I am home from work today and all jazzed up about getting started on a couple of different fun projects. None of them are complicated or particularly spendy, so they’re right up my alley. (A.k.a. “Any-Extra-Money-is-Going-for-Trips-to-Japan Alley.”)
The first project is to spray paint the light fixture in our ceiling bathroom. Our single bathroom is quite small, and as a result moisture is a major issue. Naturally, our Cheap-o Home Depot light fixture is super rusty. However, this was really a non-issue, as the previous glass shade was very non-discript and did not draw the eye upwards. However . . . I scored a super cute vintage globe at Goodwill that is painted with gold stars for a wallet-friendly $3.
And now the eye is drawn up to ooh and ahh over the sweetness of the light, and then to eww and blegh over the rust.
My solution? Take that puppy down, give it a light sanding and spray paint it black. Why black? Because I already own the paint.
I haven’t started this project yet, as there are electricity issues that require my knows-how-to-do-it-safely husband to be the one to actually remove the fixture. Hmm . . . I think I’ll have the ladder already in place for when he gets home from work today.
My second project is to rejuvenate the cushions that came with my five buck wrought iron patio chairs. Remember them?
Here’s how the cushions looked after I snipped the seams open in order to remove the foam inserts:
A thorough bleach and enzymatic cleaner soak in the washing machine brought the cushion covers to this:
I had thought I would dye the fabric maybe a deeper burgundy or chocolatey brown, but our budget is pretty tight right now, so I think I’m just going to leave the color as-is.
My third project is to spray paint this lamp and then make a coordinating shade. (I got the inspiration from HERE.)
I’ve already started looking at spray paints, and will make a pilgrimage later in the week to Muse at Milepost 5 to check out their awesome selection. (Sadly, they’re only open Wednesday – Friday.) In an ideal world, I would love to paint this lamp a chrome apple green color, but I’m pretty sure this doesn’t really exist. (And of course, I’ll be rewiring this unsafe bad boy.)
I’ll continue to share progress on my projects, (as I’m always amazed with myself when I actually complete anything) on the blog. Anyway . . . wish me luck!
And remember, you don’t need a bunch of money to have fun with your home. All it takes is a creative eye and a willingness to get your hands dirty, (or mildewy or rusty.)
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”
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