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Extreme Home Makeover ... kind of

February 20th, 2008 at 08:12 am

Since Hazel the Housekeeper didn't come last week, I decided I couldn't live with the filth so in between the two jobs and the kid I've been doing some serious power cleaning. In the process, I started compiling a list of things that needed replacing or fixing.

Tops on the list were a couple of table lamps from the master bedroom. We've had these lamps since we bought our first house way back in the early '90s. Over the years, the lampshades got ripped, the paint became chipped and the bases became wobbly. Yet, we never got around to replacing them.

Then, yesterday, while running on the treadmill in the basement family room, I found myself staring at two lamps that are rarely used and look brand new. The basement family room has become Mini Me's toy emporium. We rarely hang out down there as a family and the overhead lights are the only ones that are ever turned on.

When I was done with the run, I hauled the two lamps upstairs and replaced the bedroom ones with them. Surprisingly, they really looked nice; and I was even more pleased last night when I got home from the office job and my husband had them turned on. It's amazing what some not-so-new light can do for a room. Best of all, I didn't have to spend a dime for my little makeover....

6 Responses to “Extreme Home Makeover ... kind of”

  1. Caoineag Says:

    Very nice. I always check the rest of my house when I think I need something for that very reason.

  2. Mooshocker Says:

    Sometimes not only rearranging the furniture in a room is a breath of fresh air, but changing pieces from here to there is even more exciting. Nice job and nice Cat on the bedside table....lololol.

  3. compulsive debtor Says:

    That's my tribute to my two dead kitties. If you look closely, you'll see their collars are wrapped around the base. But it also has a practical purpose: I put my glasses on it at night....

  4. baselle Says:

    Always the best plan: use what you already have!

  5. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    Our bedroom is a lilac shade, so I really like your bedroom. Looks like we have the same phone system.

  6. compulsive debtor Says:

    The phone system is a Uniden one that I bought for my business not too long ago. The phones in the house weren't great, so I just extended the business phone system throughout the house. It's nothing fancy, but should I feel like answering the phone while working I figured it wouldn't hurt to have a phone that actually worked in my office. I was kind of surprised at how outrageous some of the costs were for true office phones I was looking at. The base system cost $400+ and then every receiver was another $50 or more. I just couldn't justify that expense even if I can write it off.

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