Golden Bargain {lamp makeover}

Once upon a time, I stumbled across this awesome little lamp for ONE DOLLAR at the flea market. $1 people and it actually works!
flea market lampMy plan was just to clean it up, buy a shade and paint the discolored hardware and I almost did that. Cleaning worked wonders and I found a $5 shade at Ikea that fit. (they didn’t have any more of these on my last couple of trips there. That will teach me to hoard cheap lampshades the first time I see them :( ) flea market lamp before

I’ve used it in a few different rooms but it has stayed just like this and it’s not so bad but I kept putting off painting the hardware because even if it was shiny and new the lamp was still old looking. Don’t get me wrong, I like “old looking,” but to me it wasn’t “old looking,” in a charming kind of way, just a tired kind of way.

When making any decision, I take too long. I like to think about it from all angles, consider all possibilities, costs, things that could go wrong, things that could go right- I’ll stop before I tire you even more, but can I just say thanks, Daddy for that awesome trait before moving on? :)

But sometimes, a $1 lamp is just a $1 lamp and you’ve got to stop thinking about it and just grab that can of spray paint (that took you a full 5 minutes in the paint aisle to pick out a color #iammyfathersdaughter) and PAINT!!!!  flea market lampt

I did it and I like it :) I wanted a metallic finish, but interesting. I started with a thin dusting of my favorite silver (used here and here) then layered on pretty gold. I just gave it another dusting of each color at different angles to vary the way it landed on each facet. And had so much fun painting that I didn’t take any pictures of the layers, but you get the idea.

flea market lamp

It looks mostly gold but if you look very closely, the shimmer of the silver is there too and it’s really pretty and a huge improvement. At least I think so. Flea Market Lamp Collage 2

Beautiful things can happen when you just make up your mind grab some spray paint. This really is one of my most favorite spray paint projects ever. It may look a bit like Epcot (nothing wrong with that!) but it also reminds me a bit of this lamp that I’ve seen pop up everywhere at about 10% of the cost. I can even see changing it to a bright fun color when I’m tired of the gold.

flea market lamp


I already had the paint so this lamp and shade cost me a whopping $6 and I happen to think it looks at least like $30. How is that for a healthy ROI? Have you been up-cycling any thrifty finds lately? Want to see some other great ideas? Check out the blogs below for TONS of inspiration!

Love of Family & Home,  The Francis Family BlogHouse of RoseBlissfully Ever After,  Crafty, Scrappy, HappyDesign, Dining & DiapersOur Fifth HouseI Love You More Than Carrots and Liz Marie Blog.

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Jewelry Organization: Upgrade

Happy 2013! I know I’m a few weeks late, but better late than never, right?

I have to say I really missed you during my little really long break, but I thoroughly enjoyed the extra time to enjoy Christmas and then recover. With that, I’m back now and like just about everyone around the blogging world I have something on my mind: ORGANIZATION.

I have more problem areas than I would like to admit but one of the biggest is always my closet. I tackled this last year and while it was a start, it didn’t stick. Last week I spent some serious time cleaning out every little nook and cranny, reorganizing, and clearing out the clutter. That part is really not much to show you (meaning the “before” is way too bad and the “after” is much improved for me but probably looks like some of your befores); however, so far it is really working. It’s like having a new wardrobe to be able to see everything (i.e. not dig through it on the floor) and I even found some shoes I forgot I had. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Now, the part of my closet I do want to share with you is my jewelry organization system. Last year, I made huge strides toward my goal with my zero budget-get it done in a day project but it just wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I HATE that this is one of my most frequent pins (repin the update, PLEASE!) It has served it’s purpose, but I’m over the burlap. It’s so 2012 ;)

Jewelry Before

I bought cutlery trays for this purpose forever ago and they have been sitting in the garage ever since. Long story short, I had white spray paint and a free Saturday so I did it! But wait, there’s more! The frame approach actually worked so I just updated that with, you guessed it- more white spray paint! So, want to see it?

Jewelry Organization

DSC_0264 DSC_0270 DSC_0256 Jewelry Organization

To be honest with you, this was a very easy project BUT there are so many little pieces to it that I will share with you later this week but for now, let’s just enjoy it and talk about what I love…

  • There is room to grow and I’m still adding hooks and jewelry pieces.
  • It’s clean, white and just pretty.
  • Why not style it up? I channeled my inner Emily Henderson with the little brass camels #whimsyJewelry Organization

So much better than the old done in a hurry version. This is exactly why I always think you have to continue to evaluate your organizational systems. Sometimes they may be totally wrong and sometimes they may just need a little upgrade- like my jewelry. What about you- do you have a perfect plan in place for your jewelry or do you need an upgrade? What’s working for you? jewelry organization

Sharing with Our Fifth House Dog Days of Winter Link Party- Lots more organization inspiration over there today :)

Fabric Lined Bookcase

The first time I walked into this house, I saw exactly what the little area at the top of the stairs was destined to be: a cute little reading nook. Faux built-ins, a comfy chair and fun lamp were all I needed for hours of reading fun.

