Can We (Home)Talk?

Hometalk Creative Chalkboard CraftsHave you been Hometalking? If you are a DIY, home improvement, gardening or decorating enthusiast of any kind, Hometalk is an amazing resource hosting thousands of helpful members…regular folks like me and you…who ask, answer and share all sorts of useful home and gardening tidbits. Much like Pinterest (but strictly for home- no recipes or fashion allowed), you browse through postings-in every imaginable home decor category-and choose your favorites.

Hometalk But, not only do you add them to the clipboards you create, there is also a Q & A component where you can post a question for the thousands of Hometalkers to answer at any given moment, or you can add your own two cents worth to help a fellow Hometalker out with a DIY or decorating dilemma. Whenever I post on my blog about my latest DIY projects, I share them on my Hometalk boards where folks can take a look, make a comment or suggestion or clip to their own boards for inspiration. Recently, the good folks at Hometalk reached out to me because they loved my USA Chalkboard Map

USA Chalkboard Map

and asked if I would be willing to create an entire Chalkboard Inspired Craft ClipBoard. Well, heck, yeah! I was blown away by the level of creativity and inspired design as I was browsing through the hundreds of photos of DIY projects featuring chalkboard paint. With everything from sweet party banners to decorated dressers to kitchen doors turned grocery lists, it was so difficult to choose which ones to feature! So…without further ado…presenting my

Creative Chalkboard Crafts Board

HomeTalk Curated ChalkboardA few favs: This Faux Zinc Metal Cabinet from Pretty Handy Girl features some amazing chalk graphics!

Pretty Handy Girl Faux Zinc Metal DresserHave an old window kicking around but you really need a monthly calendar instead? Check out what the blogger from Serendipity Refined created!

Chalkboard wall Calendar from Serendipity RefinedWhat do you get when you have a junky sawhorse leg, some pipe and some chalkboard paint? Well, if you’re Donna from Funky Junk Interiors, you create this ridiculously awesome lamp with the chalkboard shade! (as if I need something to remind me to drink coffee…lol)


Funky Junk Interiors Sawhorse Lamp
Linda from It All Started With Paint was coveting an old door to create her chalkboard grocery list.  Not any more! She took a standard, builder-grade paneled door, added some foam core and trim and created a vintage look chalkboard door. Brilliant!

It All Started With Paint Chalkboard Door

To see more of my Creative Chalkboard Craft ideas, click on Bartlet in his wedding chalkboard attire! Bartlet with signWhile you’re there, try creating a Hometalk board from some of your own favorite photos and projects! Have a great Thursday everyone and just remember: when you need some advice about what color to paint your walls…ruby red is a lovely accent color…just click three times and say…Ruby Slippersthere’s no place like Home(talk). xoxo Susan

On the 12th day…

Bathroom Shower Head Rays…there was rain. Well, not so much rain as a functional shower!! So that we can finally take a shower in our home instead of packing up clothing and running down to mom’s or over to our daughter’s homes for some hot running water and a bar of soap. You never know how much you take something for granted until it’s not available…like a nice hot shower to get you moving in the morning or warm you up after another long day out on the ball fields in 30 degree weather (you do know that Coach is really…well…a coach, right?) The bathroom project is moving along and although the rest of it is still in construction state,

Bathroom Demo ToolsI feel like we are starting to see it finally taking shape. We have floors, and plaster walls, and get this: separate light and fan switches

Bathroom Light Switchall this new-fangled modern day stuff is amazing!! There is a big new window

Bathroom Windowand light, tons of light because we tore out the old very low ceiling and raised the new one to the rafters!

