Quick DIY Lamp Makeover

A recent thrift store score inspires a new addition to our family room. 

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Materials:

It goes without saying but I simply taped off the parts I didn’t want sprayed with paint using FrogTape.

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I gave the lamp a few light coats of spray paint (allowing dry time between each). 

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Then I removed the FrogTape while the last coat of paint was still wet.

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Finally, I topped it with a new lamp shade. 

A quick new lighting accent in our family room….

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Keep your eyes open at yard sales and flea markets this summer. Snag a lamp for cheap and give it a new look to freshen up your existing decor. 

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

DIY & Show Off: That DIY Party Decorating & Home Accents Highlights

Looking for some DIY decorating and home accent inspiration? I’ve gathered some favorites from January’s That DIY Party: 

That DIY Party highlights - January 2014

Cute curvy coat rack {repurposed table legs} from Denise on a Whim repurposed table legs coat rack - Denise on a Whim

Brrr! Baby it’s cold outside! Embracing it with a winter mantel at the Happy Housie…love the pine cone pom pom garland!

winter mantel @theHappyHousie

Loving gold? Me too! The gold leaf tray at Homey Oh My is a great way to display jewelry. 

gold leaf jewelry tray @HomeyOhMy

Kim’s beachy neutral Valentine’s mantel at Sand & Sisal is sweet for all year long. 

neutral beachy Valentine mantel @SandandSisal

When your bedroom makeover is on a tight budget, check out Corey’s great tutorial for making your own duvet cover at Tiny Side Kick

how to make a duvet cover @TinySideKick

 

Who wants these? Yep, me too! See the great DIY rustic floating shelves tutorial at Tiny Side Kick. 

floating shelves tutorial @TinySideKick

Lisa’s DIY Ikea wall light hack at Shine Your Light - not only just as beautiful as her inspiration but way more budget friendly too!

Ikea wall light hack @ShineYourLightBlog

Looking for some easy sweet DIY wall art? The DIY sweetheart hoop at Sugar Beans fits the bill. So cute!

Sweetheart Hoop Art @SugarBeans

for the little ones…

Oh.My.Goodness! Isn’t this the most darling thing ever? It’s a DIY retro play kitchen at Imperfectly Imaginable

DIY play kitchen @ImperfectlyImaginable

Need a place to hide away until spring arrives? I’d love to hole up in this DIY play tent at the DIY Mommy. Operation hibernation commence. 

DIY play tent tutorial @theDIYMommy

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

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Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

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Bathroom Makeover

The other day I shared the before and after bathroom transformation. I’ve gone from sitting and staring all day long at our recently finished open pantry (makeover here) to wanting to sleep in my new peaceful bathroom. Since the bathroom had was a nightmare before, ANYTHING would look good after. This is what we got with this old farmhouse…

Before – yikes! bathroom makeover before

And this is the potential I saw. I’m in love with the soft peaceful ‘after’ results! Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom Makeover Details at DIYShowOff

Paint: Those walls! Believe me, I did a good scrubbing but is there any better way to really clean up walls than applying a fresh coat of paint? Love this color! Valspar Pale Linen: Depending on light, sometimes it has a soothing blue tint, sometimes more of a gray/white tone but definitely a tranquil light blue color.

Vanity: The gorgeous Huntshire vanity with marble countertop and Talia faucet set from Virtu USA is the luxurious center of attention! Check out the beautiful detail and gorgeous espresso color.

Virtu USA Huntshire vanity

Metallics: Mixing the silver finishes like the brushed nickel faucets, polished nickel sconces, polished nickel vanity knobs, satin nickel curtain rod add just the right amount of bling!

Virtu USA Talia faucet - DIYShowOff bathroom makeover

The vanity comes with beautiful antique gold hardware which I’ll re-use on another piece of furniture since I swapped them out for these beautiful polished nickel knobs.

polished nickel knobs

Pottery Barn Bevel Mirror: Go big or go home! {Heavy! Molly bolts included.} The mirror’s beveled mirror frame is the perfect glamorous accessory reflecting light and the illusion of more space into this small bathroom. 

bevel mirror

Lighting: Drool-worthy. ::sigh:: Thanks to LampsPlus for the stunning lighting! {Hudson Valley Monroe polished nickel adjustable wall lights} These are just the icing on the cake, aren’t they? Definitely my most favorite fixture in my home!

