Historic Feature Gets a Modern Look

I was surprised to find that the polished brass crystal chandelier in the dining room was original to the house. In addition, all of the teardrop crystals were accounted for and in excellent condition.


I loved the idea of keeping the original chandelier, but I wasn’t a fan of the color and preferred a dark bronze instead.

The chandelier had not been clean or dusted in several years, so we removed the crystals and gave it a good cleaning. Next the chandelier was sprayed with a Rust-Oleum dark bronze. While the chandelier was drying the crystals were gently scrubbed with Dawn, and the wires tightened.



The dark bronze gives an updated and classic look, while maintaining the historical character of the original construction.



Basement Stair Repair & Paint

Renovating the basement is not a priority. It’s going to be used for storage and at some point I plan to complete the bathroom and put in a laundry room. I’ve nicknamed the basement bathroom the outhouse, because that’s exactly what it looks like. Gross.


In the meantime, the basement is going to get cleaned up a bit. The walls have been painted white, which help brighten up the space and the floors will eventually be painted gray. Actually half of the floor has been painted, but we ran out of paint.



The basement stairs were a bit rickety. Every time you walked down them they would dip to the left. It’s pretty bad when you have to warn people and reassure them that the stairs won’t collapse.


The stairs have been stabilized and no longer dip and sway. They also got a fresh coat of paint.



The basement is starting to look like its used for storage and less like a dungeon every day!

Upcycled Target Desk- Gross to Glamour

I am super excited that my new house has so much space, but at the same time I have to furnish it! I decided to turn the third bedroom on the second floor into an office. Not surprisingly, the large brown desk I’ve had since middle school did not fit in with the design or color scheme I had in mind. I’ve been going for a midcentury modern look throughout the house, so I decided to continue with that style for the office.

Furnish an entire room on a limited budget? Challenge accepted! Honestly, even if I had a limitless budget I would still troll thrift and recycled material stores for furniture and projects. It’s so much fun!

Perusing Goodwill one Saturday I came across this Target Campaign desk. It fit in perfectly with the look I was going for, but I wasn’t a fan of the color. Target calls it Midtone. I call it boring. Besides, several areas were scuffed and needed a fresh coat of paint anyway. Other than a few cosmetic issues the piece was in great condition. Normally the stuff I buy is falling apart…literally.


I was shocked when I saw that Goodwill was selling it for $35! Not only was it an amazing price, but it was currently retailing at Target for $149.99! I saw a woman eyeing MY desk from across the store, so I instantly ran to the checkout counter and paid for it. Sold! Huzzah!

Since this piece needed minimal work, all I had to do was give it a light sanding and painted it white. I sprayed the hardware a gorgeous gold to give it some pizazz. Voila! A stunning new piece for the total cost of $39!