70+ Lighting Inspirations!

 Whew!  These round-up posts take forrrreeeeevvvveeeeerrrrrr to put together!

*Imagine me saying that in the dark with a flashlight shining on my face and said in my best “Sandlot” voice*

If you haven’t seen the movie don’t even try to get that last part.

 

 

AnyWAY!  Here’s a round-up of all my favorite lighting inspirations and DIY tutorials!

We all know I’m a TOTAL sucker for good light fixtures, so there are quite a few!  ENJOY!!!

 

 

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Loving this light you can purchase from Serena & Lily.  And… It almost looks like something one could knock-off with an old fixture, some twine, and some pretty beads?

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The before and after on this chandelier from In My Own Style is pretty impressive! A tutorial on how to transform an outdated brass chandelier with paint and crystals!

 

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Anyone else crushing on this kitchen that Home Bunch was showing off? It’s from Restoration Hardware which totally explains why I like it!  And whadoyaknow? It’s on sale!  Only $1750.00 right now!  Yeah, I know… In.  My.  Dreams.  🙂

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I’m not immensely into shabby chic but I do like this lamp makeover by My Blessed Life.  A great way to inexpensively upgrade those totally dated lampshades!

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Brilliant update by Apartment Therapy.  I’m more keen on buying a drum lamp shade than making one, but more power to ya if that’s up your ally!!  Love the concept!

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Another great, cheap update by The DIY Village! Liking the 2-toned idea!!!

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Liking the pop of color here on this update on Ladies Home Journal!  Fun!

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My eyes lit up and I’m pretty sure I audibly gasped when I say this DIY tutorial by HommeMaker.   Love.

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Digging the pop of color in these light fixtures!  So easy to re-create with a couple outdated fixtures!

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This tutorial from Scout and Nimble has been circulating across blogland and Pinterest for a while, but I would be remiss in not including it!  It really is genius!

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Lipstick and Sawdust made these awesome lights by marrying the guts from some outdated fixtures and garden lanterns!  Smart!

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Sarah M. Dorsey Designs did this fantastic light… A great twist on the other drum shade lights!!

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Love this light from Not Just a Housewife! 

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Imperfectly Polished did this ingenious tutorial on How to Make a 3-Light Pendant from a Recessed Light.

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Love this driftwood lamp!  Couldn’t find the original source on this one but it looks like an easy enough DIY!

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Vintage Revivals did this fabulous tutorial on making a custom pendant light…  Totally digging it!!!

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Pudel Design did this fun twist off some of the drum shade lights previously added in this post.  Love the clear orbs!

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Simplicity in the South did an awesome knock-off of this Restoration Hardware light.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t include a tutorial on making a mercury glass lamp!  Check out this tutorial by Decorated Chaos! 

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The Concrete Cottage did a tutorial on this DIY French Script Lamp Shade.

 

 

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Unfortunately the link on this pin was bad and I can’t seem to find the post… But re-creating the lampshade concept with an old shade and strips of burlap seems easy enough!

 

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LOVE this combination of chinese lantern and pulley to hang it from the ceiling!

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This waterfall spiral mason jar chandelier is awesome, upscaled twist to the other mason jar lights!!!

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Wouldn’t this idea from dogpile be just stunning for a wedding cake table??!

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This light was made out of paint stir sticks!!! Awesome!!!

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Purely inspiration photo here… But again I just love the elegant pop of color here!!

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Love the POLKA DOTS of course… But the flowers add a whole lotta cuteness too! Awesome lamp by Pink and Polka Dots!

 

 

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No original source but I think the concept of threading ribbon in and out of a shade woud be easy enough!!

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There’s so much about this I love!  The painted floor… The mismatched chairs… And of course the happy colored lights!

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FUN light that is an impressive mix of art and function.  It’s just plain pretty!!!

 

 

 

 

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Wow.  Eye-catching, no?  Super easy to recreate too!

2 wall hooks, galvanized pipe, mirror garlands and christmas lights!  Lovely!

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A Little Glass Box wrote a letter to her son on a lampshade in his room.  Adorbs!!!

