My goal is to use as little moula as possible to make something as fabulous as possible. Case in point: my lamp project.
While taking out the trash a few months back (actually, Ben was putting the trash in the dumpster while I supervised from the car), I saw something sitting by the dumpster. My curiosity got the best of me and I jumped out to find out what this little treasure could be.
Lo and behold...it was a lamp! But not just any lamp: a free lamp. Unfortunately, my dear husband and I did not see eye to eye on this discovery...
Me: Just look at this beautiful lamp!
Ben: Why are you putting someone else's trash in our car?
Thankfully, in the end, Ben just sighed (after getting tired of hearing me shriek "please?! It's free!!" a hundred times) and let me bring home my new treasure.
Since the lamp was free, I decided to see if I could find a lampshade that was nearly as budget-friendly.
Sadly, after a month of searching (at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, J.C. Penny, Target, etc.) I could not find a single lampshade that fit both our budget and our style.
But then, just as I was about to cave and settle for a pitifully small, $17 drum shade from Target...I re-discovered Ikea's scratch-and-dent section! Much to my surprise, I found an enormous, black and white striped drum shade for just $2.75 - and there isn't even anything wrong with it! Can you believe it?! Two dollars and seventy-five cents!!! That definitely deserves three exclamation points! ;)
So, I snatched up the perfect lampshade and immediately went to work on my new-to-me lamp...
The lamp: BEFORE
The lamp: AFTER painting it with primer
A view of the guest room/study* with the lamp
A lovely bedside lamp for our guests**
So, have you been working on any free (or nearly free) projects?
*This room will be painted gray once I receive my free paint!
** The orange pillow cover was a recent purchase from West Elm. Ben suggested that instead of buying a pillow form, we should just fill it with the stuffing from an old "husband" (one of those pillows you rest against) we had lying around. He's pretty much a genius! :)