I love lamp. well, not really. | Teaching in the Tongass

Sunday, July 7, 2013

I love lamp. well, not really.

It's about time I post about a little home project I've just finished working on.  I figured this would be a good place to show the progress "we've" made in the last 3 years. Bare with me...
So, as some of you may know, I live in a house built in the 1960s.  It is old. We've finished unwallpapering 3 entire bedrooms (I now hate wallpaper with a passion), smoothing the walls (they had a little texture, no good says the hubby), painting, adding crown molding, adding chair rails and trim, replacing old brown doors with new white ones, adding electrical to the ceiling for lights (so we didn't have to use floor lamps), remodeling the entire master bathroom, ripping up carpet and replacing it with cherry wood laminate, ripping up the kitchen counters and replacing with granite-looking laminate, adding matching backsplash to the kitchen walls, replacing a dishwasher, throwing away a trash compactor and trading it in for a wine-fridge (yes!), laying tile in the entryway...and a ton of energy saving fixes as well.  I say "we" knowing that you realize it is Mr.Tongass doing most of the work.  Here are a few before/after photos so you can appreciate all of Mr.Tongass' hard work (and my styling!):
 And we forgot to take a before photo of the master bathroom, but picture a green toilet, green tile, brown and green cabinet/sink and a mirror (blegh).  Here's what it looks like now though:
The grey room, which will be Cheeks' future room when we have another kid (not an announcement!), is going to be grey and yellow themed. Here's the before and after:
I found a yellow and grey laundry hamper that would match perfectly. I ordered one and it should be here today!  
A few days ago I bought a custom blanket and matching pillowcase from Etsy to go in his new room. Cute, eh? I scoured the site and decided all of the quilts were amazing, but too spendy.  Maybe I should learn how to quilt and become a millionaire....all those millionaire quilters out there...I could be one of them!  Luckily, this cotton one was reasonably priced and just perfect with it's black, yellow, white and grey. 
Then I bought matching sheets in grey chevron!
 I also ordered this valance from Etsy (after searching in town with no luck).
 So, after a few stops around town (Fred Meyer, Home Depot, Walmart), I surmised that there is not one single yellow lamp/lampshade here to buy.  SOOO FRUSTRATING.  I looked online, and though I was impressed with a lamp I found at Target, I just can't pay for shipping AGAIN (their free shipping doesn't apply to Alaska) after I just ordered 2 separate things (the rug and then the laundry hamper I found a few days later online).  Those of you who live anywhere near a department store, Target, dollar store, Hobby Lobby...be glad you don't have to order pretty much everything! So, after learning I could spray paint a lamp shade, I went out and bought a lamp shade and base.  I taped off 3 rings and sprayed 1 coat of light yellow (this is the color I bought to paint a toddler rocking chair I bought for $2 at a garage sale....that I'm eventually going to get to...).
Then, I realized that the little metal attachment thingy wasn't there. So, back to the store I went. I bought the attachment thingy (which I learned is called a "harp"). I was quite pleased with myself, until I realized the bottom of the harp was not there. So, since my mom was headed to Home Depot anyway, I asked her to look for the bottom piece.  She didn't find one, but ended up bringing back a whole harp and it's bottom piece.  This is the thing I'm talking about:
So, after scratching my head and figuring out that there is no possible way to get the bottom piece on the lamp base without rewiring it (the harp directions didn't match the lamp...we would have to cut wire), I took yet another trip to the store (this time at 10:45 pm in my sweatpants...which had dried peanut butter smeared on them). After a closer look, I saw lamp bases with the harp bottom pieces on them! I grabbed one of those (AND IT WAS CHEAPER!) and avoided rewiring.  Here's the different base and the finished shade:
I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. I wish I was talented enough to add some shapes or something to it. Ah well, on to the next project!



  1. You should be very proud of your and Mr. Tongass' work, it looks lovely! Doesn't it just make you want to scream that nothing is free shipping to Alaska? I live in the MatSu Valley and it feels like paradise after living in more remote places (Tok, Wrangell). I love the laminate flooring! Paula

  2. Wow, you are truly ambitious! Love all the photos and inspiration for sure!
    Whimsy Workshop

  3. I wish I could transform my home. I just pin stuff and dream! :) Great job! Thanks for linking up!

  4. You are so clever! I love the colors you chose- and I especially love the title of your post. It cracked me up!
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  5. I love all of the changes that you and your husband have made to your home. I am especially fond of your child's new room. The white moulding looks so good against the grey walls. I absolutely hate painting, but you may have inspired me to paint one of our rooms grey. Good luck with finishing up that adorable bedroom.
    The Traveling Teacher

  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the lamp and the matching decorations, and everything you've done to your house. So super cute :)

    Shenanigans in 6th Grade Math

  7. I love those colors! Everything looks fantastic. I enjoy reading your blog - and I nominated you for the "up and coming bloggers" Liebster award. You can read more about it on my blog post. ~ Lisa


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