Forget all that talk of diamond’s being a girl’s best friend. (And really forget those open heart diamond necklaces, gag!). What a girl really needs is a good thrift store and a can of spray paint. In my case, Value Village and my new can of Valspar Deep Sea Diving.
When Paul had his coming out party yesterday, I didn’t mention his new accessory — the lamp.
Paul came home with us on Friday night and I had done a quick scramble around trying to find just his right accessories. I tried out the Ikea “globe/blob” lamp on him but it was too bright. The other lamps in the house were too tall. I knew I wanted some big artwork there as well so I hit a few area thrift stores to see if there were any large frames or canvases I could McGuyver into something better. No luck.
But I did find this naked little white ceramic lamp base for $2.52 and a very sad country-style lampshade for $1.21 in two different aisles at Value Village.
One visit to the backyard “spray booth” later . . . .
And things are much happier. All for $3.73 and a can of spray paint I had already used on another project.
The artwork next to it was something we had picked up on a family trip to Memphis a few years back. It’s an old flyer for a concert or something. . . As a happy accident, it contained the blue color that is now starting to pop up all around the house. I propped it up on a little Ikea (!) easel. I still have some ideas in mind for the big “statement piece” that will go behind there, but whenever that is ready, it will have a little light to light it up.