Winter. The time when we regroup, rest, and reevaluate. Our lives, our choices, and our projects.
This winter was especially transitional. I managed to murder my vehicle after it got me home in a blizzard (4.5 hour drive from hell). I got talked into a beautiful new lease car. I then got a new job that is absolutely wonderful. And as our first winter in our new home we were full of excitement for all the things we wanted to do. We even started a running list on the fridge of things we needed to tackle.
Top on my list was something that drove me crazy everyday. In the front and back of our new house we have these light fixtures. Little lamps that were rusted and weather worn. I’m probably the only person that noticed but whew they are ugly. I had been dying for months to refinish them.
I mean just look at them:
Not a pretty sight. But with some help from my beloved we took down all the glass portions and removed the pieces. Unfortunately the fixtures were wired in and since neither of us is an electrician we had to leave them on the wall. Our solution? Unscrewing them just enough to slide cardboard under it.
Then the spraying commenced! We used another piece of cardboard off to the side to catch any overspray. After all I don’t think gold spray would have enhanced the siding. We sprayed all the fixtures and the covers before replacing the glass.
Once they dried enough to handle everything got tightened back into place. These fixtures which once looked ready for a junkyard now looked brand new. With a little help from this little can:
Not to shabby for spring project #1. Six fantastic lights! Well, I also planted some flowers today…..
If you have been following along with the office makeover then we are on the same page. If not scroll back a bit to read about the filing cabinet and desk first.
So we moved the desk into the office and it looks great but all of my other things looked out of place. I found an awesome stapler and tape dispenser that matched my office on poppin.com. But something about paying $14 for a stapler/tape dispenser stopped me. Especially since I had a perfectly good set of them already. Of course I took this time to remember that I had leftover spray paint. Logically the only solution was: PAINT THE ACCESSORIES!!!!!
Yeah…..got really spray happy with my office accessories….
Basically I held them down, primed them, and sprayed them with the leftover spray paint. The result was a tad bit sticky. For some reason the odd coating on my stapler took the paint but wouldn’t let it dry all the way. The first time I put it down on the desk it stuck. The other ones came out just fine. Black dividers, black stapler, puke green tape dispenser, and grey speckled pen holder turned into this:
I was happy the way they turned out but wish I could figure out why the stapler took so much longer to dry then everything else….curious.
Anyway, it definitely completes the new office space right?
(P.S. caught that cute storage ottoman from a sale at JoAnn Fabrics – the back to school collection. $9 for a storage ottoman? You bet!)
- It’s All in the Details (likeasaturday.com)
- New Desk Makeover (medoredo.wordpress.com)
- Home Office Ideas (annapetrov.wordpress.com)
- A Spray Painting Day (twocrazykidsblog.com)
- 1 Can of Spray Paint + A Shabby Chic Birdcage (pocketfulofjoules.com)
- The Home Office (timetoturnthetable.com)