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    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



    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.

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    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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    Our Gender Reveal at Milk Jar Cookies

    Oh Lovely Day gender reveal at Milk Jar Cookies | photos by Hazelnut Photography & Film by SparkStory

    When we found out we were pregnant with baby #3, I decided this would be the time we would wait to find out the gender until the baby was born. Why not, right? It’s the last time I plan to be pregnant (although I do reserve the right to change my mind, just in case) so I thought it would be fun. But my husband and older son Charlie wore me down. They both wanted to know as soon as we could. So I caved. Instead, we decided to do a fun little gender reveal with just our little family, at the place where we celebrate most of our family moments. It was simple and sweet and us. So without further adieu, here is our little gender reveal, photographed by Hazelnut Photography and filmed by  SparkStory. Read More »


    Shared Kid’s Art Room and Office Space

    Shared Art Room & Office Space | Oh Lovely Day

    Since we moved into our current home almost two years ago, I have been meaning to transform this little breakfast nook into an office. Until recently it was my office, but was really more of a storage area. It was not pretty, and did not inspire me in my work, nor was it a place I wanted to spend a lot of time. I started thinking that my son Charlie, who is into art and reading and practicing his writing, could use his own space to create. So I collaborated with The Land of Nod, my favorite spot for decor and fun things that appeal to kids as well as grown ups, and created a shared art room/work space for Charlie and I to share. Read More »

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    Felt Balls in Home Decor + Kids’ Spaces

    Hi Oh Lovely Day readers! I’m Aileen from the interiors & lifestyle blog At Home in Love, and I’m super thrilled to be guest posting today while Chandra spends some time her new babe. I don’t have any kids of my own (yet!) so I don’t talk about kids’ rooms very much–but I really love them. So I thought I’d take the opportunity today to touch on one of my favorite trends in kids’ rooms: felt balls! This is a trend could actually be implemented in any room of the house…but it’s so cute, it lends itself perfectly to kid spaces. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use felt balls in decor:

    1. Rugs. These are probably the most common use I’ve seen with felt balls, and they’re perfect for kids’ rooms–soft, squishy, and absolutely adorable! I love the idea of a cloud shaped felt ball rug, and the purple rug (#2) is my own.

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    DIY Indigo Dyed Bedding

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    If you follow me on instagram you know my inspiration for Calvin’s nursery was indigo and California cool. I included some fab indigo dyed details, which is why today’s guest post from my sweet and uber-talented friend Jesi Haack is so perfect. I know you’ll  love it as much as I do.

    Indigo dyeing seems to be all the rage lately, and we wanted in on that action! We used dyeing methods based on the Japanese tie-dyeing technique called Shibori. We decided to make a cool and relaxed Shibori-inspired bedding set, perfect for the warm summer months. Read More »

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    •  This week was a rough one. I feel like I say that every week but this one really was. Today alone had me at my breaking point. All three of my kids seemed hell bent on driving me crazy. Quincy literally wouldn't let me put him down or leave the room without a major scream-cry fest. He rode around on the fuss bus allllll day. Tropical storm Calvin left destruction in his wake everywhere he went (if you follow me on snap/stories you got a little sampling but that was nowhere near the extent of it). At one point I went into a room away from my kids and sat in a chair and cried. Within three minutes one of them found me (of course) gave me a hug, and we were all better (except Calvin -- I think this is his permanent state ). This photo is my version of thinking happy thoughts. Bougainvillea vibes ✌️️✨  And just like that, summer is back  Take me back to the fall weather of two days ago! Also, take me back to when this kid slept past 5 am and took naps. For a week now, between 4:30-5:30 am this kid climbs up on our bed over top of me and proceeds to squrim, poke, and annoy me till I get up. Quincy's sleeping till 6 or later FINALLY and now Calvin is waking me up!? And he refused to nap today (again) too. Seriously you guys, he's killin' me. He looks real cute in rain gear but if he does it again tonight he's headed to toddler military school. #sotiredineedanewwordfortired #calvins3rdyear #battlefieldmotherhood
       You know what is a great motivator? Not wanting to be outdone by your big bro. Cause look who's pulling himself up, so he can keep up  #quincysmilestones #calvinandquincy #lawdhelpme #charlieandcalsroomredo  There were very few baby things I hadn't yet tried by the time I had Quincy but I hadn't really used a sling before. I got my first sling when I was still pregnant with Q and tried it with Calvin, but once Cal was walking he never wanted to be carried. He's far too busy for all that. So Quincy is the first baby I've used a sling with, and I feel like I really missed out with the other two. I had and loved other carriers with them (and still do) but there is just something about the sling that is magical and it is my carrier of choice right now. It is convenient (you can keep it threaded and just throw it on), it is cozy, it doesn't tightly wrap behind my back which always makes me sweaty, and I can nurse while Quincy is in it which has been a lifesaver. I'm actually nursing him in this photo! I'm sharing photos from our recent visit to the pumpkin patch and how I got to do all the things with my family while wearing Quincy in the sling because I didn't have to stay with him in the stroller or go find a place to nurse him. He chilled, ate, and napped in my sling. And because I love it so much I'm teaming up with @mywildbird to give one reader a sling of their choice! Head to my blog to enter (link in profile) and tell your friends  #OLDfavefinds #babywearing #mywildbird #giveaway #fredrickfamfallfun
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