A Chalkworthy Makeover

This post is part of our collaboration with Chalkworthy. All opinions are 100% my own.

One of the things I was most excited to finish in the nursery was Baby Girl’s dresser. I’m not totally sure why, but I think the idea of being able to wash all of her clothes, organize, and finally store them in her room makes it feel real. This little girl is actually going to live here, in our house. In her room. That’s still kind of hard for me to believe, but now that I can open her dresser drawers and see all of her (tiny!) clothes in there waiting for her, it brings things into perspective.

We decided awhile back that we wanted to turn her closet into a dresser/vanity area to maximize space in the room. As she’s got the smallest room in the house, we need to be smart about how we use it. Once you add a crib, glider, and changing table to a room, there’s not a whole lot of space for much else! SO, sticking the dresser in the closet seemed like the best way to go.

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The only problem? We had to find a dresser that fit just right inside, which took some hunting around. Thankfully, the Habitat Restore came to the rescue yet again and we were able to score this solid wood dresser that fit the measurements we needed. We did have to take the top off in order to get it inside, but all that took was removing a few screws and then reassembling everything after all was said and done.

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Now that we had the dresser itself, it was time to give it a makeover that would fit in with the look we were going for in the room. If you remember back in our first house, we partnered with Giani Granite to re-do our downstairs bathroom vanity. We had such a great experience that when they asked if we’d like to test drive their Chalkworthy chalk paint line, we said SURE! That was back before we moved and now that we’re settled in enough to be back in the swing of projects, we thought a dresser for the little lady’s room was just the thing to give Chalkworthy a try!

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I’ve never used chalk paint before and I have to say- it was so easy! The first thing we did was wipe everything down with a damp rag to get rid of any dust or dirt. No need to do any sanding (I’M IN LOVE), just a quick wipe-down.

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After that, it was time for a little bit of color mixing to get the right hue. Chalkworthy has a whole line of different colors, plus you can mix them to make custom colors! They have a whole line up on their website with instructions on how to achieve each look… those colors in the middle strip below are custom mixes… HERE is the link to that page on their website. Here are a few of the options we looked at for the dresser…

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In the end, we decided to go with a medium blue/gray, called “Huckleberry” (middle row, far left)… a mix of a few of their other colors. The neat thing about mixing colors is that you can continue to tweak and change until you have exactly the shade you want. While Huckleberry was our starting point, we ended up making a color that was a little more blue and a little less green- I believe the final product was made using 1 part Bluebird and 2 parts Dusty Miller. All we did was leave out the green-ish Farmhouse (which makes it the true Huckleberry color) to get a bluer end result.

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After we got the color we were looking for, it was time to paint! Chalk paint is different than regular paint… thicker and more concentrated. Because of this, it only took two coats to get full coverage.

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Check out that new color!

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After all of the painting was done and completely dried, it was time for the final step- sealing the project with a clear, soft wax. This helps protect your project from wear and tear, paint scratches, and dings.

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Chalkworthy has a great brush for applying the wax- it really helps get full coverage with just one coat! The trick with the wax is that a little bit goes a long way… think of it kind of like lotion for the piece. After the wax has been applied, wipe off the excess with a clean, lint-free rag and let it dry completely. And that’s it!

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Here’s how our dresser turned out after all was said and done…

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The only thing left to do was to reattach the top and find some hardware that complimented our new paint job! Hobby Lobby to the rescue… I found these gleaming gold drawer pulls that just popped against that blue color (and tied in with some other accents in the room).

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We had to do some retrofitting to get the pulls to work (they were not the same size as the last drawer hardware), but a few extra holes with a drill and some gold screws later and we had ourselves brand spankin’ new drawers for our dresser. I just love the way the gold and the blue look together!nursery-dresser-makeover-with-chalkworthy-26

The finishing touch on the dresser is actually the inside. I wanted to add a little sparkle to finish things off and turns out a bit of pink and gold scrapbook paper was just the answer! A few fun patterns later and our little bug has the cutest dresser drawer insides in our entire house. :)

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I LOVE how everything turned out! It’s just the right shade of blue, the gold pulls are such a fun accent, and the lining is the perfect way to top things off.

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Thank you, Chalkworthy, for making this project possible! Now that the dresser is done, we can finish off the entire closet space… I’m thinking a mirror, lamp, some little clothes hanging on that rod, and a few extra nick nacks to tie things all together. What do you think?

