Lamp Makeover with Bohemian Junktion

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Howdy! I’m Shannon from Bohemian Junktion, and I am super pumped to be a guest here at Refunk My Junk! I’ve been following all the amazing projects and stories Allison has been sharing over the years. In fact, what brought me here for the first time was her story. I’m in the position she was in, but don’t have the gumption to make the change yet. Yep, she just might be someone I secretly admire.

Today I’m going to share with you a little project I did to change up some lamps I had in storage for way too long. I guess I was in makeover mode because last week my daughter and I went to Dillard’s for a Lancôme makeup refresher. So I was in the mood to makeover something and give it a little funky junkie flair.

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Here are the lamps I’ve stuffed away for several years because I knew I might need them someday. Ok, fess up! I’m sure you do the same thing. You know those things you just can’t part with yet. There is just something about getting rid of it when your gut is telling you no.

 

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Good thing I didn’t donate them because the idea hit me when we had our Lancôme makeovers. I guess that was the spark I needed for the idea to pop into my head. Inspiration can hit ya at anytime!

First I painted the scroll lamp base with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint. When I painted over the scrolls I was still able to see the outline of them.

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Once that dried, I took my sample pot of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco to do the scrolls. Ok, this was a little time consuming and hand crampy. Hence, why only one lamp is done. I totally overestimated my speed in completing this part of the project. This whole optimistic time estimate seems to be my weakness. I always think it will go way faster that it actually does. Now I’m going to have to let my hand rest before I complete the second lamp.

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See all that detailed work! It looks awesome, but it took a little time. Then I stripped the lampshade fabric off and created one that was more my style.

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I was so over the black and white lamps, but now I’m totally into these since they got a little makeover of their own. Now they are more my style. A little funky junkie!

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5 Things I Learned About Working With Pallet Wood – Domestic Charm

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First of all, I would like to thank Allison for inviting me to post while she is caring for that sweet baby boy! I’m Brenna from Domestic Charm. I am so excited to be here!

Recently I took my first dive into the pool of working with pallet wood. I had seen so many amazing projects out there, that I just had to give it a shot! And true to my form, I didn’t read any tutorials or watch any videos. I decided I was going to put the wood on a tabletop for a client. She gave me a side table and said “Have fun!” I just dove in, head first. And because of that, I learned a lot. For those of you out there like me, I wanted to share with you the things I learned the hard way. So you can save yourself from little frustrations.

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1. To quote Forrest Gump, pallet wood “is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.” That means that you don’t know if some pieces of wood are going to be cedar, or oak, or pine, etc. So you can’t plan on any of it looking the same. It all will sand differently. Have different grain. Some boards will be soft, some very hard and some will splinter very easily. So plan to be surprised!

 

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2. Get out the claw (hammer that is). Pallet wood is used and reused. It is nailed down and pulled up and nailed down again. There will be lots of nails. LOTS OF NAILS. I pulled out lots of nails with my claw hammer. You could also just trim them off. I did that to a few using my Dremel and the pipe cutting attachment, but the sparks made me nervous. Plus, pulling nails with my claw hammer made me feel tough, like a construction worker.

 

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3. Power tools are your friends. If you are not comfortable using them, think twice about using pallet wood. I used my Dremel, my sander, my table saw and my hand held saw. Make sure the batteries are charged up on any tools needing them. It can be pretty aggravating when you are in the middle of a project and the battery on your sander dies. Trust me. I know this first hand.

 

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4. Soak it up. That is exactly what pallet wood will do with stain. It will drink up that stain like a thirsty athlete. So, my suggestion is to dampen the wood with a wet towel. Don’t soak it. Just dampen it. This will open the wood grain and allow the stain to get in there without becoming spotty. It may take several coats of stain to get your desired color too, because the wood will be drinking up so much.

