So , two lamps walk into a bar…

… yeah…

I have no idea where I was going with that.

I’ve always wanted to start a blog post like that, though, so I can check that item off my bucket list.

There is one thing I DO know.

And that is that you never say no to two brand-spankin’ new $12 lamps.

Especially awesome lamps from Target which include the shades.

$11.98, people!!!

$11.98.  Seriously.  I have no idea where I’ve gotten my shopping luck as of late, but I’m certainly thankful for it.

Anyways, I purchased two lamps with the idea that I’d use them on our red console table in the living room to replace the old Ikea lamps that we’ve had forever.  And while I liked them there…

In person they just weren’t right.

The size and shape were fantastic, but the color.  Meh.  Not Meh in the ugly, boring sense.  Meh in the They Just Dont Make Friends At The Party sense.  Or perhaps, it should be Meh in the They Made TOO Close a Friends At The Party sense.  …Or maybe it’s time that I stop speaking in metaphors and start MAKING sense, eh? 😉

Basically, the bronze tone was too matchy with the painting.  Bam.  Nailed it.

And I don’t do matchy.

Plus, the shades were cream, which looked matches-but-not-really with the white which I REALLY don’t do.

I mean, sure… I could’ve painted them and bought new shades, but in my opinion that totally defeats the purpose of buying two awesomely amazing $12 lamps.  FOR $12!   If they were ugly, okay… I could see it.  But they weren’t.  And that beauty deserved to be celebrated.  So, I set about finding homes for my new children elsewhere.

One ended up on my newly revamped mid-century nightstand in the guest room…

It totally pulls from the gold and bronze tones in the room and since there’s already a mixture of white and cream in the space, the shade totally works and helps pull things together.  The difference between my feeling about cream and white in the living room versus this space is all in how it’s used.  See, there’s no cream in the living room really, so the lamp shades appeared more random and odd-man-out-ish.  In this space, however, there are multiple hints of cream and white all over which makes the combination seem more intentional.  Thus, the shade works in here much better…

The other lamp is now holding down the fort in our bedroom’s “atrium” area…

I switched up the styling here a bit and added a fake succulent plant (also found at Target).

It’s so dark in this area that keeping real plants alive is practically a failed mission before it starts.  Not that I’m ever really good at keeping plants alive. The day that they develop a genetically modified plant that can water itself at the correct frequency is the day that… um… I’ll be really happy.  Not really sure where I was going with that either.  I really shouldn’t write blog posts when I’m sleep-deprived.  Or should I? Is this entertaining for y’all??   (…is anyone still there??)

Anyhoo, for any of you beautiful people who are still suffering though this madness, here’s that side of the room now…

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It’s looking way more put together with just the addition of some styling on the dresser.  Amazing how that happens, right??  We still have a long way to go in our bedroom, being that the opposite side still looks like a blank canvas..

There are many empty walls giving me the stink eye at this very moment.

But at least two more areas of our home are looking more spiffy and a smidge more finished with the addition of our new lamps.   So, anyways, our fence is now extended and stained, so hopefully I’ll have an update for y’all on that soon.  I hope everyone has a great rest of your week!  🙂

TDC Before and After
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Easy Gilded lamp – DIY Monthly Challenge

Howdy, folks!!  It’s time for another Monthly DIY Challenge!  The rules, you ask?  Easy… My bloggy friends and I are simply assigned a theme and must make something with it!

This month, our theme was paint!  And we were allowed to choose any kind of paint that floated our boats.

Now, I’ll admit…  My project is definitely not something new to my blog.  It’s actually one of my regular go-tos for changing up random items.  It’s quick, easy, cheap, and wholly effective, thus, it’s one of my very favorite DIYs.  You guessed it…. spray-paint!   I’m a true believer running with what works.  So, I do.  😉   And since my little blog-baby here is about our home and its progression, I wanted to choose something from the list of projects on my to-do list.   So, I chose a lamp makeover plus the transformation of the little nook that it resides in.   Basically, I’m talking spray paint + a nifty new shade + art.   It’s simple, but in my opinion, makes a world of difference in the space.  And I’m not gonna lie… I want to pet the pretty lamp every time I see it while whispering sweet nothings.   I really love how it turned out.