Bathroom Walls and Ceiling PlasteredThere is still tons to be done, but its getting there…and thankfully, I am not the one doing it! I love coming home at the end of each day and peeking in to see what construction miracle has happened. Well, that day wasn’t so much a miracle as a crime scene…

Bathroom Tub SurroundCannot wait to start adding all the bling : ) But for now, off to take a shower-door or no door!! Have a wet and wild Wednesday, everyone! Susan

Global Love

Sharing a little global LOVE this morning : )

Global LOVE Painted Globe by Country Design HomeAs those of you who follow my blog may know, we are deep into the planning stages of our daughter’s wedding that is happening this August. What you may not know is that now we have TWO weddings in the making, as our son proposed to his lovely fiancé over the weekend as well!!  For our daughter’s celebration (#1 on the calendar), we’ve started having  monthly “craft days” to start chipping away at all of the DIY designs and decorations we are hoping to have displayed at this very international wedding. But of course, before we could begin crafting this past Sunday, we popped some bubbly (and shared some fries : ) to celebrate both of our lovely brides-to-be!

Engagement Rings BFFs Fries with Ketchup #McDonaldsThe project of the day was painted globes featuring the cities and countries of some very special places around the world that are near and dear to our daughter’s and her fiancé’s hearts.

Global Craft DayCoach has been collecting globes for the past few months and we’ve been painting the bases and handles teal blue, one of the chosen colors in the wedding palette. So even though they are all a little different in shape and size, the base colors tie them all together.

Painted Globes CitiesThe process of painting the globes is fairly simple, but tedious. First, we chose these cutout letters

Michael's Crafts Sticky LettersI got from Michaels as the font pattern and traced them onto contact paper,

Global LOVE contact paperone city at a time. Then they were carefully cut out (this was, thankfully, not my job!) with little scissors and an exacto knife. We decided each globe would have a slightly different letter placement depending on the colors of the globe itself. You have to make sure that the unpainted lettered areas show through once you paint the globe, so you want to choose the darker areas of the globe, like the land masses vs. the oceans.

New Zealand Globe CloseupOnce the placement was determined, the letters were peeled off the contact paper backing and placed on the globe, rubbing the edges firmly to ensure proper adherence so the paint wouldn’t bleed under.  (I really couldn’t take an accurate photo of this, as the contact paper is clear…) I made a concoction of Americana Paints, clear wax and soft finish varnish because I wanted it to be opaque and dark enough to contrast with the lettered areas.

Americana Creme Wax and PaintOnce the letters were in place, we simply used small brushes and started adding light coats of the white paint/glaze, allowing to dry until we were happy with the depth of color and contrast. Once slightly dried, we peeled off the letters using a small Exacto knife and tweezers. Voilà! Aspen!

Peeling letters off painted globeThe very first craft day, we were able to create this one LOVE globe while sorting out all of the exact craft details.

Tall LOVE Globe Country Design HomeThis past Sunday, we busted out 8, even while shipping champagne and discussing all of the wedding(s) planning. We have more to do, but we are at a standstill because we didn’t run out of countries, we’ve run out of globes! So if anyone has a globe they are willing to donate to the cause, let me know! Have a world class Wednesday everyone! Susan

Bathroom Remodel Week One

Since the bathroom remodel is in week one and moving full steam ahead, I thought I would share a few photos along the way, kind of a NON-DIY diary. I am very, very grateful that this is NOT a DIY project by me, but instead is in the very capable hands of our contractor Matt from Couture Construction. I know that working in a 160-year-old house has its unique challenges and I think Matt has his hands full trying to make sense of the Jenga-style construction techniques

Jenga Game Amazon.com

 

that were used to build this bathroom back in the day.

Bathroom Demo Wall ExposedBetween the horsehair plaster and the patchwork of flooring (using whatever boards they happened to have handy) and an occasional mouse in the wall,

Bathroom Remodel Trapped Mouseevery day I see Matt digging in and pulling junk out until now there is less actual bathroom and more bags of demo trash sitting in the driveway next to the toilet and sink. So here is the before…please don’t judge me because of the seashell sink. It was a thing once…


Bathroom Remodel BeforeThis is day one: horsehair plaster & lathing exposed (wait, is there supposed to be daylight shining through along that eave?)

Bathroom Remodel Horsehair Plaster Wallsday two: the walls come down

Bathroom Remodel Day 2day three-whoops- almost fell in!

