Thursday, November 11, 2010

FREE and practically FREE

I love to paint things! Furniture mostly. But I've recently discovered spray painting lamps and light fixtures. You can take anything that is blah and make it look "Ah-ha!"

I recently purchased 5 lamps at a thrift store, for $.99 each!
Lamp #1 started out looking like this:
Using Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic spraypaint in the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish 
(I also recommend Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered in Brown
I've used it for the builders grade light fixture over my kitchen table). 

And old lamp shade I found in my basement and some beaded trim, 
turned my lamp into something new and contemporary.
I got a little happy with my new found love for spraypaint. I painted the Brass & Nickel light fixtures in 2 bathrooms with the same Oil Rubbed Bronze finish. And found an old Brass lamp in my basement, (it  looked nice in my traditional living room back in 1997) but it needed an updated look. 
 Complete with a new lamp shade I found on clearance at Target. 
Here is my new floor lamp:
1 can (about $8.00) did 3 light fixtures and 2 lamps. 
Here's a closer look at the paint finish.

Onto Lamp #2
For a pop of color in my living room, I add a little of this:
and end up with this:

And now for the FREE stuff. 
I was out of town for a couple days and my husband picked up some things on the side of the road. Literally, the side of the road. FREE! He knows me too well. These are just two of the four things he brought home. 
I got a little too excited about this first table, I forgot to take a picture of the before. But trust me, it wasn't pretty. It had a couple tiny gold flower pins that were easy to pull off. So I did.
 I love love love this little table.
This tired table needed a face lift from me and some paint found in my basement.
I didn't really like this fan medallion on the front
So  I popped  it off and added a couple new more contemporary ones. 
After sanding and painting it black, here's my finished sofa table:
I think my family room is complete... until I find something else I can "re-do."


  1. Very cool. You keep me inspired. :-)

    Angela :-)

  2. I've been thinking about you a lot, Chessa! Our neighbor gave us bunk beds for the little guys and i want to paint them black. I'll try to email or facebook. I need some direction. :) Love,love the tables. I can't find good "junk" like that around here. Maybe I should try Goodwill...or my very own basement. :) Love you!


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