Thursday, March 24, 2011

Street Flasher turned Bedside Light

Ha! That title makes me laugh! I think I'll keep it! :)

We're in the process of redoing the boys room. It's not quite finished yet, but I'll share a really funky project I came up with today.

Seen one of these before??!! 
They're normally bolted to the top of a barricade. Flashing like crazy.
Not sure how my sis ended up with this, but I'm glad she did! 

I ran to the hardware store looking for something to help me rig this thing into a bedside light for the boys.
To my surprise they had exactly what I needed and it was only $5.
Back to the flasher....
These things are powered by battery normally.....
But I gutted it. 
all of it.....
and somehow managed to use a few of the existing parts and make it run with electricity!
Took a lot of brainstorming. Lots of screw drivers, scissors, tin snips and a few swear words..
But I finally got it put back together. 
Now it's a totally funky light that my boys are gonna love!!
Stinkin' cute, right??!! And I didn't even electrocute myself! :)
Stay tuned for the boys room redo. It's nearly done!
Hoping to get it finished in the next few days!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

New rug...

I ordered this rug  for our front room today. I've been looking since December for one that I loved so hopefully when it gets here I still love it. I tend to change my mind a lot!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Salon/Laundry room [aka "salaundry" as the kids like to call it.]
This room, like every other room in the house, was the yellowy band-aid color too.
So very bad. 

Don't look too closely at the wall above the window.
 It still needs paint and so does the wall where the washer and dryer are, but I can't move 'em by myself!

It's getting close! 
Still need to pick out some sort of counter tops or shelves and get the mirror hung up. 
It's heavy!
Color is Valspar 'Smoke Infusion' (same as the kitchen)

I'm loving how it's coming along. 
Pretty soon I can relax..until I find something else to paint! :)
But for now, I gotta go clean the house that fell apart while I painted this morning.
It's my turn to host bunko tomorrow and I haven't done a thing to prepare!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

a new kitchen light...

You've gotta check this out! CLICK HERE This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time! 
I had to make one for myself! It works perfectly in our 'new' kitchen. I love it and it was cheap and easy!!
You start with an Easter basket...
 Take the handle off.
 And cut a hole out to fit this CAN LIGHT-TO-PENDANT LIGHT CONVERSION KIT
You can get it at Lowe's for about $20
 A few coats of paint...
I chose oil rubbed bronze to match our faucet and drawer pulls in the rest of the kitchen.

 Put it all together. Now my boring empty kitchen window....
... is all fancied up!
 Here's a close up shot! It's too cool!!
Go check out CRAP I'VE MADE.
You'll love what you find! Such a fun blog!

kitchen before and after...

 Unless you've been to our house you can't truly know how ugly the current paint is. It's really bad! Just a gross yellowy band-aid color. It's bad! And it's throughout the entire house. Slowly, we're changing it. Slowly!

Before... (ignore the mess. I still had to be 'mom' during the painting process) Ugly, right!!??

 And yes, that's the screen door leaning up against the back door.  Apparently one of the kids didn't realize the screen was shut and went right through it. Just added to the chaos while I was trying to paint.

AFTER... Love the color but hate that giant light! The kids call it the 'bathtub light'.

 Maybe if I paint the trim white it won't stand out so bad.

We went through a million different colors. The one we finally chose was Valspar 'Smoke Infusion'. It's the perfect grey/blue/green. It looks good in every light and it opens the space so much and has a nice calming feel to it. We need calm around here!