Lamp Needs a Makeover – What Would You Do?

Normally, I feature What Would You Do with This? questions on Wednesdays. But this time, it’s a friend emergency. My friend’s thoughtful mother-in-law got her a lamp to replace one that she has been wanting to change out. I really do mean thoughtful, and not sarcastically. Her MIL found it at a thrift sale. I think it has a lot of charm, but it doesn’t quite fit my friend’s style. So, to honor her sweet MIL, my friend really wants to make this work in her home.

She isn’t sure yet what she would change about it, but she wants something changed. I will give you a whole bunch of shots of different angles of this hanging lamp, and maybe you can help me come up with something do with it. She’s given me permission to do whatever it takes. 

 So, what would you do? Leaving it white is not an option. And the paint is built up to the point where I think I will have to strip it with a water-based stripper. Where there are chips in the paint, I can see some shiny silver-colored metal. It’s pretty heavy, so I’m thinking maybe it’s stainless steel?

There is a close-up of the chain below. I think I will need to paint it or something, as the gold isn’t very attractive. I could remove the power cord, but only if I have my husband unwire it from the lamp and I pull it out of the chain links.

 
 
 
 
 

There you go. Have at it! I can’t wait to hear your ideas. And this isn’t some hypothetical thing either. I’m going to be choosing an idea and carrying out the makeover. 

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Repurposed: Decanter Turned Flower Jar

A long time ago on What Would You Do Wednesday, I asked what you would do with the decanter jar I have. See the original post

I really wanted to get a Beta fish, but then wasn’t sure if I could remember to feed it. But, wouldn’t that have been cool on my dining table?

The dear friend who gave me the jar gave me some flower sprigs at Christmas this year, and I knew it was time to do something with the jar.

I assembled my materials. I didn’t have any regular or floral clay, but I had some old paper clay that need using, so I got that out. I decided to put an arrangement inside the jar so it would be easy to clean. The clay would help me get the flowers to stick. The paper clay wasn’t ideal, since it didn’t want to stay put int he bottom as I worked, but I flexed with what I had on hand.

 Next, I pulled the stems apart. Gasp. I know, it seems like ruining it, but each type of material in a bunch is taped together at the base into one cluster. I pulled the cluster apart.

 I used a kitchen spoon handle to push some clay in the bottom. Um, you can see the clutter on my table. Please excuse the mail.

 I carefully inserted one cluster at a time, until they were all in there. I had to use a wooden spoon handle and some skewers to get everything poked where it looked best. 

Then, I added some clear marbles that I also had on hand. These covered the clay. I know, you can’t see much here. The picture doesn’t do it justice at all.

Marbles. Some days, I’m losing mine, but this time, I think I came up with a pretty nice table arrangement.

 Tried getting a good picture, but when you create something late at night, the lighting doesn’t cooperate. You get the idea. Perhaps this angle is a better picture.

 I love that it stays dust-free!

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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WWYD Wednesday- Door Knob

I have this door knob that I believe is porcelain, but it looks like marble or stone. I want to use it for something decorative. So, I thought it would be the perfect idea to put to my readers for What Would You Do Wednesday.
I thought I had a good photo, but when I blew it up, it’s a little blurry. Sorry!
What do you think? What would you do with it?
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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WWYD Wednesday – Wood Finials

I picked up these two finials at a yard sale. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them just yet, but I know someone out there will have an idea for WWYD Wednesday. They normally would screw into the end of a wooded drapery rod, but I’m looking for something less traditional.
They are made of wood, and they have wood screws attached. What would you do with this?
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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WWYD Wednesday – Dominoes

I bought a box of assorted sized wooden dominoes for 25 cents at a yard sale. Now, I’m wondering what to do with them. Any ideas?

 It’s What Would You Do Wednesday. The day when it’s your turn to tell me what you would do with this item. I didn’t count them, but it’s an empty chocolates box full.
 I’m thinking I could make jewelry or a picture frame…or who knows what?
I can’t wait to hear your ideas!
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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What Would You Do Wednesday – Vintage Shutters

I bought this shutter at the Apron Chicks Barn Sale in May, and I’m planning to hang it on the wall. But now I need your help. On this What Would You Do (WWYD) Wednesday, I’m wondering what you would do with it and I’m looking for suggestions.
 At a yard sale, I bought this berry garland, so I’m thinking I’ll use it on here somehow. But now it’s your turn. What would you do to turn this into a wall decoration?
Leave your WWYD comments below, and who knows? Maybe I’ll use your idea!
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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WWYD Wednesday – Vintage Doors

Someone one Craigslist was selling a bunch of these doors from an old school for $45 each. If you bought one, what would you do with it? Would you use it for decorating in some way? Would you alter it, paint it, use it for another purpose? The listing said there is a film over some of the panes, so I’m assuming that even though one is clearer than the rest, it isn’t missing.
It’s WWYD Wednesday, so feel free to share your ideas on what you would do,or post a link to a blog post showing something you’ve done with an old door in the comments below.
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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WWYD Wednesday- Pallet Ideas

I see post about pallets all over the web, especially on Pinterest. Craigslist has many listings for free pallets, so what would you do with them? What have you already done with them?
Share your ideas in the comments below, and feel free to link up to a blog post of a pallet project you’ve done.
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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WWYD Wednesday – Coffee Table Missing Glass

I saw this coffee/end table listed for free on Craigslist. It’s too far away for me to even consider getting it, however, I wondered what you would do to rescue it if it was in your possession. It’s missing all the glass, so it’s only a wood frame basically.
Leave your ideas for how you could re-do it, fill in the spaces, etc. to make this a functioning table in the comments below.
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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WWYD Wednesday – Wire Bins

Let’s imagine, you’re cleaning the basement and you find some old wire bins. What will you do with them? Will you use them for decorating? Something more practical? Recycle them?
It’s WWYD Wednesday, so tell us what you would do in the comments section. Feel free to add a link to a blog post where you’ve shown how you used wire baskets too.
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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