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What a CREATIVE twist on chinese lanterns!

 

 

 

 

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Style Me Pretty showcased this awesomely impressive chandelier!

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I think these wire lights are pretty crazy cool!

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So, I couldn’t exactly read the original source on this one… Cause it was in Spanish, and I only know a few words in spanish.  “Si” is “yes.”

“No Habla Espenol” is “I don’t speak spanish.”

And that’s right… I watched Sesame Street as a child.  So I can count to 6.

Boo-Yah!!!

 

 

 

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Not sure what intrigues me more… The awesome potential to recreate this light using unique materials! Wire trash can, perhaps?

Or perhaps the glass jar on the side table full of light bulbs? 😉

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This could totally be recreated with a plain glass shade. Simply spritz glass with vinegar water then spray with Krylon “Looking Glass” spray paint!

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Total sucker for Edison Bulbs!

Oh… And the light is pretty cool too!

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Again with Restoration Hardware and their awesome lights!  Adoring the pulley!

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Simple way to add polka dots in 5 minutes to an ordinary lampshade!

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Emily A. Clark did an AWESOME update on this brass habitat light fixture!  It’s gorgeous!

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Check out these fun lamps from All Things Thrifty!!  You really can make a lamp from anything!

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Buttons add some flair to these otherwise boring lampshades!

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Okay… I’ll admit it… Drooling of these light fixtures by Twenty Eight 0 Five!!!

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Love this tub lighting!  So awesome for a wedding!

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Love these insulator lights featured on Apartment Therapy!

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Love these headboard lights by Southern Fried Chicken.   How cute is this? They have their own individual switches!

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Digging the knotted rope cord by Design Sponge!

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Fan-TAS-tic before and after by The Painted Hive!!!   You know how I am about industrial!  Adore this light re-do! Brilliant!

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Love all the various sizes and shapes of bulbs!

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Love the vibrant color and sheen of this painted lampshade by Little Green Notebook!

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Anyone else digging these hanging basket pendants? Rawr!!

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Be-YOU-tiful fixture!!!

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Wouldn’t this be perfect in a little girl’s princess room???!

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Ha!!! Lights made from whisks from a commercial kitchen mixer. Featured on Brooklyn to West.

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Check out this lamp project by the Nester!

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Super easy DIY tutorial by Domestically Speaking!

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Similar idea… Different basket….

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Wouldn’t this be adorable on a lampshade in a little girl’s room??!

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I would love to try this with glitzy clear beads!!!

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Majorly drooling!

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Looks easy enough, right???!

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What a beauty!  Love this mercury glass light fixture!!!

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You can get these 10-light strands off of etsy, or if you’re brave, try DIY!!!

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Absolutely love this twist on a simple chinese lantern by Glue Arts!!!

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I know, I know… Again with the Restoration Hardware light fixtures!  I’m addicted to them, I know!  But I think you could take any number of outdated fixtures and with a little rope, get a similar look!

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Another lovely way to dress up a plain lampshade by Pretty Petals! 

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A tutorial on dying lampshades by Little Green Notebook!

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How hilariously creative is this??!  You’ll never ever guess what she used to do this!  Check out the tutorial on Matsutake!

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Wouldn’t this light fixture be so pretty in a hallway??

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Stunning pop of color!!!

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So fun and beach-y, isn’t it??!

Miss Mustard Seed wrote this tutorial for HGTV.com.

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Same concept as the previous one, only a different shaped lamp and thicker rope.

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Cardigan turned lampshade!

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Okay! Okay!!!   I promise!  This is the LAST Restoration Hardware fixture I’ll drool over.  In this post anyway!!!

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And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my own tutorial on transforming an outdated brass light fixture

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Painting Pillows??

I had someone ask about my striped pillows that you kinda saw in the background of this post.

 

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They’re actually painted!  Spray painted that is….

 

 

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First I cut the squares of fabric the size I needed to make the pillows…

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Then I taped off random stripes with painter’s tape…

 

 

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Then I spray painted them with this paint…

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Then I removed the tape and sewed them into pillows.  I used this tutorial by Chalkboard Blue.  Super simple!