Bathroom Remodel Day Three FloorRemember the time when I tore up the hall carpet to remodel the hallway in time for Easter (in 2012?!?)? Well, thank goodness we never added the carpeting to the as of yet unfinished Hall of Shame, knowing that we would eventually be remodeling the bath at the top of the stairs. Because look at these stairs now!

Bathroom Remodel StairsThey were really bad to begin with after two years of white paint and no carpet, but now with muddy shoes and boots coming and going, they’re just plain gross. I cannot wait for this bathroom reno to be finished so I can finally carpet those stairs-perhaps in time for Easter 2014?? But from that point on, its shoes off when you hit the hallway! Have a great Thursday, everyone. Just remember to be grateful for the simple things we so often take for granted here in the US, like a functional toilet and a nice, hot shower…mine soon enough. Susan

 

 

Toilet in the Snow

Bathroom Toilet in the snow bankOr “toilettes dans la neige”. Sounds so much lovelier in French, oui? Last night I came home from work and discovered this toilet in the snow in front of the barn. Why, you ask? Well, before I left for work, demo commenced on our bathroom remodel (finally!!) on our upstairs bath. Now, this is not the master bath. This is THE bath. Back in the mid-1800’s, folks were fortunate to have indoor plumbing, never mind a special bath dedicated to the master(s) of the house. Since we purchased this home many, many years ago, this bathroom has undergone some minor transformations as I attempted to keep putting “lipstick on the pig” as they say. It has so many different color coats of paint on it, I think it is actually smaller in size (which, to me feels tiny, but am told by the contractor that it is a pretty standard 5 x 8 bath, just laid out improperly.) When we moved in, the bath had a gray tub (still does),

Gray Bathtub Beforeaqua tiles on the walls (those are long gone and replaced by the wainscoting installed by yours truly), a gray sink on rusted metal spindle legs and a beige toilet. Oh, and old speckled linoleum on the floor. GROSS.

Old Linoleum FlooringI have been talking about and thinking about and deciding what finishes I wanted for this bath for awhile now. Finally, Coach and I decided that it was time to take the plunge and gut the entire room and start over. You would think with a bath this small that it wouldn’t be difficult to decide on fixtures and finishes. But, since I wanted to design the bathroom in a country, vintage style, ala 1800’s farmhouse, it takes a little more searching to find the right stuff.  For that, I have been saving some favorite bathroom photos on my Pinterest Bathing Beauties board for inspiration. This is the mirror. Simple, beveled edges with the polished chrome brackets from Hooked on Houses. LOVE.

Bathroom Mirror via Hooked On Houses

Photo courtesy of Hooked On Houses

This country bath from Chip & Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper- well this is kind of exactly what I am looking for in our bath. Country charming. Loving the vessel sinks with the wall-mounted faucets and the painted dresser turned vanity.

Bathroom via HGTV Fixer Upper

Photo Courtesy of Joanna Gaines via Fixer Upper on HGTV

The walls will be 3/4 board and batten as in this pic courtesy of Infarranty Creative. Although it is quite fun, the painted areas in our bath will not be quite that bright shade of purple.

Board and Batten Walls

Photo Courtesy of Infarrantly Creative

The flooring? Marble of course. So many choices…

Marble Tile Sample BoardThe only thing in the room that I am hoping to save is this beautiful heating grate. Love the heart designs.

Bathroom GrateOther than that, we’re going with a new toilet, new door and window, and blingy chrome hardware. And the best part is, the only thing I will be doing is choosing a new shower curtain and some matching towels! No DIY for me this time! And the second best part, we will finally be able to finish the Hall of Shame that has been in limbo for the past two years since I ripped out the old red rug. My thinking has been that we wouldn’t put down a new rug until the bathroom was remodeled, so we’ve been living with ugly, slippery white painted, un-carpeted stairs since then. Which, as it turned out was a great plan, since there was a stream of blue Tidy-Bowl going down the stairs yesterday when they removed the old toilet, which is now laying in the snow. So now I am dreaming of the new bathroom and happy that these tools are not mine : )

