Making progress on DIY pet steps and a hanging bedside lamp

It's been a tough week. Our dog, Milou, is experiencing severe pain where his back meets his hips.

We've taken him to the vet a couple times (including to a vet who specializes in animal chiropractic care - who knew that existed?) and finally seemed to get the right mix of medicine to make him feel a bit better.

In the meantime, Rob is working to build Milou a set of pet steps so he can get into our bed without pain, and I think we've found the perfect solution to replacing my bedside lamp. (We need to do that because we'll replace my bedside table with the pet steps, which is where our only bedroom lamp sits now.)

Blog PhotoAfter spending some time searching images of sconces, I remembered a cool old barn light we wanted to use in our hallway but couldn't make work.

I picked it up in Missouri (where my aunt lives) at a garage sale. I'm sure it cost something like 25 cents. My aunt was kind enough to get it sandblasted for me and mailed it to us when we were redecorating the hallway.

The base has a long, curving arm that looks like it's supposed to somehow hang in an adjustable way.

Rob was playing around with it this morning and pointed out that we coud attach it with a bolt to our headboard and use a wing nut to make it adjustable. I can loosen the nut to slide the light up or down, and tighten it to hold the lamp in place.

Blog PhotoRob picked up a couple of hardware pieces today that seemed to be missing, and I'm hoping we can get it wired and put in place by week's end. I love how the wire cage looks, especially next to our wooden headboard. I think its industrial look will also complement the metal vertical file in our room, as well.

Meanwhile, Rob has big plans for the actual staircase (as you can see from his sketchpad) and has the day off today, to boot. I'm hoping at least the stair part will be usable by the time I get home from work today.

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