Out of hiding and a Bathroom Update


You guys, I have been hiding from you. In the messiness that is my life, I’ve been struggling to find the time to accomplish anything in the bathroom. I’ve had 20-30 minutes here and there, but man, it’s been rough!! I know you feel me, ’cause, Life. I’ve gotten sucked into so many little things, fun things, great things, but they’ve taken me away from actually getting anything done.

So here we are.

After a bunch of weeks, I finally have patched and primed the walls.

Here’s with the primer… so much prettier. Ahhhh…..

You maybe wondering what in the world took so long, and the truth is that I was battling some opinions on what to do about the residue left on the upper half of the walls from the wallpaper. Day 1, I said that I had to find a way to clean it off. But… then a contractor (my stepdad) said that I could just prime over it. It’s like the sane part of me KNEW he was wrong, but the lazy part wondered if perhaps he was on to something.

Well, we started skimming the bottom and the stuff would just not stick at the seams where the wallpaper used to be. It just kept pulling in the most horrific of ways.

Enter sanding. More sanding. Tears… Curse words… the whole onslaught of almost epic PMS proportions. WHY DIDN’T I JUST LISTEN TO MYSELF?!?! Anyway, I ended up spending two days with a spray bottle of vinegar/water and soapy water to get it clean with lots of rags. That stuff is super sticky so you have to keep switching out your rag. After a few scrubs with the soapy water and an abrasive sponge, grab that towel and finish with the vinegar. Worked like a charm!!

Lots of words. Blah, blah, blah. I know my friends!! I’ve been trying to read some of the One Room Challenge stuff, and I’m like Show Me the Pictures!!! Sometimes home improvement is so boring.

Did I mention there was a shizzzzzzz load of sanding. Snnnooorrrreeee.

So, wanna help me with something?

Okay, I’m not sure if you remember but I bought these fabulous Maison Arlus sconces. I got them from French Art Deco Dealer, on ebay, and they have some seriously beautiful antiques. I’m smitten with these; They are so beautiful!!

And you know I got a great deal on them… or so I thought!! HA! I opened them around November, loved them and stored them away so the kids wouldn’t mess with them. So when I started questioning the placement of the lights, I naturally pulled them out. That’s when I noticed that they didn’t have any mounting hardware.


There is literally NO way to hang them in their present condition. I figured there was a solution, but I wasn’t loving my prospects… I could make a wooden base? Or something that could be covered in wallpaper? Perhaps I could find a sconce somewhere with a useable matching base?

Then it happened. After looking on Grand Brass 3 previous times, they got something new in stock.

I took the leap and hoped it would match well, and I think it looks pretty darn good. Not perfect mind you, but darn close!

So here’s my quandary… shall I put the light together as you see it above? Or should I take the rectangular part off the sconce so that the curved part comes directly out of the square? It will take a bit of deconstructing, but I think I can do it… and I’ll have to find fittings to secure it all together.

What do you think?? Square wasn’t my first choice, but will it still work?

Here’s a similar Arlus sconce and I just love the petit base of the light!

I’m so sad that I have to use a larger attachment…A small rectangle would have been my first choice or a rounded shape. Oy vey. Maybe you have an idea??


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