So last weekend on my excursion to Michaels to pick up some spray paint for my candlestick project, I also impulse bought some metallic finishing paint for a lamp that I’ve been toying with for a while. See the before before picture on the left. I’m fascinated this ugly dated little lamp has been with me since college and made it from Oklahoma, to Iowa, to Queens. Touche Peir 1, you make a solid lamp. That said, I’ve been hating it pretty much since it took up residence in our living room. That shade! Honestly, if you recognize the last time this Moroccan theme mirrored business was “in,” you can guess my graduating year.
Anywhooooo. Awhile back I decided the best way to go was to buy a plain white $10.00 shade from IKEA and spray paint the mamajama gold. The finish was awful, horrible, and I was crushed. I don’t even have any photos it was so disappointing! I stared at it for 3 more months, hating it in my living room and thinking about just
throwing it on the street donating it for someone else to love. And then…. enter my impulse buy at dear old Michaels craft store.
The brand is called Sophisticated Finishes, see all their other wonderful products here. And its the bomb. Took about two shakes of a lambs tail to get the exact finish I’ve been looking for. It was so easy I had to stop myself from gilting every frame and stray object in the apartment.
Cut to the next weekend…
After a bum thrifting experience we were still jonesing for a project fix. While I was pouting on the couch browsing pinterest, my roomie guiltily comes out from the bedroom with another lamp, plops it on the fancy trash bag drop-cloth and starts painting away. Needless to say we’re one bored Sunday away from living in a jewel box!
P.S. I’ll leave you with a pic of our poor fur baby Otto’s reaction to hearing the blow dryer (the rooms likes to speed up his drying time)… but poor doggie thinks its bath time, he’s terrified hiding in the corner, and its mildly amusing.
I promise I'm clean mom and dad!
OK, so I didn’t carry the watermelon. Its March, they’re not looking delicious. I DID however carry home the Krylon watermelon spray paint from the fantastic new-ish Michaels on the UWS. You know, that area in the upper 90’s where they’re turning it into a bonified strip mall worthy of any medium-sized town in Ohio? Can we all scream Home Goods!!!!!
Listen, gentrified schmetrified, my corn-fed inner self is head over heels happy that so many of my favorite things will be conveniently located three short stops away from my place of
craft earning funds employment. I mean, I could almost go over lunch, except that it takes about 20 minutes to find anyone to let you into the super-duper lock down spray paint cabinet. Then you must submit to a background check and retinol scan while repeating “I will not huff,” just to have your shiny new spray paint pried from your trigger finger hand and escorted to the cashier for you. All while you wait in line for another 20 minutes with every mother/nanny and stroller on the UWS preparing for their own craft weekend.
I’d give you a play by play of my project except that its pretty self-explanatory.
- Have old crappy candle sticks.
- A desire to get in on that Pantone Color of the Year
- Spend 7 bucks, take the train home, and paint on the roof at 9:00 at night! (Because I’m a child, I can’t wait for daylight)
Totally into it!
And that’s that! This was really more of a test to see how I felt about this whole pink thing (I do enjoy a good color fad). Plus I was real tired of looking at those ‘ole tired sticks!
My wonderful roommate and I have lived in our apartment in Astoria for 3 years. After signing the lease, adding a fresh coat of paint, and a braver than brave trip to Ikea to furnish the joint we were settled surprisingly quickly. I suppose it’s really easy to move in when you’re coming to New York with two suitcases and a smile. Not to mention that fresh young hopeful spirit.
The apartment remained largely untouched until after that fateful Christmas of 2009… better known as kitschy Christmas spectacular!
- We wrapped everything!
Our Christmas decorating that year was very big and gaudy and out of control! There was a lot of hot glue involved.
Handmade ornaments, popcorn garland, and stockings!
Needless to say, after all of these crazy decorations
fell apart were taken down there was a very large hole in our lives. We needed something else pretty to look at.
And the redecorating of 2R began…
I have been wanting to start a blog forever! I’m the kind of person who loves to plan, plan and plan some more. But this time I planted my feet firmly and have prepared to just be. Have patience with me as I learn as I go. This will mostly be a blog about things I’m obsessed with and need to share from my cubicle.
My obsessions boil down to three major catagories.
- Benjamin Moore paint (view my current obsession here)
- Home products & projects
- Cute animals
Please be kind to my work in progress, I am very excited and ready, with a mild case of trepidation. Namaste.