Monday, August 19, 2013

My FREE Big Lanterns

My house had these huge light fixtures on the porch, too big for the small porch in my opinion and they were not in good shape.  So when we took them down I kept them in my junk stash thinking I could reuse and remake it into something else.  I took it apart by finding screws and taking them out and cutting wires and pulling those out.  Those swirls you see became wings to my junky butterfly!  Nothing was wasted!

I eventually got to this and I loved it!  Big lanterns are what these big lights would become!  I cleaned them up and tried to decide on a finish.  I did not like the pitted cheap brass I was left with, but I did want to sand enough for a smooth spray paint finish either. Rub N Buff in Spanish Copper came to the rescue. 

You really just rub it in and buff it and you get this!  Very Easy!  The top part where the vent holes are did not cover as well, but that didn't bother me at all.  I was not striving for perfection.  

 The Spanish  Copper is my favorite, you have to try it!  

So now they sit atop the piano looking like expensive lanterns from Pottery Barn!  

 Thanks for stopping by!  I have more projects than time to photograph and post, but I try to post weekly so stick around if you want!

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Friday, August 2, 2013

2 transformations!

I shop at thrift stores a LOT, but have no fear I am often buying the ugliest and dirtiest stuff in the store.  I am not buying up all the next to new decor that could still be found in stores.  These are two of the most unusual "before" items, I have never seen another one like either of these.  White paint came to the rescue to make them pretty!  The floral topiary is spray painted and glazed and the lemons were painted using homemade "chalk" paint and sanded so some of the yellow and brown showed through. 

I love the power of white paint, here are a few more transformations!

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