Yea, finally getting away for a few days. As you know, an earlier trip was cancelled due to my mom’s illness. But in two days we’re heading up north for a ski week. Meeting family up there and have rented a little cabin. I’m busy cooking and shopping as we’re all contributing to the meals.

I SO need this.

We are still in the middle of the renovation and I finally have pictures to post. Today I thought I’d begin by posting some pictures of accessory items I’ve redone. As I think about it, we’ve not only done the “big” renovation stuff, we’ve also revamped all the furniture. I’ve repainted pictures, lamps, tables, chairs-you name it. Anyway, I’m going to start with my new lamps. Apparently, I didn’t take “before” pictures so I’ll just tell you they were a rubbed on blackish finish. I’ve had the lamps for many years and they were one of my rare costly purchases. I bought them because they were very heavy which is the hallmark of a quality lamp. I knew they’d last for years. Anyway, I shopped for inexpensive new ones but nothing compared to these so of course I had to paint them.

Again, I didn’t think to take a picture of the can of spray paint because the DIY part of this blog is very new to me. I now take my camera with my when I start any project. Anyway–the paint color is the infamous Heirloom White spray paint by Rustoleum. I use this color everywhere. This first picture shows both lamps, one with the satin spray paint and the other with a metallic finish. I did take pictures of that.

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The lamp on the right is spray painted with the Heirloom White. It was just too flat and I didn’t want to leave them that way. But I also just didn’t want to use plain old gloss paint. So I went to Home Depot and I found this Martha Stewart product.

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I love this stuff.

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I used a brush and “scrubbed into all the crevices. Then I wiped off the excess with a soft dry cloth. Took about five minutes! Here is finished lamp on finished table.


All I did was spray paint the table with Rustoleum Spray paint, Black Canyon.

Yea! I found a before picture of the lamp and the end table. I had just purchased the shade and I think that’s when it struck me to paint the lamp white. It was paint the lamp white or the table white. I chose to paint the lamps white. Notice the slip-covered sofa. Purchasing white slip covers for my dark burgundy colored sofas was one of the smartest things I’ve done. It inspired everything else plus not having to buy new sofas saved me a ton of money. I love that!

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Anyway, I realize this wasn’t the best DIY project as far as photos or explanation. As I said, I’m much more comfortable with writing about life issues. They don’t need photographs taken at each step. Every time I started a project I’d get halfway through and realize I was supposed to be taking pictures from the beginning. I’m learning though. The upcoming pictures of the living room re-do are much more detailed. Maybe I’ll find that darn USB cable so I can use my camera. Stay with me. I learn more every day.

ps. WOW! Guess what? My hubby surprised me with an early Valentine’s present. A new camera! No more tiny little camera that doesn’t do anything. It’s not real expensive but if I can learn how to use this one, then we’re considering upgrading me in about a year. For right now, it’s the perfect size and not too complicated. Of course DIY pictures of finished projects will still be from my i-phone but future projects will be from my new camera. Again, YEA!!!