Tag Archives: Spray Paint

I have another lamp makeover to reveal! I sourced a large, battered brass lamp and a decent-sized drum shade from Goodwill. I’ve repainted several brass lamps in the past, but only because they’ve been beyond repair. I’m not totally averse to brass–just allergic to those items that are superrrr grimy. I really liked this lamp in particular because it has great curves at its base. Only had to invest a combined $10.94 for both pieces–$6.97 for the lamp and $3.97 for the drum shade. Not a terrible day’s haul. I decided on spray painting the lamp gold and covering the shade in a 2 inch wide navy ribbon.

Navy Ribbon Shade and Gold Lamp

Navy Ribbon Shade and Gold Lamp

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I love owls. I have an owl lamp, two owl vases, and even owl earrings. While perusing my favorite thrift shop, I found an adorable owl figurine for $1.97. In its original painted state, it looked a little dated. The various shades of brown made the little guy look a bit angry. I knew with a touch of spray paint it could take on a new, modern life.

Painted Porcelain Owl

Painted Porcelain Owl

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Never underestimate the impact of a framed picture’s mat! I love how much more stately a photo or piece of art becomes when its encased in a mat as opposed to just a frame. When I pick up used frames at thrift stores, I always try to find a frame that already has a mat in good condition. Mats can be transformed just as easily as frames can be. I often just paint them, but sometimes I like to cover them in a cool fabric or textured paper. With just a quick application of black spray paint, I gave this piece a whole new look.

Repainting a Mat can Transform Artwork

Repainting a Mat can Transform Artwork

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I had a great handled tray that wasn’t being used to its full potential. The graphic read “May Your Glass Always Be Half Full,” which limited its use to eating and drinking. I already have several kitchen and serving trays, so I set out to makeover this one into an item that could be used throughout the house.

Painted Stenciled Tray

Painted Stenciled Tray

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Just a quick before and after today, fellow craft enthusiasts! I’m always looking to makeover lamps, especially if I can find the lamp and/or shade for free. I found an old lamp in a closet and set out to reinvigorate it. The final product ended up being crisp white and dark pink–my two favorite colors.

Crisp white lamp base paired with fabric-covered shade

Glossy white lamp base paired with fabric-covered shade

Supplies I used: lamp base, shade, damp rag to clean off lamp, painter’s tape and plastic bag to cover light socket, primer, white glossy spray paint, mask to prevent inhalation, fabric, iron, scissors, pencil, and scotch tape. Read More →

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One of my sisters has a huge collection of rings. I wanted to make her a ring box so she could both display them and keep them from being misplaced. I picked up a standard wooden jewelry box from a thrift store.

Retrofitted Ring Box

Retrofitted Ring Box

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Some of my most rewarding projects have come from unused items found around the house. Given a little ingenuity and a few supplies, I like to transform these sad saps into something useful and beautiful. I love doing lighting projects in particular. This little guy got a major overall with just a few coats of spray paint and a sleek lampshade.

Mighty metallic lamp!

Mighty metallic lamp!

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I spend a lot of time in my craft studio. Even when I’m not making things, I just like to hang out there. I keep all of my supplies there and display a lot different medium on walls and shelves so I can get inspired. Formally a bland study, the studio is only 6 months old–we’re just about to start eating solid foods. I try to keep the space as organized as possible while maintaining a relaxed, cheery environment that’s bursting with color. Over the last couple months, I’ve noticed a real need for a place to display clippings, notes, pictures, and other bits of paper so they won’t accidentally get thrown out. A regular old corkboard just wouldn’t do. I started rummaging around and came across a few matching canvas frames. With a little decoration and some engineering, I knew they would become the perfect bulletin board triptych. To give the canvas some personality, I settled on three different geometric stencils. I wanted them to coordinate with my dry erase frame that also hangs in my craft studio, so I chose a yellow and teal palette. They also would coordinate well with the gorgey rug that lays in the center of the room beneath my large counter-height table.

Stenciled Geometric Bulletin Triptych

Stenciled Geometric Bulletin Triptych

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As I mentioned in a previous post,  I hate tossing my jewelry in a box at the end of the day. I love being able to find a full set of hanging earrings and throwing on a necklace without spending ten minutes untangling it. After making jewelry frames for myself, I wanted to make some larger earring and necklace displays to give as gifts. I’ve used plastic embroidery canvas to hang earrings, but I wanted to find a material that was a little sturdier and added a bit more interest than a standard grid pattern. I came upon some decorative aluminium sheeting at Home Depot and knew it would be perfect. After finding and painting some wooden frames, I cut the sheeting with sharp scissors and attached it to the frame with Gorilla super glue. Clear thumbtacks got topped with large stone beads so bracelets and necklaces could be hung as well. I ended up making a couple matching ones in a white and teal palette because I liked the color combination so much.

I don’t like to get too crazy in the decor of the display because once the frame is filled with jewelry, there will be a ton to look at. Too much competition with the earrings and necklaces distracts from the beauty of each individual piece. Hope this inspires you to dig your precious gems out of their boxy coffins and display for all the world to see! (or maybe for your eyes only!)

I got this frame for $1 and added the sheeting leftover from my gift making. Saved it for myself!

I got this frame for $1 and added the sheeting leftover from my gift making. Saved it for myself!

I gave this one to my sister. It matches the one I made for my friend--I loved the teal and white combination too much to do a new design.

I gave this one to my sister. It matches the one I made for my friend–I loved the teal and white combination too much to do a new design.

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This little lady was my first lamp makeover! I found her in the basement where she had been covered in a light layer of dust and spider web. The lamp had originally belonged to my grandmother and looked quite good in her day. Some of the hardware was missing, but I just the loved the shape and style. The etched glass was in good condition, and both light sockets worked perfectly.

Grandmother Lamp

Grandmother Lamp

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