Now that I have the stencil, I kinda wanna make chevron ones! 🙂

 

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Making Antique Looking Mirrors….

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Home Heart Craft did a great tutorial on this…  *cough cough*

Admittedly, I read through it quickly once and then just went at it.  Thankfully this is one of those reeeeeeeally easy projects that isn’t too complicated at all! 😉

 

You only need 4 items.

*Looking Glass Spray Paint – (I got mine at Hobby Lobby… I know it was hard to find there for a while, but if all else fails, look online!)

 

*Water

 

*Vinegar

 

*Glass – I used a picture frame and just took the glass out, did the project, then put it back in the frame.

 

 

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All I did was mix the vinegar and the water in a small spray bottle and spritzed the glass…

 

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As you can see in the top left corner, some of the water pooled up there making some super awesome antiquing action going on. Love when that happens.

Then I sprayed a thin coat of the looking glass paint and continued to alternate those 2 steps.  Sometimes I’d do a few coats of the paint for every spritz of water.

It actually takes quite a few coats of the paint.

 

When you put the glass back in the frame, you will want a darker colored backing behind it as some of that peeps through.

 

 

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I made a couple of the mirrors and put them on my “free shelves” that I built a few months ago.  In addition to all the pictures I put up there, I have a few quotes as well.  I happen to love this one! 🙂

 

 

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And I want to go back THERE sooooo badly!  🙂

Beach anyone??!

 

 

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How to make throw pillows from placemats!

Yes… These pillows are made from placemats.

 

 

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Awesome, no?  And they totally took me like 5 minutes each to do!

 

 

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I bought this and this placemat from Target…….  I also bought a table runner (The yellow one) from TJ Maxx and made pillows the same way as the placemats!

 

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They’re double thick with a front piece and a back piece, so it was SUUUUUPER simple to  just cut the end off, leaving me with an open “sack-like thing” for the lack of a better description.

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Then I pulled the stuffing out of another old pillow that I didn’t use any more and crammed it into the new pillow.

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I even managed to do it all with this young munchkin in the sling while I worked.

(Come on….. You had to know I’d get a picture of Emma in here somehow!!! 🙂  )

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Then it was just a matter of sewing up the end and throwing them on the couch!

How easy is that?!?!?!

I’m totally into pattern mixing right now so expect to see a few more pillows here in the near future!  In the meantime…. Adoring these!!! 🙂

Nursery Window Coverings

Mkay!

 

So kid’s curtains are fun!  You can do things to them that you can’t do in any other room!

 

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Say for instance….

 

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You want to use actual branches for the curtain rods?

You can do that in a nursery!

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Or say you want the branches to be white and glittery?

You can do that in a nursery!

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Or say you want various happy colored ribbon to attach the curtain to your branch/curtain rods?

You can do that in a nursery!!!

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Or say you want to use gray/white chevron for the curtain tie backs?

You can do that in a nursery!!!

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Because in a nursery…

You can pretty much do anything!!!

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Because it’s a nursery…

The sky is the limit!!! 🙂

Tutorials on Pom-Poms, Chinese Lanterns, and MORE!

Okay….. Now!  How did I do all these hanging goodies???

 

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Option 1: CHINESE LANTERN HAS A RUN IN WITH AN OBSCENE NUMBER OF COFFEE FILTERS

(AKA: My favorite)

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So this one was suuuuper easy and suuuuuuuuper time consuming.  But totally worth it and it will steal your heart!

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I got the original idea from this girl at Ada’s Interior Design!

Ahhh-mazing, no??!

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Anyway… I just grabbed 2 packages of coffee filters… (Dude, they’re like .89 a package! Isn’t this a cheap upgrade??!)

Take a filter, pinch the center with one hand, and pull up the coffee filter with the other.

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I simply started in one spot at the top and began working my way down.

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I used a low-heat glue gun because that’s what I had at the time.  Ada suggested using the low-heat as well because the big high heat gun can leave some definite marks on one’s skin if you know what I mean!  OUCH!