Lamps Plus Monroe Adjustable Arm Sconce

Floor: I did this all by myself! Would you believe they’re vinyl tiles? Easy to install and grout (use grout for vinyl) gives it a look so similar to real marble but without the maintenance or cost and installed in just a few hours! Check back for the tutorial.

grouted vinyl floor tiles - diyshowoff bathroom makeover

 The tub and shower will get a makeover later this year. In the meantime, I “framed” the bathtub nook/shower curtain with curtains (difficult to photograph that side of the room!)…

bathroom curtains

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Storage to the left of the bathtub/shower:

bathroom storage

Built in storage cabinet to the right…

bathroom storage cupboard

 Floating shelves and baskets provide more storage options. 

DIYShowOff bathroom shelves

Because there is no such thing as too many photos:DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover LampsPlus Monroe Adjustable Wall Sconce

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I’ve received a lot of questions about some of the accessories and fixtures shown above. Here’s a source list. Click the images for to be redirected. 

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Still have a question? Let me know in the comment section and I’ll get right back to you. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Don’t forget to swing by to enter to win the Virtu USA Dream Bathroom giveaway to get started on creating your dream bathroom makeover. Easy to enter, lots of prizes! 

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I Spy A Winter Wonderland Lamp

 Winter Wonderland Lamp Makeover Story…

White Christmas decor

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, 
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

I know. It’s August. Why in the world am I thinking winter? Well, I love a good DIY challenge! And thinking about December in August is a challenge, isn’t it? Besides, when August temps are high, it’s the only time I’m wishing for snow.

and…

HomeTalk and Lamps Plus are hosting a Holiday Design Contest and I’m excited to be participating!  What is HomeTalk? A fun community based around all things “home” and Lamps Plus is an awesome source for lighting – what a great team!

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp Tutorial:

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp Makeover

Materials:

Winter Wonderland Lamp Tutorial

  • assorted small white accessories from around the house. Mine include Christmas bulbs, snowflake ornaments, a white owl, ceramic angel, seashells, small white feathers, stars, mask, organza butterfly, nesting dolls, poker chips, chess pieces, faux dahlia, pearls, etc. 
  • paper doilies
  • Martha Stewart Decoupage Multiple Surface Durable Matte Finish
  • craft chip brush

Lampshade Tutorial:

Working quickly and in small sections, apply decoupage to lamps shade with a soft bristle chip brush.

decoupaged lampshade tutorial

Apply decoupage to the back side of the paper doily. 

Martha Stewart Decoupage

Place paper doily onto the freshly brushed decoupage on the lampshade. 

decoupage doily lampshade

Apply a coat of decoupage to the paper doily and surrounding area. 

Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Doily Lampshade

Repeat steps above for all paper doilies, staggering the designs. 

Attach lampshade to lamp and give entire lampshade one to two top coats of decoupage, allowing 1-2 hours of dry time between each coat. Let dry. 

Ta-da:

paper doily decoupaged lamp shade

Filling the Lamp:

winter wonderland ornaments

Filling the lamp is super easy: Unscrew the wing nut on the bottom of the fillable lamp to separate the bottom piece. Carefully fill the lamp with baubles. In my case, it was my white “I spy” collection from around the house. At the bottom of my lamp, I added a little bit of old tissue paper to act as a cushion. When full, replace the the base and secure with the wing nut.

fillable lamp

Attach lamp shade.

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp

Hot cocoa, a warm throw, cozy fire, holiday music and dreaming of a white Christmas…

DIY Christmas Lamp

What I love about my “I spy winter wonderland lamp”:

  • I love that while my lamp definitely has a winter wonderland vibe, it’s a subtle enough style to display all year long since it doesn’t scream “HO-HO-HO! Merry Christmas!”
  • Great for a winter decorated side table or vignette to coordinate with any holiday theme or color scheme. White goes with everything!
  • Perfect for a guest room night stand…who needs to count sheep when you can hunt for treasures?
  • And a fun quick “I spy” game and conversation starter for guests in the living room.  
  • Easily refillable for a new look. 

Winter Wonderland Vignette

Thanks to HomeTalk and Lamps Plus for inviting me to participate in this fun Holiday Design Challenge! 

