Lampicillin

The Ugly Lamp Contest is coming soon!  Start training your eyeballs now so they will to be able to withstand the soul-crushing hideousness that is coming their way. I will have more info soon, but I am starting to accept submissions now, so send those original ugly lamp pics my way!  (Betterafter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp).

And in NON ugly lamp news, Christina at The Frugal Homemaker took this sickly set of brass lamps and healed them with a dosage of white paint.

(Truly, they weren’t that bad).  I’m a fan of brass and think it can look awesome in the right room, but white will always and forever be a classic favorite!

 

What a change white paint can make! See a white lamp makeover at betterafter.net

 

What a change white paint can make! See a white lamp makeover at betterafter.net


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Like a bird(cage) on a wire.

You know how I love an easy project.  One that doesn’t require a huge time commitment, or even both hands.  Something like this sweet little birdcage turned pendant light project by Lindsay at Another Mormon Mommy Blog. To be fair, I’m sure it requires using both hands at some point.  Unless you are lying on the couch, directing someone else.  (I’ve always thought DIY was more of a command than a statement.  Go do it yourself!)

But why not!  You can totally do this yourself. Look how great it looks with the antique style bulbs.  Do you think our current light bulbs will be cute and nostalgic someday?  Hmmm, maybe.  But probably not.  But maybe.

 

From birdcage to pendant light at betterafter.net

 

From birdcage to pendant light at betterafter.net

 


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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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