5.06.2010

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's Frugal Friday. I hope you all had fun with yesterday's little contest/giveaway. If you haven't had a chance to enter yet, scroll down and give me your best guess. Contest is open until tonight (Friday) at 11:59 EST. I'll announce the winners Saturday (and yes, I'll tell you what that intriguing "thing" is.)

Now on to Frugal Friday...

I have a friend who just bought her first house...from her in-laws. Along with the house came various and sundry furnishings. My friend is grateful for the furnishings, but also wants to make the house her own.

One of the things she inherited was an etched crystal lamp. Pretty, but not her style. So she called me and asked if it is possible to spraypaint crystal. Well now...that's something I hadn't tried before. So our project was a bit of a gamble for us both. But guess what? It IS possible to spraypaint crystal!

Okay, I know if my mother were reading this she would be turning green - thankfully she's a bit of a technophobe, and doesn't use the internet - so I know there are those of you out there who think spraypainting crystal is sinful. If you are one of those people, please avert your eyes.

For the rest of us...behold...




Please forgive the fact that there is no "before" picture - and that there is still tape on the cord (at least you know the black overspray won't be there when the tape is removed). But since painting this lamp was somewhat experimental I didn't think about a "before" photo until it was too late.

Now the trick to spraypainting crystal is using primer. You must use primer. We found that out the hard way. But once we sprayed the lamp with primer, the color took just fine. Mission accomplished.

Oh, and my friend replaced the dated lampshade as well...but I asked her if I could have it. She might have thought I was a bit crazy, but I have plans, oh yes, I have plans. And I'll share them with you soon, I promise. (I already started deconstructing it when I took this photo...)



Now, it's your turn!

You know "da rules"...

1. Link directly to your post, not just to your blog.
2. Please link back to the Shabby Nest so others can enjoy the Frugal Goodness.
3. Comment, comment, comment. Show our participants "the love!"


22 comments:

Thelittlebrownhouse.us said...

Wow! My OCD actually paid off! I am the first! I love the painted lamp - I have been wondering about painting some of those glass light shades like the one on the redo I posted - do you know if the hot bulb right next to the glass would ignite the paint? Cause that wouldn't be good!!

Thanks so much for hosting again!

Marie said...

Hello sweet Wendy - thank you for hosting another fun week! And for allowing me to link up my Home Goods mirror makeover!

Can't wait to see what you have in store for that lampshade!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Angela said...

Looks great!! I'm not a big fan of crystal either. I'm curious about the lampshade...I know it will be good!

The Little Red Shop said...

You know the old joke about the pair of pants that can stand alone in the corner because they've gone so long without washing? Well, that's what the shade reminds me of...it looks like a pleated skirt just standing there on its own...not because it's in need of washing...

Am I right...or am I right?'

Happy Frugal Friday!

: )

Julie M.

Stephanie Lynn said...

Wow - never thought about painting crystal...looks fabulous! Thanks for hosting! Hope you enjoy your weekend! Can't wait to see to see what you have planned for the shade! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Leanne said...

Thanks for hosting again. I'm all for spray painting anything and everything. It turned out beautiful.

raggygirlvintage said...

You didn't!! Tell me it isn't true! I paint just about anything that stands still, but crystal.....:-)
Still, so long as she is happy with her lamp!
Tracey

Joanne Kennedy said...

I had no idea you could paint over crystal. I don't think I would have ever even tried. Great job though. It came out nice.

Hugs,
Joanne

Willow Decor said...

Wow! I love how the lamp turned out!! Great job!
xx-Gina

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

I tried to join your great party but had trouble with linky. Sorry. Rory

Missie said...

I too tried to link to the party but kept getting an error.

kim said...

Mr. Linky is not working!

LuLu & Co. said...

Who knew you could paint crystal. OH my goodness brilliance!!! I just know i'm going to love the shade redo!!!!
xo,
LuLu

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

You've got my wheels spinning. I have been wondering about painting crystal too. Can't wait to see the shade!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Life in Rehab said...

I would have never thought to do that, and I think I've spray painted almost everything. It looks great so far!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Thanks for hosting Wendy!

Hope you have a great weekend planned.

Red Door Home said...

Looking forward to seeing more great ideas. Thanks for hosting!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

so...i put my levi apron on twice! Linky said there was a problem...so I redid. Evidently Linky was WRONG! Sorry!

Kori said...

I think the lamp turned out well! And I really like the thumbnails instead of the list for the links!

bullie_mama said...

OMG I LOVE your frugal fridays! The lamp turned out gorgeous. I never thought of spraying an old brass fixture. Now you know I'm gonna have to try it. Thank for the tutorial!!

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Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

thanks for hosting this every week.

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

Thanks for hosting this party! I didn't think I had linked up and after I posted again, I saw that I had done it earlier. I am so sorry