See more fun fillable lamp makeovers at HomeTalk by searching “LampsPlus”. 

*LampsPlus supplied the lamp for this project. All thoughts, opinions and project tutorial are 100% in my own words. 

DIY {half} globe light fixture cover

DIY Globe Light Fixture Cover

After I completed the wall mounted-pallet shelf, I updated some of the light fixtures including the one in the sitting room…

allen-roth-edison-orb

Allen + Roth Edison Oil Rubbed Bronze

However, the glass on this specific light is very thin and it cracked during the final stages of assembly, just by screwing in the light bulb. The crack was located in such a way that it wasn’t safe. I feared the entire glass piece was going to come crashing down.

cracked-glass

So, one rainy day, I gathered some supplies from around the house and created a new cover? fixture? globe? well, northern hemisphere at least.

DIY-globe-light-fixture-cover-tutorial

Here is what I did:

Materials: 

  • LOW WATTAGE light bulb
  • old globe (I have an addiction. I can’t pass up a globe at the thrift store, thus a collection on hand.)
  • craft paint (I had DecoArt’s Patio Paint/rich espresso on hand.) A high heat/temperature paint is a better, safer option.
  • double fold bias tape (Again…I had brown left over from a patio cushion project.)
  • hot glue
  • Sharpie
  • Edited to add: Flameproof coating

Tools:

  • Utility knife
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Craft paint brush

I started by disassembling the globe by gently pulling the frame from the north/south pole. My globe popped right out.

globe

I also chose a globe that wasn’t in the best shape, so the north and south hemispheres just pulled apart. (Cut seam along the equator with a utility knife if needed.)

split-globe

Next, using a Sharpie, I traced the fitting (or draw a circle the size of where the globe will be held into place on the light fixture).

globe-light-tutorial

I used a utility knife to remove some of the map/cardboard and discovered a metal circle underneath. I was able to remove it with pliers. Then cut away the rest of the cardboard/paper with a pair of scissors.

globe-light-cover

I painted the inside of my globe and let it dry (well, sort of. I may have been too eager to move on to the next step)…

paint-inside-globe

Then attached the bias tape around the perimeter with hot glue.

gluing-bias-tape

Since I was impatient with waiting for paint to dry and had a little “oopsy”…paint on the bias tape, I used a Sharpie to create a design to distract from the accidental smudge. Imperfection adds character.

globe-light-border

Ready to install.

globe-ceiling-light-cover

Heading to the basement: This is also the path to the basement and I can breathe a sigh of relief that the cracked glass isn’t going to hurt someone when it comes crashing down or that it’s no big deal if my 6’2″ husband carrying a ladder accidentally hits the globe. I kept worrying he’d ‘ding’ that thin glass on his way through…now, it’s okay.

sitting-room-ceiling

It fits with the style of our sitting room too…

sitting-room

Easy enough.  (Would also work as a lamp shade…decorative only.}

half-globe-light-cover

 Mystikit: Purchase the materials and tools needed to make this half globe light fixture cover.

sitting-room-diy

*more DIY projects in this space:

 *This light shade is mainly decorative. In our home, it is rarely turned on for more than a few minutes at a time. Please do your homework and consider safety in your own home before using a globe as a light fixture. 

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View Along the Way ~ Capiz Shell Chandelier Pendant Look for Less

DIY {do-it-yourself} is often the way we achieve a more expensive look or way to obtain a similar budget friendly version of a product we love. Kelly from View Along the Way has an amazing example. She loved this $549 capiz light fixture from Horchow {rightfully so!}…

horchow capiz shell light fixture

Kelly achieved a similar look for a much more budget-friendly price using…

1. capiz shell tea light pendant from TJ Maxx

capiz shell tea light pendant

2. IKEA Januari lamp

Januari IKEA lamp

3. two ceiling canopies

ceiling canopy

Here is her beautiful DIY version…

DIY capiz shell chandelier

See the tutorial from Kelly at View Along the Way {please remember to pin from the original tutorial too}.

How to Make a Capiz Shell Chandelier Pendant.

View Along the Way

Kelly! This is so creative, so pretty and so clever! Beautiful job! Thank you for sharing!

