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5ft column lamps-

-No one-

seemed to “get”

-to understand- my

5ft columns

made into Floor Lamps w/skeletonized shades for sale at the antique mall.


Well you know what?

I brought them back to my mom’s house and used them in the Holiday Decor!


Even though It’s time to take down all the Christmas decor

(end of vacation and everyone’s heading back to school and work), I’ll strip them down to “winter decor” and leave them a bit longer ’cause I lov’m!  But the rest of the room needs to be restored now —so it’s a “working” day.






I’m sad to dismantle some of these pretty things, but, I’ll always have the pictures. . . .



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painting a chandelier "gold"Wanted to show you the finished chandelier

I will let it go at mid day.

Reluctantly.  It’s sO cOOl!


I already told you how I wore myself out trying to sand off the previous texture, and then used a Rust-Oleum metallic paint-and-primer in one as my base.  I used it to completely cover the textured verdigris finish and to seal any raw metal exposed in sanding.

I let it have the night to completely set up—especially because our humidity felt like it working on the finish--reached 1000%.  The Next day I began work on capturing that “golden patina” she was after, which comes from a multitude and range of “gold tones.”  Hence the menagerie of paints!

I used a combination of brush, spray & my fingers.

*I’ve had gold fingers for a few days~ down to some gold fingernails now! ; D

For the spray part, I used a handy little sprayer for small projects by Preval It’s a spray paint kit that allows you to make spray paint with latex paints—you’ll need to thin your paint just a bit.

Preval paint spraying system for small projects*You can buy these handy sprayers in most big box store’s paint departments.

I buy/keep a few starter (complete) kits and a few replacement sprayers on hand.  I’ve found the power unit can get too cold so I’ll switch to another and rotate between them.  The lidded jar lets me keep extra paint on hand “just in case!”

With all of these metallic colors and “techniques,” it was just a case of building up the COLOR in patient layers.

After it had a good amount of drying time, it felt a little “rough” again so I “sanded” it down with extra fine steel wool to a smooth touch, but,

enough talk—

Kristen's chandelier--

Kristen's chandelier--after

It’s tough to get a good shot of this because it has to hang from a rafter (it’s really heavy), and my studio is a wreck once again (Uuuuhhg).


another detail, andange of color to the candle sleeve--lor to th a chSo, one more thing….

The white candle sleeves just look too stark white so I painted a few of the old ones an old white that I thought might look more natural.  I’ll see what she thinks when I give up this beauty today.

*the old white candle sleeve is in the foreground—

And, Btw—below is the house it’s going to live in!  I laughed arriving there to meet with Kristen—I almost sold this house back in 1991 but my buyers were scared away by the amount of work it needed.  It was incredible then and more so now!


.…hey, this is the ceiling it will hang from—sigh……


--the incredible details of OLD architecture!

I know this house!  ; D



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Kristen's chandeliers--This project began in a call from my favorite lighting store, (who has rewired many a crazy lighting projects for me) would I be interested in a decorative paint job for one of their clients…?  Well, let’s see it!

No—they don’t want me to paint this beauty, whew!  They wanted the finish of this one to inspire the finish of another…..

it too, was amazing!

*Can I turn them down and just buy both from them instead!?!


Kristen's chandeliers--

Yes, I can see why they want to alter this one!  Big job getting between all those arms -16 of them- but, SURE!  Here are some details—-

details of Kristen's chandeliers--

I could totally see the first chandelier’s finish inspiring this one’s finish—but it turned out she wanted something else after all.

She would like it to have the soft, golden, brassy tones and glow of THIS ONE to be the inspiration.

the inspiration chandelier--

Yep~this is going to be a challenge.

After a thorough cleaning and a few test patches for color I realized the texture that came with the verdigris finish was seriously problematic.  And I spent the next 2 hours HAND SANDING the whole thing—a job I would NOT want to do again.  Ever.  I was filthy by the end of it, and my hands just ached.

sanding away the texture--

You can see all my hard work in the smoothness of the primer coating.

--the smoothness after sanding the texture away

working on the finish--


When I finish the FINISH -haha-

I’ll share pictures….

it’s looking really nice, and actually old!


I want to keep it!


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I miss my own “stuff” so much, but I’ll need to stay with my mother a bit longer, soooooo……long story short—

-it’s kinda’ silly to keep things sitting there any longer,

-it’s too expensive over the long-haul each year,

-I’m ready to let things go in favor of the “new” things I’ve been finding…


some of my lamps---So many beautiful things in that unit!

Here’s a sample of the lamp collection I had left behind.

I know, I know, it’s a sickness.

…there’s no vaccine.

I have lots of cool stuff to show you, from my unit AND from a few of my favorite stores I ran through when I first got in…so come back….


~ ~ ~

Oooops—-maybe I didn’t word things too well.

