Monday, November 16, 2009

From old and outdated to

hip and cool!...No..not me silly.I'm sorry to tell you I was not accosted on the street and given a fantastic makeover...dag nab it.

A Savers opened up closer to my home this week and early Saturday morning...I went armed with my to-go coffee from 7-11 (you can't save money by shopping at a Thrift store, if you stop by Starbucks first for you 6 dollar Venti Mint Mocha, now can you?). After scanning the store I came across this poor crystal lamp with the icky brass all over it....bleck..bleck..bleck! The entire thrift store experience is something that has definitely ...grown on me. The first time I attempted to enter a thrift store....Well...lets just say there are not enough Mint Mochas in the world to help me tolerate THAT smell. I have to say though..that it seems..... I have become a transformed thrift store shopper and it didn't hurt.... that since this was a brand new store..it didn't have THAT smell . I seem to spend a great deal of time these days reading blogs where the most amazing women transform the most unattractive items...and give them a whole new life, simply armed with a can of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint,
Gorilla Glue and some burlap.

So...with all of their incredible inspiration and helpful step by step tutorials..I felt ready to tackle the lamp. I took the poor thing home and stared it down for a day. Sunday morning I awoke feeling courageous enough to jump in. My husband...gave me a couple of "what the heck are you doing" looks and went about his day, smart man that he is.

I did run into a snag though...so..off to Mom's I went (Mom's the most famous do-it yourselfer I personally know) to help me figure out the light bulb thingy. After which, I went home to continue dissecting the victim ....er.....I mean lamp.

I sprayed the little guy with a couple of coats of .99 cent flat black spray paint and finished it all off with the Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint I have developed a relationship with....Warning: Don't stand still to long around me.

Later that night..I reassembled my brand spankin new to me lamp. I borrowed the black lamp shade from another lamp, which is currently sitting naked and alone. I do have plans to add a burlap shade to this lamp though, but for now..I'm kind of loving this.

Thanks so much for visiting. I would love to know what you think.

Icky brass to

fabulous!






16 comments:

  1. Your lamp looks great - what an improvement. i might try the bronze spray!!

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  2. Good job. I hope you will post to my Monday party Its So Very Creative.

    Cheri

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  3. I love that lamp transformation. It is so elaegant.

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  4. Yes - Fabulous is the word. Great job.

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  5. Much more up to date. It would have been easy to pass it by at the thrift store.

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  6. I would have never thought of black. Hmmmmmmmmmm - giving me some ideas...

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  7. I have to say I do LOVE shopping at Savers too. Great find with the lamp and the transformation is very good!
    -Angela

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  8. Great job and good for you for dumpster shopping...I too have to work on that....

    sometimes you have just a great vision to begin with!

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  9. Awesome improvement! I wish a Savers would open by me!

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  10. Love it!! What a difference!! I've heard of a few people now using the oil rubbed bronze paint...I think I'm goint to check it out. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Great redo. I have seen that spray and wondered. I might try it soon.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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  12. zYour project looks great. I have some lamps and light fixtures I would love to have look like that. What brand is the Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint?

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  13. What a wonderful makeover...you did a great job!

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    ~Michelle
    (Treasure the Moment)

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  14. I love the revamped lamp! I'd keep the black shade, it goes with the black accents on the lamp.

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  15. Very chic! :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  16. Love the lamp and the shade! It's a great transformation. Paint can do so much. I've been looking for a pair of lamps, sooner or later I'll find them. Thanks for sharing.
    Shelley

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