DIY Ceiling Mount Drum Shade Light Fixture Cover

In the apartment: Staying within a very tight budget inspires creativity. The main floor of the rental had a boring light fixture and we wanted to do something a little more fun. A thrift store drum shade was a great solution and worked with existing ceiling mounted light fixture base. {peek of the thrifty gallery wall}

DIY Drum Shade Ceiling Mount Light Fixture Tutorial

I originally purchased a steel nipple {are you giggling?! who decided that was a good name for hardware?} for a lamp kit, but it was too big in diameter to fit through the hole in the existing light fixture base. Lucky for us, True Value Hardware is within walking distance of the rental. So convenient. Great for finding last minute things and a huge selection of everything plumbing (and lamp kits too). I found that a ‘toilet’ plumbing piece {a rod threaded on both ends} was a perfect fit. We simply unscrewed the existing base, added a nut near the hole in the center of the existing base and screwed in the threaded rod and re-attached the base of the light fixture.

Next, Just center of the drum shade over the threaded rod and the finial holds it all into place.

threaded rod in DIY drum shade light

 But the ugliness is visible from underneath…

DIY drum shade light fixture

Solution: Measuring the diameter of the interior of the drum shade, I made a pattern/stencil from cardboard (tracing the interior of the shade).

cardboard template

We used the cardboard circle as a template for cutting plexiglass (2 circles). We found cutting plexiglass to be a challenge and cut a larger circle, wrapped the edges in FrogTape to help minimize cracking and chipping then used our Dremel Trio to cut the circle border on the FrogTape. Note: this project is NOT for perfectionists. Amateurs (like us) achieved a jagged circle but we’re okay with that. 

plexiglass with FrogTape

Remove FrogTape and transparent protective cover from plexiglass. We didn’t get a smooth cut, but it’s not extra noticeable when placed into the drum shade and hot glue and ribbon or beads can cover the jagged edge.

We also drilled a hole in the center of each piece of plexiglass for the threaded rod.

I ironed my doily and cut out the center circle…

ironing doily

and put the plexiglass into the drum shade {plexiglass, doily, plexiglass}, resting it on the lamp shade supports (drum shade will be installed ‘upside down’). Note: You may want to use a spray adhesive on one side of the doily to keep it from sliding as you’re layering plexiglass, doily, plexiglass. I also used hot glue to attach a string of beads to hide our jagged cuts.

plexiglass doily drum shade

So pretty DIY ceiling mount light {a little off center, hence the suggestion for spray adhesive as noted above}:

doily drum shade light

Then just put the drum shade into place, secured by the finial…

DIY drum shade light lit

We love how it turned out – but note: plexiglass is more expensive than we anticipated. So while it still worked out to be a less expensive option than a pretty drum shade ceiling fixture and prettier than a boob light, it wasn’t super cheap like I had planned. Approximate cost breakdown: plexiglass $25, drum shade $5, doily $10 + finial and threaded rod.

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We were chosen by True Value to be one of the members of the 2012 DIY Squad. I have been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY projects. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed are completely honest and my own. I have not been paid to publish positive comments and no one has twisted my arm to participate.  

This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience and project results may vary.

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Deco Art Projects at the DIY Club

Today I’m sharing two Deco Art projects at the DIY Club:

Patio Paints and Patio Paints Home & Garden Stencil…

Thrifty Candlestick Transformation

before

wooden candlesticks

after

colorful DIY candlesticks

and Decoupaged Chandelier

decoupaged candle chandelier

DIY Club

Reminder: LAST DAY!!!

I’ll be drawing the winner first thing tomorrow morning. There’s still time to enter to win!

Granite Gold cleaning kit & $50 Bed, Bath & Beyond gift card

granite gold products Bed Bath & Beyond gift card

DIY inspiration from the Project Parade

These links in the DIY Project Parade are inspiration to me personally this week. I’m so thankful to all of the talented blog friends who take the time to link up and show off…it’s just the motivation I need for a few things I have going on with helping my sister decorate her new home next month.

Carmel at Our Fifth House shared her DIY pegboard headboard and I’ve been looking for budget friendly DIY ideas to surprise my nephew. Isn’t this awesome? I love all of the DIY details in this room. And I need to make that bed frame too! Great job, Carmel!

