Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lamp Revamp

What can I say......this lamp is UGLY!!! Does it not scream thrift store 70's special! I am sure you have all seen something like this at your grandmas back in the day.  But for $5 I thought I would take it home...hey it worked and we all know a little spray paint can go along way!
But that shade had to go it not only had the look, but the smell of the 70's!....... I was not going to be putting that on my bedside table!

I found this new shade for $1 it was a nice shade but just not the look I was going for.

After washing and sanding down the base, I sprayed it with Krylon in brushed metal.  I ripped a part the shade and added some ivory polyester fabric.  I cut out leaf shapes and frayed the edges then I started attaching them to the shade to look like flowers, I like how it gives it some texture.  It's a little hard to see the detail in this picture ....again my photography stills are lacking.

You can see the detail a little better when it's all lit up.  I didn't expect it to look like this when turned on, but its kind of neat.  It's a little small for the scale of my large bed, it will be going in the guest room.  But not bad for $6 (I had the fabric and paint).

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays...........

My kids all have there birthdays with in a couple of weeks of each other so it is like a big, never ending party from the end of May to July........ with a couple of holidays in between! So more than likely I will be sharing some birthday party ideas for the next couple of months.

My oldest wanted a camping party with a tent, a big bonfire, smores.....the works.
We had it all set up outside and it started pouring rain! So onto plan B.......

We set up a "tent" in the living room by the fire place.......

Had unroasted marshmallows on a stick.........
..............and a bonfire on the cake!
I few last minute changes but it turned out great and everyone had a fun time!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Just another chalkboard!

I know there a a million chalkboard projects out in blog land, but I hadn't done one yet so here it is.
I found this calendar holder that was the perfect size for an empty wall in my kitchen.
Do you see that $42.00 boutique price tag!..........ya right!  I paid $2.

Ripped off the apples, and scrolls on the sides. Primed and painted then added a coat of glaze.
 My kids have loved leaving notes to each other.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Cabinet...Nightstand....Dresser..... whatchamacallit.....thingamajig!

I have been looking for a nightstand for a loooooonnnnggg time to for our master bedroom. The issue was the bed, it is big and high so a regular size nightstand just looked funny next to the bed. When I was out treasure hunting I found this piece for $10. It is taller than a nightstand, smaller than a cabinet..not sure what this thing is, but the size was perfect. The looks on the other hand weren't perfect.... pictures don't do it's ugliness justice, it had coats of yellowing polyurethane, it had that old smell and the inside was really beat up, but I loved the lines and the metal details on the doors.

I normally don't take on all the work of stripping down and sanding off all of the finish, but this piece really needed to be cleaned up! So a few hours later I was down to the raw wood.

I removed the metal scrolly things and sanded again with a lighter grit paper....just like new!
After this I primed and spray painted with Krylon Brushed Metallic in nickel. I liked the finish but the silver color looked cheap. I needed to add some depth to the color and also to bring out the details. So I used a dark brown glaze over the silver, much better. (sorry no pictures of that step)

Added some glass knobs and its done! I really like how it turned out.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010


When I saw this topiary for $2 I snatched it up! I new all it needed was a little TLC. First off all the ugly, dated silk ivy.

I hot glued a bag of moss from the dollar store to the grapevine. I am proud to say not one glue gun burn! Very unusual for me!

I sprayed the moss with Design Master in fresh green. This spruced up the color. If you haven't ever used Design Master it is a great product. It is made for the floral trade but can be used for many projects. The "Just for Flowers" line is a color glaze rather than a paint, so its great for adding a hint of color.

You can see in this picture how the paint brings the color of the moss to life.
I found a pot I had in the garage...and waaalaaa........ Not bad for $3.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thrifty redos!

Happy Wednesday everyone! My intent was to post on this blog more than once a month!...sheez.....I will have to work on that.
Here are a couple of thrifty redos.

Some Befores.........

And After

I wanted to lighten up this dark hutch, so I decided to go with the yellow.......besides who couldn't use a little more sunshine!!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Dresser makeover!

Happy Monday everyone! I am so excited the sun is shining in my neck of the woods today! Anyone else getting spring fever!
I have been busy working on this dresser redo. This was my grandparents dresser from many years ago. I hated to see it get thrown out so I thought I would give it some TLC.

I was so anxious to get started I forgot to take a before picture!
I removed the drawers and took a hammer and my foot (I am so professional!) to the drawer dividers on the top row. Then I had a piece of MDF cut to fit over the slats for a smooth shelf and to reinforce the drawers below. I didn't feel the need to sand because I used this Bulls Eye 1,2,3 primer. I love this stuff it sticks to anything!

I painted the dresser with Benjamin Moore High Gloss Metal & Wood Enamel in black. The drawer pulls are from Lowe's they were on clearance for $.96 each! They are a antique gold (not as brassy as they look in the picture, I haven't decided whether I will paint them pewter or not???

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