Bathroom Remodel ToolsI hope that by the time the snow is gone and that toilet is actually hitting the driveway pavement, the bathroom remodel will be completed…I will keep you posted as things progress! TGIF everyone! No snow today! Susan 

 

Fountain App for Home & Garden Help

Fountain.com LogoThis past week, I decided to replace a light switch in my study that had burned out awhile ago. Having never done this before (and of course, being completely unconcerned about my personal well-being…) I decided to give it a try. What’s the worse that can happen, I thought?? So, with new switch in hand and the power turned off, I unscrewed the switch plate and discovered this…yikes. That’s what you get with an old house. Old scary wires.

Burned out light switchMy first thought was oh, crap, who can I call to ask what I should do with these frayed wires? Fortunately for us, we do have friends and family who can come to our rescue on short notice with questions like this. However, if you are not that lucky and need to make a switch change, what would you do? Well, there is a brand new app called Fountain that was unveiled last night at the 2015 Launch Festival in San Francisco that may just have your answer!

Fountain App Front PageThe brainchild of Aaron Patzer, the same innovator who created Mint.com, Fountain is a new app that is designed to give regular homeowners who are searching for answers some expert assistance in a moment’s notice.  You simply download the free app from the Apple store to your iPhone (Android is in the works : )

Fountain App English Ask

When you have a question, you call up the app and either type in or voice text your dilemma, whether it’s how to plant a garden or repairing a hole in your wall or replacing a burned out light switch. The home and garden categories cover a wide array of topics, including painting, plumbing, furnishings, space planning, real estate, with experts at the ready in their chosen field.

Fountain App Ask PageOnce you ask the question, the app first attempts to obtain as much info from you so it can accurately pinpoint the exact information requested. It then finds the proper expert(s) in the database to answer and immediately pushes a notification to them.

Fountain App Immediate HelpIn this instance, I typed in “replace a light switch”, but Fountain wants to know whether its for a home, a car or an appliance so it can direct me to the proper expert.

Fountain Ask WindowOnce the app is happy with the question, it will connect you with the chosen expert and the chat process begins. On this app, there is a “face-time” type component so that you are actually discussing your issue face to face with someone in the know while they talk you through your home improvement issue. You can even take them shopping with you…asking real time questions about the products or brands you need to purchase for your project while your in the store.

Fountain App Unbiased AdviceDuring the chat, the other option is to share and compare still photos while you are in the middle of the video discussion. So the pics are sent back and forth between the homeowner and the expert, which makes the process unlike any other “help” forum  presently available online.

Fountain App Show and TellOnce you have your answers for your project and your call is completed, you are left with a “recent history” where you can go back and review the information, with texts and photos provided. And so, with that, I am excited to announce that I am one of the Fountain “experts” in the DIY and Home Decor categories! We have been in beta testing for months, and it was so exciting to finally see the app launched in front of a national audience last night!

Fountain Twitter Launch Party

For more questions, you can tweet to @askFountain or download the app and give it a try…and perhaps I will be the lucky expert to help you out!! Have an “app”solutely fabulous Tuesday, everyone! Susan

ps: In case you were worried, I did indeed replace the light switch without any issues…for once : )

How To Lighten Up A Lamp

As I sit here at 4am contemplating yet another snowstorm on the way, I am feeling a little down in the dumps and very uninspired. With little sunlight and mountains of snow obscuring our lives and making it just plain difficult to get around town, it’s hard to imagine that spring is just a few short weeks away.

Snow Barn Country Design HomeWhat used to feel warm and cozy about this spare bedroom/office/study when I remodeled it a few (or maybe 10) years ago is now feeling dark and oppressive. With an antique oriental carpet in shades of reds and blues,

Oriental Rug in Studya deep red accent wall, heavy rose-patterned drapes with velvet trim

Study Wall and Drapesand a red quilted chenille bedspread with a fleecy fur moose throw,

Vintage Fleece BlanketI feel like this room cannot breathe (nor me in it!). Time for some freshening up, and since it’s 4am and some people are still sleeping, I am starting (quietly) with this lamp.