It was one of the first spaces I “finished,” meaning put in some cheap Big Lots shelves, styled them to the best of my ability, added a flea market comfy chair and pretty lamp and really enjoyed it.

For awhile. Then I started to crave more. Those wow details that were missing. While my shelves were styled ok these were still plain old Big Lots shelves that needed some love. I made lofty plans to cover the backs. I bought (and returned) gift wrap, searched fabric after fabric, and even decided to paint it the same color as my office hutch. I changed my mind every single time. It was paralysis. Nothing was “the one” so it remained plain.

Until I found this lovely fabric at Joann.

You might remember that from my little casual Fall tablescape and while orange was not what I was thinking, it just so happens they had it in black. You know what is even better? This was quilting fabric that was on sale and I had a coupon taking it down to just over $2.50 a yard. Yep, you read that right just over $2.50 per yard. Nothing better than cheap graphic fabric.

So I recovered it. I actually did it! I made up my mind and I made it happen. This takes some time, but it’s a really easy process.The result: it was worth the wait and paralysis. 

Seriously, this cost less than $20, took a couple of hours and it is one my most favorite results ever. A few things about the details…

  • I heart graphic black and white- always have and always will. I have phased it out in some areas of the house in favor of more muted geometrics and greys, but when in doubt that’s where I need to go. All those fabrics and papers considered, returned or doubted were florals, too colorful or too “much.  They were not me. This is me.
  • But it’s not too bold. The small scale of the pattern keeps if from being too much. It doesn’t get too crazy with all the books and goodies on the shelves. Graphic and dramatic up close, muted and calm from a distance- perfect!
  • Bonus points for anyone who noticed I haven’t finished the middle shelf yet. It took a trip to two Joanns to get enough fabric and I haven’t finished it yet.
  • Double bonus points for anyone who is super crazy observant and noticed the shelves are NOT in the same place. I got crazy a rearranged the entire room, but that’s a story for another day.

Once I pulled the trigger, this was an easy project. I could not get to Joann fast enough to use that coupon; however, the process was long and taught me a lot:

  1. If you don’t feel it- wait it out. It really is ok. Look around, test your options and the waters but if you don’t love it, don’t do it.
  2. When you finally make up your mind- just do it! Go all Nike on it.
  3. Go back to what feels like you. For me it’s black and white graphics, for you it may be pastel florals but that’s what makes style so personal.
  4. If you love it, walk by it daily and tell it. This means people, pets and fabric lined bookshelves.

Go Big or Go Home {Master Bedroom Upgrade}

A picture is worth a thousand bajillion words. That’s an exact number. If you don’t believe me, take a picture of a room and tell me you don’t see every teeny little flaw. It’s true and it happened to me.

I love our master bedroom and I do not regret showing it to you first in my quest to update that pesky little home tour page. It is one of my favorite rooms in the whole house, but when you take a picture, edit it and look at it over and over again, and then you think about all the people out there in blogland who looked at it over and over again, you see the flaws.

The ginourmous pimple in my room was already on my to do list, but it quickly moved to priority #1 the more I looked at the pictures The wood tone one was a hand-me-down (thanks, mama) and the mirror one was perfect compared to the even teenier one I started out with (thank you again, mama!) but the more and more “finished” the room became the more I became aware that the scale was totally off.

So I did what anyone would do, I went big. Way big. Probably too big for some but I’m ok with it. Remember this guy and his twin?

Do you get where this is going? Oh yea. I bypassed nightstands all together and went for MATCHING DRESSERS. Most of the time, I’m a firm believer in different (yet totally balanced!) side tables but I went matching and did I mention HUGE??????

But wait! Are they really perfect? hmmmm. Am I the only one who has random pieces of drawer hardware just laying around to try out? I can be a bit picky in the hardware department but to be totally honest, I had no problem with the Ikea pulls. They were silver with some black tones in them and worked. Until this guy entered the picture. 

Oh my. That does make a difference. Jump in car. Drive quickly to Lowe’s. Grab 3 more.

