Have you heard it said before that someone has an “addictive personality” — such as smoking, gambling, etc., where their personality or physical make-up, makes them more easily predisposed to fall prey to an addiction?
Well, my friends, I am one of those people. I have admitted to you in the past about my
fondness for addiction to Pinterest.
Sadly, that is not my only vice.
I also seem to be drawn, like a moth to a flame, to anything glitzy or sparkly — which leads us to what Topher calls: my chandelier addiction.
I’m not afraid to admit it folks. My name is Shanna and I am a chandelieraholic.
Welcome to Restoration Redoux! If you’re a regular, than you might be asking what exactly is this The Bloglight?
Hometalk is an amazing online community of bloggers and nonbloggers talking about home improvement, DIY, and everything in between. At Hometalk you can share DIY projects, comment on posts, and follow people.
I’m a Hometalk junkie. I have posted 41 projects in the 3 months since I discovered the site!
There are people of all levels, posting projects and asking questions. Every week they choose a different blogger to feature, and they have given me the honor this week!
Miriam, the Director of Community at Hometalk, sent me over some questions to answer … so let’s get started!
Yesterday, the unnamed child and I were watching a TV show about uber rich teens and the life they live. The child commented that she would love to be crazy rich. I asked her why, and she said that it would make her life so much better.
I explained that people that have crazy money have just as many problems as people without money, sometimes even more.
So we both wrote out a list of what money could buy and what it couldn’t. Here is my list of what it could: Continue reading
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend!
I got a lot of work finished on my projects, and to prove it, I once again have sanded off all the skin on my thumb and I have a huge burn blister on my left pointer finger from the glue gun.
What can I say? I live a life of danger.
The child that wishes to remain anonymous and I spent a big chunk of the weekend on today’s project.
Happy Monday everyone! I’m wishing all of you who are snowed in warm thoughts today!
Well, my weekend was not as productive as I had hoped. I had a nasty virus and was having fun with a high fever, chills and massive achiness. Am I the only one who has crazy weird dreams when they are running a high fever? Just wondering.
I am feeling somewhat more human today. I managed enough energy to buy a great antique dresser yesterday that I am super excited about. It needs quite a bit of work, but I think it will be fabulous once it is finished. Since I am now behind on the projects I was supposed to work on this weekend, I will have a busy week ahead of me.
While at a yard sale last summer, I came across something unusual. I found a heavy, dense cylinder with a raised pattern consisting of strange, symmetrical shapes and nubbins all over it. It had holes on each end and someone had attached a lamp base to the bottom.
Definitely something unique.
Intrigued, I asked the owner if she could tell me anything about these one-of-a-kind, heinous-yet-filled-with-potential lamps.
Since we are about to start off a new year, I thought I would reflect on this year’s favorite posts.
When I first started reading other DIY blogs, I have to admit I was a bit intimidated. Every project they did looked so perfect. When there was a tutorial, a lot of them used terms or techniques I wasn’t familiar with, and so I would never try them.
I was searching for a blog that brought it down to a beginner’s level. I wanted one that would say “Hey, I’m no expert, but this is what did or didn’t work for me.” I didn’t just want to see perfect houses with their perfect lives. I wanted the “Hey, my husband’s been out of town, my house flooded, the kid is sick, and the house is a wreck … but here’s this easy project I completed in the middle of it all.” I wanted real life. I wanted someone to tell me that not every project they do turns out perfect, or that they had to do a technique 3 times before they got it right, and I wanted to learn from their experiences.
Remember the blue chandelier redo that I did a few weeks ago? It sat around here for weeks and my hubby kept asking when I was going to list it for sale. I just couldn’t decide what I wanted for it and I really just didn’t want to let it go. So I didn’t.
It is now hanging in my kitchen!
It was horrible for poor Topher to get that heavy thing up the ladder and hang it that high, but he was a trooper and did a great job.
I love it.
Now I just need him to paint my cabinets white and put in a new backsplash that has a little blue in it to tie it all together. He will be so excited to do that! (not). Anyway here are the new pics.
Some people just come into this world being accident prone. No matter how careful they are they just can’t help injuring themselves. Well my husband is one of those people. If there is a glass of water to be knocked over he’s the one to do it. If there are stairs to fall down, he’s your man. If there is a manhole without it’s cover, down he goes (I swear that really happened!).
There was one day when we stopped at 7-11 to get something. My daughter and I waited in the car while my husband went in. While getting out of the car he nailed his head on the roof of the car. Now my daughter and I were trying not to laugh, but you know, the harder you try the worse it is. He then got inside the store, and his shoelace caught on the newspaper stand. There he is walking, dragging this newspaper stand along with him. Poor guy! We had to watch him as he drug the stand back to where it should be. So of course that has my daughter and I in hysterics at this point. Then as he gets back into the car, he slams his leg in the door. We lost it at that point. My kiddo and I had tears running down our faces. Mind you that he never really hurt himself or it wouldn’t have been that funny — we aren’t that heartless. All three things happened within 3 minutes! How does that happen?
That’s just how it works with my husband. Expect the unexpected. He may be a little clumsy but he’s a wonderful husband and an amazing father. He puts up with all of my craziness and loves me anyway. He drives me all across town (and further) picking up furniture that he thinks is total junk. He is then very proud of me when I turn that junk into something pretty cool. He has spent hours helping me develop this blog and doesn’t even get too annoyed when I ask him how to do this or that on the blog for the 15th time. He’s the one who mixes up my paint and makes a wobbly table sturdy again. He nails together dresser drawers and is the wood putty king.
My dear hubby or Topher as I call him, is one of the smartest people I know. He’s also one of the most caring and loyal. So if he knocks off my plate during dinner or falls off the porch into my mums, so be it. I’m still one lucky lady.
I got this chandelier at a yard sale for $25. It was loaded with all different size crystals. I just didn’t love the gaudy gold. So I decided to paint it. Since I was working on another project, my husband told me he would take the crystals off. I told him to make sure to take a before picture so I knew where all of the crystals went since there were so many different size.
As you can tell by this photo … he forgot. After days of painting it (it was harder than I thought, even after priming it, the paint still didn’t want to stick) it was done. I started putting crystals on, not knowing what the heck I was doing. There were seven different sizes besides the rope crystals. It took me 3 days to get them all on right (at least I think they are right) and it looked gorgeous! None of these pictures do it justice. I’ll show more pictures once I get my hubby to hang it. I’m putting it in my kitchen. My husband thinks that’s an insane place for a chandelier but that’s okay. He has learned to trust my design choices. Here’s the finished product!