June 24, 2009

Lamp Post

I found this little blue lamp at the S.A. for $3. I liked the blue, but hated the gold/brass plated trim. I had read an article awhile back at Style North about stripping the brass plating off yourself and when I saw this lamp I knew it would be a good first experiment.

But the makeover didn't stop there, I needed a new shade. I found this beauty for $2, and an old white sheet which had a subtle pattern on it when held up to the light. The white on white pattern won't compete with the other fabrics in the room or be a boring white shade.

June 17, 2009

And the winner is....

Our Dining/Living/Kitchen paint colour has been selected. We are going with Benjamin Moore HC-169 Coventry Gray. Check back for the results.

June 16, 2009

Primed to Paint

I've been tempted lately to do a bit of painting in the new apartment. The kitchen-dining-living room in the house was a newer addition to the victorian apartment. The other rooms have crown molding, ceiling medalions and chair rails. The kitchen space is a seperate area with less character, but lots of windows and nice window trim. Unfortunatly this area also comes with the deaded apartment yellowy-white. It's got to go.
I'm leaning towards a gray for the walls. Here are some of the ideas which could work in this space.

June 15, 2009

Chandelier Transformation

The lack of overhead lighting in our apartment makes the desire to have a pretty chandelier very appealing....but that lack of overhead wiring makes the prospect too much work for a rental. My recent Sally find was the perfect next project. The wiring was disconnected on the chandelier and looked like it may have been outside for awhile but for $4 it was worth a shot... check out how we are making use of our find.

June 10, 2009

Clustered Collections of Colour

In our old kitchen I started a nice little collection of green glass to put some colour in our boring kitchen. The pieces are all random but the colour makes them all work well together.

June 5, 2009

Easy Breezy Curtains

1 Thrifted White Twin Sheet $0.99
1 Vintage Floral Sheet $1.99
1 Standard Curtain rod $3.29

Throw in a sewing machine, iron, spray starch, a couple of hours and we have ourselves some airy summer curtains.

June 4, 2009

Mirror Mirror...Not on the wall

I have spotted a theme in my thrifting recently...mirrored accessories. A set of mirrored drinking glasses, two mirrored vases and two picture frames with mirrored matting. I'll upload some photos soon of my finds-- and in the meantime here are some other great mirrored accessories out there.