Tuesday

Thrifted Light turned Urn Planter

I've been on the hunt for a pretty champagne urn to use for my kitchen utensils for a while now.  But I can't seem to find one that fits my thrifty budget.  However I got to thinking about this lamp that I've had in my garage for a while now.  It used to be in our breakfast nook but I took it out when we were staging to sell our house.  I thought it could work with a little tweaking.


I started by removing the bulb and then twisting the top portion of the light socket off of the base of the lamp.  


Then I removed the top portion and was left with what you see below.  All you do from here is unscrew those little screws that are holding the wire in place and unthread the cord through the base of the lamp.  Another bonus to this project is that you now have an extra lamp kit to use in the future.  I actually used to buy thrifted lamps when I would want to make a light fixture because it was way cheaper than buying the lamp kit at the hardware store.


Then I just took the pieces of the lamp apart until I was left with the shape I wanted.  I basically just removed the top two pieces to leave me with an urn shape and an open top.  When it comes to putting it back together you will just need a threaded rod to hold it all in place.  More than likely you'll need one that's about a third as tall as the original one.  I happened to have on in my garage from a previous lighting project, but if you didn't you can find them at Lowe's in the lighting department.  

On the right is the original one and the left is one similar to what I ended up using.  It was actually still a little too tall, so I found a smaller one in my garage.  You get the idea.  


Once it was all put back together I sprayed the whole thing gold (Rustoleum Gold Metallic) and then gave it a clear coat for extra durability.  I've noticed that when I use the clear coat over the Rustoleum gold it makes the finish a little less bright and a little more brassy which I kind of like. 

Sadly, when I tried putting my utensils in it the scale was all wrong and it just wasn't working for me.  Thankfully I picked up a basil plant at Trader Joe's during my grocery trip and it works great as a planter!  When the basil dies (as it inevitably will), I think I'll fill it with a few different succulents for a different look. 



So, the hunt continues for a champagne urn, but I now have a fun new planter!  The great part about this is that the lamp was only around $2.99 so it was a really inexpensive project.  I've seen these lamps randomly during my thrifting trips too so it's likely you'll come across one if you want to try this for yourself!


Friday

Serena and Lily Sale

Sorry for the silence over here.  We have some exciting things going on over here that I'll hopefully be able to share in a week or so.

Have you guys checked out the Serena and Lily sale yet?  I'm a big fan of Serena and Lily and their products.  They have so many pretty, high quality products but their prices don't always fit in with my budget.  I was so happy to see that they are having a huge sale right now with up to 65% off!  I put together a little board of some of my favorite finds form the sale.


These chairs have great lines and great texture and of course I'm always drawn to black and white.  I never realized that Serena and Lily sold paint, but several colors are on sale for $11.99/gallon.  Such a steal!  These nesting tables are the prettiest shade of aqua.  These napkins would make beautiful pillows.  I love a good oversized light.  Pom poms make everything better, including this pretty blanket.  

They have so many other great things too, including some fabulous wallpaper that I would love to scoop up for my half bath!  Every half bath needs a bold dose of pattern don't you think?

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Friday Faves

1.  How pretty is this gold greek key trim from Joanns?  I think it would be so pretty to use on a lampshade or pillow.


2. I'm thinking I might need these cushions for my breakfast nook.  They are from H & M and the price is great too!
3.  Did you see the sneak peeks of this bathroom?  I never knew I could love olive so much!

4.  This image from House Beautiful has me dreaming of creating a cozy banquette.


5.  World Market has been really stepping it up in the lighting department lately.  I'm particularly loving this gold lotus light and this driftwood chandelier.

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Have you guys seen anything great this week?  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday

Cozy Coupe Makeover

 Just popping in for a quick post today.  I love it when readers are inspired by my projects, after all that is the purpose of this blog!  I was so excited when I got an email last week with a picture of this adorable car and playhouse inspired by my daughter's cupcake cozy coupe makeover.

Here's how hers turned out.



