Wednesday, March 25, 2015

10 GREAT LAMPS UNDER $60, AND YOU'LL NEVER BELIEVE WHERE THEY'RE FROM!


I don't even remember what I was looking for, but recently I found myself on Walmart's website, and could not believe the stylish lamps that they had available.  And, I really couldn't believe the fantastic prices!  Many are from the Better Homes & Gardens line, I think that partnership was such a smart move on WM's part.  I picked out a few of my favorites, many of which are very similar to high dollar designer lamps.  

left to right 1 / 2 / 3 (you can bet I'd paint that base gold!) / 4

Even though a few of those are the lamp base only, there are plenty of very reasonable shades available separately.  This one looks like a winner for $12!

clockwise from top left  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

These 10 selections just scratch the surface, if you look around on their site a little bit there are many more pretty ones.  Several of these are available in different colors as well, so have fun looking around!  

Has a great find surprised you at Walmart lately?

P.S. -  If you're on Instagram, @whoawaitwalmart (Whoa, wait. Walmart?) is a fun account to follow.  They find great stuff from Wallyworld and post it.
P.P.S.  Nothing was sponsored here today, I just wanted to pass along these stylish finds!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

DIY SCALLOPED GOLD LEAF VASE


Hello my friends!  One of my blogging goals lately has been to show you not only more involved makeovers and room reveals, but super simple projects that anyone could do.  What I'm sharing today definitely falls into the "anyone can do this" category.  

In more than one store that I've been in lately, I've noticed many vases and pots with gold detail trim.  What a great way to dress up a plain old vase!  With a recent garage sale find vase that I had on hand, I set out to create my own.


I've spray painted a few glass projects in the past, but this time I wanted to try using the Martha Stewart liquid gold gilding paint that I used on the hardware for my daughter's nightstands.  It covers so well and really has a warmer, richer color than regular gold spray paint.


Rather than making just a wide gold band of gold, I decided a scalloped line would be fun.  Now, I'm pretty sure that the FrogTape shape tapes come in a scallop which would make this project even easier.  However, I didn't have any on hand, so I improvised.

Using a bottle cap about the size that I wanted the curve of my scallop to be, I traced the edge along a strip of frogtape.  I went almost to the edge so the depth of the scallop would be larger.  Then, I carefully cut it out, being careful not to tear the thin parts.  I should have started with wider tape, but I didn't think that far ahead.  


After it was cut out, I applied it to the clean glass, making sure that it was even.  Then, I did add another piece of tape just to give me a little more of a safety margin when applying the paint.  One coat of the liquid gilding did the trick.  It dries very evenly and quickly.  Be sure to peel the tape off right when you finish painting so that the paint doesn't dry and peel off with the tape.


Obviously, I will only hand wash this vase, and probably avoid getting the outside wet as much as possible even at that.  And, you certainly could make this with spray paint.  Even a glossy bold color, or glossy white would look fabulous.

This vase fits in everywhere, I might need to make another!  I'm still loving the pom pom coasters that my daughter made me for Christmas, and I just picked up an acrylic tray at West Elm that has been a fun new accessory.  Everything looks better on a tray!


So, with just a few supplies and about 10 minutes, this pretty project is easily within anyone's reach.  Just perfect for a fresh bunch of spring color! 



Here's a few related posts to check out if you missed them the first time around...

Gold Glitter Spray Painted Vases

Red Bamboo Nightstand Makeover


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Local friends, don't forget... there are just a few days left to take advantage of the special discount available to my readers for the OKC Venture Pass, good for 12 months of family fun at various local attractions.  Read all about it here, the discount code expires at the end of March!


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Friday, March 20, 2015

FRIDAY FAVORITES


Aren't Fridays just the best?  I hope you'll enjoy some weekend reading!

Jennifer shared a  tutorial and video on how to paint kitchen cabinets.  I never got around to posting about painting my cabinets yet, so go check out Jennifer's tutorial at The Chronicles of Home.  It's fantastic.  As much as I love black paint, this white wall of cabinets is just too good.  Can you believe this before and after?


I tried my hand at a colorful cake for Emily's 10th birthday, but how cute is this rainbow cupcake from Pink Peppermint design?  Such a fun party treat bursting with a surprise inside!


Bethany shared a book of gallery prints that she came across at Hobby Lobby.  There are several varieties, full of coordinating ready to frame artwork (some even gold foil), all for less than $10 with a sale or coupon.  I've already purchased one myself and used a print in a recent gallery wall.


I'm mustering up all of my courage and making plans to participate in the One Room Challenge Linking Event this Spring.  This round will begin on April 2, and participants will have 6 weeks to transform a space.  I'm serious about tackling my Master Bedroom, so I thought this challenge would be the perfect opportunity to get it done.  But, 6 weeks?!?  When I've had the stuff sitting around for 2 years to get it done?!?  I'm scared!  Obviously, I need a deadline to get 'er done.  But, anxious to complete it and see the vision in my head come to life.  You can see all of the reveals from last Fall's edition here.  Pretty good stuff!  If you're a blogger you should join in on the fun, too!  If you're not, I'll need all of the moral support I can get!  ;)



I'll leave you laughing for your Friday... I saw this adorable baby elephant video on a friend's Facebook page last week.  Watch it (skip to about 35 seconds to start).  That's the hardest I've laughed in a long time.



Happy Weekend!

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