In the midst of redoing the dining room I came across a pair of lamps…
Hello friends. I am going to start your Monday off with a bang because I not only have a DIY project, some info on a fun and helpful new light bulb (yes light bulbs can be fun), and a giveaway for you too!
These days along with my home office makeover and living room updates, we’ve been making some changes to our bedroom too. I love a good room refresh but most of it was because of bringing Cora home. I plan to do a very thorough, and hopefully very helpful post on how we prepared the home to bring home our baby, but today I wanted to show you a mini-makeover I did of my nightstand, a VIP area when you have a baby. Sleep is IMPORTANT, and there’s no better place to set yourself up for a good night, than near the bed.
So I decided to organize my nightstand, do a little furniture switcheroo, and make a lamp to help me keep day and night straight when I’m napping in the afternoon and up nursing at night. Because I’m a DIYer and I love a good project, plus every makeover needs a project.
Before I had an open shelf from the thrift store, that I painted and it was a messy, cluttered look in my opinion. The HOPE art I made with a spray painted frame and glitter paper (I spy me in the mirror!). I like that the sconce created more space on the night stand, but I wanted something a little more classy.
Before I show you what I did, I need to say that this idea for a marble lamp was not mine originally. I must tell you that this project was one that Sarah M. Dorsey created for Houzz. I love Sarah’s style and hope she likes my lamp! Please see her post about it here and see the entire tutorial here. I thought it was a perfect, and creative idea and couldn’t wait to make one of my own.
The project supplies are:
- 4 marble baseboard tiles
- Old lamp, or lamp making kit
- Drill and masonry drill bit
To make the marble tile lamp, I glued together 4 marble baseboard tiles, drilling a hole in one of them, and used parts from an old lamp to create this entirely new one. I spray painted all the lamp hardware, including the shade in copper.
We followed the tutorial, using tile adhesive to glue the marble, and drilled through the marble. Yes it can be done with a masonry bit. We created a wooden core for the inside of the lamp, so the tile would be more stable. Then I rewired the lamp and put it all together.
You can buy parts to put this together, but I used an old lamp to make it, even the shade. This is what it looked like before and after our adventures in gluing marble.
The makeover of the nightstand involved moving this glossy blue dresser from my office into our bedroom. The sconce that we had there looked too small and now I love the high-end appearance of the marble against the deep paint color and the white headboard. I put all my “How to Get Your Baby to Sleep” books inside the drawers 😉 Plus extra burp cloths, lip gloss and such.
To go with the lamp is a new light bulb. Because the whole point of this nightstand makeover is to get more sleep! It’s a new bulb from GE, the Align PM Light Bulb, that helps you get more natural sleep by emitting less blue light.
My husband first heard about low blue light products when he worked with a company to make a shield for cell phones. The goal was to help your natural sleep rhythm. If you can believe, there’s a light bulb that does the same, so I decided to try it out for my nightstand. Since I’ve been up all kinds of crazy hours with our new little girl. Sleeping when the baby sleeps during the day doesn’t always work, so I wanted to try this bulb at night when I climb into bed to read for a few minutes or blog.
The blub is called the GE Align PM Light Bulb and it’s new. The goal is to help promote your natural sleep cycle since it produces a low amount of blue light, versus ordinary light bulbs. It gives out a warm, yellow color, instead of other blubs that create daylight. Makes sense right?
The bulb is available on Amazon.com, where I do most of my shopping these days. It’s super easy with a baby at home, I don’t even have to change out of my yoga pants 🙂 Using this light before bed for half an hour instead of my other light is relaxing and it helps me maintain my natural sleep-wake cycle, so I can be as bright and cheery and my 3-month old who has no snooze button!
We will be doing more mini makeovers in the bedroom, and come back tomorrow for a long-awaited project I’ve been dying to do in our house. Another makeover! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.
Here’s some info on the GE Align PM light bulb and see more lighting options here. I’d love to hear your favorite and find GE Lighting online | GE Align on Amazon | GE on Twitter | GE on Facebook | GE on Pinterest | GE on Instagram | Find the GE Align PM Ligh Bulb online.
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