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DIY MONGOLIAN FUR + BLUSH PINK NURSERY PILLOW

This simple Ikea hack all starts with the Fjadrar Pillow insert that has to be purchased in stores, but is only $6.99. Pretty inexpensive for an insert this size even with 40 percent off coupons from other stores.
The mongolian fur fabric was purchased at fabric.com and the blush pink upholstery material I used was left over from the swiss cross drapes I made for my daughter's room. The material was put in the washing machine on the gentle cycle and then hung to air dry.
After the fabric dries, it is time to cut. 
I add an inch to whatever the size of the pillow is to allow for 1/2 inch seams all around.
Put the right sides together and pin all around the pillow to secure the fabric and leave a big enough hole that will allow you to insert your pillow in the finished case.
 Sew, sew, sew
Once you have finished your hems, flip the pillow inside out the correct way and stuff that white fluffy goodness inside. This is the hardest part for me FYI. I always underestimate the width of the hole.
Once you've got the goods in and your hole has inevitably become a little bigger, fold the hems inside and pin. When it come to this final stitch, I get as close to the edge as possible while still catching both sides of the fabric. This makes the seam less visible.
There you go! One gorgeous, mongolian fur pillow. Pretty simple. Don't be intimidated by four straight seams.

THREE TIPS I LEARNED TO HAVE AN AMAZING MONGOLIAN FUR PILLOW: 
1. When cutting the mongolian fur, do not use a guide and a roller cutter. I did this and it gave a very blunt edge and not the natural type I prefer. Instead, use scissors and cut as close to the base as you can and try no to snip the wavy end fur.

2. When sewing together, tape the fur back so that it doesn't get stuck in you hem. This was a problem I ran into and it was very difficult to pull the mongolian fur out of the seam. Just make sure your tape is far away from the edge that it doesn't get sucked in as well.

3. You can never go wrong with blush pink and mongolian fur!
I made this pillow for my dear friend. Herr is a little peek of the baby shower we threw for her. 
Gold + Blush Pink + White

MID CENTURY DRESSER BLUSH PINK AND WOOD TWO TONE UPCYCLE

If you follow me on Instagram, you know this amazing Diamond Front United Furniture dresser was white. Not a fabulous white we all love-Instagram filters worked so well to fix that for me-but an aged, yellowy white that sighed of years passed. 

The sad, yellowed tinge help me to steal this amazing mid century piece for $40 and my original plan was to sand the beauty down and paint it back to its glorious white.
Then, I got to the bare bones and look at that veining! My heart just could not cover it up. I had it all sanded, wiped down and ready to go for a month in my daughter's room. The longer I had it raw and natural, the more I couldn't paint it. I was in love with the ceruse-like finish the older paint being sanded off had left.
One main problem I had is there were two different types of wood used to build the mid century dresser. The trim around the drawers and the curved arch bottom was made of a softer, lighter wood. Because there was already the interesting finish, I felt there needed to be some sort of cohesiveness with the wood and opted to paint the cheaper trim wood. Besides, who doesn't love an amazing two tone mid century dresser?! When done right, it is perfection.
I sanded down the finish to get rid of any remaing paint that was not engrained into the wood and taped off the wood to paint. My stockpile of paint already contained this lovely, pale blush pink I used on a mirror and it paired so well with the wood and my little girl's room.
Originally, I was only going to paint the trim on the lower half. Once I was done, it seemed off balance and to even it out I painted the front of the top as well. Symmetry did the trick! 

For the raw wood, I applied Minwax finishing paste with the same technique as my other dresser.

One trait you must possess when doing DIY projects is the ability to adapt and change the plan. I can probably count on my one hand how many projects actually went as intended from start to finish. The unknown is part of the fun! Don't be too stuck on anything. If it isn't working out as envisioned, see what will make it work.
I could not quite tell if those pulls are original to the mid century dresser or not. When painting white was on the agenda, the holes were going to be filled in and covered up but this way they work well.
I love the combination of wood tone, blush pink and gold. So gorgeous and the perfect addition to my little one's room.

I mean that grain it to die for, right?! It won me over at first sight.

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