• DIY IKEA Tarva Hack Dresser Makeover

    Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack | Oh Lovely Day

    My taste in interiors far surpasses my budget. What I want and what is affordable don’t always match up. But sometimes we can make the affordable look like the expensive piece of furniture we had our heart set on with a little (or a lot) of creativity and elbow grease. Don’t we all want stylish and chic furniture on an Ikea budget? Here’s how I turned my raw wood Ikea Tarva dresser into one that looks gorgeous and way more expensive.

    Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack | Oh Lovely Day

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    Instructions:

    Step 1: Remove original hardware/knobs that come with dresser.

    Step 2: Remove drawers, and place dresser and drawers on a drop cloth or plastic in a well ventilated area.

    Step 3: First paint body of dresser. While that is drying, paint drawers. Apply two coats (you may need three depending on paint used and whether you needed or used a primer).

    Step 4: Once you’ve done the number of coats you want and paint is dry, tape off white around base/kickboard of dresser and paint it gold. You may need two coats of gold as well.

    Step 5: After all paint is dry, add new gold/brass hardware of your choice. I used these drawer pulls.

    Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack | Oh Lovely Day Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack | Oh Lovely Day

    Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack | Oh Lovely Day Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack | Oh Lovely Day

    Now you have a fabulous dresser that looks very expensive but costs much less. My total cost breaks down like this:

    • Ikea dresser: $149 (for 6 drawer)
    • paint and supplies: $30 max
    • hardware: $50

    For a total cost of under $230! And if you have a smaller dresser your cost would be almost half that. My only words of warning: Ikea furniture assembly may cause marriage discontent. But that dresser is totally worth it, right? just kidding… (insert smart ass face emoji here)

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    Register for Anything for Every Occasion with MyRegistry.com

    Register for Anything all in one place with MyRegistry.com | Oh Lovely DayEver wish you could register for things from lots of different stores, including places like Etsy that only exist online? Do you want just one wedding registry where you can register for things for your home from your favorite department store and experiences like a couple’s massage or dinner on your honeymoon? Or a baby registry where you can get that crib from the big store, the handmade baby mobile from that shop you found on Instagram, and college fund gifts? I know I have — as someone who got married and had her first baby several years ago my only option was choosing one or two stores to register from and being limited to their inventory. But that’s all changed with MyRegistry.com.

    register from anything from anywhere with MyRegistry.com | Oh Lovely Day

    It is the best universal registry option out there, where you can build your dream registry many different ways, like:

    • add gifts to your registry from any store on the internet
    • sync the store registries you already have
    • register for cash gifts to put towards trips or big ticket items
    • add gifts on the go with your smart phone
    • add gifts from brick and mortar stores that don’t have a website

    register from anything from anywhere with MyRegistry.com

    Using MyRegistry.com is so easy. Just put the “Add to MyRegistry” button on your bookmarks bar. Then, click the button to add a gift to your wedding registry, baby registry or wish list. You can add to it anytime and it is easy to share and spread the word with family and friends. And you don’t have to stay inside the box with tangible gifts like you see above. Register for a wine or coffee subscription, takeout from your favorite restaurant for a date night or after you have a new baby, housekeeping services, or even charitable donations!

    Those of you getting married and having babies these days are so lucky — you can literally get everything you want and need with just one registry thanks to MyRegistry.com.

    This post is sponsored by MyRegistry.com but the opinions are my own.

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    Quincy’s Birth Announcement + A Minted Giveaway

    Quincy's Birth Announcement + A Minted Giveaway

    There is just something about birth announcements… I love getting them in the mail when a friend has a new baby and I have loved sending one for all three of mine. It’s so special to choose that perfect photo that introduces your newest family member to the rest of your family and friends, especially for those that live far away and might not get to meet the baby while they are in that newborn stage. I’ve used Minted for all of my baby announcements — it is tradition at this point! I love the designs so much and the ease of having the addresses pre-printed with their address assistant.

    Quincy's Birth Announcement + A Minted Giveaway

    And because I’m such a fan of Minted, I’ve partnered with them to give away a $150 credit to one lucky reader so you can do some shopping of your own. You can use it for whatever is going on in your life right now: wedding planning, decorating your living space or a nursery, baby announcements — the sky’s the limit! So enter below. A random winner will be announced below on 4/24/16. Good luck!

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    Quincy’s birth announcement photos by Jennifer Roper and announcements c/o Minted. You can see more from his newborn session here. Jennifer Roper Photography. Jennifer Roper is a Lovely Vendor. If you would like to be considered for the Lovely Vendor Guide, apply here.

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    Babywearing & Nursing-Friendly Wardrobe Essentials

    nursing-friendly wardrobe favorites | Oh Lovely Day

    When you’re the mom of a new baby, you have little time to put effort into your look on a daily basis. But putting on normal clothes goes a long way to helping you feel like an actual human. Plus, real clothes make that “messy bun and no-makeup behind sunglasses” look seem way more put together. Finding outfits that look somewhat chic and stylish, while fitting a postpartum body and accommodating frequent nursing and baby wearing can be a bit of a challenge though. This third time around I feel like I’ve got the wardrobe for this phase down and I’ve got some favorite wardrobe essentials to get you through this season of motherhood, and beyond.  Read More »

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    Quincy’s Newborn Photos

    Quincy's Newborn Session + brother photos | Oh Lovely Day

    My friends at Inspired By This are sharing some of Quincy’s newborn photos and our family of five session today. So head over there and check out some highlights and peeks into Quincy’s future nursery once he moves out of our room and see the rest of our family photos, plus his little space in our bedroom below. All of the sources are at the end of the post as well.

    As usual, Jennifer Roper captured our family perfectly — our crazy life at home with three boys, one of which won’t be still long enough to get his photo taken. Yet somehow she worked her usual miracles and got a couple of photos with all five of us in one frame. Since this is my last newborn, I’m a little nostalgic and missing this sweet stage already.  Read More »

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