 

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5. Imperfect is perfect. That is why we love working with pallet wood, right? It has that patina and old, weathered charm. Don’t get frustrated if the surface isn’t smooth or if the stain doesn’t take to each piece of wood like you wanted (refer to #1 and #4). It is perfect in its imperfection. And you did a great job no matter what you think!

Thank you Brenna for sharing your awesome tips on working with pallet wood! 

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Hop on over to Domestic Charm and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for tons of DIY, decorating, and recipe inspiration!

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A Kitchen Goes Light, Bright, & Airy

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If you’ll remember a while back I shared with you my Mom and Dad’s kitchen.  The home they had purchased fit their needs, minus the teeny tiny kitchen and it’s lack of storage.  It was way too dark for my Mom’s taste.  She wanted to be able to incorporate some of her favorite pieces and increase storage as much as possible.

To refresh your memory here’s what the original kitchen looked like.

BEFORE

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And now, here’s the after.

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We added the bank of drawers with butcher block countertop in the breakfast room so there was a place to house all the kitchen necessities…bowls, glass pans, and more.  Deep drawers are a great addition to any kitchen because they maximize the space that’s available.  We wanted something a little different over the cabinets to keep it fun and visually light.  We added the antique mirror, that we picked up at an estate sale, and some old door moldings from old Oklahoma farmhouses.  To keep it from feeling to old and drab we added the pottery pieces and the artificial agave leaves that we picked up at Muse.  We chose to use an island from IKEA to give seating for a quick breakfast or a spot for the grandkids to eat or color.

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If you remember, the original cabinets over the cooktop were short and awkward.  We wanted to mimic the curve of the brick, so we had the carpenter make cabinet doors to match the curve.  We chose to eliminate the cabinet above the fridge because it was pretty much useless at its original size, and it helped to make it feel more airy.  The backsplash was a ‘made to look like’ natural stone.  We replaced the square fake tiles with a herringbone marble backsplash.

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The cabinets that were on this wall were short and squatty and lacked any appeal.  We chose to open up the space and display some pretty pieces with open shelving and beadboard, and to bring in some color!

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In need of some design help before the holidays roll around?  Contact me at havenbyhayden@hotmail.com or visit my website at www.havenbyhayden.com

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Light and Bright Dining Room Makeover with Pretty Distressed

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Hi, I am Christina, and I blog over at Pretty Distressed. Allison offered me an opportunity to guest post today, and I am excited to share my dining room makeover with you!

It is still a work in progress in my eyes. I need some window treatments, wall hangings, a rug perhaps, but it has come such a long way. I wanted to share it with you because it is my happy place. Seriously, I sometimes just sit in my front room and stare at the dining room because it is so serene and peaceful.

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The before pic is actually from our house’s listing before we bought it almost a year ago, and the furniture you see belonged to the former owner. We put down the hardwood floors before we moved in along with some taller baseboards, and I also seized the opportunity to paint under the chair rail while we were stripped down to subfloors. There is nothing that is less me than a warm toned red, and I knew it had to go even before I had any kind of vision for this room.

The walls were painted with Sherwin-Williams Hazel last winter, and we installed the light from Menards shortly after. I love the touch of elegance the chandelier adds and the way it contrasts the rest of the causal, country pieces that makeup the room.

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I inherited the main pieces of furniture early this year from a family member and eventually painted and distressed the table and hutch with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, to soften and brighten the room. Most of the decor along with the two wicker end chairs are from HomeGoods, another happy place of mine. I didn’t have the time or cash to hunt down antique ironstone pieces, so I did my best to pick out china that would give that same feel.

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While I love HGTV, there is no instant gratification in a real life makeover. I work on things as time and budget allows. I hope you, too, can take the time to enjoy your space where it is and not get hung up on where you want it to be some day. My dining room journey is not over, but I am still getting a lot of joy out of how far it has come.

 

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If you want to see more of my home and work, come check me out at Pretty Distressed. Thank you so much to Allison for this opportunity to guest post. I have been following her for a while now, and it is an honor to share here today!

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