Wednesday, October 13, 2010

One Hour Makeover

Hello Ladies!  (and Gents, if you are out there)

  It seems the weather in Phoenix just made us all exited over the cooler days, and then changed again, so that we are still having temperatures in the high 90's. Arrggh!

OK, that takes care of the small talk!

Do you know what these items have in common?

 Except that they are all dusty and in my garage...

OK,..... you know me too well! Yes, they are all thrift store finds....and all  a dollar each, on Dollar Day.

The brass lamp and bowl got sprayed with Oil Rubbed Bronze....

Primer, like safety, ALWAYS first. (or in my case, 85% of the time)

For the shade I was planning on using a black,decorative ribbon on the edges and seams, but after seeing someone"s* post on how they used a sharpie to put black accents on their lamp, I thought that was a much better, quicker, and easier idea.
 I ended up using the ribbon to make monograms on the sides of the shade.
Just formed the letter with glue, then stuck the ribbon on!

This is what it looks like now...

Uhm...I know you will be a sweetheart and pretend you don't see the ugly cord...

The brass bowl is now ORB, and the other bowl I left as it was...

What do you think? Not bad for a few dollars, right?

Please comment, so I will know I'm not talking to myself here...


* I thought I was sure that it was on Marty's blog, but now I can't for the life of me find it. Marty, if it was you, please help! Or if any of you remember seeing a post like that, or maybe it was even you...PLEASE let me know!


  1. Looks great. Quick and easy my two favorite things!

  2. Love that ORB! I love those two chairs also. Very cool looking.

  3. Suzanne that is the monogram too. You are so good at this makeover magic stuff. Thanks for joining me. Debbie

  4. Looks great! I just finished a lamp makeover myself! They are so much fun when you find them for that cheap! LOL!
    Thanks for sharing!
    P.S. I am your newest follower!!! Cute blog!

  5. mmmmmmmmmmm...I hear crickets and they are commenting on how clever the ribbon monogram is...

  6. I LOVE how spray paint can transform ugly, outdated things into something beautiful!! It looks AWESOME!!

  7. beautiful makeover, bravoo!!!


  8. How is it you find such great stuff to use? I can never see the 'end' project. You should have your own store. Your really good at it.

    Have a great weekend!

    Oh, and were doing a weekend MEME come check it out!

  9. Yes, that is my kitchen - thanks for your nice comment!

    If you have a chance on Sunday, I'd love for you to swing by to link to this on Not "Baaad" Sundays with LambAround :)

  10. It looks great. I really like how you did the monogrammed shade.


  11. Hi Suzanne,
    thanks for visiting my blog. Love your lamp transformation, and funny thing is, I've just been reading Kelly Rae's book recently too.
    Cate :-)

  12. Thanks so much for linking up to Not "Baaad" Sundays with LambAround last week! The Linky is back up and if you stop by, I think you'll be happy with what you find ;)

  13. That lamp is SO awesome now! You got some great deals. I really need to find a good thrift store around her. You done good on all of these girly! =0)

  14. Love your monogram on your lamp shade. Very cute. Mine would be "L" as well!

  15. I love how this turned out! And I like the sharpie monogram on the shade - you can't even tell.

  16. A very thrifty redo!
    Enjoyed your photos and looking through your blog...a fun place here!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  17. Lookin' good! You're so talented! I have a hard time looking at objecs and seeing their potential. But you did a great job!

  18. What a find!! I love that shade- check out our latest post for our quick re-do, too!

    PS: My fav thrift store is called Treasures&Things in Mesa, sw corner of Gilbert/Southern. LOVE it! Happy thrifting!!


  19. PS: We're your newest follower!
    PPS: What is this $1 day you're talking about?! I must know!! ;)

  20. I love lamp makeovers!!! great job on this one!! stopping by from the Lamb Around Link Party! :) you can check me out at


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