Continuing our usual trend, I incorporated one more mushy gushy sappy happy element in Olivia’s already memento-filled bedroom. Because ya know, the nightstand and wall decor needed company. (And also because we apparently don’t throw things away…ever.)
And this time, I’m echoing Steve Carrell. I love lamp. I mean, uh, I really really like lamp.
When Robert and I were planning our wedding years ago, I was hooked on bird decor anything. Okay, you caught me. I’m still hooked on bird decor anything. So birdcages, natural branches, nests, robin egg blue, vintage bird prints, and that sort of thing are right up my alley.
For months, I collected vintage birdcages to use as our wedding reception centerpieces.
I had saved two of them to use in our house after our wedding. When I tried to find a sweet lamp for Olivia’s “new” nightstand, I had the idea to turn one of the cages into a lamp. I figured the fleur de lis on this one would be great for her already Frenchy vibe room.
The only problem was I really lack electrical skills. Wiring a light takes time and effort, and quite frankly, I wanted a quickie solution on this one.
In all of the lighting makeovers I’ve done, I always steer clear of anything to do with rewiring/electrical work because, for me, I’m not competent in my abilities there. (God forbid I burn the house down.)
So, hey, I decided to kill a cartoon character instead. I’m sorry, Minnie. It’s not you, it’s me.
I found this Minnie Mouse nightlight while passing through Walmart last week and thought it would be perfect to use the “guts” of. (Is this getting too graphic? I mean, we’re talking about Minnie Mouse’s guts here.) “What kind of blog is this, Lauren?!”
All it took was a small screwdriver to separate the light from the plastic head.
And bam! One decapitated Minnie Mouse later…I had my lighting kit.
I taped off the cords and socket with a little painter’s tape and gave the metal part a coat of spray paint. I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze (my favorite).
Since the light had a spiral stand, I just twisted it into the bottom of the birdcage. No fancy hardware or anything!
And plugged in the sweet new lamp.
This was barely worthy of a tutorial, huh? But there ya go. So easy.
It turned out to be exactly what she needed beside her bed.
This might be the last of the sentimental decor in here. How many lovey dovey pieces you think a bedroom can take? It was a fun way to reuse one of the few wedding day items we have left.
So do you love lamp too? Or are you just shocked and appalled that we murder cartoon characters at our house?