DIY pegboard headboard

My teenage niece is going to want a glam bedroom and I see a pretty DIY chandelier makeover in my near future like this beautiful one shared by Ada’s Interior Design

DIY chandelier makeover

We’re going to need some fabric and Dear Emmeline has reminded me that repurposing vintage curtains {sheets too} is a beautiful, affordable option with yard sale season in full swing…

see the coffee table and end table tops:

coffee table makeover

My sister has an old dining room table and a thrift store eat-in kitchen table and we can’t wait to give them a ‘makeover’. The table makeover from Art is Beauty is bookmarked in our idea folder…

table and chairs makeover

As soon as my sister goes back to FL to pack up the last of her things, I’m sneaking over to redo her master bedroom. I’d love to surprise her with a beautiful romantic master bedroom. Have you seen the master bedroom reveal at Raising Up Rubies? Breathtaking!

master bedroom reveal

Have you seen the awesome links in the DIY Project Parade this week? Have you linked up your DIY? Time to ‘show off’! Let’s see what you’ve been up to:

DIY Project Parade

TGIF! Have a wonderful long holiday weekend!

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DIY Starfish Chandelier

When I first ‘e-met’ Debi from

Debi's Design Diary

and first saw her gorgeous starfish tutorial and adorable video,

starfish chandelier

I was hooked. I couldn’t resist checking out all of her cute videos and creative DIY ideas.

Today Debi shares a few tips for making this pretty blingy starfish chandelier. Here she is:

I wanted to create a light fixture that had all of the wow factor of a chandelier dripping with crystals but without the big price tag.
I used 36 white starfish and about 10 yards.
I have to say that every project I dream up has it’s challenges and this was no exception. 
Here are some important tips I discovered along the way:
Use a small dremel if you have one, it is much easier on the delicate sea stars and you will have more control when you get to the part where you need to drill the extra holes as the starfish are hanging on the chandelier.
Lay your starfish out in a mock set up to determine how many to use and how they will hang, I used a total of 36 starfish,( 12 strands of three). six of the stands had 3inch links of chain a at the top to attach to the metal ring and the other six 1.5 inch links. I did this to stagger the starfish so they would not bang into each other or overlap too much.
Keep in mind that the bottom starfish on the strand only needs one hole but the rest of them will need two or more.
E600 is the glue I used, although it  is messy and needs to be used in a well ventilated area it works well. You can find this glue at Walmart or Michaels.
of crystal chain and about 10 yards of rhinestone chain.
Ps. Materials (and this chandelier – just 1!) can be found in Debi’s Etsy Shop: Debi’s Design Diary.

Thanks, Debi! If you’re attempting this project {or even if you’re not}, check out her video tutorial for tips and to get a glimpse of the girl behind the blog. I love it!

See more inspiring ideas at Debi’s Design Diary.
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Let’s Talk about Chandeliers!

I’ve been really lucky with finding thrifty {used} light fixtures. Want to see? Ever wonder how a creative idea strikes? Read on, my DIY friend…

This week, I may have squeeled with excitement when I saw this at St. Vincent de Paul for $9.99 {except that I’m the quiet type and even if I did squeel, you wouldn’t have heard me…but I was THAT excited. I still am!}

thrift store chandelier

and I’m thinking it’ll go in the family room {which, as you know is a work in progress…so what it looks like now isn’t a reveal and those pretty doors aren’t finished either!}…

turquoise doors

Then Lindsay had the idea of making it into an accent table – isn’t that brilliant?! ::light bulb over my head:: Re-wire it to plug in, add a glass top and ta-da!  It’d be gorgeous all rigged up – no need for a table lamp if the table is a chandelier!  Hmmm…now that she’s planted that seed…I just don’t know! {You know I’m indecisive!} But when it’s sitting on the floor, it DOES look like a table!

But I do love to play around. Here’s just an old window on top and an idea of how it’d look. Pretty awesome, I’d say!

DIY upcycled side table

repurposed coffee table

This one was purchased for $20 from Habitat ReStore…

  thrift store chandelier

and I’m pretty sure it’s replacing the light fixture in the dining room…

  thrift store chandelier

Now the dilemma. I love that they’re both huge and will make a beautiful statement in each room. But did I choose the right rooms for each chandelier? I think either light would work in either room so I’m certain I’m going in the right direction. I think. lol! What do you think?

