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IKEA Hack Bookshelves


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!


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!


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


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


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.


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)


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. 


 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.


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.


PicMonkey Collage

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


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.


TDC Before and After


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Spring Handprint & Footprint Art Roundup


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


Carrot Footprint


Chick Handprint


Butterfly Footprints


Handprint Flowers


And a few from blogland…

Yellow Duck from Crafty Morning 


St. Patrick’s Round Up from Crafty Morning


Mother’s Day Cupcake from I Heart Arts N Crafts


Bug Footprints from Fun Handprint Art


Handprint Strawberry from Live. Learn. Love. Eat.


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


as well as this Christmas round up!


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

Fabulous Curtains from a Twin Size Sheet!


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):


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.


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.



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. 


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


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!



DIY No Sew Adjustable Crib Skirt


Chickadee has quite a DIY kind of nursery. Everything from her painted crib to her IKEA Hack dresser. So of course her crib skirt would be a simple do it yourself project as well. I really can’t even believe I am doing this as a tutorial because it is so easy. Seems silly, but you just might thank me because all your crib skirt search problems are now solved.

So here is the how to on creating your very own adjustable crib skirt. Focus on the word adjustable there….crib mattresses begin at the highest setting, but as baby grows the mattress comes down and the skirt has to come up. So that is why it’s adjustable. 

So back to the tutorial:

Supplies: Fabric of your choice (mine is from Hobby Lobby), stitch witchery, iron, binder clips

01. Measure your crib the front of the crib. (I didn’t actually do this, but think it is a good idea). Add 1-2 feet to the measurement. (If you want the skirt to be on the sides as well, measure those too, add 1 foot & then follow directions same as for the front.)

02. Go to the fabric store (or Hobby Lobby) and purchase the length you measured. We have a pretty standard size crib and the sides don’t really show due to a wall and the laundry basket so I only skirted the front! I purchased 2 yards.

03. Iron your fabric

04. Choose one of the LONG sides of your fabric and using an iron and stitch witchery. Fold up one side, just enough to cover the witchery and “hem.” The packaging will tell you all about setting your iron and how long to press before the magic happens! 

05. Take out the crib mattress or prop it up on the back of the crib. Feed your fabric, hemmed edge down, between the springs and rails of the crib. Lower until the bottom edge brushes the floor. 

06. Fold over the excess fabric and lay on top of the springs. Use the binder clips to attache the fabric in place! Start with the far sides, the bunch to your liking as you clip moving inward.


If you want to add the skirt to the sides of the crib follow the same directions.


If I’m getting real, I didn’t hem the bottom of my fabric…it had a pretty smooth edge and against the carpet it is hardly noticeable unless you crawl down on the floor to look.

So that is how I made a washable, adjustable, easily removable crib skirt out of the fabric of my choice! The entire project took 5 minutes and $12. Anyone else creating a DIY nursery???