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Sunday, May 30, 2010

New Lamps!

I needed some lamps for the family room.  So when I found these beauties for $4 each at DI, ofcoarse I had to snag them.  Notice the harps are different sizes.  I had to buy new harps for $3 each.   
A few weeks later I found these lamp shades for $1 each!  Loving it! 
Only one lamp came with a finial.  And when I set them on the end tables they seemed a little short.  No problem.  I had these magic tools I bought on a clearance sale at Lowe's one time.  (I knew I'd need them someday!)  Anywho, the finials were 52 cents a pair, and the risers were 19 cents a pair. 
Now I was cooking, only they still seemed short.  So I measured the base of the lamp, and started scouring the used stores for something that would fit my measurments and raise the lamps.  That's when I met these lovely ladies at the Salvation Army store.  I just loved their curves and they were the exact right size.  Plus they cost me a rocking 25 cents for this pair of wooden bowls. 
So I glued the bowls to the base of the lamps and filled in a few cracks. 
I really like how the curves of the bowl matches the curves of lamp.
Then I sanded everything and primed it.
First I was going to paint them black, then cream with a brown glaze, but finally I chose Krylon Brushed Metallic spray paint with a Satin, nickel finish.
I think they turned out pretty good. Take a look, what do ya think?  My total cost was about $17 for the two or $8.50 a piece. 
 One more thing done in the family room.  I still need to refinish the end tables, black, cream or white?  Or maybe a combo, like black on the bottom and white on top?  What do you think  I also want to make a big ottoman/coffe table.   Well let's just enjoy these lamps for now!
I'm linking up:


10 comments:

Kristina said...

Beautiful! Love the colors!

The Hargrave's said...

I really believe you should be on the HGTV channel for doing things on the dime...Dang woman you are amazing! Can you please come do my house!?!? Love it!

Shelley & Scott said...

Just found your blog while leaving a comment for Miss Ellee. I love it! You're so creative and I just love following blogs about designing on a dime. my favorite lately has been allthingsthrifty.com. i think i'm going to have to add you to my blogs i stalk now. Love the lamps!

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

WOW! You did a great job with the lamps, and I am loving those shades!

I vote black on the tables, but it depends on what else you have in the room I guess. One of mine is black on top and white on the bottom since I never finished painting it, and I hate how that looks. So I would not recommend that finish, haha!

Chantel said...

Love the lamps. I've got a lamp that I'm trying to redo and it needs a smaller harp, where did you find one for $3.00?

Always Nesting said...

Could this project be any better??? Woo Hoo! I love it. You decorate the way I do :) Thanks so much for sharing this awesome project with us at Woo Hoo! Wednesday. Keep me in mind when you do your decorating this summer and post your projects when Woo Hoo! Wednesday returns in the fall. I'll still be around and posting but just not Woo Hoo! Wednesday.

The Mac's House said...

Ok, now you got me thinking I want some lamps for my family room so I'm hitting the thrift stores....

Thanks for the great idea.

The Olde Farmhouse on Windmill Hill said...

I absolutely LOVE how you 'think outside the box'. As I have time, I've been poking around on your blog and I'm amazed time and again at what you come up with. You truly are Superwoman! ~Rachel (a new follower)

Anonymous said...

Those lamps are impressive! I love your style and have many projects I am looking forward to now that I have the chance to stay at home a while!!!!

Pam G said...

Love your thinking!~
Pam