Just for Fun Friday

T.G.I.F!  We made it through the first week of school… though both high schoolers slept though blaring alarms this morning and had to be rousted manually (i.e. by Mom) so they could get to school on time.  Boo to early mornings.

Yesterday I made some “Yippee!” kind of headway on the Ugly Duckling dining room, so I thought it would fun to share some little victories in what’s turned out to be QUITE to undertaking.

Remember my sad lamp on the piano in need of a makeover?

BWOB wall art

She was too gold and shadeless.  But with potential… and free because I rescued her from my garage.  So with a little Rub n Buff magic and a shade scored from Ikea, here she is!

What do you think?

Loving the mixed metallic look she sports now and with a more modern shade, she’s a looker now.

If you follow me on Instagram (heidiopia) or Twitter (@heidimilton) you know that my One Kings Lane mirror arrived yesterday, too!

My impatient self had to prop it in place so I could get the visual.  This weekend, I’ll hang it up and give my grandmother’s buffet a little TLC.  Progress!

And I also made a major stride in the overhead lighting department!

This little love will get hung this weekend as well and a full tutorial will be coming your way.  I am beyond excited that my vision is coming together after several stops and starts!!

Two more major projects to complete and I will no longer have an Ugly Duckling dining room.  My clock is ticking because it’s back to the classroom soon for me.  Nothing like coming down to the wire!  Thank goodness most of the kid-tivities haven’t kicked in yet and I can devote a bunch of time to wrapping this up. 🙂

And just for fun, I scoped out the HGTV 2013 Dream Home

Source: hgtv.com via Heidi on Pinterest


I love these every year… each one uniquely beautiful in a different part of the country. Yes, I’ll be entering when the contest gets rocking in January. Cheesy, I know, but a girl can dream, no? And who wouldn’t want to have a house on Kiawah Island?


Hmmm. 🙂
What do you think so far of my dining room?  What projects are on your agenda this weekend?? Are you an HGTV Dream Home stalker, too? Happy weekend, friends!


  1. That overhead light is FABULOUS!! (And I am cheesy, too…I alwas enter the HGTV stuff, as does DL. In fact, he send me reminders to enter.)

  2. loving that little light fixture!

  3. That light is going to be FABULOUS! And yes, a girl can dream. I plan on winning the HGTV dream house and then the lottery.

  4. That lamp is so happy! Every HGTV dream home has been exactly that so far – a dream!!

  5. Great lamp makeover …. I love Ikea lamp shades!…Kiawah Island…Oh my goodness…what a great place!!….A long time ago, you could drive thru there, now you can’t…So I will just have to stay in their great resort to scope out the island!!…Dining room is looking great!
    Have a great weekend!

  6. The light is AWESOME. Also loving the mixed metallic light. Yay for rub-n-buff!

  7. Can not wait for your light tutorial! I have never used rub-n-buff. Where do you get it at? Have a great weekend!

  8. Wow! Your lamp’s mix tones are awesome now! I’m loving the look of the overhead light too! Omg too funny you mention the dream home! Hubby and I were just stalking HGTV.com last week and we found out the new HGTV Smart Home is being built in Jax Beach, like 15 minutes from us!!

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