Thursday, May 7, 2009

Yay for Craigslist!

I do not like bright overhead lighting so I am always on the lookout for cute lamps. I am also cheap, so finding affordable lamps that I can reinvent makes me really happy.

I found this pair of lamps a few months ago on Craigslist, $10 for two.Pretty cute all on their own, especially for $10, but they were begging to be re-done. I want a lamp to put on top the dryer in our new laundry room...or I should say laundry hall. I am going for a little bit of a shabby chic look.

So I cut off the fabric, leaving the lining.Then in classic southern engineering style, I winged it with scissors, some fabric that was on clearance, ribbon and the glue gun. Of course followed by shaking up the trusty can of cream color spray paint and painting the base.
Granted it should NOT be examined by a lamp maker (who?) or anyone with even the slightest perfectionist tendencies because it is certainly not perfect....but it was in the budget and just what I was looking for!

I do see now that I will have to spray paint the cord too.

God Bless spray paint. Don't ever pass up a cheap ugly lamp...just paint it!!


Handmade Housewife... said...

Very cute and crafty! If you're going for that shabby look you should do some more southern engineering and make a scrunched cord cover out of more fabric. Ballard uses double stick tape to hold theirs together, makes me think they are run by southern engineers :) I'd totally fit in there!


Adrienne said...

lOVe it!!

Tricia Anne said...

That is way too cute!! Thank so much for those process pictures! I have been eye-balling a number of my lampshades that need redoing and the main thing holding me back is that lining! This is perfect! :o)
Have a great weekend!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne
Ps. I am with Hayley! Bring on the southern engineers! :o)

Mary said...

I am sooo impressed. You are just so inventive. I never would have even thought to look on Craigslist for lamps, but I need a couple for the bedroom, so I may just try that.

Lori E. said...

That is too cute and you are a perfectionist.....just own it. You are talented and creative. I would vote no on the scrunched cord cover though, spray paint yes.