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Not only did we get some much-needed R&R and family time, but we also added an air compressor to our collection of DIY tools (big deal! We bought it to use with our new spray paint gun and I’ve been spraying basically everything in sight for the last 24 hours.

Well, mostly just the doors in the house, but the baseboards are whispering my name. I’m trying hard to rework and salvage as many things in this house as we can now that most of the demo is done. All-white at least sort of disappears into the ceilings.

It’s a great subtle, not too shiny, antique-y gold. I went to Home Depot and bought eight of these: …nearly $10 each. This means my cheapo lighting update (I already had the spray paint) cost me EIGHTY DOLLARS.

We’ve already replaced the other two lights in here (you can see one of the replacements reflected in the mirror up there), and this is supposed to be a BUDGET bathroom makeover, so we opted to work with what we have in this case.

Above the big old messed up builder grade mirror in our master bathroom hung this not so messed up chrome vanity light: I actually kind of like the shape of it…has some art deco-esque kind of waviness going on at the edges that sets it apart from most examples of builder grade vanity lights.

As I mentioned, there are two other light fixtures in the room (and 2 big windows).

I first got the idea to paint it and add Edison style bulbs nearly a year ago, and, at the time, I thought to myself, “I bet I’m not the first person to come up with this idea.” And, sure enough, I googled and found that the fabulous Shavonda from A Home Full of Color had already done this. So I didn’t get to be original, but I did get to proceed (uhh, eleven months later) secure in the knowledge that someone else had done this and had it turn out great. I was a little conflicted about this project because 1. they use up a ton of energy and aren’t the most environmentally friendly option in the world. As to objection #2, my rationalization is that we really don’t use this light much at all.

What’s that quote from about how long you can make it without a rationalization? Okay, so we took this down when we painted the wall, and I hauled it down the garage (because it won’t stop raining lately), scrubbed it down, and painted it with Rustoleum’s Champagne Mist.

I can’t remember where I first saw this color recommended, by the way, but I’m a big fan.

It feels good to save the cash and to be less wasteful. We sort of ran out of time when we were trying to figure out a new over-the-desk light fixture.

We went to Home Depot hoping they’d come through for me again in the lighting department.

I wanted something vintage feeling though, so I was pretty sure I’d be leaving empty-handed. All weekend long I’ve been wondering why on earth I took so long to buy one of these things!!

Hopefully I’ll have some photos to share of the painting process tomorrow.


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