i don’t normally go dumpster diving or garbage picking, but sometimes, one person’s trash really is another person’s blog material. cliché cliché, i know…
my neighbour was throwing out this pair of old lamps.
they were not much to look at…
…but since reshuffling some furniture around the house recently, i found the need for more lighting in the living room. i knew these could work on the mantel, with a little bit of paint and new lampshades.
you can read a few of my tips about spray painting. since i’m always learning and willing to share, here is another tip: it’s fine and dandy to have a blog and take photos each step of the way. but, try not to set your camera down near the object you are spray painting. (the camera survived, but there are telltale signs of the mishap…). yep, i’m here to help with my obvious practical tips. i’m sure there will be more in the future. sadly.
so with the cords wrapped in plastic and the electrical unit covered with painter’s tape (and my camera safely stowed in my pocket), i was ready to paint.
a quick coat of semi-gloss black paint. i allowed it to dry for 30 minutes, then applied a second coat. i chose semi-gloss because i was hoping for it to resemble wrought iron. i think it does.
how’d those pesky letters get on there? anyway. i’ve said this before, but really do allow the paint to set for 24 hours untouched. i know how badly you want to finish something once it is started, but go do something else.
or you can be practical and get some shades for the lamp. or recover an old shade. i got mine from ikea for $4 each.
so for $8 and a bit of paint (and almost the price of having to replace a digital camera), i have a brand new set of lamps. which work perfectly on my mantel.
what do you think? would you have taken your neighbour’s junk and turned it into something new? i still need to invite my neighbour over for tea. i wonder if she’ll like my new lamps…
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