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Just put some glue on the tip of the coffee filter and shove onto the Chinese lantern, keeping them all pretty close so as to avoid bare patches.

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Be prepared.  It takes a while.

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A looooong while.  BUT it’s AWESOME when it’s done!!!!

Option 2: CHINESE LANTERN GOES OUT WITH SCALLOPED TISSUE PAPER

 

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Be forewarned…

Less than ideal, taken-late-at-night-when-lighting-was-bad pictures will follow on this next one….

 

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Observe my attractive pj-wear!   😉

Handsome Man’s STUD Scooby-Doo pajamas!  Jealous??!

(Scooby-Doo pajama’s suggested but are optional when making this lantern)

I had a few faded ugly brown lanterns so I decided they definitely needed an upgrade.  I chose bright, happy orange to cover it and it totally works!

 
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This one was super easy AND super quick.  I like those!

Again, low-heat glue gun…. Cut tissue paper into strips.  My strips were approximately 4 inches wide.  Cut scallops… (Or zig-zags… Or fringe…. Or whatever you prefer)

Starting at the bottom, hot glue round and round the Chinese lantern and push the top of the strip into the hot glue trail.

Like I said, suuuuper easy!

I think I got the idea from here?  It was on my Pinterest board anyway!

Option 3: TISSUE PAPER HAS A BAD HAIR DAY

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I didn’t really bother doing a tutorial on these guys because everyone and their dog has a tutorial on how to do them.

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I used THIS tutorial…. The only change I made was that I used like twice as many sheets of tissue paper as I did the first one and decided I wanted them fuller.  And you KNOW how I feel about fullness, right??! 🙂

Option 4: GLITTER UPCHUCKS ON STRAY CHINESE LANTERN

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Because I like glitter, at least one of these fellows had to be sparkly!

And no… I didn’t have a tutorial for this…

And no…. I’ve never seen anyone do it…

And no… I had NO clue what I was doing…

But really? When has that ever stopped us before?

Are you with me????

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So yeah… I just spray painted the ugly faded brown Chinese lantern with regular gray spray paint and threw iridescent glitter on it as I went along.  No science to it at all…  Just wing it! 😉

I think that pretty much covers all the DIY stuff I hung….  As previously mentioned I got the yellow Chinese lanterns and the pink POLKA DOT lanterns at Hobby Lobby.  I love them a lot.  😉

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DIY Free Shelving!

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Yes… I made all these shelves for free.  I just used oodles of my odds and ends scrap wood downstairs.  Now I realize that not everyone has a bunch of scrap wood in their basement….  But you could also do them for free if you used pallets… Or at the very least you could make these super inexpensively even if you went out and bought the wood from a home improvement store!   This is a CRAZY easy project that almost ANYONE could do! Seriously just try it!!!

 

 

I needed:

*Wood in varying lengths and widths

*Drill

*Drill bits

*Screws

 

Yes… You’ll need 4 items.  I told you it was easy!!!

 

You’ll need to overlook the quality of the photos… Try taking pictures AND drilling a hole at the same time.  It’s interesting to say the least!!! 😉

 

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I used all 1×4’s for the “bases” of the shelves, old lathe from when we ripped out the lathe and plaster walls for the “fronts” and then I used a variety of 1×4’s and 1×6’s for the “backs”.   I did this because I didn’t want to go out and buy more lumber so they were all the same I like the variety! 😉   I actually do like the variety and how they turned out though! Haha!

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I always drilled pilot holes before screwing the pieces together… It REALLY helps with preventing the wood from cracking or accidentally putting the screw in a bit crooked and so it pops out the side… I screwed the back to the bottom of the shelf first and then finished with the front piece.

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I used screws for more stability when attaching the bottom and back 1x’s but I just used finished nails on the frontside.

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You’ll notice I have quite the variety of woods and some of the lathe even has plaster on it yet…  That didn’t matter to me since I was planning on painting these fellows.  If you were wanting to stain them and go with the natural wood look, you’ll want to get more similar wood so that it all takes the stain the same! 🙂

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See what I mean?!?!?!  SIMPLE construction… SUPER easy to put together… And it’s a REALLY quick project!!!

