Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lamp Revamp and a chalkboard

I am still in the long process of trying to get my house in order. It seems like it is taking forever this time! I've had so many projects that I have wanted to blog about but I would either forget to take pictures or just not have time to post them!

Here are two quick and easy projects that I will share with you! First of all, I bought this mirror at GW for $6.99.

It was actually a little more than I wanted to pay, but I have been looking for a scrolly mirror , so I went for it.

First, I sprayed it with Valspar Porcelain spray paint.

Then, I used chalkboard paint and painted right over the mirror. (Sorry don't have a pic of that step!)

And...ta da...

I LOVE the way it turned out. It's simple, yet elegant. I really envisioned this being a bright color with some distressing, but...I'm still in the beginning stages of decorating my kitchen and my whole house for that matter, so I decided to go with the porcelain color since I could always change it later when I am ready to commit to a bolder color!

Speaking of a bolder color...

I really needed some of that in this area in the foyer:

It's a really bad pic taken with my cell phone. I am not crazy about the lamp. I've had it for about 8 years. I already got rid of it's twin. It did have a bell shade, but for some reason I took the picture after I removed the shade. Apparently I am prone to forget to take a pic of a lamp before removing the shade because I did that here, too.

And as you can see, everything is cream or brown.

Soooo, I dug around in my acrylic paints and decided to throw a little color on that lamp.

It's pretty bold, but I think I like it! Hey, I can always repaint it...right? What do you think?

I really like how the whole area turned out. I desperately needed an area for the kids' school folders and a way to control the swarm of papers they bring home everyday. I bought these banana leaf baskets at Kmart on sale for $8.99. They are the perfect size! I need to find one more, though, just to fill the space up better. Oh, and don't mind that Longaberger basket on the right. It's been sitting there since we moved in. I'm just taking one spot at a time and trying to make it feel like home!

I made a $1.47 purchase at the antique store to use in another project for the kitchen that I hope to be able to share with you next week. We'll see if I get to it that soon!!

You see, we have added to our family this week...Meet Lucy our new puppy.

It's a good thing she's cute...that's all I'm saying! : )

I'm linking to the DIY Show Off Surprise Party and Transformation Thursday. Check them out!

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Anonymous said...

Great job on both projects!! The color of the lamp is beautiful!

What a great organized space you have now! I wish I had been this organized when I was homescooling the boys!


Lisa said...

Love the mirror turned chal board but the lamp is fantastic! Loving that color.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

The mirror & the lamp both turned out fabulous!!! I love, love, love the color of the lamp. And your puppy is just too cute!!1

sleepyhead designs studio said...

Wow, the mirror/chalk board turned out beautiful! Love the lamp too.

west coast nester said...

I love it. Love the scripture too!

Jane said...

Love the mirror! Love the lamp.
Really love the puppy!!!
And I truly LOVE the scripture!
Thanks so much for sharing...

(My husband is teaching James to our small group...There is so much packed into that little book!)

Jane (artfully graced)

Nancy said...

Love the scripture mirror idea! I read this last night and went this morning to get some chalkboard paint - thank you!! :)