Monday, April 27, 2015

Symmetry, My Love

Hey hey! It was rough getting up on this Monday, not gonna lie. It was a bit of a lazy weekend for us since my son came down with a stomach bug on Saturday. By that evening he was much better, but nothing got done around here, that’s for sure. Yesterday I caught up with some cleaning and did get a small, quick DIY project completed.

I don’t shop Goodwill like I used to for so many reasons – the biggies being that I was filling my house with STUFF that I couldn’t pass up (it would be gone if I left it!) and I was tired of that. Also, as I mentioned here, the prices there have been a lot higher over the past couple of years. I think it’s in response to blogs and power of what I’m going to show you today. ;) But anyway, I used to stop in once or twice a week. Now it’s once or twice every few months.

Last week I found a few treasures, including a pair of matching brass lamps for $10 each. I know some of you hate when I paint this shiny brass, but…I don’t like shiny brass. :) I do appreciate an antiqued brass and smaller brass pieces are some of my favorite finds. But this I do not love, so I cover it! Most of the time they aren’t in great shape anyway, especially these:

painting old brass

The finish was badly crackled on both lamps, but I was hoping I could cover that up.

I started with one lamp to see if it worked so I could return the other one if not. :) I cleaned them well and then used a few coats of this primer and a couple coats of the glossy white:

spray painting a lamp

I was nervous at first and was pretty sure this was going to be a fail, because the crackle texture showed through immediately. But I kept on, hoping that my beloved spray paint would save the day yet again. And it did. :)

Why do I doubt you my love?:

white spray painted lamp

The few coats of primer really started to fill in the crackle and by the time I was done I could barely see it. If you look up close there’s a slight texture in some spots but nothing like how it started:

spray painting lamps

I was actually quite impressed and a little surprised that it actually worked. :) I went ahead with the other one and placed them on the front foyer dresser:

foyer table with white lamps

I haven’t done much with it yet other than to put the tray and a few things there, but honestly, that’s how it will stay for some time. ;) Accessorizing usually takes me forever to get just right and the older I get, the less stuff I like around.

Simple is pretty to me:

lamps and mirror on table

Here’s a pic of this dresser at Christmas after I painted it admiralty blue:

You can see that my need for symmetry won out again. I’m not kidding, it’s very hard for me to not have two lamps on a dresser. It makes me a little anxious. :)

This feels and looks SO much better to me: 

admiralty blue

Now I’m on the hunt for two more lamp shades just like these. The ones I have on there are from the family room table: everett table world market

See?? Two lamps. Ah yes.

I LOVE them on these lamps so I am hoping to find two more just like them. Which I’m finding is nearly impossible. (I’ve already looked two places.) For now I’ll leave them on there since they are the first thing you see when you walk in our house:

foyer table decor

I have hated our tile foyer basically since the day we moved in. Our designer during the build process suggested these tiles because of the gray in them, but they have looked 100 percent purple to me since day one. :)

I’m excited that they are finally going, hopefully in May. Can’t WAIT to start tearing them out! It’s going to look so much better when I’m done. Just gotta wait for the budget to allow it. Dang.

Anyway, for now I am soothed by the sweet symmetry of the matching lamps:foyer with table and bench

Here’s another before and after to show you the power of spray paint, yet again:

spray painting metal lamp

Do I need to keep reminding you? Don’t worry, I will. :)

There you go! Quick (it took me about 20 minutes start to finish) and cheap ($20 plus lamp shades eventually). Can’t beat it! Do you crave symmetry like I do? I try hard to fight it (and usually love when I’m able to) but this I like this table so much more this way.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Projects, paint colors and more!

HEY there! Are you ready for the weekend? So ready!

I am very excited to tell you I FINALLY have a site redesign coming soon – it’s only about five years too late. Seriously. I’m stoked about it and I’ve been cleaning up some issues with the site to get ready.

I fixed a domain problem a few weeks ago and when I did my blog roll disappeared. I heard from many of you and I’m doing my best to remember the blogs I had on there! If I am missing one you loved, please email me at thriftydecorchick (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know! I think I have most of them back up but I know I am missing some.

I’ve spent a lot of time updating the projects page for you as well. It was all wonky for a bit and I’m not sure why, but it’s fixed now. You can find a ton of information there, including the paint colors in our home:

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All in one spot! Whoot!

I have a few other topics grouped on there as well, including some of my favorite DIY projects, holiday decor, organizing tips and some of my favorite recipes:

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I included a list of the home tours I’ve shared on the blog too, so be sure to check out those as well!

I’ve also done a ton of updating to the FAQ page – it was totally out of date. (Hangs head in shame.) I share the sources for all of the drapes in our home:


As well as the furniture I get asked about most:

IMG_1728 And just general DIY projects that I get a lot of questions about:


If there is anything I missed on the questions page please let me know here!

I hope these updates will help you find projects and content even easier. The new design will clean things up quite a bit and I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to streamline some items.

Until then, remember you can subscribe to my feed here and feel free to subscribe and get my posts via email by looking for this on the sidebar:

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 12.00.05 PM Hope these help my friends! Have a wonderful weekend!