Light Delights

This lamp had everything. Scary owls. Creepy eyeballs that looked in opposite directions. Vivid poo color. Turtles. Empty hole to remind you about your fruitless hopes and dreams. I mean seriously, how cool can one lamp not get?

But Lesley saw potential.

owl lamp makeover - before

owl lamp makeover - after

How about that? Paint, a nice shade, greenery and it’s a winner! White paint, you’ve done it again. Now the eyeballs are unnoticeable and the turtles are actually a cute detail. Speaking of details, I especially like the little crystal finial up top. Nice job Lesley!

See more at Chaotically Creative.


But what if you want to get in on the lamp-makeover-ing-fun, but you don’t have a crazy old lamp to makeover? Pshh, that’s fine! Just grab whatever is lying around and we’ll make it work.  Small child? Maybe not. Broken thermos? Great.

Thermos Lamp Before


Thermos Lamp

It’s like it wanted to be a lamp all along! Get the how-to from Pam at House of Hawthornes.


Ok, but what if you have a lamp, you just need a shade? A crazy, one-of-a-kind DIY shade?

Relax hunbuns, I’ve got you covered there too.  Courtney disassembled this clearance shade, wrapped the innards in garden mesh wire, then added the magic ingredient:

zip tie lamp before


zip tie lamp after

Can you guess what it is? Look closely.

If you said zip-ties, ding ding ding ding ding, you are correct! Courtney actually created this way back in 2011, but it was new to me, so I thought you would enjoy it too.

Think of all the possibilities! Besides a lampshade, you could just hang up a rectangle of wire on the wall and make some super cool fringy artwork or a room divider or just go ahead and google ‘zip tie artwork’ if you really want to feel inspired/kinda bad about yourself. Fun!

See Courtney’s how-to on her blog A Little Glass Box.

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Olive it or Leave it

Depending on where you stand, the color olive is super hot and trendy or barfy gaggy grossness. Kind of like its namesake, green olives. You either love them or you hate them. Or you are my husband who somehow didn’t even know they existed until just a few weeks ago when he incredulously showed one to me on a toothpick at a party. Sweet, sweet man.

He went ahead and tasted one for the first time in his sweet, sheltered life, and it turns out he hates them. I think they’re just fine. What about you? Olive lover? Olive hater? What about the color olive? Love it? Hate it? Unaware of its existence until this very moment?

Well, I kinda hope you don’t like it because we are eradicating the shade today! Starting with this olive office chair which was a bit of a drab drag.

olive green office chair makeover - before


gold and white thrifted chair makeover - after

But white and gold? Please and thank you. Was this paint? Re-upholstery? You’ll have to check out Allison’s blog Dream a Little Bigger to find out!


What are your feelings toward this lamp? Erin and Dan owned a pair of them for a few years and their feelings were ‘Meh.’ It had a nice shape, but that darn olive color just didn’t get them excited.

olive green lamp makeover - before

copper lamp makeover - after

What about now? Copper and white spray paint for the win, plus an updated round shade! So much more appetizing. If you can call a lamp that. I say you can.

See the whole process on their blog DIY Passion.

Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if there was such thing as a white olive?

Hang on, just googled it. There is. It’s the most rare olive of all and nearly extinct!

That concludes me talking about olives and also the color olive.

I think we all learned something today.

I’m not sure what it was.

But something.

Definitely something.

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Gum let us adore this …

Hey there! Merry Christmas eve! You probably have a million and a half things to do, but just in case you don’t, here’s an idea that is so flippin adorable you’ll definitely need to run out this very minute and find everything you need to make one yourself. 

Here’s your list:

  • One broken snow globe
  • One abandoned gumball machine
  • White paint
  • Fake snow 
  • Childlike sense of whimsy

All set? Great. 

Step one: Gut the gumball machine.  

Step two: Gut the snowglobe. 

Now put them together and what have you got? A snowglobe filled with gumballs!

No, no, sorry. Do the opposite of that.  

gumball machine   

gumball snowglobe 
A gumball machine filled with a cozy snowglobe scene! Isn’t it the cutest? 

 And what’s even better is that you could leave it out all winter long, even after Christmas decorations are put away. Unless you put like a Santa scene in there or something. (You could leave that out anyway, just to remind everyone how clever you are).  

Get all the details from Shanna at Restoration Redoux

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Holiday Decor Do-Over

I’m filled with wonder every year when I pull out my Christmas decorations. Specifically, I wonder why on earth am I hanging on to so much stuff year after year after year that I don’t even like? I have boxes of decor that I never use, but I keep dutifully stored away why? Just in case someday I decide that I actually DO enjoy looking at that stuffed snowman family wearing broken ice-skates? That I’m not a little creeped out by that Santa music box that plays an eerily slow rendition of O Holy Night?

Some of this stuff I’ve had for decades so I guess there is a bit of sentimentality, sure. But it’s also OK to say goodbye to things that don’t bring you good tidings of great joy anymore. It really is. I sent the snowmen and the creepy Santa to Goodwill this year, and breathed a big sigh of relief. So maybe that’s the key.  If it brings you more happiness to see something go, then let it go! Give it the chance to bring joy to someone else.

But hey, now that you’re already at Goodwill … you might as well go inside and look around for a minute, right? Maybe you can find a new treasure!

What about an old clock? Not very Christmasy, true. But …

holiday clock before

holiday clock after

… paint it, gut it, and turn it into a shadowbox filled with glittery things, and it’s as Christmasy as figgy pudding.

From Christy at Confessions of a Serial DIYer.


You can probably find a pool noodle or two for next to nothing. Again … not the first thing that comes to mind when you think “Christmas decor.” Stay with me here.

pool noodle birch log before

pool noodle birch log after

YES. Those faux birch logs are made with pool noodles!! Toni wrapped them in crumpled paper and shared her painting technique for making them look super authentic on her blog Design Dazzle.


Was there anything wrong with this cute green tree? No sir. It was adorable as is. (As was?) But Meegan wanted a little more sparkle, and who can argue with that?

thrifted tree before

snowy tree after

It makes me want to glitter ALL THE THINGS! See it on her blog Meegan Makes.


And don’t forget to swing by the clothing section and grab yourself some old knitted sweaters.  There are so many creative uses for these, from pillows to other things that I can’t remember right now, but here’s a great idea from Catherine:

sweater stocking before


sweater stockings after

Stockings! So cute. And WAYYY easier than knitting your own. I would assume.  I love the differences in their patterns, much more unique than a perfectly matching set. See the how-to on her blog Beginning In The Middle.


Happy Weekend!

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