Monday, April 23, 2012

Lamp Makeover for Master Bedroom


I've been looking for a pair of lamps or one to go with the existing lamp in the bedroom for a while now. Home Goods used to be my go to source for lamps when we lived in Tennessee, but since California doesn't have one, I have been out of luck.

All of the lamps that I like are $100 and up, I don't mind investing in a good quality lamp, but since we will be most likely moving every 2 -5 years for David's job, and only get a limited amount of weight covered in a move - it makes sense hold off on more expensive pieces until we have a more permanent home.

I plan to sell a lot of furniture/accessories prior to moving to reduce weight ... and if they don't sell - I won't have to worry about expensive things getting broken by the movers! 

Enter the lamps that I found on Craigslist for $5 each


In need of a little - okay A LOT of updating! but they have a good shape and nothing that a can of spray paint and new lamp shades can't fix


 I scuffed up the metal and with steel wool and taped off the top and cord


 Sprayed with primer - let dry for about an hour - lightly sanded with extra fine sandpaper (320 grit) - wiped off with a microfiber cloth

I then sprayed it with RustOleum - Ivory Bisque - Semi Gloss (two coats - allowing to dry about 45 minutes in between)

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I finished with a protective clear coat in gloss

I had already purchased lampshades a while back - so after I put those on they were ready to go!


It is amazing what a little spray paint and a new shade can do - they look completely different!

and lastly, Annabelle checking out the dresser that we picked up over the weekend for $15 - I've been looking a while for another dresser for the other side of the bed with no luck - it is too short so last night David made it taller so that it would be the same height as the other dresser. He also fixed the drawer. 

for $25 - Craigslist pulled through this weekend - now the bedroom is almost done. After I finish the dresser and swap the overhead light, it will be complete!


This post doesn't address any of the projects that I talked about on Friday - but they are still in the works and I promise to share photos when there are updates - too many project too little time!

Today I will be painting this dresser - check back to see updates and to see how we made it taller!

11 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah! I love reading your blog and love all the DIY projects. Makes me wish I had a new place to design and a garage to create in! I hope you're loving sunny CA!

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    1. Hi Jena - Thank You! When we were living in TN we barely did any diy projects because we didn't have a garage and it was either too hot or cold. I love having the garage and the weather is pretty good year round ... We love it in CA!

      Take Care!

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  2. Isn't it fun to DIY home decor? Love these lamp shades! Where did you get them???

    P.S. I'm from CA! There are actually a TON of Home Goods stores if you're interested in finding one near you. :)

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  3. The lampshades are from Target, I love them too! I'm in Central CA and haven't found a Home Goods yet - I recently moved where I had one and miss it! I'll have to keep my eye out for one!

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  4. I think Home Goods is called TJ Maxx in the west so keep your eye out for that!

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  5. We have a Home Goods in Fresno, CA.

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  6. Hi Sarah, I featured your lamps today on my blog Finding Fabulous! Come check it out, and grab our "featured button" if you like!

    Jane
    Finding Fabulous

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    1. Hi Jane! Thanks so much for the feature! Nice to "meet" you! Keep in touch! Sarah

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  7. Love the lamp transformation. It looks amazing.

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  8. Hi Sarah,

    There's are Home Goods all over LA and Orange Co. If you're in Central CA, the Thousand Oaks location is probably closest to you!

    Love all of your stuff!

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  9. I love your lamps and the shade you redid! They look great. I am so glad I found your blog...Definitely following!! Now I look at my lamp makeover and it is really bad compared to yours!! Maybe I will redo it in white!!???

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Darlene
    www.stork1.blogspot.com

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