Black Lamp with Paisley Shade BeforeEvery morning for the past few years, I have entered this room and switched on this desk lamp, relying on its ability to deliver light, but never really looking at the lamp itself. Because it is all black, the exquisite detail just does not show through.

Black Lamp BeforeThe base has this raised ruffled border and medallions

Lamp Base Beforeand some beautiful bouquets with bows-how did I miss this?!

Lamp Before Bows and FlowersBecause it’s all black and has absolutely no contrast, that’s how. So what to do with the lamp to brighten it up in the wee hours of the morning? Lets start with some Americana Chalky Paint in Promise (a light pink) mixed with a touch of Relic (a deep gray)

Americana Chalky Paint Mixto create a soft lavender gray color. I dry-brushed it on,

Drybrushing Mixed Paintand as I did you can see how that the details began to pop, with all those hidden black flowers

Lamp Enhanced Floral Bowand ruffles now springing to life.

Dry Brushing Lamp BaseOnce I finished the painting, which dried almost instantly because I used so little, I added a coat of Americana Clear Creme Wax

Americana Decor Creme Wax Finishjust to protect the paint finish and add a slight glow when the light hits it. I have always loved this paisley shade, but the color combination with the black lamp bothered me, and the dark color dampened the lamp light.

Lamp Paisley ShadePlus. red and black just scream bordello to me.

Bordello Photo Courtesy of The Chic Site

Photo Courtesy of The Chic Site

I assumed that once I had painted the lamp, I would pop the paisley shade back on and be done with it. But, alas, the dark, squared-off shade does nothing to enhance the newly found beauty of the lamp with all of its florals and curves. So I swapped the shade out from another lamp and, although it is the right shape, its still not quite the right color. But now its only 5:16am

Boston Time Stampand HomeGoods won’t open just for me to find a new lampshade, so it will have to wait. (Wouldn’t it be awesome to have HomeGoods on demand, where you could call them up and tell  them you need something and they would open the store just for you!? Now that would make me HomeGoods Happy : ) But for now, I am very happy with my new (old) much brighter lamp that has the appearance of alabaster or marble

Lampshade Baseinstead of plain dark black resin.

Americana Chalk Painted Lamp AfterJust the thing to lighten up yet another dreary day. Time to tackle that red wall! I hope you have a sunny Sunday, everyone, wherever you are! Susan  

BHG Flea Market Decorating Book…A Review

Better Homes and Gardens Flea Market Decorating Book

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Everyone know Coach has books. Lots of books. Thousands of books.

Stacks of books in the barnAlthough typically he is more inclined to pick up historical books and vintage magazines rather than novels or DIY manuals, he recently came across this Flea Market Decorating Book at a…where else…flea market, so he grabbed it for me. This Flea Market Decorating…Creating Style with Vintage Finds book by Better Homes and Gardens (*BHG) was published in 2000, but is even more relevant today than it was than a decade ago. Today, flea marketing is big business, and dealers, decorators and homeowners alike know the thrill of the hunt and how to create home environs with one amazing found piece as the inspiration. This book contains page after page of glossy photos with inspired decorating ideas utilizing all styles of flea market finds. Some are maintained in their original form, some are altered in the necessary way to fit the intended space, like this hospital gurney turned bathroom vanity.

BHG Flea Market Decorating Hospital Gurney Bathroom Vanity

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

The book is separated into chapters: The hunt (what to look for when flea market shopping), defining a style (which style suits you?

