This past weekend I transformed (jazz hands for effect) a completely unfortunate looking thrift store lamp from this:
into a classy little number...
...with just a little spray paint and patience.
Scratch that, no patience -- I actually let it dry for 15 minutes, stuck a lightbulb in it, plopped the drum shade on top and let it finish drying on my new cabinet, where I could more easily admire its cuteness.
Speaking of that cabinet... remember the $10 thrift store radio cabinet?
I worked my magic on that too. Behold!
I didn't want to spend anything on the paint right now, so I got a bit creative with my leftovers and mixed four colors together. (Why mix two when you can mix four? It's like the tuna surprise of paints!)
The color is nice, but it's very light and I will most likely paint it a bit more 'robin egg' blue down the road sometime. (It's actually even lighter than it appears on camera -- not quite sure if it's the camera or my house's horrible lighting. Let's cross our fingers that it's my house's fault and I'll have a bluer cabinet once we have some recessed can lights installed)
I kept the great original hardware,
but unfortunately I also kept the gaping holes in the cabinet doors where melodious sounds from the radio used to waft through bright orange fabric nastiness.
Waft. It's a good word. Even when it's referring to music drifting through something garish and horrifying...
...something like this!! (dun, dun, DUN!!!!)
But I digress. We've come to the "very, very important poll" part of the post.
Back to the gaping holes in my cabinet doors.
Here's the very, very important question:
(1.) Put fabric panels in them?
(2.) Put 1/4" plywood in them, then caulk and paint and make it look like they were always solid doors?
My cabinet's fate lies in your hands. (Well not entirely, but I'd love to see what you think -- I'm a big fan of "research" before I make decisions, just ask my family. They looooooove my decision making skills.)
Update: Click here to see what I ended up doing with the cabinet...
PS. Who loves my new owl? Castoff from the sister, given new life with glossy white paint. Looooving it. Silly sister.
Linking this post up to House of Grace,