mice on the stairs

I’m ready to make over my front hall and stair-case  I pulled some photos from Pinterest for inspiration.

My there are some really creative people out there.

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Holy busy staircase!

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Believe it or not, I’ve been thinking of going with neutral tones on the wall and trim and a traditional black and white stair case.

Kinda like this.

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I bet my cats could arrange for me to have real mice on our stairs.

Of course they would be belly up, with their heads chewed off.

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Wonder how all black would look?

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Maybe a  faux runner?

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Ooohh I’m liking this one, it feels really cottage appropriate.

Mr. Cottage and I are heading to the paint store for some ideas.

Do any of these inspire you?

See you later, Bye!

Kim

retro re-do

From a box lot purchased at auction came the ugliest lamp ever.

The ugliest lamp - before

The ugliest lamp – before

Or so I thought.

I was going to give it to a friend that I thought would appreciate the design as it was.

 But then I started envisioning a little face lift.  One thing led to another.

It has been so blasted hot and humid here.  The mosquitos are horrid from all the rain we have been having.  It was time for some indoor projects.  But it was hot in the house too.  Mr. Cottage and I each set out to work on some DIY projects for our main living room – or great-room.

Back to the face lift for the lamp.

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ceramic base with teak wood

ceramic base with teak wood

The teak wood was looking a little tired, but after a couple of applications of Old English, better.

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I used spray adhesive to cover the shade in an inexpensive, fun aqua and white polka-dot utility fabric.

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After the adhesive dried, I then glued a green beaded fringe tassel trim.  I pinned the trim in place until the glue had dried.  The trim was the most expensive part of the entire project.

Not pictured, but after the trim dried, I then glued a coordinating trim on the inside to cover the raw edges of  the fabric.

While I waited for all that glue to dry, I finished sewing curtains for the great room, a project I started a couple of months ago.

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New curtains and a face-lift for a tired old ugly lamp.  Not bad, for a weekend project.

Whilst I was working on these, Mr. Cottage was busy with his project.

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Do you know what it is?

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Yep, we got AC.  This is called a mini-split.  It will also heat the room in the cold months.  These units are great for homes such as ours that are older and don’t have room for duct-work.

For now, that completes our great-room make over.

See you later, Bye!

Kim