But wait, again. As I was walking down the aisle at Lowe’s to leave with new hardware in hand, something pulled be back (pun intended).Hello, lover. I loved them. Robb loved them. We all lived happily ever after. The end.

Pictures? ok!

Sometimes I make a change in the house and I love it, but it’s the “it will work until I find perfection” kind of love. This one turned out to be “I want to spend the rest of my life with you kind of love.” I’m no design expert but I can feel balance. This change got me there for the master bedroom. The strange thing is, the more and more I discover my style, the more I realize I am not a fan of teeny furniture. My house is by no means big, but it is HUGE compared to the doll house I lived in previously. So maybe that explains my aversion to teeny furniture. Even in small spaces, if you use something that feels big initially, it’s usually right in the end.  Do you feel the balance? I do. I like to just sit there and look at how much more “finished” it looks and feels.  As for my to do list, let’s revisit that.

  • Artwork
  • Crown molding
  • Bigger nightstands (maybe in bright white?)
  • Bench for the end of the bed
  • Maybe paint the dresser- I just can’t decide

As for Avery, she’s a fan of the new addition too. I think she likes all the extra storage space. 

Home Tour: Master Bedroom

There are good and bad things about letting others, like the whole internet, know about your goals. The good thing is, you feel like you have to follow through and the bad thing is you feel like you have to follow through.

One of those is this pesky little post I made in January about my goals. I checked in several weeks ago and was doing pretty good on some. But some I haven’t touched. Like the whole House Tour deal.

I thought typing it and hitting publish would help, but that still doesn’t spotlessly clean your house and perfectly style everything. WordPress needs to upgrade that button.

But I promised to be real. You already know that I don’t live in a house that looks like a magazine and nothing here is perfect. Not even little Avery. And nothing is ever finished. The to-do lists grow and projects evolve. If I’m waiting for a finished product, I’ll be waiting approximately forever. So here goes nothing. I decided to start with the Master Bedroom. Let’s take a look at the true before, like before I moved in.

The Master bedroom is pretty simple- 12×15 with one window, one door to the hall, one door to the bathroom and one door to the closet. It is the only room that I painted before I moved in. I knew I wanted it to be a dark slate gray with simple bedding and touches of shimmer. I had an inspiration picture that I carried with me everywhere in my super organized “I’m buying a house!” binder. I cannot find the original source to this picture but I’ve kept it for over 2 years and it really was the starting point for the space. And it taught me that if you’re going to go with that dark slate you must have something else to break it up.

Everything is an evolution so here is the first phase.

I was happy with it for awhile but this was not my forever bedroom or even my more than a year bedroom. I liked the paint, bed and green accents so that got me thinking of what I wanted it to look like more permenantly. I replaced the bedding and (in my opinion) completely upgraded the whole room. What to see what it looks like now? OK!The bedding is my favorite. I fell in love with it at Z. Gallerie last year and waited and waited for it to go on sale. Then I looked at it on sale 34 times. Then my mama finally talked me into just getting it before it was gone. Mother really knows best. It has the green that I love and the floral/bird print is full of gray. The walls are a rich blue gray, but the green is what ties it in to the rest of the hosue. See how it peaks out from the hall that leads to the dining room? I kept the curtains the same because they still worked. With the walls so dark, the airy soft panels from World Market brighten and lighten it up a bit. You might have noticed that I edited a few items out, like the magazine bin. I still need a few more things but I like that there is no clutter (when it’s clean :)) Just bed, dresser, nightstands and mirror.

The lamps have changed THREE times, but I think this is where they’ll stay for a while. I moved these in when I upgraded the dining room lamps.

And there you have it our Home Sweet Master Bedroom (as of right now). There is still much to do like…

  • Artwork
  • Crown molding
  • Bigger nightstands (maybe in bright white?)
  • Bench for the end of the bed
  • Maybe paint the dresser- I just can’t decide

And in case you are interested here’s where I found everything:

  • Paint- Elephant Gray by Valspar
  • Bed- Overstock
  • Bedding-  Z Gallerie
  • Small Green Pillow- Home Goods
  • Sheets- plain white from Pottery Barn
  • Mirror over bed- Khol’s
  • Wall Sconces over bed- Z Gallerie
  • Curtains- World Market
  • Dresser- Flea Market a long time ago
  • Gold Mirror- Vintage family piece
  • Floor Mirror- TJ Maxx
  • Lamps- TJ Maxx
  • Orb Lamps- Pottery Barn
  • Fan- bought it for college and can’t sleep without it. Maybe from Target?

Perfectly done? No way! Magazine worthy? No way! BUT do  I LURVE where we are for now? HECK YES!