Wednesday, 6 May 2015

small things big impact - the office light

Day 6... The office light

Since we're on the subject of lights... this is the new office light!

Do you remember the office makeover (part 1, part 2 and then the clean up after it became a mess again)?

Anyway, this is the light fitting I had in there at the time... it was a work in progress which was barely started. A rubbish bin which I'd hung a few crystals on to see how it would look.

Hm. Not quite right. But remember that rubbish bin. You'll be seeing it again soon.

Meanwhile, the new light is gorgeous. I found it at a tip shop about 2 years ago. Its made up of parts: the rim and the glass dome aren't connected, they come apart. I mean, the rim is just balanced on the edge there, its not attached. Its a really interesting light and when I saw it at the tip shop I had to have it.

The glass dome allows light to shine all over the room, not just below (as is the case with the hallway light I shared). Perfect for the office where I need to light the entire room.

Of course, it didn't look quite like this when I found it. Firstly it was grimey. Secondly it was peach.


What is it with me and peach? I'm haunted by that colour!

No before pics. I don't think I actually took any photos of it at all before the makeover. I just wanted that peach gone!

I sprayed it Rust-Oleum Almond same as the hallway light. I know it looks lighter, but its just the photos.

This light had been living in the pantry (in all its peach glory) since I got it, but it was time to bring it out to be admired. The pantry will get another light eventually, when I make one. Cause as I said, I won't spend $$$ on light fittings when I can find beauties like this in tip shops.

Another small job finished - the right light in the office.

Meanwhile, got home after work tonight and found the dogs had done some remodelling in the casita. Again.

Another thing to add to my list of things to do: clean up the mess.


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

small things big impact - lighting the hallway

Day 5 - New pendant light

Like my new hallway light?

This is what it looked like when I bought it at the tip shop a few weeks ago:

Plain silver (aluminium I think, soft, cheap) inside and out. Complete with dints.

I straightened out most of the dints and spray painted the outside Rust-Oleum Almond. Yes, we finally have Rust-Oleum products here. But they're not cheap.

Seriously, paint isn't cheap in Australia.

Anyway, I love Rust-Oleum spray paint. It goes on so smooth. Not like some of the cheaper brands which was all I ever tried before.

I sprayed the inside gloss white for that two tone look, but taped up the rim so there's still a silver rim. It looks amazing.

Of course I couldn't use the pendant kit I had in mind (nothing ever goes as planned) so I had to use another... this one has a brass cap, the top ceiling bit is silver, making it all a mishmash. Kind of like a lot of things I do...

Eh. Who cares. I'm in love with my new light.

In case you're wondering why the pictures are so close to the ceiling, this is a tiny hallway. So tiny you can stand in the middle of it and touch all four walls and five doors. I decided to hang some of my frames above the doorways. See below:

On the bottom left almost off the frame is the guest room, behind that is the office door, straight ahead is the bathroom door, to the right is the kitchen door. And the living room door is behind me as I take the photo.

I recently painted the hallway (and office) 3/4 strength Dulux China White to match the kitchen and I love the brightness of it. Yeah, the kitchen walls look yellow but that's just the light in there.

The hallway is where I've put my framed fruit labels (I have a collection of them), and I've moved the ladder back in there. That was above our bed for a time.

See the difference in colours? Above is with flash, below is without.

But back to what I was bragging about: my beautiful new pendant light which cost me $1 at the tip shop.

I love it when something I got for next to nothing can look so good. And I have a serious problem with spending a ton of money on light fittings when I can do something like this.


Monday, 4 May 2015

small things big impact - a bench in the mudroom

Day 4 - A bench in the mudroom

Do you remember when I made this little cabinet for my shoes? I always intended it to live in the mud room as a bench as well as storage. But up till recently we've always had a dog bed in that spot, somewhere for the dogs to get out of the weather.

Well, winter is coming, and I decided it was time to move the dog beds off the porch and out of the mud room and into the grooming room. Two birds: warmer dogs and we reclaim our porch and mudroom.

So the cabinet moved into the mud room. Its still not finished in there. I had planned to paint all the walls white, but I decided to leave that wall natural, showing the old weathered timber we lined the walls with. It really shows off the drawer front coat hangers I made.

This is another of the small changes and updates which I'm finally catching up on and which make so much of a difference.

The photos make the mudroom look ok, but its not really. Its filthy, the white squares on the vinyl are so grimey and so hard to clean. Possibly not the best choice for a mud room...

Oh well. Choices are made, things are done, decisions are proved to be wrong. Such is life. 

I still love my floor, but maybe not in this house, in this yard, with these dogs and with this man.