It’s that time of year where frilly and pink are completely acceptable. We usually keep our valentine’s celebration pretty low-key. We make home-made valentines for Tom’s classmates and each other and a fun meal for the kids. I make a never tried before – meal for Matt and I from one of the yummy cookbooks I have been gifted(these are my favorites 1, 2, 3). We wait to eat until the kids are asleep and watch a movie and if we are up for it, play a game. I don’t usually ask Matt for anything, but we enjoy sharing gifts with each other. I found a couple of things I would like along with a few of my favorites items I can always use more of.
What’s on your wish list this year? Do you have a special tradition? I’d love to hear! Tune in later this week for a printable of the you + me lettering featured above and shop my Valentine’s picks below. xo
• Tom and I are going to attempt to make some homemade conversation hearts for his classmates. He loves the idea of customizing the words. This tutorial makes me think it’s possible. I will definitely share if it works. • These beautiful Beek sandals were discovered through Palms to Pines and are made locally which is definitely rad. • A My Pet Unicorn Ride On for Ella, because it’s a unicorn and too much fun. • Winning the avocado lottery and starting Friday with perfect avocado toast.
Henry and Ella had grown out of their dresser and we wanted to create something similar to the Gabby Furniture piece. Using that as inspiration, Matt and I took a plain wood Ikea dresser that was given to us by a friend and sanded, stained, and aged it with a steel wool process.
A couple of days before you begin this project grab some steel wool (like this) and distilled white vinegar. Combine both in a large mason jar and let sit uncovered for two days until the steel wool is partially dissolved. Filter the mixture and let sit a bit longer to create the stain. Here is a helpful tutorial on this process.
We then began by pulling out all the drawers and giving everything a good sanding so the stain would adhere well to the wood. Next we painted all of the surfaces with Varathane Wood Stain in Antique White. We let this dry for several hours. Once dry we painted on the homemade steel wool and vinegar stain. Using a paintbrush, apply a good amount of stain and let sit for 2 to 5 minutes. Using a clean lint free rag wipe the rest of the stain off. This gives the white stain an aged look. Let dry fully for one day and seal with a coat of Formby’s Tung Oil.
While we are thrilled with how the dresser turned out, we have debated that had we done the steel wool stain before the white wash the results might be better. We haven’t had a chance to test that theory yet.
Eventually I would like to paint a design on the front of the dresser similar to the Gabby Furniture Dresser.