Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday is the BEST!

Friday, Friday, Gettin Down on Friday..
Sorry, now you have that song stuck in your head.
Forgive me? can check out this link. Glee did it much better!

Anyway, I have a fabulous Friday treat for y'all!
My fab bloggy friend Heather is here for a visit.
She has done some beyond fab makeover on her home and I am thrilled to have her here, to offer you some inspiration!

 Hey all!  I'm Heather from The Black's Best. 

I'm so excited that Tausha asked me to do a guest post for her!  I drool over her blog and think she is brilliant for the ideas she comes up with on a very small budget.  My philosophy is the same.  I love projects, but unfortunately have a very limited budget.

I'm new to the blogging world and got started because I wanted to document some of the major changes our house went through when the main level and basement flooded.  The kitchen was the most DRAMA.tic.  It went from this:

To this:
You can see more of the makeover right here.
One of my most popular posts involved the replacement of this light.

It reminded me sooo much of the old lights that Godfather's Pizza used to have when I was a kid.  I know it is supposed to be a Tiffany style lamp from Home Depot but I.just.couldn' out of my head when I looked at it.

Luckily, I was walking through the DI one day (goodwill in Utah) and happened upon this beauty. I snatched this sucker up for all of 5 dollars! I drool over drum shades in magazines but CAN-NOT afford the big price tags!  I figured this might just work.

 I sanded down the metal pieces after my husband took everything apart for me, and then primed and painted them with ORB. Gotta love that stuff! 

Then I decided to recover the shade portion. I ripped off the old material. Then with the help of mom, I hot glued (yep, that's my guilty secret) the material onto the frame and used some dark brown grosgrain ribbon (hot glued on again) to hide my imperfections. 

Plus, I think the ribbon adds some linear detail.  I used the same fabric on my light box headboard.  Here it is all lit up:

  I had to get a picture without the light on. (Please ignore how off center the light is, I really need a narrower table. In the future...when money grows on trees!)

 And finally, I got a shot of how I folded my material and ribbon over and didn't have to sew a thing. This is great, since I don't sew. Someday soon I'll learn.

I think this goes with the overall feel of my kitchen and eating area so much better than the Pizza Hut light.  

The price breakdown:

Original light - $5
Material - Free (already had it)
Ribbon - $2
Hot glue - Free (already had it)

Pretty good for $7 don't ya think?

 This light turned out better than I thought and the positive response, along with my tendency toward decor addiction, have kept me looking for ideas to share with the blogging world.

Painting this cabinet is starting off my latest project, the master bathroom.  There is always something to get done around here!

Thanks for visiting a bit. :)

Now go have a great day!


  1. Thanks for the invite to guest post Tausha! Hope the vacation is going great!

  2. Just a new light fixture can really turn around the look and feel of a room. What an small thing to do and get such big results!

  3. Heather is super talented, and oh so nice! Fun to see this post :)




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