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IKEA Hack Bookshelves

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I taught elementary school for 7 years before Chickadee was born. Two years in second and five years in third. Sometimes it is hard to believe I am not teaching anymore, but not to worry I still have my teacher moments! The teacher in me led me to be obsessed with stocking baby girl’s nursery with books. We read at least 2-3 every day before naps; I’m training her to love reading early! 

When I brought the HUGE tub of books in to the nursery III asked how on earth we would store them all. Not to worry, I had a plan.

ikea_hack_bookshelves_stockphotoAfter a short trip to IKEA (where we also picked up this dresser for another IKEA hack), we were ready to spend the 329 hours it takes to put together IKEA furniture (it’s inexpensive for a reason folks). We bought 3 spice racks (@ $3.99 each) for the space in between the windows and I painted them white after assembling. III took care of the cube shelving ($39.99).

Here is a little tip I always use when hanging anything on the wall so that I only have to drill/hammer once!

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1. Place a piece of tape on the back of what you will be hanging covering both “hanging holes” 2. Punch a hole through the tape where your screw will go 3. place it on the wall 4. screw through the hole

This method works like a charm EVERY time! So after hanging the spice racks turned shelves and putting together the 4 cube bookshelf, all that was left was filling the cubes with books and styling the shelves! Yall this was my favorite part. I LOVE love love looking through children’s books….they bring me back!

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I included a few of my favorites, children must haves if you ask me, below! You can find them all on our shelves!

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The Giving Tree | The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Goodnight Moon | The Velveteen Rabbit

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name | The Polar Express | Press Here

 The Kissing Hand | Guess How Much I Love You |  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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IKEA Hack…Tarva Dresser Makeover

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How is 2014 treating everyone? We are off to a good start and hoping tonight when Auburn (cross our fingers) beats Florida State tonight in the National Championship game it will be even better! Regardless it’s always great to be an Auburn tiger!

I still have several projects from 2013 I want to share with you, starting with this IKEA hack dresser makeover for little chickadee’s nursery. So as simply as possible let me tell you how this happened.

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We picked up the TARVA unfinished wooden dresser at IKEA for $149.99. Everything at IKEA always seems like such a great deal. Then you put it together and realize why it’s so inexpensive. Thankfully since I was about 7 months pregnant III and my sister did most of the assembly work! It only took 3.5 hours :o)

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This piece would look beautiful stained with some fun hand painted knobs (which you could probably find on sale at Hobby Lobby). But I had a different idea in mind. I started by priming and painting the dresser (minus drawer fronts) a teal/mint/green color. It’s Behr from Home Depot but I don’t remember the exact name, I can find out if you would like to know. The drawers got a crisp coat of white paint. 

Next I cut out the fabric (from Hobby Lobby) in a rectangle two inches smaller in length and width than the drawer fronts. I attached the fabric in the center of the drawer using a spray adhesive made by Krylon. 

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 I picked up general purpose screen moulding and 5/8″ wire brads at Home Depot as well to add a little dimension to the drawer fronts. I painted all of the moulding white before I started cutting. After measuring the length I needed each piece I used a miter box and hand saw to cut each piece at a 45 degree angle.

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I attached the moulding to the drawer fronts using the 5/8″ brads, every 6 inches or so. Then I used this patch and paint to fill in the corners and nail holes.

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After another coat of paint on the trim all that was left was attaching the knobs!

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I absolutely LOVE how the dresser turned out. One of a kind, you might say! The dresser is a little bigger than I thought it would be, but every drawer is filled to the brim, so I’m glad we went with this six drawer size.

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Our FAVORITE Books Right Now

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April has been true to it’s form around here. Hopefully the showers will be bringing May flowers! With lots of rainy days inside we have been crafting, playing with EVERYTHING in the playroom, and reading tons and tons of books. We have been reading to our little ones since they were in the womb. We are both book lovers (although I haven’t made time for grownup books lately), and we have passed that love on to our children. I was fortunate to bring a pretty big children’s book library home from my classroom when I “retired” from teaching before Chickadee was born. And I’ve been adding to it ever since!

We read at night, in the car, waiting at the doctor’s office, rolling around the grocery store, and in the floor of the playroom. I’m convinced you can’t read enough to your children. It’s amazing how it builds their vocabulary, imagination, and attention span! 

Right now Chickadee is 3 1/2 and Sprout just turned 2. I thought I would share some of our favorite books right now with you in case you are looking to expand your home library! You can find them all on Amazon (aff links). But I also suggest saving some money and search for them at Goodwill or rent them from your local library!

