Friday, November 30, 2012

Nursery Furniture...Finally

We hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving holiday, I know we did!  Along with stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving goodness, we made great strides in the nursery department.  With my mom in town we took advantage of her go get-em attitude and we tackled multiple projects.  But prior to my mom and sister's arrival Devin and I got some furniture assembled. 

First item at hand was the crib.  If you follow us on Instagram, you saw that we received our crib a few weeks back.  We chose the Baby Mod 3 in 1 crib from Walmart because of its great style and affordability as well as the fact that it is solid wood with non toxic finishes.   We finally were able to put it together after the room was painted and the carpet was cleaned. 


The crib has two tones, with an amber wood grain for the base with legs and white rails.  I love the modern look. 


The assembly was super easy and Devin was able to assemble it in about 45 minutes with my superior instruction reading ability. 


Of course we had help...the amber color in Roxie really brings out the amber in the wood grain don't ya think!


I'm so happy that we have a crib for baby girl.  The room definitely feels like a nursery now!


After we received the crib, we were able to start on the dresser we will be using for the changing table.  We purchased the Mandal 6-drawer dresser from IKEA a while back.  After looking at several options, we decided on this guy since he was solid wood and definitely within our price range. 



Our goal was to stain the birch wood to match the amber wood grain of the crib base.  So with one leg from the crib, we went to Lowes to find stain to match.  After we found the right color, we could start.  Prior to applying the stain we had to sand the clear finish off of the wood frame.   


You can see the difference in the clear coat and the raw wood here.  The left is the sanded side and the right still has the clear finish. 


After sanding we cleaned off all of the dust with tack cloth and started applying the stain.  We ended up using Minwax Wood Finish oil based stain in the color English Chestnut that you can get at your local hardware store.   In the picture below you can see a crib leg as our reference for color. 


We had to apply two coats.  Each coat had to be applied and sit for 15 minutes then wiped down and allowed to dry for a few hours prior to the next coat. 


After the two coats were applied and allowed to dry for 24 hours, we applied a protective finish of Polycrylic that I LOVE cause it does no yellow!!  Needless to say the process took a while since we stained both sides of every board and had to do two coats plus the clear coat.  A couple of days later, we were able to assemble the dresser...



and voila!


I love the two tone wood and white and how the stain finish turned out!  It goes with the crib beautifully.  I'm so happy that the big pieces are complete and now we are into the details.  I have some piece of mind now if baby girl decides to come early...(stay in there a little longer baby girl!)

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