Isn't it the cutest?  I love how she painted the house to match and the monogram on the car is such a sweet little detail!

Thursday

Upholstered Faux Fur Bench

Slowly but surely we are making progress on my mom's bedroom makeover.  We have one gallery wall to finish up and then it will be ready!  I just finished up this small project for her the other day and thought I'd share it with you.  I'm always smitten with projects that involve white fur.  It feels so glamorous to me.  This was simple and easy and I'm loving the new look!

Here's the before.  It had some different fabric on it originally.  This is after my mom gave it a go with some leftover fabric she had.  It didn't quite cover the whole thing so she tried piecing it together, but the seam was a little too obvious. :)


Since the top portion is so deep I chose to cover it the same way I did my faux leather ottoman.  I took off the legs and laid the fabric wrong side out over the top.  Then I pinched the corners together and used my sewing machine to sew a seam straight down where each corner would be.

Once that part was finished, I just flipped it right side out and slipped it over like a slipcover.  Then I stapled everything underneath.



The legs felt a little boring and slightly dated so I gave them a fresh coat of gold spray paint to liven things up.  I used my go to gold spray paint (Rustoleum Gold Metallic) and it made such a big difference.  The legs felt so dark and dated before.


We were originally going to use a faux sheepskin rug from IKEA to cover it, but it ended up not being large enough.  So I ordered the fabric from Fabric.com.  It feels much softer than the IKEA rug and was pretty easy to work with, besides the fact that it shed.  A lot.


Overall, I think it looks so much better!  She originally paid $10 for the bench and then we spent a little over $20 for the fabric. (I had the paint already)  So the total cost was only around $30.  Not bad for a fancy little spot to prop your feet up! 

Monday

Botanical Print Gallery Wall

I just got back from Haven and had such a great time.  I wasn't really sure what to expect since this was my first year going, but I was really happy with how everything went.  I learned so many things that I can apply to make this blog better.  It was overall a great experience!  

Now that I'm back, I'm doing a few things to change up our house to make it more appealing to buyers.  (our house is still on the market)  We received a comment in the feedback from an agent stating that we needed to depersonalize things.  I figured that comment would pop up eventually since we have a decent amount of family pictures on our walls.  I started with the gallery wall in our living room since it was an easy switch.


I've always loved botanical prints and I had a great botanical book in my stash so this update was free and easy!  I actually came across the book at a thrift store for a few dollars, but if you don't happen to have one on hand you can easily find prints online.  A lot of sites, like Vintage Printable, have a huge selection for free.  I talked about some great, free, black botanical prints here too.


I was pleasantly surprised at how much brighter it made the room feel, which is always a nice bonus when you are trying to sell your house.



I have another wall I'm working on to share soon!

Thursday

Striped Bathroom Makeover

I have had this room semi finished for a while now, but just haven't had a chance to snap some pictures of it.  Not to mention bathrooms are my least favorite room to photograph.  The lighting and angles are just so tricky.  I felt a bit like spiderman trying to cling on to the sides of the shower to get the best angle possible.  So with that said, pardon the less than optimal pictures. :)  

This is my mom's guest bathroom.  It's the bathroom that most people, use so of course she wanted it to be decorated nicely.  She had seen the stripes in my house and wanted to do something similar.  She already had some gray "oops" paint and we thought that would work well since it's pretty neutral. 

I taped off all the stripes which usually is the worst part about painting stripes.  After that it's pretty simple.


I like to paint over the tape with the same color as the base color on the wall.  In this case white.  It helps to seal the edges of the tape and prevent bleeding.

We still have a few things we want to do in this bathroom, but I thought I'd share our progress.  I'd love to do something different with the vanity.  It's a basic builder's grade vanity and although there's nothing wrong with it, the color isn't blending super well with the current design.  I'd also like to add some sort of molding to the edges of the mirror.  




I love these shadowbox frames from IKEA.  I just added a few shells to create simple artwork.






Hopefully I'll have some more updates to share soon!