Friday, April 23, 2010

all in a day's work!


So today, I woke up incredibly late, stumbled out of bed in the groggiest fog I've experienced in months and fought through a long day of work. Actually, it was quite a short day. I was a bit late, left a bit early, and I'll probably pay for it on Monday. The second I walked in my door, I had a sudden splurge of energy (and 2 cups of coffee) and got to work!
Let's hop to it so I can still go out and enjoy a beer with the ladies.

First, the small projects:

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frames (goodwill, $1.99/ea)

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AFTER...
a little wipe down and some glossy spray paint:









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frame (goodwill, $2.99)

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AFTER...
satin off-white spray paint:


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lampshade (goodwill, $6.99)

I'm not sure what I think of the finished product on this one. I like it, but I don't LOVE it. I also decided to go ahead and spray paint this shade, even though I read several articles warning me not to. Sure, fabric paint would have been smart! But considering the lengthy (car-less) jaunt that would have been required to obtain said fabric paint, I decided to go ahead with the spray paint and not worry too much about the loss had it been ruined. I suppose it worked out better than anticipated, although I'm not sure that I will actually be turning the lamp on unless I am the only one in the room to see the nice patchy light shining through spray paint circles.
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I covered the vertical ruffly-bits with some foil and tape (yes, regular present-wrapping tape):









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brass candlesticks (goodwill, $.99-$1.99/ea)


I adore these. So simple, so elegant, and now so shiny and classic.

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stool
I already had this, but the top was getting pretty scratched so I gave it a quick rub down with some fine sand paper and re-painted it:


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and now, for my favorite!!

brass lamp (goodwill, $14.99)

I knew this lamp was going to be amazing, but it was just too easy! Even if it didn't look quite as wonderful, I would still be proud of how simple this was. Also, in case you don't know, I have a lamp fetish (and a thing for clocks, too).


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I roughed it up a bit before painting it:











and, viola!

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so, what do you think? A productive day, right?
ps Josh loves having all these projects laying around. (Are you crafting again, heute?)

so about those drinks with the girls.. I'm off!

1 comment:

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

Wow, Ashley! I'm soooo impressed... everything looks so updated! I love how that lamp shade turned out, but I know what you mean about spray painting shades. I've done it and was NOT happy.