Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kijiji and Baby Love--my latest project

She's not really a looker....but it's the quality that counts right? :)

 Anyone who knows me can attest to my love of finding, refinishing and revamping treasures. Pretty much anything-furniture, clothes, jewelry, you name it. If I can repaint or remake it, I will! Oh, and I do use the word "treasures" loosely because well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder right?  : ) Apparently it is something I have become known for because I can't count the times someone has said to me "you would be so proud of me or I pulled a 'Sarah' and snatched this off the side of the road, or found this at a garage sale, or remade this into THIS!" haha, I love it! I get a pretty good laugh out of the fact that I am becoming known for my junk findings : ) It's something I have always done, but I guess it is starting to catch on. Inspire beautiful baby!  

I have practically furnished our entire house thanks to things I have scored on Kijiji for amazing prices.  There are SO many great reasons to shop Kijiji instead of buying new: a) reusing = better for the earth and not in a landfill b) more affordable = easier on the bank account c) you can customize to your own tastes and colours d) unique one-of-a-kind finds e) usually better quality than you can purchase in the stores now. Convinced yet?  :)

So onto my latest project....the baby's room. Long story short, we aren't having a baby, we're adopting. James and I have been in the process for a while now...and will likely be for a while to come. We planned to adopt a baby boy in July, but in the end the mother changed her mind. So the baby's room is half finished, but when she changed her mind we obviously stopped everything. I decided a little while ago though, even if it is not happening yet, I know God is planning our child and WILL bring I might as well just finish getting the room ready! I guess it keeps me hopeful and looking to the future. So the challenge with this room is that it's crazy small. Just enough room for a rocking chair, crib and some sort of cabinet along the wall for toys...and even that's tight! I planned on building one (and by "I" I mean James haha) since everything has to be very exact or it won't fit. This was what I was thinking and the inspiration for a toy/whatever else cupboard. Obviously the baskets would have to bigger though...

Sorry, it won't let me post the picture but check out the link. Very cute. The problems: it could be expensive since wood isn't cheap AND James needs to find the time and motivation to build it. ; ) So oh happy day when I happened to stumble across this hall table on kijiji! Solid wood, the perfect measurements and $30? Yes please!! 
The before:

It's hard to see, but there is a lovely crackle thing happening on the top. It was...interesting. So interesting it just had to go. I used paint stripper and scrapped off the LAYERS of crackle paint (honestly why do they even make that stuff?!) then gave it a good sanding. The crib is an espresso colour, so in an effort to make things a little more cohesive, I decided to stain and match the top. I have used oil based stains and Polyshades in the past, and while they did a great job, the smell was SOOO strong it made us sick and lasted for months. After reading a lot about the dangers of VOC's, I'm pretty picky about the paints and stains I use, especially when it comes to the baby's room. So after much searching (who knew a water based stain was so hard to find?!) I finally found a good water based, low VOC stain.

It's a Saman stain (made in Canada, which is nice!) in Chocolate. I have to say, I was pretty impressed and definitely will use it again. It went on easily and had no horrible need-to-air-it-out-for-six-months kinda smell. After a few coats of stain, I sealed it with another 4 coats of Clear Coat (also water based) and then gave the shelf and legs a fresh coat of white paint. After letting it dry and adding some baskets that we already owned.....

The After:

....I have a quality, perfectly matched, perfectly sized, $30 toy shelf! Heck yeah!

What do you think?? Have you ever found an "inspiration photo" and then tried to do it yourself? I love seeing people's ideas and works of art!


  1. Excellent! Definitely cheaper than buying or building a new one. The whole concept is very good. I like the way it turned out. Can't wait to see it in person.

  2. So cute! Wanna come do judes room? He is six months and his room is full of boxes. Some baby out there is going to be so lucky to have you!

  3. Haha, I would SO love to come to cali and do judes room! at least he's only young and doesn't notice if his room is one giant storage unit! lol ; ) you'll get there!