Guest Post: Erin from How to Nest for Less

Hi everyone!
My name is Erin and I’m the DIY wannabe behind How to Nest for Less!

I’m so excited Kelly and I are switching blogs today! I know she has some of the best readers in the blogosphere and I wanted a chance to say HELLO! So, what cool new project am I sharing with you today?
for my Daughter’s Bedroom!

One of my favorite children’s books was a gift from my grandmother, a nursery rhyme hardcover illustrated by Maud Humphrey. As soon as we opened the pages, I knew I would have to purchase another copy and use the illustrations for a project.

If I ever have another baby, I might actually design the entire nursery around these drawings. But for now, a simple accessory will have to do!

I found this little tray on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts for $5 and I thought I could put it to good use.

If you ever happen to stop by my blog, you’ll quickly find out I’m a sucker for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and use it on many furniture transformations! I gave the tray a coat of some Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and distressed the edges.

Next I cut out the nursery rhyme I wanted to feature. I chose Hush a Bye Baby. The colors were nice and earthy, plus it was one of my favorite songs to get my little angel to sleep!

I decided to tear the edges of the paper to keep with the vintage look and feel.

I used my Mod Podge to secure down the illustration and gave it a couple of top coats to seal it in. Don’t mind the Sesame Street paper plate. It’s all I had to work with!

… and voila! Isn’t it pretty cool? I love the subtle colors and light distressing.

I have some other great DIY projects that I added to her bedroom like a flowered lamp and embellished mirror, but you’ll have to come visit my blog to see more!

Oooh, and while you’re there, you can check out my Master Bedroom Makeover!!
Here’s a little sneak peek…
I really enjoyed sharing with you today, and I hope to see you guys over at my blog sometime!
And Kelly, thanks so much for inviting me to live.laugh.rowe for the day!
Much ♥ to everyone, Erin
Erin is a St. Louis based designer, wife, mother and author of the blog
How to Nest for Less.


  1. Danni Baird says

    That is the sweetest thing ever! I love the chalk paint and the distressing! Looks great and thanks for a sweet tutorial!

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