Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A thrifty makeover!



The week before last was our schools annual rummage sale.  I have been the chair of the event for the past four years.   Well we always have a lot of fun but it is a huge undertaking and usually takes about 20 hours over the course of  two days.  Well after the sale is over we box up all the leftovers to donate to the Salvation Army, while we are packing everything away we can help ourselves to anything we may like for free.


Well my friend found this lamp and liked the shade but wasn't sure what she would do with it.  She didn't like the lamp at all.  I tried and tried to talk her into taking it.  I told her it would look so cute spray painted oil rubbed bronze with a cute stencil on it.  She wouldn't hear it and said"Well then you take it." 


So I did!!



I didn't care for the look of the shade with it, I thought that it was to large.  So I went down into my basement stash and found one that I picked up for a quarter last garage sale season.  I made the stencil with my cricut and a thank you note that we had been sent.  I just cut it out on the card and dry brushed it on.  Then I used Ralph Lauren glaze over the top.  Just brush on and rub off.  Easy Peasy.  Ilove how this turned out and needed a larger lamp in this area.  This replaced this lamp.




I also scored the little bird house on the other side.  I couldn't believe that nobody grabbed it not even in the bag sale.  It is so cute.


Well have sales started in your area yet?  I can not wait till they are in full bloom here. 

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  1. You gave the lamp new life! It looks great.

  2. Wow! What a great "eye" you have! I'm gonna take a lesson from your lamp! And try to see things in a "make-over" light. I LOVE what you did.

    BTW, this is my 1st visit to your blog, and I am SOOOO hooked. :o)

    Thanks for al the creative inspiration!

    Theresa :)


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