Sunday, March 17, 2013

$6 Walmart Lamp Shades = big impact

I had been looking to change the sconces on our fireplace for years but never really found something I loved. Actually, I've found tons of options I loved but they were all out of my price range. So I put on my decor thinking cap and decided to try simply changing the lamp shades. Here is an image of the sconces before:

These are maybe original to the house and have a type of Spanish flare but the orange-type color or the glass lamp shades really bothered me and I just found them so dated. The sconces were originally brown but I sprayed them black years ago and I actually liked their shape and size. So I decided to try replacing the glass shades with classic and simple fabric shades. My first love was with the following lame shades from Home Depot:
And at $10.99 these were a steal! But the size wasn't right- a little too large, and the color died against the stone.

Then I found these simple but classic beauties at Walmart! What?

 Can you believe it? Walmart! And they were $6 each! Talk about not braking the bank. The best part is that they look so great with the lights turned on.

The black pattern on the bottom  is actually the part of the sconce that held the glass shade. It's not visible when the lights are turned off but BAM! What a beauty with the lights on!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

More Appartment Updating: Doors and Kitchen

My previous post showed off the bathroom renovation of our duplex apartment. This was not the only updating completed. We also replaced the plain hollow-core wood doors with more modern white detailed doors and added a french door at the entrance. Being the bad blogger that I am, I didn't take before pictures! What was I thinking! I only have a picture of the doors once they were in my garage. So you'll have to use your imagination to visualize what it looked like before with these doors:

And this is what it now looks like:

 The apartment looks so much more modern and bright! I'm so happy with the result and, needless to say, so is the tenant:)

Since I began this blog I've had the intention of writing about the kitchen renovation in the apartment that took place over four years ago. This was not a planned renovation but the pictures below reveals why it was undertaken:


Horrible isn't it! But luckily the damage was limited and no one was injured. I remember coming home from teaching a night class and seeing my tenants in my living room with my husband. I said " Oh, it's a party!" My tenant responded "Oh, it's definitely not a party. We had a fire!" Let me tell you that that wiped the smile off my face pretty quickly.
We were told about a place called Armoire à Super Prix that builds custom kitchen at an affordable price and fast. So in a little over a week the fire was behind us. Here are some pictures of the kitchen but please keep in mind that these were taken during the bathroom renovation period so it's a little messy. We all know what it's like to live through a renovation.

And so that's it for the renovating of the apartment! 

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