I am emptying things out—and loading up a 20ft UHaul to take back to my mother’s until things settle and I get my own home again.  All this work is because I‘m unwilling to walk away from my things.

Still sad though—I hate that I have to visit my beautiful belongings in a storage unit.

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WoW–you guys are good!

Yes–I’m making light sconces!

corbel sconces

I’m also working on their half shades.

I’m covering this one with anaglypta paper.

I’ve just begun painting the corbels…

And I’m working on some other cool lighting too!


covering this half-shade with anaglypta paper--I’m sharing with this FAB linky party!


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my newest lamp--I have boxes full of lamp parts.  Why?

Because lamps are just


one more category

in my [long] list of obsessions.


All lamps are nOt created equal–or beautiful.

But they MaY have some interesting parts to them.  And if they’re cheap, I buy them, deconstruct them for their good stuff…

and add that good stuff to the boxes…

until further notice.

You see~I love to build lamps!  From odd parts.


This lamp just looks like it should be a TROPHY URN, so I’ll only deconstruct it then rebuild it and add 2 extra parts to finish it!

deconstructing my lamp--

I didn’t need to take it down the whole way, I just wanted to show you how far you can go to change the look of your own lamps!   ; D   Even that square pedestal is two pieces–but they were bolted together really tight so I left ‘em alone.


9  decorative parts make up this lamp.

deconstructing my lamp--

I’m going to reuse  6  of them  and add 2 of my own.

The gold cap -or escutcheon- and an artichoke finial.

and now reconstructing my lamp--

I’ll play around with its metal finish later…

’cause I don’t know how I want it to be yet.

Hmmm…wonder if I have a marble pedestal in one of my boxes-?!?


no more lamp--my new trophy urn!

I’m sharing this project in this fabulous linky party!

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putting 2013 behind us I’ve been reading a lot of “Year in Review” blog posts…a great look back at some really inspiring projects out there in blogland!

I started thinking about a couple of mine—and was surprised at how many of my own projects I’d forgotten all about!

antq mall display cabinet

So I thought it might be fun to

RE-share them with you too!

But I’m going to start with one from Nov 2012 and something I never thought I’d be doing…TAKING A SPACE IN AN ANTIQUE MALL.  What a surprise–that I did it, that it went so well as to expand in this year, and the many projects it propelled!  Like~ building this new display cabinet from odd parts and its outcome!


~found me constructing a dresser-hutch for my very 1st G-G-nephew Brody.
~Then I finished off another children’s cabinet for my cousin’s little baby girl Emma  before traveling to Atlanta to deliver it AnD take a little birthday getaway!  Woo-hoo!

year in review projects- 2013

In February~

I decided to make several changes in my mother’s master br as a surprise while she took a winter’s rest in Florida with a friend!  It started with a fire place

Mom's surprise!

During the year I worked on a variety of projects, big & small~

my lighting projects- 2013

  1. My vintage White Globe sconces
  2. Princes Aleigha’s lamp
  3. A thrift store lamp and an anaglyptic-covered shade
  4. A lace-y chandelier
  5. A vintage bed lamp re-fashioned

my chalk boards and mirror projects- 2013

  1. the Atlanta trip windows
  2. my auction mirror
  3. making a mirror from cabinet doors
  4. a decoupaged chalkboard
  5. two more decoupaged chalkboards

And there were lots of  miscellaneous projects….

misc projects of 2013

But you all know my very favorite thing is construction!

Hmmm, I guess I make a lot of benches   ; D

my bench projects- 2013

  1. The other half of the 1st Craig’s List dresser
  2. The neighbor’s curbie
  3. A quilted slip-covered curbie!
  4. The ReStore “bench”
  5. Saving history!
  6. The 2nd Craig’s List dresser
  7. The sewing cabinet bench
  8. The Christmas built-in banquette

And furniture~

furniture projects of 2013reviving some curbies, an old camp chair, rattan chair makeovers, a thrift store dresser and bed re-furbished, the farm table, the outdoor china hutch, a 2nd Craig’s List dresser re-do, a decoupaged dresser, a bit more decoupage, re-working a curbie, Grandpa’s rockers, the antq mall armoire,

And of course–charity projects.

charity projects -2013

2 Hall Trees for 2 charities, The Habitat for Humanities Hall Tree and children’s cubbyAnd one more currently in the works for mom’s neighbor who is battling breast cancer, but I haven’t posted on any of it yet.

It felt like I was so busy all year, but it’s only 50’ish projects!

I did leave out a handful or so because I abandoned them (-didn’t like how they were taking shape, but I’ll come back to them…).  There were also many “other projects” that occurred throughout the year not listed above…

like TRAVEL and meeting some of my FAVorite bloggers!

Which you can neVer do enough of!


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