It's been a long time since we've had a baby in the house. I miss the chubby cheeks, the cooing, the bright eyes, beautiful smiles, sleepless nights, and dirty diapers, no wait.... back up...Good thoughts, good thoughts.
Haha..the baby days are great memories for us though, REALLY. I loved them and now that they're gone, I miss them. We have three children and each one of them are a miracle to us.
|Just a few days old and she has him wrapped |
around her little fingers.
|Special Delivery - December/2001|
|Special Delivery - September/2003|
Late in 2010, it was a guarded secret that Randy and Monique were expecting. We knew and prayed. I never had the experience of carrying a baby to term, but oh, LORD, please let this be Your will for them. It turns out, it sure was His will. They welcomed Jadon into their hearts and home in July of 2011. We've been waiting for you little guy!
Of course, there were baby showers galore! Monique picked the nursery theme and colors and Ohhh, don't you just love baby stuff- miniature clothes, tiny shoes, little furniture. They sure have come up with some good stuff since the days of my babies.
|This was her invitation with the colors and theme for|
the nursery. CuhYute!
So, I wanted to "make" her something special, something unique like their story. I don't always make my baby shower gifts, but after this, I may make a go of it. Fair warning, friends!
This is what I came up with...
Monique chose a great "Monkey" theme for Jadon's nursery. The colors were a chocolate brown, light tan, and mint-like green all mixed in. These are perfect colors for a perfect baby boy, and they're colors he can keep when he transitions into a big boy room.. So off I go to my favorite store. I'm not talking about Nordstrom or Macy's here, girls. Home Depot holds my heart above the rest. Well, I should say it holds it next to Ace hardware and Lowes. Anyhoo, I need spray paint, baby! For a baby!
I bought Rust-Oleum's Espresso (chocolate brown color), Fossil (tan color), and Eden (green color) all in a satin finish. The caps on the spray paint cans are pretty true to the color paint that comes out, but for whatever reason, the Eden green color was all wrong for my color combination. I had to go down to Michael's (favorite store also) and look through their spray paint colors. I took home Krylon's Avacado in Satin. It was the color I wanted. Yeah!
So how do you spray paint a chair with so many color details? Spray your base color first as shown above. I chose the tan as you can see. Then I used newspapers and plastic bags and started taping off.
Spray paint dries in about 20 minutes, so once the base color was dry, I moved on to the Espresso. Deciding where each color goes is all part of your own creativity, but I like the idea of painting the bottom and arm rests the darkest colors for the very practical reason of hiding what dirty little hands might have touched. I decided to add some Espresso to the top to add "balance" to the color combination. Ooh la la, I'm using design terms.
I used regular masking tape to add some stripes, then accented rails with the Avacado green.
Even though I covered and taped and covered and taped the chair, when I sprayed a certain color, there were some areas that bled through and needed a touch up. I just sprayed a little paint into a paper bowl and used an artist brush for my touch-ups. My "aha" moment came later when I realized I could have just sprayed directly into the cap. Doh!
Adding the baby's name is a great personal touch, but after using stencils here, the name didn't come out crisp enough.
So I spray painted over that and decided to just add the stencils to the back of the chair. He may want to pull them off when he's about two, but that's what wood glue is for. (By the way, Monique, you may want to put some wood glue on these.)
JK! When I thought I was all finished, this is what I had. I liked it, but I didn't love it. Something was missing.
I left it alone for a day or two, hoping that inspiration would come to me. I thought about adding more green, but I liked the color amounts as they were. That seat just called for something, but what? I thought about adding a big J in the middle, but that seemed redundant. Big green stripes down the middle?.... maybe, but that seemed redundant too. Then on one of my trips to Michael's I found this Monkey sticker in their clearance bin for $1. Don't you just love clearance items? My mother taught me well; because of her, I always look through clearance items. Thanks, Mom!
I cut the sticker to fit the slats on the seat and used Mod Podge glue to adhere it. This sticker will not peel off for little fingers... ever. A monkey face...that's what it needed. It took about 3 days total, 4 cans of spray paint, and 1 monkey face sticker. And now for our favorite time- before and after pictures!
|After- and now I love it!|
At the Picket Fence
Funky Junk Interiors
The Shabby Creek Cottage
House of Hepworth
Beyond the Picket Fence