A TEENY MAKEOVER
I have a little makeover for you today.
In the interest of getting the studio / office ready, I have been gathering a few things We will need to make it work the best that it can. Last week I gave you a peek at the ideas we have, including a new to me shelving unit.
I found a cute little lamp at a garage sale over the weekend for just a few dollars. My goal is to keep the costs of this renovation to a minimum, so buying used, reusing what we have, and diy-ing what we can will help us to do that. This lamp will be just right for our desk, but it needs a little refreshing.
I thought about getting a new lamp shade, but I kind of like the retro feel of this one. If it really isn’t right, I’ll get one later. No worries.
I found a color that I quite like. Since most of the room will be variations of white, gray, and black, I decided to give this little gem some color. Again, if I don’t love it, I can tape it off and give it another new look.
Side note: I know some of you have a real struggle choosing colors. The terrific thing about buying used is that I feel much freer to try something, and if I’m not a fan, change it out. For a small investment I can play around. Same with wall color. It’s fairly inexpensive to completely change the look of a room with paint, and I love the sample sizes for trying on a new color. Indecision is paralyzing. But I feel like you can’t improve things if you don’t do something to improve. Fear of not getting it exactly right the first time can keep us from even taking the first steps. You got this – Go ahead and try!
Back to my mini-makeover. I taped off the lamp and used plastic to cover the top and the cord. Spray paint will get everywhere, my friend, so anything you don’t want paint on, cover. I seriously spent about a minute spraying the lamp with the first coat. I’m taking advantage of a beautiful day to get this done, so it only took about 15 minutes for that first coat to dry.
I did that a few more times, turning it upside down to get the undersides of the curves, and let it all dry for a few hours. This is one of the hardest parts for me – waiting until it’s dry. I am always so anxious to get things back together!
Removing the tape and plastic is so rewarding. Since I took my time getting the coverage correct, unlike the many times in the past when I rushed through this part, I am thrilled with how it turned out.
Popping on the original lamp shade completes the look. It’s quirky, in a friendly grandpa kind of way. I love the character of it, and I think it’s going to be just right in the studio / office.
And really, if it doesn’t work, I can give it another go, just like that.
Any little makeovers on your mind? Let me know!