Hey, y’all! Today is one of my most favorite days with some of my most favorite people! Today is the kickoff of #SwapItLikeItsHot! I am so excited to be participating again since I had to miss out on the last round because…babies. I’m not going to lie, even finding time to shop and do some tiny tune-ups to my swap items turned out to be more difficult than I anticipated, but I’m so glad to at least be a tiny bit back in the game. Anyway, y’all know the rules: send the next person some thrifted finds that cost less than $10 and see how they’re transformed!
My girl, Bee from Windgate Lane, sent me these fabulous items.
There are actually two of those wooden finials, but the first one was already in use when I remembered to take the picture. I blame my lack of attention to detail on the babies. I had plans for all 3 items, but ultimately only got to use the pair of finials and the wooden bowl. My stuff has gotten increasingly disorganized since the babies came. This is ironic to me because their stuff remains organized and up to date. Parenthood, huh? I decided that tiny wooden bowl with the outdated ivy would be the perfect catch-all on my nightstand for jewelry, hair ties, and bobby pins. I picked a pretty new spray paint color and gave it a few coats. After that, I used an acrylic clear coat to hopefully make it more protected from jewelry, pets, babies, you name it…and plopped it on my nightstand. Easy peasy!
These are the products I used.
And here’s my sweet little bowl holding my most-worn jewelry on my nightstand. Please don’t mind the long-overdue-for-a-makeover nightstands. They’ve been on the list for…longer than I’d care to admit. You’ll also notice our stellar photo booth strip that started our affinity for awkward and ridiculous selfies. #traditions
Now, onto the finials! I actually have plans for the metal tray as well, but they didn’t materialize in time. For the finials, I wanted to hang curtains in the babies’ room. I haven’t showed any of their room on the blog because there are some finishing touches that probably won’t be done until they’re 4 and we’re separating their rooms or something. But, really, I’m constantly swapping out clothing and unused items (oh, and breastfeeding the two of them) and finalizing decor hasn’t been top on the list, but it will probably come in the not-too-distant future. Their closet doors were removed years ago when we used the room as an office/guest/craft room and made a cloffice (closet office). I didn’t want them back and we were going to opt for curtains, but buying a rod wasn’t a huge priority…until Bee sent me the finials! Hooray!
I basically took a plain dowel, spray painted it white, and used these crazy looking not-screws (technical term, obviously) to get the finials onto the dowel. The actual term for the “not-screws” is Hanger Bolts. They have a screw tip on one end and the other end is just threaded rod. I just used my drill to widen the hole already in the finials and put the threaded rod in that end with pliers. Then I made a hole in the dowel a little smaller than the screw tip (at its widest point) and screwed them onto the dowel! It was so super easy and I was pumped that we found the hanger bolts because they made the job a lot easier.
I’ll be honest, I mis-measured and don’t have a vertical shot of the whole closet because my curtains look like they’re ready for a flood. I told my sweet husband that he can fix it while I hold babies since I wasn’t quite tall enough which I think was part of the problem…that and we need an actual step ladder. The kitchen step stool didn’t quite cut it for me to hang curtains 7′ off the ground. Whoops. Either way, I can totally see what they are *supposed* to look like (and hopefully you can, too!) so I’m excited and the finishing touches in the room are starting to come together! Hooray! The babies are already six months old and may finally have a nursery that looks finished!
Clearly it’s time to swap out some of their winter clothes (be still, my heart) and put the finishing touches on the globe light. Any takers for coming and watching two squirmy babies so I can finish some stuff in their room? …Bueller?
Thanks for humoring me and hanging out today! Next up is Karen at Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza and I sent her some random stuff so I can’t wait to see what she did! I’m glad (as always) to have had you here and hope to be back with you sooner than later! And go visit my friends! Happy Swapping!