Finishing Touches

Today I want to share with you the finishing touches to our master bedroom update. The last little bit of things that helped bring the room to completion.  Oddly, all of them include paint! 🙂  

First up are the night-stands.  Our bedroom is a hodge-podge of free items, given to us by friends and family, and a few few purchased pieces.  Of course, aside from the king size bed – none of those pieces were actually purchased for this room :).  The night-stands are no exception.  I had considered replacing them, but the budget did not allow it at this time.  So I decided to do the next best thing – paint.  


The piece on the top left had seen better days, and much of the finish was coming off on top, so it got a good sanding.  The other piece just got a good cleaning, and then both pieces got a couple of coats of primer.  Then I used paint leftover from our kitchen cabinets.  I just love the color – and it was free.


What a difference huh??  If you are paralyzed to pull out the brush and paint something, please go read Ashley’s wise words about going for it!!


Next up was the “G” collage.  I started with several wood and some chipboard letters that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  A little paint, and another sheet of polka-dot scrapbook paper.  


Most of them just got a solid coat of paint.  The large “G” got treated with silver and gold stripes, and the other large “G” got the polka-dot treatment.  All the letters got a little rub-n-buff love around the edges of the letter.

Lastly was the artwork surrounding the bed.  I had seen lots of cute ideas around the web with sayings or song lyrics.  I had in my head at first to do something over the bed only, but when I put the headboard up I realized there wasn’t much room.  I also realized after painting the wall navy that there was quite a bit of space on the sides that I wanted to fill.  So, I brainstormed for a long time.  Trying to think of a low-cost option. Finally, I decided to try my hand at some ‘abstract’ artwork.  Yikes!!

This is what it looked like after the first round of painting.


Colorful and definitely abstract.  But, I knew I wanted to paint words over the ‘art’ and I thought this would be too busy.  So, now worries.  I took out some white paint and added a little bit of water to the paint to thin it out a little and then just brushed it on over this lightly, in one direction and then in the other.  This was the result.


Perfect!!  I could still see the pattern, but it was not as overwhelming.  Then, I drew pencil lines to indicate the boundaries of each line of print, and went to work with my gold paint.  Yes, this part was a little nerve wracking, but I just took a deep breath and went for it.  Knowing that if I hated it, I could always paint over it all and start again!! Lucky for me I loved it :).


If you not familiar with the saying – it’s lyrics from a song sung by Randy Travis.  One of our favorites.  I’m not gonna say that hubby might have teared up a little when he saw this.  🙂

Thanks for sharing in this makeover, it was challenging, but a blast all at the same time. It felt so good to just be doing something in this room that had been neglected for sooo long!! 

A little bonus for your listening pleasure :).

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Lamp Makeover

Well, high school graduation is over and we only have one more week of school before summer begins!!  I’m not totally sure I’m ready for kids full-time yet, but I am ready for some slower mornings, and less busy schedules.  How about you??  Are you ready??

Today I want to share with you how I made-over the lamps in our master bedroom update.  I have to say this was one of my favorite projects in the room, and the one that had me waffling up to the very last day – no joke.

I liked a lot of things about these lamps.  1.) I already owned them.  2.) Thin profile. and 3.) Tall enough to be useful.  

However, when I started making changes in the room I quickly realized that the coloring of the lamp and the shade were not going to work.  I shopped around A.LOT. for other options, lamps and shades alike.  And finally (like the day before the reveal) I decided to keep the lamp and modify it to better fit the room, and change up the shades.  So I pulled out some metallic brushed nickel spray paint that I had in my garage (purchased for another project I never finished), and gave the lamp base and finial a quick coat.  

Then, I used some jute (also on hand) and started wrapping the stem.  Using a dot of hot glue here and there to make sure the rope stayed put. When I finished wrapping, I wanted a little more detail, so I made a diagonal pass around from top to bottom, and then another diagonal pass around from bottom to top which created this cool X pattern.


Happy with that, I moved on to the shades. These shades met all my criteria:  height, skinny, color and price.  I found them at Hobby Lobby and of course they were 50% off!! So, $20 for two shades, not bad.


The only issue was, as you can see in the picture, they are meant to be pendant shades.  I thought at first I could just flip them over and sit them on the bulb.  But…when I tested that I realized there was a slight taper in the width of the shade from top to bottom, which made it very evident that the shade was upside-down…  This is what I had that needed to somehow be made to fit on a harp and finial fitting.


So, off to the garage I went for plan B.  I found some large washers that were a perfect fit.  


With just a dab of super glue around the edges I attached one washer to the top of the piece and one to the under-side.  And voila!!


I had a bonus surprise when I unwrapped the plastic from the shades!  They have just a hint of sparkle on them.  It was hard to photograph, but you can kind of see it here.


I literally stared at them for days, every time I walked into the room, because of the amazing difference!!  Love them so much and they are the perfect accessory in the room!!  

Here’s another look at the before and after just because I think they are so fun. 🙂


Sometimes I am way too hasty to just think I need new, when really the old just needs a little re-thinking. 🙂 Happy Monday friends!!

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