In my last post I talked about the positive things that have happened to me since starting my blog. What I don’t talk about much is the fact that since I started my blog my life as I used to know it has kinda been put on hold. My husband is one of the millions of people who lost their job when the economy started its downhill slide. It has been two and a half years since the day he came home with that news.
He works 40 plus hours a week seeking to find a new position, connects with others, and is constantly pursuing ways to get back into the workforce. It is exhausting at times for him, but we try to stay positive. Our lives have been in limbo and I haven’t been able to do things and decorate around the house like I used to – if it is not a necessity – it doesn’t need doing. This blog is my happy place. It gets my mind off of depressing things and into things I am passionate about. I have always been a budget decorator, but now I have been forced to really use my DIY decorating skills to save money. I find that I truly enjoy it and sharing it all with you.
Earlier in the spring I updated the guest room and redid a bathroom which I figured I would have to do if we need to relocate as I would have to update them anyway to sell the house. They were both super budget makeovers.
Once my hubs finds a new position I will either have a new house to decorate or I am going to go to town updating my current house in all the ways I have been dreaming about. At this point I look forward to either one. Whichever it is it will still be done on a budget – just a teeny bit bigger one.
Back in January I did another update that would need to be done if we sell the house and that was to rip the carpet off the foyer stairs and then stain them. It really updated the foyer. I love it, but then everything else in the foyer started to look old to me. I am sure this has happened to you – you redo something and it kinda snowballs into many more projects.
All the foyer really needed for me to be happy was a few detail tweaks that only amounted to a few dollars. I love the sideboard, purple hydrangeas, and the lamps that are the only furnishings in the space, but the black shades were looking too severe for me. I still like them – they are classic, but I will put them away for a while. I spray painted two other black shades that I had with white gloss spray paint.
A Quick and Easy Lamp Makeover:
Here are the lamps – Before
Here is one of the black replacement shades before I painted it.
I still wanted opaque shades as they provide more dramatic light at night as the light only shines up and down – not through the shade. I think this foyer looks best at night because of that lighting effect.
After spray painting the shades white – the candlestick shaft section on the lamp looked too yellowish orange. I needed to change it somehow but didn’t want to paint it. Scrapbook paper to the rescue. You can see the difference it makes in the photo below.
I just cut the paper to size to wrap around the candlestick section.
I spread some tacky glue on one inside edge of the paper.
and wrapped it around the base – the glued edge is overlapped on the paper so it will not damage the lamp if I decide to remove it some day.
The scrapbook paper is a soft taupe color that looks better with the white shades and the wall color.
The sideboard is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. The top drawer is hinged and is actually a pull out desk. Very cool. We use it all the time. The piece has a special meaning to us. It was a hand me down from my hub’s uncle, who lived in Park Slope in Brooklyn all his life. I smile just thinking about him.
It is in perfect shape and a piece I will never paint. I love the way it looks and plan to keep the top clutter free. Have you ever been to Trina’s blog – A Country Farmhouse? I love her classic uncluttered simplicity and am trying to focus on only adding things that I adore– everything else is going to end up at a yard sale.
Here is what the desk looks like.
I keep stamps and stationery in here. I also have a few letter writing books to use as inspiration to help me come up with the right words when none come to me.
This is the most formal space in my house – every other room is pretty casual. I made the mirror when we first moved in and it has been hanging here ever since. I needed something tall since the space is open to the 2nd floor.
It looks like one piece, but it is actually three separate pieces. I put mirrors in two window sashes and then placed one on top of the other. I painted the three pieces gold with a white wash over it. The decorative top is bisque – ceramic that needs painting. They were made to accent doors and art. There are hooks on the back. I bought it at Waccamaw Pottery when we were vacationing in South Carolina one summer back in the early 90’s. That was such a fun place – there used to be one in Burlington, NC – too, that I used to go to when I lived in North Carolina. Shopping there was like going to HomeGoods. Are they still around? – probably not.
When I was working on the lamps the phone rang and I went to answer it. When I got back a few minutes later this is what I found. My helper, Trax – he just had to check out this new empty surface. He made himself quite comfortable – gotta love him.