Friday, July 27, 2007

Recycled container lights

Check out these cool lights, posted by "mattsparkes' on Superuse.
Very cool idea!!

Ugly Lamp : BEFORE

Well, It's been a little while again since I've blogged, as summer happens to be the busiest time of year for my other business, face painting! I also am now expecting and due on Christmas day! So, I've been "recycling" a messy, un-used room in our house into a nursery. So, enough with the excuses...

At this very moment I am also manning my own garage sale, which got me thinking about this great way to re-use. Never be too proud to go to garage sales! You never know what treasures you'll find. This ugly lamp above, which I got a long time ago at another garage sale and had filled with marbles, was about to go into my own sale. But, then I came up with an idea to use it for my new bug-themed nursery. I have already covered the shade with cute bug fabric, and next I plan to paint the base, and fill the inside with fake grass and bugs like a little terrarium. So, stay tuned for the "after" shot of my ugly lamp!

Garage sales are a great way to personalize, recycle and re-use things that might otherwise end up in the trash. I got a fantastic crib the other day for $30 which is unreal. And, now I'm sitting here eyeing my dad's beat up dresser, thinking I could keep it and paint that for the nursery as well. It is an obsession that never really ends... But that's okay. If you're not the creative type, don't toss out your useable stuff, as someone out there can fix it up! Donate it to a thrift store and help the rest of us feed our obsession!
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