odors to encourage better air quality in your home. This installation process is anti-microbial, hypoallergenic and simply, cleaner. 

8. Next day installation on thousands of in-stock carpets and floors. Enough said!

9. Want to get a custom area rug or runner? Each Carpet One store as an in-house warehouse where they can bind runners or area rugs for you from carpet remnants. 

10. Sometimes it’s just plain easier and quicker in the long run to hire out :-)

If you’re looking to install some new floors now is the perfect time! Carpet One is currently running a #DDIY sale until 4/16. The sale offers up to 50% off Lee’s carpets and up to a $500 instant rebate (10% off) on select hardwood, tile, laminate, LVT and more!

Have you had any DIY disasters or advice for when you should not DIY? Tell me about it via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and comment using #DDIY

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