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Like new! Refinishing a bed and dresser

5 Mar

I knew I wanted a vintage bed for Kyler’s new big girl room and I wasn’t willing to pay an arm and a leg for a brand new “vintage” bed. I love the Jenny Lind style so that was my first thought. I popped on Craigslist every now and then in search of the right bed and I came across this gem.

I knew with the some new paint and cute bedding, this would make one cute bed. We picked it up for $139 and I was perfectly okay with that.

Next step, was finding a comparable dresser. Again, after searching Craigslist, I decided I was looking for the french provincial style. Now this style tends to have really big dressers so that was another obstacle, to find a 6 drawer that would work for a little girl’s room. After looking and looking and finding plenty (but out of my price range), I was feeling defeated. One day, we were out and about looking at some consignment shops when we drove by one and I told Chris “oh wait, we need to turn around!” I spotted one in the window and it looked perfect driving by. I called the shop immediately and asked for the price. When they responded with “$130”, we turned around and headed to the shop. It was in perfect condition, but again, just needed some paint!


Chris started with the bed first. We thought about just using a deglosser since sanding this puppy would take a while but he ended up hand sanding all the spindles. We just decided we wanted to do it right so why not take the extra time and prep it correctly. It did take A LONG time but it was worth it.

Sanding the dresser was a lot easier. Only took him a day to sand the entire thing and the paint came right off.


For priming, we used Valspar’s binding primer at the suggestion of the Lowes guy. We wanted to ensure that a toddler couldn’t easily scratch up the paint and didn’t want to deal with paint peeling off. It would well!

Again, the spindles made everything take a lot more time. So many little grooves to get into.

The dresser on the other hand was cake!


I knew I wanted to keep the Coral and Aqua color scheme in her room and was dead set on painting her walls a bright Coral. I went back and forth with going with a simple white or a pretty Aqua and decided to go for the color. We settled on the color “Aqua Glow” by Valspar, but went with Sherwin Williams Pro-Classic Interior Acrylic Enamel for the actual paint. Why, you ask? We have refinished furniture with Valspar before and it came out okay, but we really wanted her furniture to painted with a quality paint. I am SO glad we splurged and made that decision. I am telling you, it makes all the difference in the world.

One coat on!

And the dresser

For the hardware, we bought a Metallic Silver spray and it worked perfectly!


Since her bed and dresser will both be used daily, we decided to use a sealer on them to protect the finish. After some research, we opted for Minwax Polycrylic. It went on SUPER easy (thank you water based) and there was hardly any smell.

Aqua Jenny Lind bed!

Aqua French Dresser!

What do you think? Any questions? Just ask!

A Little Girl’s Room: Coral and Aqua

3 Mar

When it came time to turning Kyler’s room into a “big girl” room, I knew I wanted to stick with the same color scheme as her nursery. I still love Coral and Aqua/Teal together and I didn’t want to have to get all new decor for it.

While it’s been a work in progress for sometime, I am excited to say, it’s finished (finally).

I used a combination of decor from her old room, birthday party decorations (hey, they were too cute to throw away), and some new things. Put that together with a refinished bed/dresser, homemade nightstand, and a bookcase from Ikea, and this is what you get! Hope you like it!

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

10 Nov

This week, Kyler moved into her big girl bed!

She has done so well! I think she really loves her big girl bed and doesn’t seem to miss her crib at all. She has fallen out a couple of times but doesn’t seem to really mind, she was woken up with shoes on, and likes to bring her books to bed. We are making more changes to her room in the coming weeks so I will post when it’s all finished 🙂

We are also making improvements to the backyard. I like to call this Stage 2 🙂

This includes a pergola and summer kitchen. Plan is to have it all done by the Spring (we are doing all the work ourselves) so I am eager to see if finally get started!

Kyler went over to Grandma and Poppa’s house on Friday and stayed the night. Packed up and ready to go!

On Saturday, I headed over to my friend’s bridal shower then scooped up Kyler. We headed back to Orlando, ran some errands, then had dinner over at the Gilbertson’s.

Somehow the weeks keep coming and going at the speed of light! We have another ultrasound on Wednesday and I am eager to see the little guy again. I will be 20 weeks on Friday…. half way there! So crazy how fast it is going by!

Happy Sunday!

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