Thomas & Friends: Railway Rhymes

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Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night

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The Napping House

The Napping House

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Oh, The Places You'll Go

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See

(This ins one of Chickadee’s Favorite because she can “read” it to Sprout)

Brown Bear Brown Bear

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Any Look and Find Books

Look and Find Books

Owl at Home

Owl at Home

Pinkalicious

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My First Bible Stories – 12 Pack

 My First Bible Stories

Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat

This is just a short list, but I’m pretty sure most of these I can read from memory. I am sure as parents/care takers we get tired of reading the same books over and over, but the repetition is really great for you kids! What books would you put on a favorite’s list for your toddler?

Here are a few more MUST HAVES

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Spring Handprint & Footprint Art Roundup

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If you have been around A Step in the Journey long, you may have noticed my love for hand print and footprint art with my littles. I love capturing their size and ever changing features at every age and hand and footprint art is a great way to do that. Plus it adds all kinds of fun to our playroom bulletin board!

My kids love to create, but I’ve admitted before, it can sometimes be a little stressful. Here are my go-to painting tips with toddlers: 1. Cover your table/craft space with butcher paper, newspaper, or cling wrap 2. Let the kids wear dad’s old tshirts to protect their clothes (or we use smocks I found at IKEA) 3. Use washable paints 4. Sponge brushes work best 5. When working with real little ones stick to footprints (and put them in the high chair to keep them from grabbing their painted feet) 6. Keep wipes handy to wash off their hands 7. Embrace the chaos!

Here are a few works of art we have done in hopes of Spring that is right around the corner and a few of my favorites from bloggers around the web!

Bunny Rabbit Handprint

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Carrot Footprint

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Chick Handprint

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Butterfly Footprints

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Handprint Flowers

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And a few from blogland…

Yellow Duck from Crafty Morning 

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St. Patrick’s Round Up from Crafty Morning

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Mother’s Day Cupcake from I Heart Arts N Crafts

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Bug Footprints from Fun Handprint Art

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Handprint Strawberry from Live. Learn. Love. Eat.

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Chickadee and I had so much fun making our first round of Spring hand and foot print crafts and I have big plans to use some of the above inspiration next week as we make more! I’d love to see yours :)

Also check out my Fall hand and foot print art

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as well as this Christmas round up!

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Hope yall have a great weekend! And let’s all cross our fingers for Spring.

Fabulous Curtains from a Twin Size Sheet!

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Y’all, I’m so proud of this project! And not because it took a lot of hard work….quite the opposite actually. I’m proud because of how great they look & how little work actually had to be done. Does that make me lazy? I hope not :)

 We have pretty low ceilings in our home, probably 8 feet. So when I started on the curtain hunt I knew I wanted them to be pretty long so I could hang them from the ceiling to the floor and create some height in our living room. You’d be surprised how hard it is to find long pre-made curtains….IKEA has some that are pretty long (we used them here in our dining room), but they are also pretty plain. I didn’t want plain this go around. So I was really only left with custom curtains. And since I didn’t want to break out the sewing machine and I didn’t want to pay anyone else to break out theirs I had to get creative. 

That is when I stumbled upon these fabulous patterned flat sheets at Wal-Mart of all places! I knew I had a winner :)

At first I hung them like this (I’ll show you how in a second):

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And by at first, I mean for THREE years. While I liked them….I can’t say I ever loved this look. So last week I decided to try again.

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JACKPOT! These curtains are cheap, long, and pretty!

So here is how you can hit the jackpot on these long flowing curtains that all put make themselves. 

Flat sheets are a standard size of 66 inches wide x 96 inches long. If you wanted your panels to be a little more full you could use a full size sheet which is 81 inches wide and 96 inches long. Since I have single windows and never plan on really closing the curtains (although I could) so I went with the twin size. 

First, you will need to wash and dry your sheets, possibly even run over them with an iron to get all the wrinkles out. Then you will need to cut them in half. To do this I simply laid the sheet out on the floor and folded it over/in half. Cut along the fold.

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You will be surprised how straight this makes your cut. Now here is an optional step….use some stitch-witchery to “hem” your cut edge. Now remember I went the lazy route. Y’all I didn’t even fake sew the edge. There was little to no fraying and the line was surprisingly straight, so I just rolled with it. 

Next, the longer hemmed edge (or the top of the sheet) is going to be your rod pocket. You will notice it is sewn shut. Not a problem, right inside the seam on the top edge cut a tiny (like a centimeter) cut. Then insert your scissors into the hole and cut down the edge of the seam on the BACKSIDE of the sheet (make sure you DON’T cut both layers, just the layer on the back side of the sheet! You will need to do this on both sides. 

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Now you have your curtain rod pocket. Go ahead…slide them on your curtain rod and be impressed with yourself!

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Even Chickadee was impressed with the new look :) Seriously, in the time it took me to type these directions you can make your own set of curtains! Easy…quick…and cheap!

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