And I love each of them and their aged gold color but I’m so tempted to give them a “WOW” with a coat of spray paint. Check out this inspiration…

yellow chandelier

{Pretty Handy Girl}

green chandelier

{Addicted to Decorating}

purple chandelier

{houzz}

magenta chandelier

{Vickie Howell}

blue chandelier

{design sponge}

I’m no stranger to spray painting chandeliers:

My dressing room chandelier used to be brassy gold…

The room that Cassity (Remodelaholic) and I designed for Shaw/HGTV Home last summer and the painted chandelier:

Guest Room Chandelier

  1. Keep my current placement plan?
  2. Spray paint one or both or none?
  3. Chandy side table?

Ps. Mr. DIY pictures a big palm leaf ceiling fan in the family room so the light fixture there will be temporary until we decide to choose and invest in the perfect one. And he’s sort of liking our current dining room light fixture, but maybe he won’t notice the swap? Or he’ll fall in love them when they magically appear in place? Didn’t happen with this one in the powder room:

powder room before and after

{powder room}

He’s not a fan of the ‘snot monster’. But he tolerates it for me. Love him {and the tear drop light}. They’re both keepers! ;) 

After writing up this post and playing with the idea more, I’m thinking if I keep the current dining room light fixture {we’d love a pulley light there anyway}, use the lantern-chandelier in the family room and the caged chandelier as a coffee table/accent table … problem solved, right? What do you think? I am LOVING the chandelier coffee table idea! So, I’m going to work a little do-it-yourself magic, make it sturdy, add a top (I like the window) and change the electrical from hard-wire to plug-in. It’s just too perfectly my style not to go with that idea. Here are some more pictures of the repurposed chandelier table idea (I see a tutorial in my near future). DIY chandelier coffee table

repurposed chandelier coffee table

I’m so glad we had this chat. It’s been a huge help in curing my indecisiveness. ;)

old window, books and globes

But I might still change my mind.  {After all, I do have these for making a coffee table too.}

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DIY Master Bedroom Makeover

You all know Jaime from  that's my letter blog

right? Well, in case you missed it or just in case you don’t ‘know’ her yet, I’d like to introduce you to a super creative, talented DIY blogger. She claims “All DIY all the time” and she’s not kidding.

She always has some amazing do-it-yourself projects to share and most recently, a truly awesome master bedroom makeover full of DIY projects with detailed tutorials on how you can give your room or even other areas of your home a fresh new low-cost look. Here are just a few of the before/after photos.

master bedroom before

master bedroom after

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Pottery Barn inspired wooden ball chandelier

Meet: Jeanette from

Homa Style Blog

What can you do with 600 wooden balls, a tuna can, a vanity mirror and chandelier parts? Yes you’ve read those materials correctly! Unbelievable:

Jeanette made this Pottery Barn Wooden Ball Chandelier!

Pottery Barn Wooden Ball Chandelier

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DIY Bubble Ball Chandelier ~ Swing-n-Cocoa

Happy Wednesday, DIYers!  Meet:  Stephanie from

 Today she’s sharing her totally fun bubble ball chandelier tutorial!

Fancy DIY Lampshade

Hillary & Breann from Things We Fancy have been busy being crafty and are sharing an  amazingly cute DIY lampshade today! Here is an easy tutorial on how to dress up any ole’ boring lampshade Things We Fancy style! The best part is you only need 5 things to make your own!

DIY Show Off – Dining Room Transformation

Our Dining Room Makeover:

Our dining room (before) when we bought the house:

Then:

Before:

See that nasty carpet?

These ugly tiles were on the ceiling.

Then…Russ & stepdad, Butch put up smooth/pretty drywall ceiling! Love it!

Hardwood floors refinished. Here’s a peek of floor:

What we did:
  • Took down old ceiling tiles
  • Installed smooth drywall ceiling
  • Ripped out old filthy carpet
  • Sanded and poly’d hardwood floor
  • New light fixture
  • Painted
Christmas 2010:

Spring 2011…new distressed bamboo floor:

Decorated for fall…

Door before…

Door now…

When we bought the house…

After…

Christmas 2011:

 

Faux fireplace – pallet shelving:

Seasonal dining room mantel:

DIY vintage mantel

Spring:

farmhouse mantel - spring

summer mantel:

summer garden mantel

Christmas in the dining room 2012

Christmas dish display

along with a new area rug…

Christmas dining room

The sliding door gets a paint job:

painted door after

See all dining room related posts in the DIY Show Off home tour.
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DIY Holiday Highlights turned Blog Hop and Deck the Chandelier with Bows of Holly…uh other Christmas-y Thingies.