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One of our favorite things is when companies we work with want to go the extra mile for YOU guys… Chalkworthy is one of those companies. They are looking to gift one lucky reader with a few Chalkworthy products of your own! Here are the details to enter…

PRIZE: One (1) Lil Sampler Kit and One (1) Chalkworthy Brush

WINNER: One (1)… Must be within the Continental U.S.

HOW TO ENTER: Comment on any of the following platforms with the project you’d love to give a Chalkworthy makeover to: This blog post,  Instagram, Twitter, or our Facebook page!

DETAILS: This contest is open until 11:59pm on December 14th and the winner will be announced on December 15th. Also… Chalkworthy wants to take things a step further and offer Oh, the Fun readers a special discount for any online purchase! Want to make sure you can get your hands on some chalk paint goodies, regardless of winning the contest? Just visit their online store and enter “Chalk10” at checkout for 10% off your total purchase!

Good luck!

Our 2016 Christmas Card

Happy December, friends! This year, Mitch and I are determined to be ON TOP OF IT in terms of Christmas. We’re talking, Christmas cards ordered, gifts bought and wrapped, house decorated, the whole nine yards EARLY so that we don’t get caught off guard with a new baby and Christmas chaos all at one time. We’ve joked that if we don’t buy all of our Christmas gifts for people before she’s born, no one’s getting gifts this year. :) We even managed to sneak in getting a Christmas photo done during our Maternity photo shoot (can’t wait to show you the pictures from that!)… this is the winner that will end up on our card this year.

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That being said, it’s card time in our house and we are knee-deep in writing, addressing, and sending out this year’s Thomas family Christmas Card. To commemorate, we’re also bringing back the fun giveaway from last year to whoever can guess which style card we ended up choosing! Here were our top four options for this year…

Option 1: I’m loving the neutral background with the contrast of the snowy, white foliage around the edges. There’s something so classic about the brown paper, white blooms, and red and white lettering.

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Option 2: Another classic option and very “traditional Christmas” with that green plaid background. I love the gold lettering and the fact that there is a second photo spot to show the little ruby reds. :)

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Option 3: This one makes my heart race… something about the natural look and clean white background. A similar look to Option 1, this one has a little bit more red, white, and green to it.

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Option 4: Last but not least, a festive number with some sparkle and shine! I really like the “ticket” cut-out look and the gold sparkles with red writing are a match made in Christmas heaven.

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So that’s what we’re working with this year… and now it’s YOUR turn to guess! The way we play this game is that you give us your best guess- Option 1, 2, 3, or 4- and whoever guesses correctly will be entered into a random drawing to win $5 to Starbucks! Because who doesn’t love a warm drink around this time of year? :) You can leave a comment in one of the following spots and we’ll make sure it gets counted: in the comments of this post, on Instagram, Twitter, or our Facebook page. This is going to be a flash contest, lasting only through the weekend (it will be closed Sunday at 11:59pm) because next week we’ve got an even bigger giveaway coming your way! Remember that dresser makeover we did for the nursery that I have yet to tell you about? Well, there’s a really special company that wants to give YOU some goodies to whip up your own makeover! Stay tuned because all of the fun befores, afters, and contest details will be coming your way early next week!

ALSO, if you weren’t already in the Christmas spirit, we’ve got a brand new challenge up on our YouTube channel! This week is all about the classic Christmas candy cane and we invited our little sister to play along to see who could correctly guess the most candy cane flavors. You can check it out by clicking the photo below… Enjoy!

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Dear Santa… (2016 Edition)

It’s baaaack!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and your shopping fruitful. :) Last year, we did a round up of a few things that both Mitch and I had our eyes on and threw them all together into a good ‘ole fashioned his and hers Christmas Gift Guide. Because it was so much fun to do and we heard from a lot of you that it proved helpful in your search for ideas for people on your own gift giving list, we’re bringing it back for 2016! Sooooo…. let’s do it!