So, let’s start with a shot of Lucas being a ninja turtle while watching the Ninja Turtles…

While it’s pretty much the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, I’d like you to pry your eyes from the adorable Leonardo and relocate them to the decor.   This picture was taken in October of last year shortly after we moved in.   I’d actually forgotten how mis-matched it looked at first.  It makes me feel really good about myself now.  Heehee!  #bloggingmakesconfidence   This photo was taken months before we found our mid-century-dresser-turned-media-stand.  And the nook in question for the purpose of this post is that corner with the black chair.   It was clearly messy, and the orientation was wrong… it looked unquestionably better once I rotated the chair so that it was facing the sofa directly.   And that lamp…. I got it on clearance about 7 years ago at Walmart for $10.   It wasn’t a bad lamp.  It was sturdy, and it didn’t look cheap close-up, but it needed some love.  You can’t really tell in the shot above, but the shade was kind of dingy and had a dent on one side.

So, yeah… It’s fair to say that I’ve wanted to gussy up that area for some time.  Each night, my eyes would inevitably stray from Gossip Girl to the corner.  It was naked.  And not in a good way.  And I would brainstorm ways to dress it.  To make it feel more cozy and welcoming.  I experimented with some of the wall art I had on hand, but nothing looked right, so until recently, activity remained at a standstill.  That is, until we were given a super cool Fort Worth Stockyards print by Joey’s parents, which then inspired me to spring for a sweet new geometric lampshade (from Tar-jay)…

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So, here we were.  And it wasn’t too shabby.  It was just VERY grey/silver.  Now, don’t get me wrong… that’s not a bad thing.  It’s just that there wasn’t anything to tie this corner in with the rest of space in terms of finishes.   I mean, sure, I have stainless steel accents throughout the space, but I also have lots of gold.   For example, our swanky new pulls on our built-ins and wet-bar…

And I wanted that corner to join the cool-kids club to make the gold seem even more intentional.   So, I whipped out the gold spray paint…

Taped off my lamp…

Wiped it down with vinegar spray to remove any dust and dirt, and gave it several light, even coats of my pretty gilded spray paint.

Now, when it comes to spray-painting, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… apply light, even coats with dry time in between to prevent drips.   HOWEVER… READ THE CAN.   If the label says “Paint within one hour or after 48 hours” abide by this.  For the love of Pete, save your sanity and listen to the can.  If you spray within the non-recommended time-frame (Ie: between one and 48 hours), the paint will be too dry to accept wet paint, but not dry enough to properly adhere to your item.  Thus, the spray paint will crackle and wrinkle and develop an almighty attitude.  And you will ugly-cry.  And it will be sad.  Trust me.  I know this from experience.

So anyways, I painted per the instructions on the can, then allowed my lamp to cure up in the garage for a good 24 hours.    Once he was good and dry, I pulled him back inside, which left this….

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And just so you don’t have to scroll up, I give you “The Before”…

Although my little lamp makeover isn’t a huge change in itself, that small pop of gold really helps to tie the corner in with the rest of the space.  I think the change may be more noticeable in person.  If only I could take a picture by blinking.  Then you could see what I see.  Anyhoo, I REALLY want to change out that pillow for a more colorful kilim style pillow, but I haven’t found one that strikes my fancy quite yet.  And I have an idea for storage on the other side of the chair as well… again, it’s a matter of locating my item of choice.   I must say that having really specific decor pieces in my head can be such a pain sometimes… tracking them down is like hunting unicorns.  Ie:  Majestic creatures that *probably* don’t exist.  Not that I’d ever “hunt” a unicorn.  I’d find it, then ask it to be my friend and grant me wishes.  Because clearly unicorns speak English.  And also grant wishes.  I mean, CLEARLY.   Aaaaaaanyways, when my mythical decor items finally present themselves, I’ll let y’all know.

In the meantime, you can fully enjoy yourselves by checking out the fabulous projects created by my fellow bloggers for this #monthlyDIYchallenge….

TDC Before and After