Friday, July 18, 2014

From Basket to Light Fixture

As always, this story starts at Goodwill.  I was shopping there one day and came upon this precious little basket.  I picked it up, admired how cute it was and then put it back down and continued to look around.  I found myself looking back at the shelf it was on for another 5 minutes to see if anyone else had picked it up yet.  Then I decided I had to have it.  I may or may not have *almost* knocked people over to get back to it.  Then I took a few pictures of it and sent them to my sister (this is my norm if I cant decide
on a purchase).  :) 

Before (The actual pictures I sent to Ashley from Goodwill)  ;)

The more I looked at it the more I thought it would be so cute hanging up, like as a light fixture.  And what do you know...I needed a new light fixture in my office The Parlor.  I think the basket was $3.99.  So why in the world I stood there trying to decide if I should get it for 10 minutes is beyond me.  Frugalness is a gift God has blessed me with.  :) 

That night when Mark got home I couldn't wait to show him my new light fixture (well soon to be light fixture).  My husband is pretty amazing.  I mean, I bring all sorts of crazy things home for my projects and he always gets roped in at some point...but never complains. 

I decided to take the handle off and drill a hole in the bottom which would soon be the top that the light cord would come through.  I spray painted it white because I thought that would look better in The Parlor.  Then I purchased a white Swag Kit for the light part.  Mark did the electrical but after watching him I'm pretty sure I could do the next one (with his supervision).  It was super easy, it took maybe 5 minutes.  There are lots of videos on YouTube that show you how but be careful if you try it yourself!!! If you are local I can give you the number of certified electricians who are very trustworthy and not expensive.

I really love how it looks!  The shadows on the ceiling are so pretty! 

I just love how this turned out.  I'm now walking around my house trying to decide which rooms need a DIY light fixture in them.  :)  I think my total cost was less than $15.  That includes the basket, spray paint and swag kit.

Do you have any rooms that are needing a new light fixture?  I feel like it completely changed the look of the room!  I would love to see your before and after pictures if you decide to give it a try!

I would love to hear your thoughts on the Basket turned Light Fixture!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Cute Coffee Station

I found this cute little decoration at Goodwill for $2.99.  I didn't really have anywhere to use it, I honestly just got it because it had chickens on it.  Chickens are the way to my hubby's heart so I knew he would love it.  I picked it up and just like always it went in the project room for almost a year.  :)  Out of boredom yesterday I just pulled it out and decided to paint it.  I had no clue where I would put I just needed to paint something! 


I decided to paint it with Rust-Oleum Hammered Spray Paint.  Someone gave me this spray paint and I've been wanting to try it.  At this point I still had no clue where I would put it. 

I only used 1 coat!  And love how it turned out!  I just really love the color and the texture.

After I brought it in I looked around to see where I could put it.  I looked over at my little coffee station and thought it would be perfect there!  It holds the jars that have coffee, sugar and spoons.  Makes it look a little more put together!

Please ignore my counter tops and cabinets...our kitchen is a work in progress.  Progress.  Takes.  Time.  AND MONEY.  ;) 

What do you think?  Once again spray paint if my favorite quick fix for anything!  Do you have any neat little finds that you spray painted to change them up a bit?!