Ironically, I like the "wrong side" above best! I like the way the pinks and purples look with the gray.
So I revamped the master bedroom light, the kitchen light and the kids' bedroom light. This one below was the one I've been waiting for yet most scared to touch. Mess with a vintage 1950s milk glass chandelier that is original to the house? I had to. I just hated the brass.
That whole thing about black being slimming and working wonders? It works when you are pregnant too. Not that a pregnant mama needs "slimming" or anything, I love me some huge baby belly and adore how I look when pregnant with the extra weight. However, there are times in the 3rd trimester, like when it is 109 degrees outside and you are finding it hard to get up off the floor after playing blocks with your 2.75 year old who has just casually informed you, "Mama, your arms are gettin' BIG!" that a black outfit really makes you feel, well, normal again.
With my hobgoblin seeing me painting lamps and doing all sorts of crafty house stuff, he has been bitten by the crafty bug himself!
Yesterday he designed shirts for he and his baby brother using onion and leaf stamps and acrylic paint. This was one of those projects under the "getting toddler ready for new baby" category and I think it was a hit:
Then he asked me to dye them blue. You know you are a crafty family when your not yet three year old requests dye colors for white clothes!
Onion prints are beautiful and fool proof, even with toddlers:
Later, we broke out the watercolors.
He titled it, "A Caterpillar with A Penis"
This one is simply "The Kitty"
And lastly, "Octopus". The thing I love about this one is that it actually has eight legs, with zero direction from me.
It is so much fun to see him develop through art and enjoy doing it as much as I do. After we cleaned up, he said, "I love you, mama. I had fun paintin' today." Music to my ears I tell you.
Yet another lamp that came with the house. This time it was a dirty, dirty, dirty bulb shaped fixture that doesn't come apart so there was no way to actually clean the darn thing well. Spray paint to the rescue again!
Yet another light fixture revamp, courtesy of spray paint. This lamp was in our kitchen and while my initial instinct was to replace it entirely, I wondered if it just might be cute in red.
Since a can of spray paint is a few dollars versus a new light fixture which is a few hundred dollars...spray paint wins again! (PS - ignore that wallpaper and curtain in the before pic...those are coming down, down, down!)
I love the red and white contrast. This will look great in the kitchen. The white cord you see at the top is actually another lamp drying.
We turned this vintage 1800s Bakewell stove into a serving bar! This stove has been in my husband's family since the 60s (found on the side of a road between LA and Vegas) but once upon a time (the 1800s) it was a functioning stove. I love to imagine what was cooked on it and by whom.
The "before" photo...I apologize for this one, I seem to have "lost" the official before photo, but you get the idea, it was dingy and black:
I've been rather silent on the blog lately, mainly because I spend every extra moment working on our house. It is truly a diamond in the rough and we will be doing much of the updating ourselves, which I'll share here over the coming months.
Our 1950s home came with a whole lot of great (but in need of updating) vintage fixtures and here is the first of many before and after projects:
Nothing wrong with this burlap hanging lamp in the master bedroom, it just looks dated and the burlap made it too dark.
I was thrilled to find that the burlap was actually a DIY cover that the previous owners glued on so it was easy to pull off! The original vintage shade is revealed underneath but it was dingy and badly stained.
Some glossy white spray paint and a yard of red polka dot fabric later, we have a bedroom lamp that will be adorable with the quilt I'm making shown in my last post. Ignore the dingy white walls - they aren't painted yet either!
So much to do, so much to do...