Friday, July 2, 2010

Somebody Stop Me!!!

Andy came home yesterday to the smell of paint fumes and was immediately concerned.  I might have purchased a couple of new spray paint colors that were on clearance at Wal-Mart, and I might have spray painted some of my junk.  I think Andy might be ready for me to go back to work. :)  First off, I started with a table lamp that just needed a little something-something...
In its day, this lamp worked really well for me.  It was just too busy for the living room (which is where I wanted to use it).
A closer look at the base...
I started by removing the busy shade...I knew this needed to go...
I added a 5 dollar lamp shade from Wal-Mart that I really liked.  I thought it would give a warm glow in the room.  NOTE:  The original shade had a harp with it...which meant this new shade wasn't really appropriate for the lamp.  But, I found that when I screwed in the light bulb it was sturdy enough to make it work.
The new shade with the old base...I really needed to neutralize the base for the living room...
I sprayed portions of the base with a red paint, and then covered the entire base with a color called Pebble (an antiqued grayish-white).  Then, I sanded off the edges with a bit of sandpaper so that the red would peek through...
A closer look--the picture doesn't really do it justice!
The completed lamp in its new home!!!

My next project involved the same two paint colors.  I wanted to spice up these urns that my mom had treated for our wedding reception...
Don't get me wrong, my mom had done a great paint job on these.  I just wanted to be able to use them throughout the house in different ways...
So, I painted them! Yet again, you can't tell in the picture, but I left some of the edges slightly untouched by the paint.  I wanted the previous color to show through a bit to "age" the urns. 
In its new home...I keep this next to the front door for umbrellas...
This one landed back on the fireplace...

If nothing else, my projects were VERY inexpensive and a lot of fun.  You really can't mess up with spray paint--it is so forgiving!  Although your significant others will never understand why you spend your time doing projects like these, I strongly encourage it! 

1 comment:

  1. I want to start doing this. I need inspiration, which is why I love checking in here!

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