For all those people who don’t believe that God loves you, I attest that there is proof. It’s called spraypaint. Spraypaint had to be sent down from heaven above. It’s too amazing to be of mere men. And it’s message to us mortals is that easy makeovers are possible (with the right conditions and a well-ventilated area).
Now let me step out from behind the pulpit my dearest Tinklers and Throttlers and tell you all about how a little can of Krylon white glossy spraypaint took my recent Goodwill lamps from brassy to classy.
I found these two beauties for $7 a piece at my local Goodwill and sat long and hard on a disgustingly dirty videogamers chair thinking about how I could use them. Most people would walk right by. Afterall, they have ill-fitting floral shades. Floral shades that had an unidentifiable brown substance on them. Yum. And the brass colored sides were oh-so-brilliant…bright enough to reflect the bad florescent lighting and burn holes in your retinas. But I knew that the cheap imitation brass lamps were a great shape…like trophys from winning the Kentucky Derby…which weirdly has always been a dream of mine. And a coat of spraypaint could turn them into something beautiful. Plus, you gotta love a lamp with a little beef to it.
But Katie, where would you put them?
In our living room of course! Our previous lighting situation was a-ok. The silver cylindrical lamps that we had in there were sturdy, they worked and matched our silver toned surround sound towers that hide behind them. BUT they were a little tall. And they were a little modern and masculine for my taste. But pickers can’t be picky.
Oh right..that doesn’t make sense unless you know that I PICKED THEM FROM THE TRASH. That’s correct. I am that slam-on-the-brakes-type that swerves for trash piles and has no shame going ankles over elbows into a ginormous dumpster to find treasures. Raise your hand if you are one too…don’t be ashamed. We are all friends here. These freebies we picked, cleaned and added Target modified drum shades to for our living room.
Here’s an oldie photo from over the summer (when our hydrangeas were in bloom) showing the lamps up close. I think that they will work just fine in our basement. Afterall, aren’t basements supposed to be a little more manly than living rooms? Or is that just me making something up just now to justify my new lamps?
Ok…now for the new ones:
I used one can of Krylon Glossy white spraypaint to cover them from head to toe and then used the same shades as before. I love em. I really really love them. The only thing now is…I would really like them to look a little more glossy. Does anyone have any experience with using lacquer spraypaint over regular glossy spraypaint? Does it make it look extra glossy? Cause that is the look I am going for. Extra extra glossy. And I would prefer to spray them…I don’t want to mess with any brushes.
Also, you may notice in the picture above that my laptop is out on the couch. Yup…that’s a little nugget for you guys about how Bower Power is created. I sit right there on that side of the couch, prop my feet up and blog my little brains out. Granted, I switched out the chocolate covered bacon bits for a glass of water and cleared off the endless pile of junk from the side table…but the fact remains…that is the birthplace of ABP. the left side of the couch 🙂
So that’s it for today folks. Link if you like to your favorite spraypaint projects…I’d love to see em! Or you could just tell me where you blog…or if you are a trashpicker…or if you like my Kentucky Derby lamps. Seriously…don’t they make the term ‘trophy wives’ make so much more sense now?!?