Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Sometimes project transformations do not turn out how you envision, which leads to a re-do of the envisioned re-do. This particular lamp re-do falls in this category. With that said, I feel the need to call this blog entry: Lamp Camp - 101 and include the "during" pictures of this project. Everyone should be aware that not all do-it-yourself projects turn out wonderful on your first go-round! {...proof below}

This lamp was given to me by my grandmother (a.k.a Bevy). According to Bevy, back in the day this lamp was considered the "it" I hope my re-do does not disappoint!

Here is a preview of the before. Not too terrible if you have orange decor, however not the case in our house.


I knew the lamp would go in our study so I decided to paint the base of the lamp a color that would match well with our oversized golden yellow chair and the wood wall. This led to my choice in (what I thought was a golden) paint color...but as you can see below the color I chose did not turn out how I envisioned. I hate to say it, but it looks like someone peed on the base of this lamp. No bueno.

As they say in showbiz, the show must go on (and in this case the re-do must go on)! More paint MUST go on! I couldn't take looking at the base of the lamp any longer so I hurried to the store and bought three more colors (3 for a $1 at Michaels). I didn't want to risk choosing another horrible hue, but no worries blog followers...Round 2 was successful!

Instead of painting the lamp shade, I decided to pick out a textured fabric and recover. Did you know with some fabric, scissors and LOTS of fabric glue, you can have yourself a new snazzy lamp shade? It's true.

And with that said, I would like to present the NEW lamp in our study. Ta-da!


Obviously, this lamp re-do did not brighten Bayley's day, but I hope it brightens yours and you feel somewhat enlightened!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Two fabulous new finds for our study and I couldn't be happier. Wait till you hear the prices (or lack there of)!

The first find is a desk chair, found at a charity garage sale. I have been searching for a vintage desk chair for awhile with the following requirements:

{the look}
  • antique
  • fabric/leather in good condition
  • coordinating colors with our study

{the functionality}
  • seat with cushion for comfort
  • swivel chair on wheels

My goal was to find a vintage chair for around $20, but I was one lucky girl on my Saturday afternoon garage sale hunt. This particular garage sale was nearing it's end and the garage sellers were looking to get rid of everything. Instructions when you entered the backyard : grab a box and anything you can fit in it is $5. What a deal! Unfortunatly there wasn't much left to choose from.

However, from across the driveway I locked eyes with a lovely desk chair. I could tell from afar it would meet all of my above requirements. I quickly walked over to the chair and knew it was meant to be.

Then I immediately asked if I could fit the chair in a box so my purchase could qualify for the five dollar rule I had just heard about. And to my surprise the man replied, "But THEN it would be five dollars." I was confused. What did this mean?

He explained...well, you can fit it in a box and then it would be five dollars, but it's only FOUR! Shocked at his four dollar response, I almost had to take a seat in the chair I was so excitedly about to purchase.

Obviously, I said, "I will take it!"

{the old (but new to me) desk chair}

The second find is another antique piece - a vintage radio. My mom gets all the credit for this fun find. It was sitting on a curb in my parent's neighborhood for FREE. An iPhone text (with picture) later and it was in the back of my parent's Suburban and on it's way to my house. The dials are missing, but I am on the lookout for antique knobs as replacements. This piece is still in the works, but it goes wonderfully in our study with the new desk chair addition! 

{the old (but new to me) radio}

Moral of the story: I highly recommend and encourage everyone to be on the lookout for estate sale and garage sale signs this weekend. Take a moment to never know what one-of-a-kind finds you will come across.

AND stay tuned (pun intended) for a lamp re-do in the study!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Today's post is not a DIY project or a room transformation, but I think you will still enjoy this entry on name frames! As the busy wedding season nears, I wanted to share a wonderful gift you can give to those love birds. What better gift than one with their new last name!

I started making these name frames after I gave Clay our new last name on our wedding day. Since then, I have given and made name frames as engagement/wedding gifts, Christmas gifts and thank you gifts. I love that these custom name frames are a personalized gift AND you can choose what works best with their decor...a brown frame with sepia pictures or a black frame with black & white pictures.

Need a personalized gift or want one for your house, send me an email at You name it, I'll make it!  
Fun fact - I took all of the letter pictures in my hometown of Irving, Texas.

{Please note: pricing, dimensions and other examples can be found at Pink Door Design. Unfortunately, I have tried shipping these frames out of state and the glass is too fragile - only local pick-up/deliveries available.}

On another note:

I received my first blog award. How exciting. The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:
  • Thank the person who gave you the award by linking back to them in your post.
  • Tell us seven things about yourself.
  • Award fifteen (or so) recently discovered new bloggers.

*First thing first, I would like to thank the person who awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award - Hilary of My So Called Home. Visit her blog and check out her new pouf from Target. Now I want one!

*Secondly, seven things about EP:
  1. During college, I lived in a house with a pink door and named my business in honor of my wonderful roomies and the terrific times we spent at The Pink Door.
  2. I think my affection for the color PINK is obvious, however my new favorite color is gray and I heart the color gold.
  3. I am a frugal shopper. I visit T.J. Maxx Home Goods on a weekly basis.
  4. My rule of thumb while shopping for home decor - If you find something you absolutely LOVE, you should get it even if you don't know where it is going in your house. As my mom always says, you can always find a place for it.
  5. If I am at a restaurant and there is a food option with mushrooms and/or onions, I can guarantee you I will order it off the menu.
  6. We have a yellow lab named Bayley Boo Pickering, but I have a thing for wiener dogs. Their long bodies and short legs make me laugh.
  7. My first name is in my last name: pickERINg.
*As far as the last reward requirement goes, I am a new blogger and will have to postpone my answer while I continue to discover new blogs. On the other hand, I am now a follower of My So Called Home! Thanks again Hilary!