Baby Boy’s Nursery Reveal | Blue, Grey and White Nursery

Baby Boy's Nursery Reveal | Blue, Grey and White Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

You’ve watched it come together over the last few months, but this is it.  The official reveal of our sweet baby boy’s nursery {and two months after his birth…#newmom #lazy blogger}!  It was such a labor of love to put together this sweet little room for baby C.  As soon as we found out we were having a boy, I started thinking and planning.  I wanted it to be sweet and “baby” but still a masculine, with a touch of a beachy vibe, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.  While he’s not in his room yet, it’s still so fun to use it every day now for diaper and clothes changes, rocking and just hanging out.

Baby Boy's Nursery Reveal | Blue, Grey and White Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Baby Boy's Nursery Reveal | Blue, Grey and White Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

As with little S’s room, I didn’t really want a “theme” as much as a color scheme and an overall feel.  I love the way the light blue, grey and white came together…the colors and the subtle beachy-ness are so calming and I just feel relaxed every time I walk in to change him or sit down in the rocking chair.

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If you’ve been following along, you know that most of the furniture is old or garage sale refurbished pieces {see below for the list of tutorials}.  The crib is from Costco and all bedding and other linens are from Target, but we salvaged and re-did almost everything else!  It was so nice to have a backyard and a garage to do projects in this time around {we were in an apartment for most of my pregnancy with S}.

Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites DIY Pallet Shelves | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I know I’ve said this before but I love the Target linens and I honestly wanted to take and shoot all of the different sheets on the crib because they’re so sweet.  We bought Pottery Barn for little S and I couldn’t tell the difference between the quality of those sheets and the backups we bought for her at Target, so we went Target all the way this time around {not sponsored by them…although I would love to be!  Target?  You in??}.

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Want to try one of the projects yourself?  Check out the links below to each of the tutorials.
Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover | Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So Free Print | DIY Pallet Shelves | Free Printable Gallery Wall

No Sand Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery

Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

When I bought the cheap dresser from the last post, the lady messaged me at the last minute to ask if I wanted a couple of nightstands too.  You know, for $5 each.  Like I can refuse that kind of a deal.

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At first I thought that this one was going to end up in our new spare bedroom slash office.  But half way in, I realized how cute it would be with the remaining light blue paint on the top, so I went with it.  And then it totally belonged with the other pieces in the nursery, so it has now become the “rocking chair table” where the nursing supplies, books, etc. will live.

Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I think this is the last of the refinish jobs for a while, although I still have a couple of nursery projects to share.  I’m so stoked with how they all turned out and now in love with Zinsser Primer Spray Paint and ready to refinish pretty much everything else that I own.  Because the real reason I’ve hesitated in the past is because sanding is just the worst, and now that it’s not an issue, I’m all in.

Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

This was a simple job…no tutorial required.  Just spray with the primer and dry, coat with white spray paint on the bottom half and dry, brush on the blue on top and use a tiny brush to brush the blue knob.  Donezo.  After the other dressers, this was a walk in the park.

Love this?  Check out more work on our nursery: Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover | Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So Free Print

Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery

Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

This poor little boy.  The last piece of furniture that I told you about was a free curb dresser, and this one was a $40 broken down old dresser I bought off some random on Facebook and roped my younger brother into going to pick up in a neighboring town {the before picture is off of the manufacturer’s website…so imagine it with a wood piece missing, dirty brassy knobs and tons of dings}.  Hubby fixed it, I refinished it, we moved it into his room, and I decided I didn’t really like how it turned out so I redid it again.  Now, I’m actually quite pleased with it.  So I guess it’s not so bad for this kid after all.

Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I started by removing the hardware, sanding the whole thing {this was before I learned of the magical Zinsser Primer Spray Paint which would have made the whole process a zillion times easier}, then spray painted it all white and spray painted the hardware silver {I used this one, saving me about $75 on new hardware that I wasn’t crazy about anyway}, and distressed it all over again to give it the rustic look that I’m going for.

Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Then, after painting my ombre dresser, I had some of the light blue paint left and I had a lightbulb moment.  I was going to paint the drawers again, this time in blue.  insert hubby shaking his head at me here.  And not only paint, but I was going to *bluewash* it, if you will.  I so loved the whitewash technique that I used for our headboard that I figured, hey, why not try it out with a color?  Worst comes to worst, I would just re-spray paint it white.

