Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | March 1, 2017

Why we Left the Middle Class

This copied piece came up in my news feed today (see below.) The main theme of the conversation was about why the middle class still matters. This set me to thinking. This also set me to writing th…

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Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | February 26, 2017

Healing Room Update

I finally have taken updated photographs of my healing room. This rooms decor started with this chalk painted green and red desk and patterned rug and evolved into this. This vintage garage sale va…

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Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | February 9, 2017

Tweaking My Healing Room

My husband and I made a huge decision this month and that was to purchase and commit to using the TrueRIFE Frequency Technology. http://www.truerife.com/ This has been on our minds for many months now and…

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Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | January 29, 2017

My DYI Chalk Painted Lampshade

My DYI Chalk Painted LampshadePosted on January 29, 2017 by Small House Under a Big Sky HomesteadI tried a little experiment today.I had a seriously discolored lampshade on a DYI lamp that I put together a couple of decades ago from an old canning jar and stones. I was visiting a hardware shop in Shipshewana, Indiana and purchased a DYI lamp making kit.I photographed this image so that you could see the cord set-up coming out from under the shade. That’s my handmade paper on canvas artwork on the wall behind this vignette.I found this large quart Ball jar and added the screw on lid, added some pretty black stones I had gathered and I had a small-scale lamp. I was a young bride and I was pretty proud of myself then.I noticed this past week that the white replacement lampshade was mottled and discolored. I automatically set it aside to go to Lowe’s with the intent of purchasing a new shape. Then it occurred to me, why not try to paint it before I discarded it? I even had the same color chalk paint that I used on the dresser turned family room storage unit that it sits on.I have successfully used chalk paint on wood, metal, and a vintage leather top table so why not give it a try? It was incredibly easy to do. I watered the paint down very lightly, used a regular paint brush and painted it on taking care not to load too much paint on the glued edge.I am really pleased as how the fabric took the paint. Not only does it cover the stains beautifully the finished shade has a lovely velvety look to it.A vintage Ball Perfect Mason jar holds Petoskey stones I gathered over the years.This little trick save me the cost of a new lampshade and even more important it saved me over an hour’s drive to get to the closet home improvement store. It also saved a lampshade from going into the landfill. What a win-win!A repurposed and painted gentleman’s chest in maple wood and sea foam green chalk paint adds a bit of pop to the window wall in our family room as well as needed extra storage. This chest which is adjacent to a bathroom is filled with TP and paper towels!This is one DYI experiment that worked!Small House Homesteader, DonnaShare this:Press ThisTwitterFacebookMoreRelatedCoconut Yogurt – Three Ingredients – Cook FreeIn \”A Home Centered Life\”Front Loader Pedestal MakeoverIn \”A Home Centered Life\”Finding the Courage to Paint my IslandIn \”Homemaking\”This entry was posted in Budget Decorating, Chalk Painting Adventures, Debt-Free living, Homemaking, Repurposed Finds, Self-sufficiency, Simple Living, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Vintage Values. Bookmark the permalink. EditPost navigation ← Finding the Courage to Paint my IslandLeave a ReplyYou are following

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Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | January 21, 2017

On Sabbatical This Month – Busy Studying and Learning

EVENT ONE: I wanted to let my followers know that I’ll be busy with two self-study programs this month and I will not be posting on a regular basis until around mid-February. I am devoting myself t…

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Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | January 14, 2017

What We Love About Homesteading

One of the aspects we love about homesteading here is that this life takes us out of the consumerist life of the city to a life of production and creation. We may not have enough lifetimes to reali…

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Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | January 12, 2017

Glass Storm Door Replaced

Today we had the front storm door glass on my studio building replaced. In the meantime I learned that all storm doors are made of safety glass that will shatter if hit hard enough. Imagine how you…

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Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | January 11, 2017

Anna in the Laundry Room

I had a chicken in my laundry room over the holidays. Poor Anna one of my four Rhode Island Reds who had a bad case of Bumblefoot in mid-December while she was also undergoing a very heavy molt. Sh…

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Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | December 6, 2015

A Sunday Morning Frost

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Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | December 4, 2015

News from the Coop-Eggs as Reward for a Job Well Done

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