Lamp It Up

So, did I tell you that I’m trying the Paleo diet for the month of April?  I’ve heard such good things, and my friends that do it seem to love it.  I’ve never done anything this strict before, and I’m basically married to carbs and in a serious relationship with dairy, so we’ll see how it goes.  So far so good, but I’ve only been at it for like … 26 hours.  Any other Paleo eaters out there?  I’d love some recipe ideas, otherwise it will be a loooong month of chicken and sweet potatoes over here.

<insert semi-clever segue into lamp makeovers>

And speaking of lamps, Paula at Sweet Pea had one!  It was unnatractive.  So unattractive that she found it in a dumpster, not even cute enough to be donated to Goodwill.  That didn’t scare Paula off though.  All it took for a happy ending was a little rust removal, fresh paint, and a pretty paisley lampshade.

Not one, but two lamp makeovers at betterafter.net

Not one, but two lamp makeovers at betterafter.net

And now that Christy got her hands on this thrift-store lamp, it looks like it could easily be for sale in a fancy and overpriced catalog.  Her price?  Three dollars!  See more on her blog Our Southern Home.

Not one, but two lamp makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Not one, but two lamp makeovers at betterafter.net


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Under Those Lights

Ever notice that lamps are ridiculously expensive for what they are?  I don’t quite understand it. They are such a basic electronic. It just doesn’t seem like they should cost so much.  Same with kitchen faucets. Water comes in this end, goes out that end, but it costs like $800. What am I missing?

So, if you too are put off by the idea of spending over $100 on a glorified light-bulb holder, take heart.  And take your old lamps and give them a quick coat of spray paint, and you are in business.  The business of not “getting tricked by a bizNESS.”  That was a Macklemore quote for you.  Sometimes I think I want to give my baby the Macklemore haircut.  Quick, someone talk me out of it.


Here Jenn at Endlessly Inspired gave this $2 thriftstore lamp a happy coat of Ocean Breeze and a fun shade. Just removing those dried flowers was an improvement.

Lighting makeovers on betterafter.net

Lighting makeovers on betterafter.net

And why not update that grand chandelier you’ve never really loved while you’re at it?  Laura at Top This Top That contemplated changing hers for months, then went ahead and threw caution to the wind and just did it.  And now she wonders why she didn’t do it sooner! It looks stunning with two coats of satin nickle and new shades. (And don’t worry, she knows the faux candles are upside down!)

Lighting makeovers on betterafter.net

Lighting makeovers on betterafter.net


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Lamping It Up

Ronda has been hard at work updating her master bedroom, and working just as hard at making sure it stays on budget.  So when it came time to spruce things up in the lighting department, there was no way she was going to go out and just buy a new pair of lamps because she was tired of her old ones, pshh, no.  That’s How To NOT Be Thrifty 101.

Spray paint and thrifted lampshades to the rescue!  She painted the base gold and added stripes to the shades, (which I must commend her on, because I have tried that and failed spectacularly every time.  How do you get the tape evenly around the curves? Truly a mystery of the universe.) Check out the rest of her thrifty accessory solutions on her blog  Batchelors Way.

 

Quick and easy lamp makeovers. Featured on BetterAfter.net

Quick and easy lamp makeovers. Featured on BetterAfter.net

And just in case you wanted to look at another fabulous lamp, (it’s the least I can do after the terrible eyeball abuse you suffered from the Ugly Lamp Contest last month), here’s another one from Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof.  Can an orange, yellow, and brown lampshade work with a bright aqua lamp base?  Surprise!  Yes!

Quick and easy lamp makeovers. Featured on BetterAfter.net

 

Quick and easy lamp makeovers. Featured on BetterAfter.net


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Ombre origami, oh yeah!

Get ready. I’m about to blow your mind.  Did you know you can buy PRE-MADE origami?  Maybe that bit of info doesn’t rock your world as much as it rocked mine, but this was a serious revelation to me.  I love origami and have always wanted to do some kind of large-scale decorative type project with it, like this, which if you click through to the website, is for sale for $1,800! Crazy cakes!  There’s no way I’d ever pay that much for something I can make with my own two hands.  Only … that’s a lot of work for my own two hands.  My own two hands would rather feed me popcorn.

But Jesse at Nine Red found some Etsy sellers happy to do the hard work for him for this project.  He took this outdated light fixture and used its guts as the foundation for an ombre paper crane lamp!  So so cool. 

Want to try something similar?  Just make sure the paper is at least three inches away from the bulbs, and that your bulbs are low-wattage. And check out his blog for the whole tutorial!



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