Aaron and I spent most of our time in Indiana this weekend, but I did have time today to do some tweaking. Before I get into that, let me just quickly re-cap what I managed to crammed into this lovely Sunday:
1.) Fixed the dryer (and to think I almost resorted to calling the Sears Blue Crew)
2.) Did many, many loads of laundry with fixed dryer
3.) Cleaned the house
4.) Went bike shopping with Aaron (and he got one! – more on that later)
5.) Picked up fabric for my lampshade re-do (which is a later topic in this post)
6.) Found some awesome shades (finally) for $7.27 at Old Navy
7.) Purchased some more accessories for the bathroom re-do
8.) Picked up all doggie doo in the backyard
9.) Lots of outside doggie play time (and naturally, a doggie photo shoot)
10.) Went grocery shopping
Phew! I blame it on the weather.
Now, on to house stuff. There were two things in my house that have been bothering me.
1.) The white air vents in the black room. As big a fan I am of black and white, it’s hard to make the case for these distracting little things:
Fortunately, getting them to black was a quick easy fix. While I was switching out laundry and cleaning up, I would take a break to put another coat of satin black spray paint on them. Super easy! And cheap! Much better than buying new black ones.
You can barely see them!
Now for the next house tweak – this one has been bothering me ever since I painted my living room pure white. Here’s the photo – I wonder if you can guess what it is:
It’s that dang lampshade! (Well… and also the haphazard stack of books, but those are waiting for their homes inside future Billy’s) I purchased the piece during last year’s mid-century modern show in Sharonville. Certainly not a designer piece of furniture but it’s good and sturdy and it’s the perfect height for the Karlstad sofa. It’s the color of the lampshade that really bothers me – especially against the now-white walls. It looks dingy and dirty. I have been wanting to replace the shade with a new pure white shade, but it is nearly impossible to find a 17″ white drum shade with the correct hardware. Especially one that is within my budget. So… I did what any desperate home-improvement freak would do – I got creative. After seeing this tutorial on Young House Love, I went and got 1 yard of white upholstery fabric and my very own glue gun (a pink one, of course). Here’s a progress shot:
And the final shot (which was taken at night and is poorly lit, but you get the idea):
Update: I took a better photo – with natural light! What a concept!
Can you tell the difference? Maybe not! Lol! But I can. Not too bad for $5.26 fix. I can’t wait to do more shades!
And my parting shot, Aaron tinkering with his awesome new bike. He also did a little DIY – it was covered with brand stickers and with a little goo-gone he was left with a blacked out matte bike:
Have a great Sunday night everyone. I’m leaning back and finally watching Secretariat with Aaron and the dogs.