Monday, May 9, 2011


Thank goodness I have such a handy husband! He's been doing all sorts of projects for me to get things ready for Claire. Usually while I'm sewing away on things for Claire, Drew can be found in the garage working on projects for the nursery. Here are some of his accomplishments:

The Rocking Chair

This rocking chair is so special to us. It was Drew's mom and dad's first piece of furniture after they got married and has been used to rock many of the Arnold kids. My sister in law even used it to rock our nephew when he was a baby. We both agreed after that many kids it had seen its fair share of wear and tear. Drew decided to sand down the entire thing and re-stain and varnish it.

Here it is before the refinishing

...and after many many trips to Home Depot for more sand paper. (I'm not kidding, we went at least 4 times to replenish Drew's sand paper supply)

After starting the first coat of stain

....and all finished! Drew did such a great job on it and I know it will be such a special piece to add to Claire's nursery

The Shelves

I'd been wanting a little book case or something to store Claire's books but everything seemed too big for her room. I actually saw these shelves on Young House Love and told Drew I wanted something similar.  Being the wonderfully handy husband he is he got straight to work! I love the end product; its so nice to have somewhere to store her books while being able to display them at the same time.

The Dresser

After searching forever we just couldn't seem to find the right dresser for Claire's room. We knew we wanted something to set the changing pad on but everything we looked at seemed too tall or too short. We finally decided maybe we should look into refinishing an older piece instead. We finally found one at The Arc for only $125! This was our first refinishing piece so Drew likes to joke that you just shouldn't look "too close". Unfortnently we forgot to get a before picture but here it is; I love how much storage it has, and its the perfect height for the changing pad too!

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