Monday, August 30, 2010

Retro garage sale light revamp

It started with this light. I saw it at a garage sale marked $15 and for $10 it was mine! I loved it, the little one loved, the husband...not so much:) Haha.

I thought about keeping it blue and putting it in the kitchen which currently (note I said currently, this could change with a whim) is blue and red retro kitch. Alas I am a kind-hearted woman and let my daughter have it! A few coats of spray paint and it was ready for her room.

Here was her old one, which went with her vintage nursery rhyme theme. Very adorable but no longer suitable for a 4 year old "big girl".
So I took it down and began a solo trip down my path to becoming an electrician. Yep, you read that right, I began to hang this myself, my husband wasn't even at home! That's confidence.

First I had to realize that I have some very gross 1978 popcorn ceilings, which I knew I guess. I just avoid looking up at them until I have to. Like today. Then I notice the ugly dirt ring which just means another trip to Home Depot was needed for a ceiling medallion. 

Followed by my staring at the ceiling and trying to figure out my plan of attack. Trust me I was laughing at myself and possibly throwing out some "oh fudge"'s. But I got it up there! It was trial and error and I had to use some painters tape to hold some things in place, but it works!
And once the cover went on along with the beads, it is perfect!
It looks so great in her room and I think she likes it too!
In Charlotte's words "Mama, how romantic! I really love that you made that for me!". Yes, she is a pretty cool kid!

PS, I linked this great find on Rhoda's page over at Southern Hospitality

6 comments:

Apron Thrift Girl said...

Oh wow, I am so loving this lamp. I too would have bought it in a heartbeat. I am so partial to lamps.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love this, so unique! As to your question about poly, I do for wear and tear purposes. I recently have just started using a glossier version because, well I don't know why other than i like the glossy look again :)!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

That is so cute! I love unique light fixtures. Thanks for linking up.

Denise said...

wow, that is super cute! good job on tackling that yourself! :)

mishebe said...

What a funky lamp. I like it!

Bella said...

That is really cute. What a great find, lucky you!!