At this point in my life, I pretty much know what I like. One of the nice things that comes with age is that we no longer need to buy trendy items to feel like we fit in.
Some of the things in my home (and wardrobe, for that matter) are quite old things. Some things I've had since I was a child, (No, not the clothing!). Others I've had since my first apartment in college. I've continued collecting items that interest me. (I plan to post photos of some of my favorite things later this week.)
Though I still like and will keep the old things I love, it's fun to freshen things up! Earlier this year, I devised a plan to revamp my home. My plan involves fresh paint on the walls, moving furniture and objects to different rooms and redoing my color palettes. (More on that later as well.)
I LOVE color, but I also love the absence of color. My personal style is sort of an eclectic mix of old objects with patina, tarnish and a variety of textures. I also like "real" art. (On my budget - much of it is from thrift stores.) I love mirrors, candlesticks, old books, boxes, small tables, old linens, rusty metal, tarnished silver, old keys, interesting lamps and the list goes on.
My focus the past month has happened to be on lamps. I think the new versions of drum shades can really freshen up a room without making a lot of other changes. I began looking for new lamps for my rooms, as well as new shades for some of my favorite lamps. I also Googled "how to make drum shades" several ways, but didn't find much out there. I'm working on some now, and if they work, I'll post them next week!
The first project I'd like to share with you is a lamp - the kind you see all the time at Goodwill. Sometimes, you'll even see pairs of them! I purchased this lamp for $1.91 and set it aside while I looked for a shade.
One Friday evening a couple of weeks ago, I was shopping at Ross. I decided to see what they had in the way of lampshades, and to my delight, found a lovely feminine drum shade for only $6.99! Today, I married the two. The makeover team included Krylon Spray paint, Scotch Blue painter's tape, Reynold's Wrap and a drop cloth. See below for the results:
This is the before photo. See - she has good bones!
Here comes the makeover team!
Prep work - using the Reynold's Wrap and the painter's tape
and cover anything you don't want painted.
Spray the lamp, following the directions on the can. Hold the can 6 inches away, and spray several light coats to cover instead of trying to get full coverage in one coat. When spray paint is too heavy, it drips. If this happens, let it dry and sand it a bit, then repaint using lighter coats.
Be sure to get all the nooks and crannies - underneath the turnings. Take time to let the paint dry between coats.
Meanwhile, unwrap that adorable bargain lamp shade!
Here she is, revised and feeling like a brand new girl!
Ah, what a little makeup and a new hairstyle can do!
Word of the Day:
You are the light of the world.
A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand, and
it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your Father in heaven.