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Easy Decor Ideas on a Budget: BHG

Old Bi-Fold Mirror: Trash or Treasure?

Help!  What to do with this??  You know how you see something and it is cheap and you think I can do something with that…  Well, here’s another one of those that followed us home the other day.

It really is in pretty good shape and I think the bi-fold option is neat.  The legs could be taken off and the mirror set on a table.

So… help  us out here.  Should we paint it?  Use for a dressing table or bookcase??  Trash or Treasure?

Another question in our new series…  WHAT TO DO WITH THIS?

Online Picks of the Week: Candelebra Ceiling Fan, Faux Leather Bar Stools & More

Online shopping is one of our favorite hobbies here at Boyd Street Bungalow.   We love to repurpose but sometimes it is necessary to buy new.  Since our new sun room light fixture came from Lamps Plus, it seems we are always drawn to their site just to look and drool over all their offerings.  The selection is fantastic and so are their prices and customer service.

We were just thinking the other day why didn’t they make a ceiling fan with a chandelier light fixture.  Well.. they do!!  This distressed white fan and chandelier from Lamps Plus would be perfect in a beach cottage or your very own bedroom.

Perfect for a little girl’s room, there is also one with pink crystals that comes in several different sizes…  Isn’t that sweet?

"Pink Candelebra Ceiling Fan"


If you are shopping for bar stools and like a modern, clean look at a great price, then these adjustable stools may just be for you.  Wouldn’t mind having the white ones in in my very own kitchen.

Last drool of the day from there is a modern figure 8 sculpture which would really be the center of conversation..  Love it!!

Happy shopping!!

Sun Room Chandelier: With a Beach Theme

Typical of a 1950’s ranch home, this old house came with a single carport which had been been converted into a room to have additional living space.  Since it is next door to the kitchen, we’ve been using it as a part dining room and part TV room.  It’s the room with many names but currently it is called the “sun room.”  Recently added is a thrift store long wooden table with dark wood top and white legs.   Since the room has little lighting, it really needed a light fixture for over the table.  The room has a beach theme from our many trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Thus we picked a Lamps Plus chandelier (on closeout) with a somewhat nautical theme with its wrapped iron roping effect and 6- light chandelier arms.   To complete the look, we purchased silk shantung shades from CSN Stores (5 of them were on clearance!).

"White Candelebra Chandelier"

Although the fixture was made to hardwire install, we chose to use a swag light kit so it could be plugged into the wall.  Converting this was no easy job since electrical skills we lack.  However, with the help of our friend John, super handyman and jack of all trades, we were able to have it installed in less than an hour.

It will take one more visit from John to get the light working properly since there is still an on-off switch to install on the wire.  We also want to drape the chain to the corner and have it run down the wall to the outlet.  Neither one of us had a ladder!  Another hint for a great looking chandelier is to have a dimmer which we have ordered from Amazon.  It’s just the type you plug in and convert any lamp to a dimming one!

All in all, we are very pleased with the results.  The room is taking shape in bits and pieces and it will be a joy to show the total look as soon as it is finished!

Thanks to John and his daughter for helping me once again “make this old house a new home.”

My Bungalow Redos So Far

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Loving this Living Room

Love the new Kendall Collection from Value City Furniture.

A Room with Many Names

The single car garage in my ranch home had been converted into an extra room many years ago.  I am using it as a dining room/sitting room which I optimistically call my “sun room,”  although right now with only one window and a small window on the exterior door, there is not much “sun.”   The walls have been painted a subdued yellow to brighten things up.  The color picked was a no brainer since two old yellow and green club chairs make their home in front of a corner tv in this room (still looking for the right slipcovers).  The room houses family pictures and momentos from the annual family beach vacations.  Here is our newest acquisition.. a handcrafted white Amish cupboard or sideboard.

Purchased this gem at a nearby shop called “Serendipity.”  Love the clean lines and the beadboard back.

Fun things fill the shelves such as the jar of sand and shells from Gulf Shores and the picture of an Irish Currach, both presents from friends.   The little cupcake on the green vintage luncheon tray is actually a candle.  The white frame sadly still needs a family picture.. ah.. which to choose!

The newest acquisition for this room is a white farmhouse table picked up at a thrift store which will be added later.. as soon as we get some work done around this old house!!

Design on my Dime

In my spare time during the summers, I’ve been renovating a 1950s ranch style home purchased in 2008.  From painting to plumbing, it has been one DIY project after another.  Just for fun, I thought I would start this blog to take you on my never ending journey in making this old house a home.  Not much has been done to the “curb appeal” ( John Gidding.. I need you!),  but much has been done inside to change the decor from 70s and 80s shag carpet, mucho wall paper, pink kitchen cabinets and a not so modern pink (yes..again) bathroom.  It has been trial and error with emphasis on error but enjoy your visit and hopefully you will learn from my mistakes.

Pictures to follow ..  Work needs to be done around this old house!!

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