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)
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!