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I simply gave them the usual 1 coat of primer and 2 topcoats of a water-based latex paint…  Don’t you LOVE the little bits of plaster still on the lathe?!?!?   I think it’s awesome!!!

 

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This is looking from the top of the stairs.

Most of the shelving went here on the stairway… This enormously tall wall totally needed SOMETHING but it couldn’t be anything too wide since it was on the stairway and we were only dealing with so much space.

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My sad empty wall from down the stairs…

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TAAA-DAAA!!!

Again… This is from the top of the stairs looking down.

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I love how the simple construction of the shelves really seems to show off what’s ON the shelves!

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Looking up from the stairs…

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Don’tcha just love ’em??!?!

*Happy Sigh*

I simply LOVE the idea of gallery shelves because I like to move things all. the. time. but with the lathe and plaster, don’t want to be filling nail holes all the time.  With the shelves, I can move the art and other items as much as my little heart pleases!

Can’t say it enough times… Just try it!!!  You’ll love these guys!!!

What’s the worst that could happen?!?!?  😉

Home Stories A2Z

15 Minute Art!

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So I did this last fall for the bathroom at Mom’s shop.  It really did literally take me 15 minutes. lol!

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It was a completely random combination of sponge painting… Spray Painting with a zebra print stencil… and even flecks of paint with an old toothbrush.

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The frame…. Who once was gold, got a coat of black spray paint.  I simply sprayed it on, then wiped it off with a rag.  Again…. No method to the madness!

So if I can do it? You can TOTALLY do it!

How fun to have original art in your home made by YOU!!!!

Try it!!!!   What’s the worst that can happen?!?!?!

Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench

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The DIY I’m going to concentrate on in this post is the numbered top on this awesome bench!

Why?

Even though I did build the bench myself out of pallets…

Even though I do love it a lot…

And even though I am proud of the end result…

 

The step-by-step process of building it is appalling.  LOL!

I don’t think I measured much of anything…

totally eyeballed as much as I could…

Few screws here…. Few screws there….  Eh!  Looks good!!!  🙂

Oh!  And I built this before I was blogging.  And didn’t take pictures!  That’s a good excuse!   Just forget I said anything!!!

 

can’t blog step-by-step DIY on building the pallet bench because I neglected to take pictures!!! Haha!!  That totally sounds better, right?!?!

 

Really though…. It was SUPER easy to build.  It took 2 pallets, some 1×4’s that I had on hand for the base underneath, and some random 2x’s I had in the basement for the top.  Suuuuuuper easy and FREE for me since I had everything on hand!  Yippee!

 

 

After I painted 1 coat primer, and 2 coats of a semi-gloss latex paint, it looked really pretty good!  But I had something even better in mind!

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I was inspired by this piece from Sisters of the Wild West.  And they were inspired by a Pottery Barn wall piece.  Dont’cha love how inspiration works?!?!?

 

Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench by DIYinRealLife.com I simply printed a document of the numbers 1-9 in like 5 different fonts in various sizes.  Typically one number per page.  This is simply going to be a matter of preference.  Then I spent the next couple hours watching “Psych” and cutting out numbers.  Yeah.  It was awesome.  😉

 

After they were all cut out, I randomly arranged and re-arranged the numbers in various directions all over the top till it was completely covered.  Absolutely no method to the madness, just in case you’re wondering!!! 😉

I taped them down and then put various weights around the edges of the numbers to get a crisper line.  I wasn’t too worried about getting a super crisp line since I would be distressing it a bit.   If you were really particular about it, you could do this in vinyl too I suppose?

 

 

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Next step: Have a Handsome Man spray paint the top for you.  I mean, you could do it yourself, but as for me…. I let him spray paint whenever possible!  It’s one of his secret talents! 😉

 

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Again…. I wasn’t too worried about getting a super crisp line since I would be distressing the top later.

 

 

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Hello happy numbers!  🙂

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This is right after the numbers were painted.

 It was at this point, Handsome Man calmly stated, “it looks like something from a horror movie.”

