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?
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.
Then I wrapped the metal bits and cord in plastic and painter’s tape. Target bag, so fancy!
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.
After a few coats, you can still see the raised lines from the pink glaze.
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.
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?
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:
- Tray project
- Lamp makeover
- 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:
- Bar makeover
- New flooring (whole house)
- 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.
I….I love lamp. I love lamp.
I love this lamp, specifically.
I mentioned in this previous post that I had purchased a lamp on a trip to Goodwill. Can we please all fall in love with this lamp because it’s a lamp of miracles? It was purchased by its original owner over at Target for the (way out of my) price (range) of $69.99. Lucky for you, it’s on sale now if you want it. It actually costs more with a different brand name. At Goodwill, I got it for the low LOW price of $24.99. As soon as I saw it sitting forlornly on the floor, I knew I could save it.
When my friend and I returned from our Goodwill trip to her apartment we decided to put it together and check it out….and then we found that in its journey from Target to me it lost its switch. Poor baby lamp. So I made many frustrating calls to Target customer service to get the manufacturer’s number. Mastercraft Lamps were much more helpful. They sent me a new switch pro bono. I popped that sucker on and bam! There was light!
If you notice in the photo that I have snazzy curtains, you would be correct. When we first moved in we had these aluminum (in color and in material) blinds that hurt my soul to look at. We also had some custom by my boyfriend’s mom lace curtains. They were very well made and weren’t displeasing. The only problem is that I can’t stand having anything in my house that was there with the previous tenant. He was lackadaisical about cleanliness to put it lightly. So I took down the blinds and the men of the house were unhappy with the glare from the window on the tv. So they hung SHEETS up. Check it.
I was perturbed. I went with my man to Target and together we chose some neutralish, textury long curtains. I decided to do 4 because most store-bought curtains aren’t wide enough to meet halfway across those windows and I think with the curtains placed where they are makes the windows look like a wall of windows. Keepin it classy, Chicago. What used to be a sad nook we didn’t know what to do with is now an officey book area with more luxe details. At least in my mind it is.