Friday, February 12, 2010

Recent Thrift Store Purchases

I love lamps. LOVE them. The soft light they fill my house with makes me very happy. My husband likes lots of very bright overhead light. We're different that way. He affectionately calls me a "child of darkness". I can't help it in this house though - there isn't much overhead light on the main level. So I win.

Even though we have many lamps (my father-in-law thought I was a crazy, obsessed, lamp collecting pschyco when he helped us move), it hasn't been quite enough. Have you priced lamps though? They aren't cheap. Even the tiny, ugly ones are at least $10 plus more for a shade. So I was happy to find this cute little thing at Goodwill for only $2. I brought him home and plugged him in on my kitchen chest. (Yes, I have a chest in my kitchen. I'm neat like that.) The way he lights my kitchen is so warm and happy.

The next lamp was $3, plus I paid around $12 for a new shade I think. This sad thing was ugly brown wood, but I brought him home and introduced him to my can of creamy heirloom white spray paint. And we all lived happily ever after.

Don't forget about Goodwill and other thrift stores when you need a new lamp. And keep in mind that spray paint and/or a new shade can work wonders.

Speaking of thrift stores, I picked up this dresser last weekend at a resale shop and I have lovely plans in mind for it.

I love the idea of all the extra storage right in our den. So far, the only thing in it is the box of hair brushing "equipment" for the kids. I got tired of lugging it upstairs and downstairs every day and we really only use it downstairs. (Because I got smart years ago and learned that if you want your litle girl to have pretty hair then it takes a few minutes and if you want your little girl to sit very still for a few minutes then you should park them in front of a cartoon. I also bought a second tooth brush and extra toothpaste and we keep it downstairs for the get to school rush. It's great to not go up and down the stairs over and over. Seriously guys, I'm smart.)

So now if only I can find the time to refinish and paint it. Until then, I love it anyway!

1 comment:

  1. Hey,
    So good to see you in Blog Land. Looks like we follow a lot of the same blogs. My creative side is just bursting with all this stuff. Now if I could just find the time to do it.

    Glory (fellow Trinity band mate)