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  1. Long Pink Sweater: This light weight, blush sweater comes from Target and I really like that it’s winter-y, feminine, and long enough to cover the bum for wearing with leggings… which I’m wearing a lot of these days. :)
  2. Illustrated Harry Potter Books: As an avid Harry Potter fan and the daughter of an art teacher, imagine my excitement to hear that they’re publishing an illustrated version of every Harry Potter book! The first one has been out for awhile now and I’ve gotten a chance to page through it… it’s BEAUTIFUL. The second one came out this past fall, too. How fun to be able to read the books to our kids, complete with stunning artwork to add to the magic!
  3. Knit Hat: Cute, cozy, and perfect for winter… I’m loving the light pink (and also just realizing that we have a pink theme going on here!), but they had a whole bunch of colors to choose from. This one, called “Mauve Along”, comes from Old Navy.
  4. Tear Drop Earrings: How pretty are these?! And shocker, they’re light pink. These babies are from Target and under $10! Cough, MITCH. 😉
  5. Porch Swing: Oh my gosh, when I think about sitting out on the porch in a SWING with pillows and blankets, watching the world go by, my soul relaxes a little bit. Here’s one that comes with good reviews from Amazon and is delivered unfinished, so you can stain or paint it whatever color you want!
  6. Whatchamacallit: We’ve never played this game before, but I saw it in the store recently and it looks like a lot of fun! It’s the kind of game that is good for parties… a conversation-starter kind of a game. At least that’s the gist I got from looking at the box…
  7. Fringe Flip Flops: I’ve been wanting to up my sandal game after realizing that the majority of my summer footwear are those plastic colored ones from Old Navy. Don’t get me wrong, those ones are great, but I find myself wanting something a little nicer for wearing out and about when bright green or blue doesn’t cut it. :)
  8. Necklace: I’m loving the edgy, Gatsby look of this piece… perfect for the holidays and coincidentally, I think it’d look really nice with that pink sweater.
  9. Robot Vacuum Cleaner: THIS. I had to include this guy on the list because we recently bought one and it has CHANGED. OUR. LIVES. We got ours at a miracle of a deal through a Groupon (here is the link… I think it has since sold out, but I do know that it comes back in stock every so often so just keep an eye out) and haven’t looked back since. We were finding that our linoleum floors were just not getting clean with our regular vacuum. It was getting to the point where I hated walking around in bare feet because you could just feel the dirt all over the place, no matter how much we vacuumed or mopped. The particular model we got is made especially for hard floors (it also comes with a mopping attachment!), but they also make other models that are better on carpet. I’ll tell you what… we’ve only had ours for about a month and it is the best home maintenance product we have ever bought. We walk around in bare feet all the time now!

Alrighty, that was my list. Onto Mitch’s picks for 2016…

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  1. Winter Sweater: It seems like Christmas is always a good time to add a new sweater to the collection and the pattern on this one from Target is a good balance between unique and traditional.
  2. Sports Watch: Mitch does a lot of active, sports related things in his job so a watch that can withstand some athletic activity and has the bells and whistles for such (stopwatch, light, etc.) is a necessity.
  3. Life Sized Jenga: How fun is this?! A giant twist on a classic game, this life sized Jenga would be perfect for outdoor parties. Disclaimer… this one comes from Bed, Bath, and Beyond (lots of other stores are carrying them right now), but I think you could whip this up with some 2×4’s and a saw pretty easily… and for a fraction of the price. Just saying. :)
  4. Winter Gloves: Definitely on Mitch’s Christmas list this year. A nicer pair of gloves that he can wear while driving and these ones are even touch screen sensitive, so you can use your phone while wearing!
  5. Portable Ping Pong: Ever been somewhere and thought “dang, I wish we could play ping pong”? Happens to us all the time. :) Well, this portable set can be set up anywhere- all you need is a table top! The one pictured comes from Kohls, but you can find them elsewhere too.
  6. Office Accessories: This pick was more my thinking, but I could easily see these in Mitch’s office… the gear bookends and jacks paperweight seem like nice (and masculine!) pieces to add to any office space for a little bit of interest.
  7. Socks: Always a great stocking stuffer… these fun ones are from Target (you can find the links here and here).
  8. Google Home: We’ve all heard the commercials about the in-home smart speaker system. I am so curious to see just how well they work and how much use they get. I’ve been told that the Google Home is a great option and we think it’s a winner of a Christmas gift for this year’s list.
  9. Thin Wallet: Who doesn’t like a thinner, lighter, less cumbersome wallet for just the necessities? This guy came from Target (and is on sale now!).
  10. Head Scratcher: Also something that made Mitch’s list this year and it cracks me up, but the man loves comfort, so the head scratcher is his idea of pampering… whatever floats your boat!

Well, that wraps up this year’s Christmas Gift Guides… hope this helps you in your hunt for the perfect gifts! By the way, does anyone have any good tips for Cyber Monday shopping? We have some gift cards that need spending and have been waiting for those online deals, but I’m an amateur when it comes to Cyber Monday shopping and can use all the tips and tricks you’ve got. :)

PS. Make sure to tune into our YouTube Channel TOMORROW because we’ve got something cooking up for you over there! Let’s just say that we’ve come up with a creative way of using the last of your Thanksgiving leftovers in a true Mitch vs. Leslie holiday challenge showdown. See ya then!

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