This is our dining room light fixture before just doing it’s job. 
B-o-r-i-n-g.
But four years ago when we bought our home with this horror:
This quick fix was a big improvement: (and it’s not a bad light fixture, just not my style.)
We have plans to replace it someday when we have $$$ to spend on a light fixture our of dreams…whatever that may be. Maybe something like one of these…
I like lantern-type lighting but Mr. DIY, not so much. :(  We have one of these ($20 from Habitat Restore that I’m trying to convince him would look gorgeous (for the past year…)
But until then, I have to live with it and make it work. Here is how I disguised it for Christmas. You could switch it up depending on what you have on hand or with other thrifty baubles and treasures. 
Add a grapevine wreath to to the underside. Securing with ribbon to the ‘things’ (arms?) that hold the upside-down shade (I’m really struggling for words tonight as I type this…don’t laugh. I hope you know what I mean).
Look! A giant bird’s nest hanging from the ceiling!
with newly hatched baby light bulbs…
I use these candelabras to decorate the top and add candles. 
(found at an antique/junk store ~ I  love Cappy’s!)
Add ornaments, hang ornaments from ribbon, add reindeer or Santa or elves or angels or Christmas trees, wreaths, festive candle rings, candles in different sizes…get creative. 
Oh – In the fall, I add autumn leaves garland…
Ta-da! 
I know – there’s not much to think about, but I decided to post anyway in the event you have a light fixture that embarrasses you – I just wanted to show you…disguising it takes it from boring to wow!
DIY Show Off shout out to my daughter, Bri. Take a look at her beautiful tree!

“…and a peacock in a pine tree!!!!
~*~**~*~

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  • DIY at Dream Book Design

    It’s not a secret to Adrianne that I love her blog but in case you didn’t know, I’d like to introduce you to 

    Dream Book Design
    Take a look at her latest projects.  Dreamy!
    So pretty!  Makes me want to give up our sleigh bed and start from scratch!
    Love these DIY knotted pillows.  Great no sew project!
    And my favorite:
    How To Make a DIY Tripod Lamp ~ isn’t this gorgeous? 
    Thanks so much for sharing your DIY creativity, Adrianne (and Jeremy)!  Beautiful work!

    "Just Lovely" DIY

    Meet:  Chantel of

    Just Lovely
    Chantel just revealed her romantic bedroom reveal and the details are so dreamy! Amazing DIY, Chantel!

    Before…
    Love this color – beautiful after:
    Tray to Jewelry Hanger Beauty and “how to”…
    Prettiest lamp and a ruffle lampshade tutorial.
    You’ll want to visit Chantel and see more of her lovely creativity and beautiful photography at 

    INCLUDING HER DREAMY-ROMANTIC BEDROOM REVEAL!

    Enjoying the Simple Things – A DIY Paint Stick Pendant Light

    Meet:  Laura from

    Enjoying the simple things

    Laura has a lot of interests but not a lot of time. She’s mom to 5 kids!  However she squeezes in a little time for DIY and flea markets.  Check out this awesome project!

    What you’ll need:

    Lamp shade from the thrift store.

    Paint stir sticks (purchase or ask at a local hardware store).

    Go here for the HOW TO.

    Beautiful result:

    Rustic charm after little wood stain…

    Gorgeous!  See more DIY from Laura at

    Enjoying the simple things

    Thanks for sharing your creativity, Laura! I love it!

    DIY Light Fixture $30

    Once upon a time, a DIY girl named Julia from fell in love with this light fixture…

    but unfortunately, the price was $2140!  Julia was sad. Things like this happen. Drool.  Shock.  Pout.

    Then the DIY bug bites.  Julia and Chris were determined to create the same look for their dining room light fixture. Their decorating dream became a DIY true story when they made their own version for $30! Hurray! ::clap::clap::clap::

      
    Julia & Chris & the awesome new DIY light fixture live happily ever after. 
    If I didn’t tell you it was DIY, you’d swear they were the same, right?
    See the full DIY story and tutorial at 
    Chris Loves Julia

    I love happy endings. :)