Category Archives: Repurposing

cover a recessed light with a decorative bowl

Before I officially start this post, let me introduce you to the newest member of our family…

jake

Doggie-X.  We are still working on the name, but think Jake might be it!  So far he’s been “Mouse,” “Jack” “Ninja Turtle” and now “Jake.”

I adopted this beautiful boy on Friday while my daughter was at school!  He is a two year old hound [if anyone out there knows exactly what kind of breed he is I'm all ears!] that was at a local animal shelter.  I have never seen a more mellow, sweetheart of a dog in all my life.  We are already in love with him and he has filled a huge empty space in our house and hearts that our previous dog once filled.  Our house feels complete once again.

Anyway, thanks for letting me get a bit side tracked.  Now onto today’s crazy idea…

covering a recessed light fixture with a decorative bowl

Even though I like recessed lighting, sometimes I feel the urge to rip a few out around the house and install a nice pendant or flush mount light fixture just for something unique.  We have the energy-efficient bulbs in every recessed can and the light it emits is just so darn harsh [and just a tad unflattering].  Since I don’t want to chance burning down our house, I decided to take the easier route and decided to “cover up” one light.

cover up any recessed light with a decorative bowl

This is our entry from the garage and I thought it was the perfect spot to add a little more personality.  [yep, even more personality than the BRIGHT yellow door!]

cover any recessed light with a decorative bowl

I purchased this metal ring bowl at a decor shop the other day and had NO clue what to do with it when I got home.  As usual, I walked around the house with this thing for a good 30 minutes trying to find a good spot.  The light bulb went off [ha ha] when I walked towards the garage.

cover up a recessed light fixture with a decorative bowl

You can see how I attached it to the ceiling if you look close enough.  I simply hung this guy from the ceiling using cup hooks.  I used about 6 so it was level and secure.  For now the gold colored hooks doesn’t bother me, but I can always break out my paint pens and color them to match if I get the urge.

cover up a recessed light with a decorative metal bowl

 

covering up a recessed light with a decorative bowl

cover up a recessed light with a decorative bowl

cover a recessed light up with a decorative bowl

I was kind of hoping it would cast some funky shadows onto the wall and floor, but not the case.  No worries.  I love the look anyway.

covering a recessed light fixture with a decorative bowl

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turn any picture into a mirror

diy-change any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

If you’re anything like me [stockpiler-of-just-about-anything-decor-related] then you have a small stash of picture frames around your abode collecting dust.  Some of mine are a bit outdated, but for whatever reason I hung onto them.  I came across this picture frame in my son’s closet recently and I know why I never got rid of the frame…

diy turn any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

It seems like yesterday my husband was holding him in one hand.  sniff. sniff. sniff.

Before you start thinking I’m awful for even thinking about changing this, just know that I have plans to display these sweet pictures in a unique way [stay tuned].   Before I toss anything out I try to either re purpose it, or paint it, or give it a whole new look.  I decided to turn this frame into a mirror for my daughter’s room instead.  As you may know by now, I’m all about quick+easy DIY’s and this one is no different.

diy turn a picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

I’m sure you all have heard of Looking Glass spray paint by now and I think it’s still pretty amazing what it can do.  [click here to see my spaghetti jar makeover]

diy turn a picture frame into mirror using looking glass spray paint

To start I popped out the glass from the frame and gave it a good wash with a 50/50 mixture of water+vinegar

diy_change any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

Once dry I gave each piece of glass a couple coats of Looking Glass paint and here’s proof that this stuff can turn glass into a mirrored surface…

diy_change a picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

After one hour I put the mirrors back into the frame and hung up our new mirror in my daughter’s room

diy change any picture into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

I added a couple paper butterflies and “K” for her name to personalize it a bit. She’s 6 going on 16 and loves to put on play make-up so her desk now doubles as a vanity.  This mirror is just enough to allow her to play dress up.

change any old picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

There you have it!  A short post today for a short and fun DIY!

diy-change any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

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Family Room Tweaking+Unusual Coffee Table

A big HELLO+THANK YOU to those of you new followers!  Hang on to your hats…it tends to get weird around here.  :-)

Today I’m sharing our family room again.  Here are a few BEFORE pictures and the way it looked like for about a year.

all_done_room

 

fam_room3

fam_room

The furniture was placed in a pretty traditional layout and everything was pushed up against the walls.  I really wanted to push myself out of the typical-furniture-placement-comfort-zone plus I could not stand the “chocolate candy bar looking coffee table” any longer.  It’s all your eye was drawn to and it sucked the life out of this room.  I even tried wrapping it in fabric to lighten it up a bit. So the coffee table you see in the above picture is now upstairs and serving as a little couch for my kiddos [I'll post on that a bit later].

So after 5 HOURS of re arranging furniture [I wish I was joking...there is not one square room in this house which makes furniture placement a pain in the a@#] this is the new layout of the room…

using kids train table as a coffee table

I’m sure you guys reading who have kids can immediately tell what is now serving as our coffee table!  Yes, it’s my son’s train table!  After re arranging their playroom I was left with this monster of a toy and had no clue where to put it.  I thought about ripping my boy’s bedroom closet doors off and shoving this table in his closet.  BUT…knowing my husband would NOT be a happy camper about that, I decided to take the less-heart-anxiety approach and re purpose it.

a kids train table becomes a coffee table

I actually LOVE it and it has a Scandinavian appeal to it.  Isn’t that the trend for 2014 anyway?  Win. Win.  I also like how it brightens the room up.  So without spending a dime, the room went from a pretty traditional one to a modern fresh one.

 

using a kids train table as coffee table

To camouflage the table a bit and fool any guests that we are using my son’s toy as our coffee table I draped a faux sheepskin rug over it.  It looks funky and I love it.

using a childs train table as a coffee table

kids train table becomes a coffee table

re purposing a kids train table as a coffee table

When little man wants to break out his engineering skills, all we do is throw the rug on the floor and he starts building!

a childs train table becomes a coffee table

childs train table becomes a coffee table

kids train table re purposed as a coffee table

I’m going to call this room “done” for now.  I do have to paint it and perhaps add wood planking to one wall, but that won’t happen until I convince the hub it will look awesome!

a kids train table becomes a coffee table

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