The Little Projects You Never Get Around To

For me, it is the little projects I never seem to get around to,

as I am thinking about the bigger projects that seem to make a bigger impact.

But these days, it is the little ones that I can tackle.

The little ones that frankly, I can handle with no lifting or major movement required.

It’s been a slow recovery process, but this too shall pass.

Iron Lamp - Housepitality Designs

I purchased these lamps last year at the High Point Market and got a great deal.

When I bought them, I knew that I wanted a little bit of a lighter look.

Needed to lighten up the darker iron.

Iron Lamp - Housepitality Designs

Similar to this one that was in the showroom at Bramble this Spring.

However, not quite as light.

Iron Lamp - Housepitality Designs

I took Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and thinned it out a bit with water

and dry brushed the iron portion of the lamp.

Iron Lamp - Housepitality Designs

I think I got the lighter feel that I was going for.

Iron Lamp - Housepitality Designs

One small project down, a few more to go!

Like this one. Finding things about the house

that my son may be able to use in his new home.

Media Room - Housepitality Designs

These recliners by Flexsteel with the great nail head trim that are in the media room

among other things will be going to his new home. They are like new in their condition.

So you know what I will be involved with very soon!

Have a great day!!

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  1. proud of you getting the little stuff done. I can’t stay focused long enough to work on the little stuff list before the big stuff starts calling out to me. Happy tuesday!

  2. Love the lighter look of the lamp. Gosh you need to come shop here for his home. 🙂

  3. Shirley, the lamp turned out great. I really like the change. So glad you’re coping with the healing process and getting back to a sense of normalcy with smaller projects that can help keep you engaged.

  4. Shirley, the new look on the lamps are perfect! Fabulous job!!! I bet you can’t wait to get over to your sons new place. He’s gonna have his own personal decorator! If I were your son or daughter, I would totally be OK with that:D

  5. bobbi duncan says

    Shirley, so glad you are doing better. Great job with the lamps!

  6. Love the lightened up look of the lamps. Feel better soon!

  7. Glad you are still doing “just the little things”. Sometimes when we feel better we over do and it sets us back. Take it easy and get better. Love what you did to the lamps!

  8. So beautiful! Love the scrollwork

  9. Shirley, your lamps look fantastic! I loved them originally but even more with the lightly painted touch.

  10. Love the lighter look of the lamp….gorgeous! Your son is so lucky to have such a generous mom with such amazing stuff :O)

  11. Donna B.G. says

    So glad you are feeling better, Shirley!

  12. I hope you are feeling a LITTLE better today:(:( I love the lighter look of your lamp and think it is the perfect shade now. It looks beautiful on your sofa table too. Your son will be lucky to get some of your beautiful things!!!

  13. The lamps look fantastic! So glad that you are feeling better as well!

  14. The lamp is a wonderful transformation. A little effort can go a long, long way. 🙂

  15. Bless you, Shirley! I’m glad you’re at least feeling up to doing little things. Your lamp change is a great one. You’re the master at making changes big and small and coming up with a beautiful, cohesive look. Your son is blessed to have a mom like you to help him with his new place! 🙂

  16. Wow Shirley I hate to hear you are still suffering from those darn shingles. How much longer before they’re gone? I feel so bad for you:( The lamp looks terrific though and looks like you purchased it that way.

  17. The lamps look great and you did a wonderful job on them.
    Hope you are getting better. A couple of my friends have had shingles and they said it was terrible. So take care of yourself.

    I have a list of little things and I still manage to never complete them. LOL When I get tired I quit and rest and then carry on.

    Fell better and take it easy.

  18. Shirley, so sorry you are still in pain from the shingles. Love how you lightened the lamp. What a difference it makes. Keep resting and taking naps. Soon this hard time will be in the past. Smiles

  19. Donnamae says

    The lamps look great lightened up! Glad you are able to lightly busy yourself while you are recovering! Take care! 😉

  20. Turned out GORGEOUS!!! You are such a talent, my friend. Feel better soon. Fun to chat today. xoxo,

  21. Sherry Myers says

    You always seem to know what to do to get something just right. The color of the iron is perfect. Lovely. What a lucky son! I know he has to feel very blessed. I know you will enjoy helping him make his new house into a gorgeous home. Please know that thoughts and prayers are still with you as you continue to heal. Thank you for keeping us posted.

  22. I like the way your lamp turned out, Shirley. It’s nice to have time to work on the little stuff sometimes and good to have them when you can’t do much of anything else. You’re still in my prayers for complete (and quick) healing!

    What fun to get to help your son with his new house! Take care!

  23. Great lamps, Shirley and I like the dry brush application! How wonderful that you have great furniture to pass on to your son! Take care of yourself!

  24. great idea to thin the paint for more of a wash, love the new look Shirley!

  25. Your lamp looks great! I love doing little projects, especially when you’re not feeling 100%. Doing a little project meant that I accomplished something and that I was getting better because I did it! Hope you will continue getting better every day!

  26. I’m sorry you’re still struggling with shingles. Doing those little projects helps take your mind off the misery, a little bit, anyway. The lamp looks great, and I am a wee bit jealous of those recliners. Our living room furniture is flex steel, and has held up well for years.

  27. Perfect touch Shirley, I like the lighter version for your home. I sure hope you start feeling better sooner than later. Take care,

  28. Glad you are feeling good enough to do these creative projects.I love the lighter look and I’m gonna steel this for two lamps I have.:)

  29. That turned out so good! Some of those little projects give the biggest reward 🙂
    Your son will be receiving some great furniture for his new home and somehow I bet you’ve got ideas of what to do in this room after they’re gone already!
    Glad you are doing better- it’s a slow haul!

  30. I know what you mean about little vs big projects. Sometimes it’s the little ones that give us the most satisfaction and bang for our buck. I think you gave the lamp just enough lightening up. You’ve retained its character but it looks much fresher and appropriate for your decor.

    Happy decorating for your son!


  31. What a difference a little paint can do… Looks wonderful…

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