I Love Lamp: The Saga Continues

Nothing makes a home sadder than not having enough windows or light.  My house is quite sad. Very few windows make for a very distraught Katie. When we moved in, there was no shortage of brassy and oddly shaped lamps. We took full advantage by adding new lampshades and light bulbs and making due. Then I found this monstrosity. Where can I find a blissfully out of touch mom stuck in 1992 to take this off my hands?

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Then a light went on in my head (pun intended). I should just pull a YHL and paint this mutha. First, I had to scrub the dust, grime and nicotine off and….it wasn’t much improved.

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Then I wrapped the metal bits and cord in plastic and painter’s tape.  Target bag, so fancy!

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Then began the gloriously cathartic spray painting in the garage. There is something so refreshing about making something your own. Confession: I propped the lamp up off the floor with stale marshmallows. It was the best thing I could think of at the time.

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After a few coats, you can still see the raised lines from the pink glaze.

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A few more coats of navy and a few of super gloss and I was beginning to think I hadn’t gone insane. Then, one miraculous browsing trip to Target, I found this navy ikat lampshade and I nabbed it for a staggering $8. Boom. You can still see the raised stripes from the pink glaze, but thankfully the hearts are MIA for life. I like the texture the stripes add more than I thought I would.

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Thus ends the story of how I took a lamp from Full House and made into something that I actually love.

Have you done any projects with a “make do with what you have” attitude lately?

Cleaning Out My Carpets

I couldn’t resist a good Eminem reference, sorry. The title is eerily accurate though.  Yesterday I rented a RugDoctor steam cleaner from my local grocery store because the carpets in my house are startlingly disgusting. In light of a few recent happenings in my boyfriend’s family’s lives, we just can’t afford to do new floors for a while.  At first, this was distressing to me. The carpets in my house would reduce Martha Stewart to tears, I’m sure. But, being the take charge kind of person I am, I decided to grab a RugDoctor and see what I could do.

First I vacuumed the house about 4 times. I didn’t want to waste any of my time with the RugDoctor sucking up dog hair. I think you just need to see the pictures. I wasn’t shocked about how dirty the carpets were, but I was shocked about how much cleaner they actually got. The RugDoctor was worth every cent of the $28 I paid to have it for a day.

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The stain in the middle is actually what the entire area to the left looked like.
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The stained area on the bottom right of the photo is actually my entryway.
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The black stripe on the right is what the whole area looked like. It has since been removed.

These pictures are both befores and afters. I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined I could have gotten as much dirt out of the carpets as I did. There were stains that I’ve tried almost everything on to no avail that are now gone.  I’m tempted to rent it again this coming weekend and see how much more I can get out.  The High Traffic spray that we bought along with the regular cleaner was amazing. The entryway and first floor hallway were practically black and now they are starting to resemble their correct color.

I also cleaned our upstairs hallway and it got every mysterious stain out. I didn’t get to the stairs or the bedrooms this time, but I plan to soon. Everyone in the house was amazed by the transformation. I would highly recommend doing this at least once a year even if your carpets aren’t as disgusting as mine. This is what we were left with when the previous tenant moved out. He literally never cleaned anything. I just want that to be perfectly clear. We didn’t gross up this house.

Projects in the Pipeline

I am not sure how many times I’ve mentioned this, but I am reminded during every waking hour I’m in my home that it is a complete and utter disaster in almost all facets. However, being my father’s daughter, I’m constantly brainstorming and working on remedying it.

Right now I have these projects in progress:

  1. Tray project
  2. Lamp makeover
  3. Bathroom reno

If I were to make a list of all my To-Do projects this post would never end but my high priority projects are these:

  1. Bar makeover
  2. New flooring (whole house)
  3. My entire master bedroom (the whole thing needs love, desperately)

As I look around my house, there is no place I find that doesn’t need some kind of help.  Thank God for handy aunts, Ikea, Pinterest, and blogging.