Scavenger Stunt

“Hey, don’t throw that away! I can use it for SOMETHING!”

Has your spouse ever uttered these words? Are YOU guilty of overusing this phrase? Don’t worry. Joan from Scavenger Chic and I are here today to help you find inspiration so you can finally spring into action!

Step one: grab that junky thing you’ve kept lying around for way too long. Step two: turn it into a lamp.

 

Shutter Lamp Before

 

Shutter Lamp After

Tada! How easy was that? Pretty easy, if you know your way around a jigsaw and a nail gun and a lamp kit.

Or, here’s another approach for those of us less inclined to fiddle with electricity.

Step one: grab that junky thing you’ve kept lying around for way too long. Step two: turn it into a lantern!

Shutter Lantern Before

 

Shutter Lantern

This is what Joan did with the leftover parts of the shutters after she had stripped them to create her lamp. Joan is ROCKIN it! Come to my house Joan and let’s tackle my piles of junky stuff next!

See the lantern how-to on her blog Scavenger Chic.


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All of the lights

I went to the gym for the first time in weeks a few days ago, and I am so incredibly, unbelievably sore today. I can’t even explain how sore I am. But I’ll try, so you can feel maximum amounts of sorry for me. I am so sore, I literally can’t walk down the stairs. I have to cling to the banister and ease one unsure foot down at a time. I can’t stand up or sit down without aggressively howling in pain. If I drop something on the floor, it’s dead to me. I have never been more sore in my entire life. Ever. Obviously working out is bad for you and don’t do it. That’s the moral of this story.

I’m so sore, my fingers can barely type, but I’ll push through for you.  #brave

Today we’re talking about lights, and how fun they are to makeover. Here is an especially fun one from Ronda at Batchelors Way.

Rustic Bedroom Lighting Before 1

 

Rustic Bedroom Lighting

A fabric-filled frame as a ceiling medallion?! So clever! She stripped the mini-shades and recovered them in chicken-wire for some rustic-chicness, then antiqued the fixture for even more rustic-chicness-goodness.

 

Beck figured she could find something to do with this light fixture when she spied it on sale for a mere $3. Three bucks? That’s crazy! The last thing I bought for three bucks was a burrito.

White Lighting Makeover Before

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She disassembled it, painted the brassy parts silver, painted the wooden parts white, and hung it in her kitchen. I tried that with my burrito, results were disastrous.

See it at work on her blog Beckwith’s Treasures.

 

And finally, here we have one of those outdated light fixtures that are prolific at the thrift-stores. Kelley liked the brass and scalloped shape, but not so much the etched flowers on the glass. She came up with a quick, colorful solution …

Aqua Mod-Podged Light Fixture Before

 

Aqua Mod-Podged Light Fixture Makeover | betterafter.net

fshe modddsFabric and mod-podge! She secured the fabric to the underside of the glass for easy cleaning, and the grand total was right around $15. Some people were worried about her using fabric so close to a light bulb, but aren’t most lampshades made of fabric anyway? She has had it hanging up for a year now and reports there have been no problems.

Soo many possibilities with this technique! See more from Kelley on her blog  E3ONE.


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A Tale of Two Pretties

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. Or something like that.

This is the tale of two thrift store lamps, plain, outdated, and cast aside. But not for long.

Friends Naomi and Sage from Plaster & Disaster bought the lamps and challenged each other to a lamp-off. Each would take one and make it over in her own style.

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Two Lamps, Two Designs (Naomi) | betterafter.net

For Naomi, this meant high-gloss black contrasted with a glamorous gold-dipped look. I love how she filled the ridges in on the bottom with wood filler before applying the gold. It makes it look authentically ‘dipped’ and not just painted. Fabulous!

 

Two Lamps, Two Designs (Sage)| betterafter.net

Sage also opted to smooth out the ridges on her lamp by sanding the entire thing. It got a coat of turquoise paint, then she layered on thin coats of gold using a mix of paint and water, which she sprayed on with a squirt bottle. Very cool technique! It gives it a shimmery ceramic look.

What fun! I want to have a lamp-off. Who’s with me? You know what else I’ve always wanted to do? I’ll tell you. Find some completely hopeless items at the thrift-store and have a competition to see who can improve them the most.

I would choose a few participants and send them their ‘mystery’ item in the mail, then they would report back with their efforts and we would all vote and have a good laugh.  Oh man, the more I talk about it, the more I want to do it.  Would anyone be interested in that? Let me know. I think we should make it happen.


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Fixture Fixer

If the Ugly Lamp Contest has taught us anything over the years, it’s that just about anything on this earth can be made into a lamp. Also, that there are many, many horrible lamps.

But today I present to you some light fixtures that are neither ugly nor horrible, but unexpected and fun! Wheee!

Lindsay recently created some DIY pendants out of … these things:

wood light fixture before

What are these things? No one knows. Farm-grade colanders? We’ll go with that.

Armed with her galvanized colanders and a few other supplies, she took this odd and awkward area of her kitchen ceiling and made …

wood light fixture room before
Wood Beam - Light Fixture - Makeover |betterafter.net…this!

She built a fake-front around the existing beam with stained planks of wood, which not only bulked it up to make it look much more substantial, they were perfect for hiding the wiring of her fancy new lights.  So cool!

See all the details on her blog at My Creative Days.

PS: Grand prize goes to the first person who can correctly identify what those things are.

PPS: Grand prize is a virtual high-five.

 

~ Have you entered the Linen & Boxwoods giveaway? $100 to spend, easy entry! ~


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