Lights On!

So what have I been up to?  Not posting too much, but at least I’ve managed to cross a few to-do’s off the list.  Doesn’t that just feel sssoooooo good?!  I only really make lists so I can cross something off and then I’m like Mrs. da S-H-I-T for the moment.  Yeah, I feel that good when I get stuff Done.

I’ll elaborate more tomorrow, but for today (drum roll) I got the light up in the hallway.  That’s her home for now, I may move her later to my closet since she’s a bit of a girlie-girl, but I’m very pleased with my piece.  Again, here’s what she looked like when I got her for $4 bucks at the ReStore store…

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First thing I did was break the entire glass piece out.  I debated taking them all out for continuity, but really, who’s going to notice it when it’s up high that only one panel is missing??  So, out it went!  Then I taped both sides of the glass – not fun.  Primer – better fun.

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High gloss red paint – mucho fun!

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Notice the small holes at the bottom.  I made those with a handy tool that I found at Joanne’s.  Yay, for the 40% off coupon, so this bad boy was mine for about 8 buckeroos.  New toy to play with!!  Giddiness!!  (There was a similar tool on Amazon for about $14, and nothing even close at Lowe’s.)

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And it worked perfectly to make teeny tiny holes for teeny tiny bells (of course)!  Remember that I’d had “the bells” a few posts ago… I’m such a nerd.  At least I think I’m witty.

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I also got these at Joanne’s in the bridal section for $2 dolla – Holla!

I asked my FIL (Father-in-law) to help me put all the pieces together with a light kit I was taking down anyway.  He got ‘er connected and mounted all right.  I purchased this fancy bulb that’s supposed to last a million years – 12 in human, but that’s a million in bulb years 😉  And here she is….

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Shot from Jessica height

I’m liking the fun shadows on the walls and ceiling, although looking at this picture, my walls seem so … sad.  They need a bit of color, yes?  A definite treatment is in the works for you my hall.  Don’t talk to your walls like I do?  Start!  It’s the only place I get a word in around here!!!

Dreaming of a new sofa…

I’m still working on these darn cushion covers for my ginormous couch (seems ginormous, at least) so, of course, my mind has been dreaming of the day when I can get a new sofa.  A brand spanking, shiny, untouched work of art.  The oldest is 3 1/2 and the twins are 21 months… I think it’s going to be awhile cause you know these kiddos don’t give a hoot about upholstery!  At least for now I can oogle some works of art… which made me wonder why everyone has such “normal” looking sofas.  Next go ’round, I want something less ginormous and more spectacular!

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But I think my favorite is the next one!  Whoever came up with this definitely has a sense of humor!

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Have a fab-u-lous weekend friends!  I hope I didn’t give you any ideas on what to do with all those stuffed animals your kids have lying around the house!!

New Door!

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I’m so excited that I just couldn’t wait for the “final” to show you my new beautiful door!  This bathroom has been a sore subject with me the last few years.  I just can’t decide what to do with her.  Here’s the problem – She’s really not that bad, but the layout is kinda weird, so to do the easy fixes wouldn’t really solve the problems I have with her.  Ugh!  What to do?!  The one thing I knew was a MUST was changing out the door.

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So, I don’t think the lights are on, but it’s super sunny outside and it feels dark in here.  Always.  I went to the big guys first, Lowes and Home Depot, and they didn’t have exactly what I was looking for.  And I love Lowes (so no knock here) but the price was kinda steep for 2nd best.  I ended up going on-line, pricing out tons of doors and getting referred to Jose over at Stock N Building Lumber.  He was a big help and we picked out the perfect door!  AND the price wasn’t too bad… higher than others but when you’re getting what you want, isn’t it worth it?!  It’s a door, for gosh sakes, you’re not gonna change that anytime soon!

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Yes, I need to paint the door – She’s so naked!!  But I’m loving the light and the shade inside the door is CCCCOOOOOOLLLL!!  The bathroom still has tons of issues (avert your eyes from the half-light switch), but at least one thing has been righted.  For now, the compulsive remodeler in me is quieted… we’ll see how long that lasts!

I got the bells

I’m really feeling bell details in decor right now!  Look how creative this bell installation is.  There is just something so cool about it… modern, but calling on the past.  Loves!

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So, I’m thinking that I’m going to channel my bell obsession right not into my Restore find.  Here’s the eye candy I’ve been using as inspiration.

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I’m having a girlie moment…wait for it…”OMG!  Those teensie bells are just sooooo cute!”

I realize my little fixture is not a lantern, not bamboo and not even square, but there’s some neat fish-scale details there that I think channel an Asian flair.  And I gotta worth with what I got, right?!

Am I on my own here or are you having the bells today too?

By the way, these super purdy lights ain’t cheap and my little masterpiece is currently clocking in at $7!  Hope you like her too… should be done in a day or two.

Trolling the Restore Store

I don’t know if you’ve heard of this store, but I had read a few diy’ers mention it as their go to for scores and then (as luck would have it) I saw one opening in my neighborhood!  Finally, I’ve had a chance to check it out and yes, it is pretty cool. There is junk, there is treasure and there is fun stuff to just imagine fixed up!  Here are some of my fav’s….

There were a pair of these for $15 buckeroos each!
There were a pair of these for $15 buckeroos each!
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Great for the porch or patio – $40 bucks a pair!
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Really liked both of these. The foot rest, $30, has fabulous chrome legs and would be easy to recover and the the side table, $35, just needs a glass piece – so Mad Men looking!
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This diamond in the rough was only a few bucks!

The last little gem is the piece I took home with me.  She’s currently getting a facelift and should look oh, so cute in the hallway as a lantern.

Happy Hunting!