I’ve been eying a lamp at Target for awhile and then low and behold I found it on a clearance endcap for 70% off! Then came the moment of truth: Where could I possibly use a lamp at in our home??? Oh yeah, the guest bedroom – whew!
Remember in this post where I decided to substitute that blue vase for a “pretend” lamp until I found something better? Well, that day has come my friends! I used a vintage suitcase and chevron box top to even the lamps up.
I love how the glass bases and matching shades make it all work AND that we now have two working lamps in our guest bedroom! The waiting may be the hardest part, according to my man Tom Petty, but I’m so glad I did.
Anyone else have any “pretend” lamps in your home? Am I the only crazy person who gets out a tape measure to even up side table lamps? Who asks the “Where will this go in my home?” question before making a purchase?
Ben, Cali and I took a walk one beautiful Sunday morning and stumbled upon this little guy on the side of the road…
Our reactions were quite different. I saw a treasure and had all kinds of ideas dancing around in my head. Ben saw a junky piece of trash.
I totally proved him wrong and gave the window a new life with a fresh coat of paint. Now, he is proudly hanging in our guest bedroom as happy as a lark.
You can’t tell in the pics, but it was more of a bright yellow and definitely needed painting. I thought about going with blue or white, but ultimately decided on the same soft green as the side tables (Paris Rain by Benjamin Moore). This box top painting method worked really well for our kitchen cabinets too!
(Insert joke about me never being shown doing actual work around our house) Ben is MUCH better at painting trim, but I suffered through two coats!
Two shark tooth picture hangers, two heavy wall anchors and an entire week that it took Ben to hang it later, we had a beautiful piece of wall art with character!
It looked a little bare, so I added a simple star ornament in the top right pane. I love all of the little imperfections, even the paint mishaps on the glass – ha!
While I was snapping pics in our guest bedroom, it felt really unbalanced with only one lamp. I have yet to find the perfect lamp for this space, so I grabbed a cute chevron box (for height), my favorite blue vase and walla! I love it!
Here’s a final shot of my creative, stubborn (no matter what my hubby thinks) powers in full force. One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure!
Who else is guilty of rummaging through your neighbor’s trash? Raise your hand if you’re a fellow trim-painting hata. Any other fake lamp creators out there?
We have four teeny-tiny closets in our 1,056 sqft house. Luckily, we only have one pack rat in the family (hint: it’s not me). When we were planning to move, I packed up several boxes of books that have been sitting on the floor of a closet.
Last weekend I got a wild hair. I decided to pull those boxes out and put all the books in stacks, forcing us to come up with a game plan.
Unfortunately, this only resulted in there being books on every flat surface of this room for the last week (a.k.a. driving this perfectionist insane!).
One of the biggest problems were all these photo albums, journals and binders. Most of them are too tall to fit in our bookshelf, so where could they go?
I took a little inspiration from my favorite childhood book and decided that all this room needed was a little organization.
I started off by clearing out the top of the closet in that room and making room for all of the too-tall photo albums. I desperately want to find a solution of what to do with all of our printed out pics that we don’t have a digital copy of. At least for now they’re somewhat organized and all in one place!
Next, I went through and pulled out any books that I knew we would never sell in a million years – you know, like Twilight and our Bibles:)
Then I placed the rest of the books in 4 boxes and set them out of the way on our guest bed. We know that a lot of these books are worth something – Ben scanned in one of his undergrad religious books and it was selling for $40! My goal is to eat this elephant one bite at a time and either sell or donate all of these.
The most important thing, was that my get ready room went from this…
to this – whew! Perhaps putting our lives in chaos while tackling this project wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had.
Speaking of ideas… next month is going to be referred to as No-Spend April here at Staging by M. Ben jokes that the problem areas of our budget are food and me. I’m doing this partly for our budget and partly because of the challenge. I’m hoping my competitive spirit beats out my love of shopping.
Anyone have any advice on the best online places to sell our old books? Should we invest in a good scanner or mail our pics off to be scanned? Who else besides my hubby has had to consider joining BA (Bookaholics Anonymous)?
Have you ever started a project that snowballed into 18 projects? Last weekend I lured Ben in with, “Let’s switch the bedrooms, it should only take 30 minutes.”
Check! After we cleared everything out, I mentioned that we still needed to paint 1 window and the shoe molding in the “new” guest bedroom.
Check! Then I realized that that room was the only one we hadn’t replaced the electrical outlets and face plates in.
Check! Oh, and even though I switched out our existing curtains, I did buy new curtain rods which needed to be hung along with the blinds in 1 window.
Check! Then I realized it was time to drag the second side table down from the attic and paint it since this room was big enough for both of them.
Check! Oops, there was no art in this room – time to throw something together.
Check! I already had these floating espresso frames, so I just cut some burlap and found a few colorful cards that Ben and I had given each other.
I borrowed the lamp bases from our master bedroom until I find the perfect ones to go with these shades. I added the bamboo placemats on top of the side tables to break it up a little and add some texture.
The bed, side tables and that corner lamp are all the furniture in this room right now and I am loving the great wide open (holla, Tom Petty) space!
Here’s another view. I’d like to hang that sunburst mirror above the bed and maybe put a chunky wood leaning mirror against that empty wall.
The newly painted crisp white shoe molding and outlets give this room a fresh look. I’m going to attempt to color match a sample to touch up about 100 nail holes. If I can’t, we’re going to have to paint it at some point. We’ve painted every other room in our house… twice, but this one hasn’t been touched.
Now for the middle
bedroom reveal… I still have yet to determine a purpose for this room. Ben has been dreaming about getting a comfortable leather reading chair and turning it into a library. If this room wasn’t so small, I would love to build built-in bookcases along that far wall.
I like these shear curtains in this room much better than the brown ones. They were too heavy for the darker paint color and made it feel like a dungeon.
For now, this is my giant closet/get-ready room and I’m loving it! I think overall that the furniture fits better in both rooms and I’m a happy stager:) Ben likes the changes, but I think mostly is glad that it’s all over.
What do you all think about the swap? Anyone else switch rooms or the purpose of a room (I keep hearing about people ditching their formal dining rooms for something they’ll actually use)? What never-ending project have you tackled?