Cottage Style

BHG Flea Market Decorating Antique Cupboard Cottage Style

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Retro Rustic

BHG Flea Market Decorating Retro Rustic Dining Set

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Modern Country

BHG Flea Market Modern Country Decorating Bedroom

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Salvage Chic

BHG Defining a Style Salvage Chic

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

or Fifties Plus

BHG Flea Market Decorating Mid-Century Modern Fifties Plus

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Once you find your treasure, you’ll find the chapters bringing it home (integrating your newly found pieces into your existing home decor, both inside…

BHG Flea Market Decorating Dresser in Kitchen

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

…and out

BHG Flea Market Decorating Outdoor Patio

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

&  can it be saved (with helpful DIY tips…everything from refinishing wood to rewiring old lamps)

BHG Flea Market Decorating Book Restoring Finish on Table

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

to be most invaluable. At the end there is a national listing of flea markets and look here..my two favorite Massachusetts markets! Brimfield Flea Market and our very own Todd Farm Flea Market (April can’t come fast enough, my friends!)

BHG Flea Market Decorating Book Todd Farm AdIf you are an avid flea marketer (like me and Coach) and love to decorate with vintage furnishings, this book could quickly become your flea market bible. So many inspired ideas and great design mixed in with helpful hints and information. If you are lucky enough, you can find it at your local flea market, or it is still available on Amazon.com. Now if you will excuse me, I have to go make a bowling pin trunk : )

BHG Bowling Pin Trunk Table

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Do you have a favorite room designs with flea market decor?? If so, please share it with me- just send a pic and I will post it here and on my social media pages : ) Have a great (& not too snowy) Sunday everyone!! Susan

 

Better Homes & Gardens’ 2015 Color Palette of the Year

BHG Color Palette of the Year ADVENTUREEver since I wrote the blog post about different paint companies introducing their “colors of the year” I have been asked again and again, “who decides that? and how do I get to be the person who chooses the color for the entire year? and why does it have to be just one color?”  Recently, I was approached by Meredith Corp, the parent company of *Better Homes and Gardens to request that I take a look at their trending “Better Homes and Gardens’ 2015 Color Palette of the Year”. Unlike other publications and paint companies, I was happy to see that BHG chose not just one color, but an entire color palette for your design inspiration. According to the press release, ” The collection of six colors highlights the most current trends in home and fashion, in hues that complement each other through multiple combinations.”  

BHG 2015 Color Palette of the Year BOLDThe pressing question for me is how was this particular palette chosen? “To design the palette, Better Homes and Gardens editors scouted trend forecasts, runway shows, trade show booths, and spoke with color experts at the Color Marketing Group’s International Summit. BHG editors then fine-tuned the tones to offer hues that are modern, lasting, and most importantly, livable.”  I believe the key word there is livable. I have seen many single “colors of the year” that I just could not imagine living with in my home. But this palette provides a much broader array of colors that could fit any style of decor, whether its country, mid-century or sleek and modern.

So, here are two room samples; the differences are striking, but the colors are exactly the same in each space. It’s the color placement choices that create the entirely different moods in the two rooms. You want deep and dreamy?

BHG Color Palette of the Year DEEP & DREAMYChoose the darker, richer color- in this case the Pratt & Lambert Stone’s Throw Gray- in the palette for the walls to envelop you and use the lighter colors for the furnishings and decor. Light and Lively is accomplished with the alternate approach:

BHG Color Palette of the Year LIGHT & LIVELYpainting the walls in the lightest color of the palette and accessorize with the darker hues for pops of color creates a fresh, cheery space.

So what are the six colors in this year’s Better Homes & Gardens’ palette?

Essential Teal by BehrOCEANIC BLUE: Deep and dreamy with a refreshing intensity.

Behr Essential Teal BHG Color Palette of the Year 2015 CodeStone’s Throw by Pratt & Lambert...SOPHISICATED GRAY: Dripping with drama. Rich, sexy and serene.

Pratt & Lambert Stones Throw BHG Color Palette of the Year CodedPanama Rose by PPG...FRESH BERRY: The perfect kick of color, bursting with life.

PPG Panama Rose 1181-7 BHG Color Palette of the Year 2015 CodeSalmon Rose by ValsparSHAPE-SHIFTING CORAL: Like a chameleon – sassy, yet soft.

