Up-Cycled Lamps For the Novice DIYer

A few weeks ago my parents were in town for a visit. I had a pretty extensive “daddy to-do list.” One of the projects my dad completed was changing out the light fixture in my dining room. I opted for the Natural Gourd Drum Pendant Ceiling Light Fixture by Dot & Bo. I loved the ambiance of my new light fixture, but I’ll be honest, it was not nearly as bright as my previous light.

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With that, I started shopping around for two table lamps. I searched stores and browsed the internet, but, could not find anything that I liked. As a last resort, I decided that I would take on a do-it-yourself project. I am not big on do-it-yourself projects or crafts, but I figured this project would be simple enough.

My first stop was at my local thrift store, Providence Ministries. I found these lamp bases for $3.99 apiece.

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Next, I taped my lamp bases with Frogtape Brand Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape.

Once I had the lamp bases taped, I primed them with Krylon Color Master Primer in All-Purpose Gray.

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After the primer dried, I sprayed the lamp bases with Rust-oleum Universal Advanced Formula Paint and Primer in Gloss White and let them dry for 24 hours.

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While my lamps were drying, I picked up two linen lamp shades from Bargain Hunt for $10 apiece. I definitely hit the jack pot. Oftentimes stores of the such, are hit or miss.
I’m so pleased with how this project turned out.

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As I previously stated, I’m not big on do-it-yourself projects, but the simplicity and ease of using the Krylon and Rust-oleum products made it a breeze and did I mention the project cost less than $50?

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5 Tips for a Drama Free Back to School

On Monday, Tallen began pre-kindergarten at our local city school district. I will admit, our week has pretty much been turned upside down. Tardy bells, packing lunches, breakfast money, and two kids in two different locations – these things are all new to me and we are taking them in stride. As with any new routine, there are always bumps along the way, but below are some great tips to ease the back to school growing pains.

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1. Prepare your child’s lunch in advance.

Are your mornings a three ring circus? I know ours are! Prepare your child’s lunch the evening before school. Tallen is pretty picky when it comes to eating and rather than throw money away, we chose to prepare his lunch for him. We stick with a turkey breast sandwich, mandarin oranges, an apple, gold fish and an Apple and Eve juice box.

2. Set your child’s clothing out in advance.

This is one of the reasons why I love having a son. I’ll be honest, there are not too many options for boys, and so pre-planning Tallen’s outfits is pretty much a no brainer. T-shirt, shorts, and sneakers are a must.

3. Put your child’s school supplies/forms back into their book bag the evening before school.

Like I said, pre-kindergarten has just begun and we are learning the ropes. I find it easy to go through all of Tallen’s forms and send them back in his “communicator” folder. Which is sheer genius.

4. Stick to a routine.

I must admit, sending both of our boys to daycare and establishing a routine has made the transition to public pre-kindergarten a breeze. Our schedule is pretty much the same. If your child has not been in a routine, I would suggest starting a few weeks in advance with a bedtime routine and sticking with it.

5. Organize or Start a Family Calendar.

I have always said, if it’s not on my calendar, it’s not happening. My husband and I both have Google email addresses. We like to keep things pretty simple by putting all events – work, personal, sports, school, etc. on our calendars. We can view each other’s activities, schedule activities, set reminders, and do what is necessary to manage our busy lives!

What are some tips that help your family during the back to school season?

I always love hearing how you manage and stay organized.