12/01/2014

Christmas Traditions Tour - A Kid Friendly Tree!


I was so excited when Rachel at Like a Saturday asked me to participate in her annual Holiday Blog Tour! This year's theme is "Christmas Traditions" so I thought it would be fun to share our new tradition of putting a kid friendly tree in B's room! If you are stopping by via Delineate Your Dwelling, and are planning to make some of Amy's yummy spritz cookies, please feel free to send a batch to me!

We had so much fun decorating a Christmas tree in B's room last year that we decided to make it a tradition. I thought about doing a retro tinsel tree, but after spotting a couple of Scandinavian style dowel trees on Pinterest, I was smitten. I showed Jesse the pictures and he was able to whip this up in a couple of hours. I tell ya, I really don't know how I got so lucky. It's like living with a genie!
Wooden Dowel Kids Christmas Tree, Retro Engineering Print
We wanted the tree to be colorful and kid friendly (i.e. inexpensive non-breakable ornaments); so we used a mix of homemade, pre-owned and Target ornaments. Last year, we filled a bunch of clear plastic ornaments with brightly colored pom poms. This year, we had a great time squirting paint into ornaments and shaking them up to make pretty abstract spheres - a fun weeknight art project!
Wooden Dowel Kids Christmas Tree, Retro Engineering PrintAfter the dowel tree was finished and decorated, I thought it would be fun to add something holiday themed to the wall above the book ledges. I didn't want to spend a lot of time crafting something, so I searched Pinterest for vintage holiday prints and landed on this cute vintage Santa and Rudolph. A quick trip to Staples for an extra large engineering print (only eight bucks!) and we were finished!Wooden Dowel Kids Christmas Tree, Retro Engineering Print
B loves showing off his tree to guests and telling them all about the ornaments we've made. I hope this remains a tradition for many years to come!
Side note: I want to make a woodworking tutorial for the dowel tree(we took a few photos), but we have been so crunched for time lately, it might be July before it posts!

The next stop on the tour is Christmas Eve fondue with Sarah at Life on Virginia Street, check it out! Here is a list of all the fabulous Christmas Tradition posts from the tour, Happy Holidays!



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Friday, Dec. 5





11/28/2014

Salvaged Black Jenny Lind Bed


Raise your hand if you love Land of Nod. Mmhhmm. Me too! I'm positively in love with the black Jenny Lind style bed in their line-up right now. But...But...It's six hundred bucks. Yikes! Luckily, not long after I'd set my heart on the Land of Nod version, I came across an old Jenny Lind style bed at a salvage yard - for thirty dollars! Holla!Salvaged black Jenny Lind style bed in boy's bedroom
Granted, the bed was in rough shape, didn't have rails and took us six months to finish, but it was so worth the effort! Here is a before picture. Army green anyone?
Salvaged black Jenny Lind style bed in boy's bedroom

Salvaged black Jenny Lind style bed in boy's bedroomI sanded the headboard and foot board, then painted them with Valspar black satin paint, Jesse fashioned slats and rails and was able to save on cost by using wood salvaged from a side job. We did run into a slight problem when we moved the bed into B's room, though. Oops! Measure twice, cut once!Salvaged black Jenny Lind style bed in boy's bedroomOnce we got the length issue corrected and the bed moved in, we added a wall mounted reading light from Target as well as some basic metal wire with clothespins for displaying B's art. I made the pillow from two Turkish style kitchen towels and the duvet cover is from IKEA.
Salvaged black Jenny Lind style bed in boy's bedroomThe room is finally coming together and I hope to wrap it up for a full tour style post by the end of the year - just need to finish up three more mini projects!
Salvaged black Jenny Lind style bed in boy's bedroom

Salvaged black Jenny Lind style bed in boy's bedroom