Valspar Salmon Rose BHG Color Palette of the Year 2015 CodedNaive Peach by Sherwin-Williams...WARM BLUSH: Romantic in the home and flattering on every skin type.

Sherwin Williams Naive Peach BHG Color Palette of the Year 2015 CodedParadise by Sherwin-WilliamsRAINFOREST GREEN: A show-stopping jewel tone that looks and feels alive.

Sherwin Williams Paradise BHG Color Palette of the Year 2015 CodedWith a tropical flair and inspired by nature, these colors can be used in any combination or combined altogether to add a bright, cheerful, welcoming feeling to any room. According to designer Eddie Ross, Better Homes and Gardens’ East Coast Editor:  “We’ve created a foundation that not only works well together, but allows readers to isolate a single color or combination to create a sophisticated, yet livable room. Color can be very personal, and while certain colors may be trending, we want to make sure ours have staying power. The colors we’ve chosen are meant to give readers the building blocks for experimenting with no-fail creativity,” he adds. “Modern switches in color can completely change the look and feel of anything from a container garden to a table setting. Even the right shade of glassware can elevate the experience of something as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee.”

You can view additional rooms and styles with this year’s color palette online or in the March Color Issue of Better Homes and Gardens, available on newsstands today. Or by visiting their Instagram page where they have been sharing pics of inspired decor from bloggers using the hashtag #BHGColor.  So if I had to choose one of these colors for my color of the year, it would be Essential Teal by Behr-I do love my blues… How about you? Does this palette speak to you? Would you use any or all of it in your home? I am dreaming of color right now because all I am seeing around me is mountains of white snow!! Have a colorful Tuesday everyone! Susan

 

IKEA Sekond Bedspring Pendant Light

 

IKEA Sekond Bedspring Pendant Light by CDH

After I created my Times-Square featured Vintage Bedspring Marquee Light,

Black & Decker Times Square Billboard Times SquareCoach quickly found a second bedspring that he thought I could transform as well. But, one giant marquee sign is more than this girl needs, so I had him cut the springs off of the frame to save for other projects. Like this cute little votive candle holder I created over the holidays.

Rusty Bedspring Coil Votive Candle Holder Country Design HomeBeing trapped in the house this weekend while the snow mountains build, I figured I’d take another look at the bin of bedsprings and see what I could create. Here is my latest project, simple and fun with a cool, vintage look! So what do you have when you take an

IKEA Sekond Black & White Textile Light Cord Set

IKEA Bedspring Pendant Light Sekond Cord Kit

 

Plus SignAn Edison Bulb

IKEA Hack Vintage Light Fixture
Plus SignA vintage bedspring coil painted silver?

Ikea Sekond Bedspring LightYou get this!

IKEA Sekond Bedspring Pendant Light by CDHA vintage pendant light to hang anywhere in your home that could use a spot of light. (which, is pretty much everywhere in my house right now since there is absolutely NO sunlight…)

Very simple project, actually. You take the cord and unscrew the flange from the base.

IKEA Sekond Pendant Light attach to bedspringI used a silver-painted coil spring, but you could certainly use a rusted metal one, or paint one pink or blue or whatever color you wish.

Insert the socket of the light into the top of the spring. Fits perfectly! Then you take the flange and screw it in from the bottom of the spring and turn it clockwise until you have a snug fit with a coil.

IKEA Sekond Bedspring Pendant Light

Screw in the lightbulb. (Remember that old joke about how many bloggers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Yeah, me neither. But if you think of one, let me know)

IKEA Sekond Bedspring Pendant Light W Edison BulbHang the cord from the ceiling hooks provided in the cord kit or use your favorite wall bracket or lantern holder. Twist and knot the cord to keep it from slipping, then plug it in. Voila! A DIY vintage light fixture-no wiring needed!

IKEA Sekond Bedspring Pendant Light by CDH

Hope you’re having a great Sunday everyone. If you’re in  New England, stay safe. And if you’re in some warm, sunny place, then stay there. Seriously. Susan

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