Monday, September 1, 2014

Two new lamps for the master bedroom

I'm sure that two new lamps is hardly an exciting post, but I have been searching for new lamps for the master bedroom for two years.  Sure, there are a ton of amazing lamps on the market, but I didn't want to spend $100+ dollars on table lamps.  Call me cheap, well my preference is for you to call me "frugal", but playing the waiting game does have its advantages.

My husband loves to shop at Stein Mart, as they have really good deals on clothing for men. I'm not a huge fan of the store.  The women's clothing is a bit more dressy than my personal, casual style.  So I usually wander around their small home goods section where I have found lamps that I liked, but there is usually only one lamp available.  This Labor Day weekend, I got lucky and found two lamps.  I have been looking for a light blue or turquoise base lamp to brighten up the master bedroom.  Initially, I was looking at Lamps Plus Color + Plus Lighting Collection; however, the lamp shape that I liked was $120 per lamp and this was more than I wanted to spend.

Light blue lamp from Stein Mart
Light blue lamp from Stein Mart

The light blue lamp was originally $68.00 and Stein Mart's price was $49.99.  I was happy to pay $50 per lamp, but when the spouse and I were checking out at the register, the clerk said $53.92.  We thought the clerk made an error, but she said the lamps were 50% off.  Whoo hoot!  I couldn't believe my luck.  Each lamp was $24.96.

Master bedroom
Master bedroom

As you can see in the above photo of the master bedroom, there is still a lot of work to be done.  The furniture is still ugly and I need to find artwork for the walls.  I'm not in any rush as I'm enjoying the hunt for what I want at a perfect price.

As for this former master bedroom lamp ....

Old lamp
Old bedroom lamp

I'm sure this old lamp will find a new house to brighten.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Remodeling the man cave (office), Part II

The remodeling project at the desert house is going quite slow.  Right now, the husband and I don't quite have the time to spend at the house, but we are managing to get small projects done.

For example, a few weekends ago we decided to get rid of the carpet in the office.  All I can say is - what a mess!  The backing of the old carpet disintegrated and I had to vacuum up all this gritty rubber off the floor. Then I had to go over the floor with a Swiffer wet mop about 10 times before I felt that the floor was clean enough to roll out the new carpet that we purchased.

Diamond Scroll Rug, Blue from Pier 1
Blue Diamond Scroll Rug | Pier 1
The area rug is from Pier 1 and it's called the Diamond Scroll Rug - Blue.  The size of the rug is 9 x 12 and we ordered the rug from Pier 1 and had it delivered to the store.  This rug is a really beautiful mix of light blue, dark blue, maroon, beige, and tan fibers.  It's quite lovely in person and we're happy with this purchase.

Prior to purchasing the rug, we had a company come in to remove the desk (see un-painted desk here) and stain the desk a dark espresso color.  The desk really came out nice and the darker color gives the office a more updated look.

Stained, re-purposed desk
Stained, re-purposed desk
The next project that we would like to tackle is the front door.  The door has gaps in the frame as well as a few cracks in the door which lets in bugs and dust.  We have selected a door, but we just need to find a contractor and the time to spend at the house while the old door is removed and the new door is installed.

Stay tune for the next project!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Re-purposing furniture

During the holiday break, my husband and I were able to spend two weeks at the desert house.  We heated the pool and took the dog for a swim (see post here) and we did some work on the house.

At the beginning of January 2013, my husband removed the desk and wall unit out of the office and he couldn't decide if he wanted to re-purpose the materials or purchase a new desk.   We looked and looked for a new desk that would fit the available space in the office and since we didn't find anything, my husband finally decided to re-build the desk that he removed.

Re-purposed desk frame in the garage

Top of desk added

Testing desk in office

There are two things that I'd like to say about this desk:

1.  It probably does't look very special so why couldn't we find a desk to purchase.  Well, the area where the desk can sit in the room is a long and narrow area and most desks have a deep depth and are shorter in length similar to the desk in the master bedroom.  On the right side of the room is a sleeper sofa, so if the desk is wide and short, then we can't pull the sofa bed out for guests.

2. Don't believe HGTV when they say that repurposing items is easy.  It's not.  It took a lot of work to pull apart the desk, measure and rebuild it.  Plus the desk still needs to be sanded and stained.  We will probably find a furniture re-finisher to do this work.  I do agree that it's great to recycle and reuse items, but just note that DIY is labor intensive.  Shows on HGTV will tell you the cost of the materials or money you saved re-using materials (cheap!), but they never tell you the cost of the labor (expensive!).