“It looks like WHAT?!?!?”  I said.

“You know… it looks like something from that movie…. Oh what’s it called?  It’s about a guy who deciphers codes and stuff?”

“A Beautiful Mind???”

“Yeah.  That’s it.”

Because “horror movie” is exactly the genre I put “A Beautiful Mind” in.

Granted I wasn’t a big fan of the whole story line…  Can’t say it was my best use of 2 hours.

Man deciphers codes for the government until the end when you find out he’s not deciphering anything for the government after all.  He’s just schizophrenic.

Anyway!  I decided that maybe if there wasn’t quite so much contrast between the gray numbers and the white top, it wouldn’t look so “HORROR MOVIE-ISH!”

So out came the glaze.  I just used whatever I had on hand.  It was a clear glaze that you use sponge painting walls, etc. mixed with some gray paint.

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Easy-peasy.

Brush it on. Wipe it off.

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LOVING the finished product and Handsome Man doesn’t even seem to mind the numbers now!!  (Not that he’ll admit, anyway! lol!)

Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench by DIYinRealLife.com

Need to get big baskets, etc. to style the bottom…  But I love the space down there!!

Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench by DIYinRealLife.com

*happy sigh*

Not bad for FREE, eh?!?!

Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench by DIYinRealLife.com

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How to Install Crown Molding…

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I guess maybe this isn’t as much an actual tutorial on HOW to do crown molding as a show-off of what ours looks like as well as a resource list with tutorials from people that were actually involved in the process! 😉  lol

Let’s face it.  I just cheered Handsome Man on.  You know how I lack thoroughness and exactness?

Yeah.  Crown molding needs both.  Like a LOT of both.  😉 Haha!

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

Step 1:   Last time I believe this process was started the same way… YouTube baby!  Handsome Man’s best friend when it comes to quickly learning something new! 🙂

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

Step 2:  Realize that the crown molding is quite a bit deeper than all the tutorials you could find and that you have to cut it from 2 angles because your miter saw isn’t big enough to cut it in one shot.  Call Handsome Man’s Dad and ask him if he’ll help get things started because he’s exceptionally good at things like… You know…  Angles. 😉

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

 Step 3: Put up several pieces of the crown molding using the beloved air nail gun.  Expect to have a few gaps in the corners.  It IS an old house after all… And let’s face it, I don’t think they even knew what a square corner was back then!  Simply remember that caulking is the best thing ever invented and it will work wonders! 🙂

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

Looking faaaaabulous, baby!!!

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

This was the only piece that we had to use glue on… We couldn’t use any nails on this piece because it was an end cap piece.  We just glued it, taped it up there, then took the tape off after it dried.

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

This was the glue we used… I don’t love it or anything…

We just happened to have it on hand.

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

DIY in Real Life.com: How to Install Crown Molding

Looks KILLER awesome, doesn’t it???!

 

 

If you missed it, don’t forget to check out our dining room reveal!  It has all the links to all the details in this awesome room! 🙂

 

 

RESOURCE LIST

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Young House Love actually just did a tutorial on crown molding recently on their blog….  They used an awesome new tool to find exact angles…. It looks totally SWEET!

Me?  I just get it close and use a ton of paintable caulking.  😉 lol!

 

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Q & A Day: Buying and Installing Crown Molding by The Remodeling Guy.

He doesn’t post often, but I totally love his blog!

A man?  Who blogs? And has awesome taste?  Ummm… Yeah, that’s pretty sweet!

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Another post by The Remodeling Guy….

Selecting Crown Molding – Sizes, Profiles, Options.

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 DIY Cheap Chunky Crown Molding by Bower Power

This is kinda brilliantly done.  Some types of these DIY faux chunky crown moldings are a bit… well… obviously faux.

This one?  Actually pretty awesome!

 

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A good tutorial by This Old House…  A good step-by-step how to.

Anyhoo… Those are my best links…  I say GO FOR IT!!

 Looks great…

Gives better resale value to your house…

Relatively inexpensive upgrade…

Crown molding is a pretty awesome addition to your home!

Check out the original Dining Room post….