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Knowing I love painted furniture, my mother-in-law gave me this little cabinet with instructions to paint it. We tried it in a few places before picking a color and when we decided it should go in the girls room, we also knew it needed to be blue.  I had a lot of little helping hands when it came to the painting!

We used my current favorite Annie Sloan Chalk paint color “Provence,” with clear wax over the paint.

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When the time came to move our first daughter to a toddler bed, I decided to be absolutely ridiculous and insist on making one ourselves.  At nine months pregnant, my family would come over and find me furiously upholstering an insanely heavy bed frame made out furniture grade plywood.  One of my many mistakes was to only follow a handful of the directions I found in the one upholstery book that I bothered to pick up.

My super helpful father-in-law cut out the back piece according to a pattern I made out of cardboard.  My mother-in-law and I took that same pattern to UFO in San Diego to have foam cut.  Why do I always feel the blood drain from my face when they tell me the price of foam!?  While we were gone, my husband and his dad finished piecing the bed together only to have to take it apart again to transport it to our house for upholstering.

I squatted and kneeled and laid on my side on the laminate floors of our family room for weeks attempting to upholster that bed around my giant belly.  Little green flecks of velvet were everywhere.  My dad (who lived next door) came over just to shake his head at me and occasionally offer a hand.  My mom (who also lived next door) came over to watch our almost two-year-old, so that I wouldn’t have to keep moving her off the bed frame in order to get the fabric tighter.

I’m still not 100% happy with how the tufts turned out, but overall I love the piece.  It means a whole lot to me that at one point or another in the process of making this piece we had the help of both sets of grandparents.  When our last baby grows out of the bed, my plan is to add some legs and make it into a little reading sofa for the girls’ room.  This piece is here to stay!

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