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So I took the blue paint in my pan, thinned it out with some water, and brushed it onto the drawers.  Before it could dry completely, I took a paper towel and lightly wiped some of the paint off with the grain of the wood.  And, guys, I’m so stoked about how it turned out.  It’s totally beachy and exactly what I was going for.  And with the contrast of the rest of the newly white, distressed dresser and silver hardware, it’s just perfect in his room.

Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Moral of the story?  When you decide to *blue wash* a piece of furniture to re-re-do it and your hubby shakes his head and calls you crazy, ignore him and go for it.  It’ll be totally worth it.

PS Love the print from Where the Wild Things Are?  Download it for free here.

And check out more work on our nursery: Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover

Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial

Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Note: I’m a little bummed that for some reason my *fancy* camera pictures turned out a little funky and didn’t capture the subtle ombre on this one.  Take my word for it, and my junky, unstyled iPhone pictures scattered for reference.  #fail

Where I went to college, pretty much everyone lived in one little community and pretty much everyone who lived there was students.  So at the end of each school year, seniors would pack up, move out, and leave their junky Ikea furniture on the side of the street in hopes of adult furniture in their first real apartment.  The younger kids who were moving in from the dorms would immediately scoop them up and use them without a thought {or sometimes, without a thorough cleaning}.

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Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial I’m slightly grossed out to say that Hubby and I grabbed our fair share of what we like to call “curb furniture,” and even more grossed out to tell you that we have actually kept some of these pieces, and one of them is now to be used for my infant son’s room {please please trust that it was well cleaned at the time and has been scrubbed up and fully lined for cleanliness}.  But, second time mom.  So, whatever.

So if you’re not so disgusted that you’ve stopped reading and gone to call child services at this point, I’m excited to tell you how I spiffed up this Ikea dresser to be positively charming with no sanding.  Yes, that’s right, I said it.  No sanding.  Sanding before refinishing furniture is pretty much my least favorite thing to do, so when I read about Zinsser Primer Spray Paint on Pinterest, I thought why not give it a try.  And it works.  And hallelujah.

Here’s a quick and easy breakdown of what I did to pretty-fy this little dresser.  It was cheap, fast nap time project.  There is nothing I love more than refinishing a piece of furniture in the space of one nap.  And did I mention that I threw this one together with two “sample size” paint samples from Home Depot and some primer?

Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial

Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Supplies
Old dresser
One sample paint of your darkest desired paint color for the darkest of the ombre drawers {I’d love to tell you the color but I got so messy that the top got covered in paint and I don’t even know what it was. #fail}
One sample of white paint 
Zinsser Primer Spray Paint {or sanding equipment}
Paint brush
Paint tray {tip: you can honestly use a large, sturdy paper plate if you’d prefer}
Opt: Spray paint for hardware {I used this one for this project}

How To…

  1. Remove drawers and scrub everything down and remove all hardware (pulls/knobs)
  2. Tape off anything on the drawers that you want to keep in the original color.  This dresser had some exposed wood look on the edges of the drawers and around the frame of the dresser that I wanted to keep to make it look a little more masculine.  If you’re cool with getting the whole drawer that color, just go for it.
  3. Paint with primer and let dry for 30 mins to an hour {I was painting in the backyard in the sun so it dried pretty quickly}
  4. While you’re waiting for it to dry, if you’re not happy with the knobs as is, you can also spray paint them to update!  Just stand them up and spray…it’s so easy!  If you feel like they keep tipping, you can also poke holes in a piece of old cardboard and actually screw them into it so they have to stand up straight.
  5. Paint over the first drawer with your main color.  Let dry.
  6. Paint a second coat with your main color.  Make sure you’re happy with it, because you’re going to kill the paint with the next step.
  7. I used about a third of sample for my first drawer, so I filled the rest of the paint sample jar up with white paint and mixed it in and this is what I used for my second drawer.  If this doesn’t seem like a  big enough change to you, you can also pour the amount of paint needed into your tray and mix in more white.
  8. Paint two coats, letting dry in between, on the second drawer.
  9. Fill the paint sample to the top with white and mix again.  Again, you can always mix in more white in the tray if you’re not feeling the contrast.
  10. Paint two coats, letting dry in between, on the third drawer.
  11. Let everything dry, screw the hardware back in, and enjoy

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Love this?  Check out more work on our nursery: Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update | Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish | I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So Free Print

PS the links in this post are Amazon affiliate links so I do get paid if you click or purchase, but they’re mostly just there to help you with your shopping list! Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

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