Sunday, October 28, 2012

Girlfriend's Yellow Lamps and I WAS FEATURED!

Note as of September 2013 - My husband and I are now blogging over at The Home Avengers!  We made the switch because we are looking to move from our small apartment sometime in the near future.  So enjoy this post and then come visit us!

If you've been following my blog you may remember that on one of my recent thrift store excursions I picked up these lamps:


And Theatre Boy thought they should be orange:


But he didn't get his way :-( See, these lamps were going in Girlfriend's room on her dresser.  And I put them there and they sat for a time while we waited for some inspiration to hit.  And it finally did!

Girlfriend just loves this dress that Grandma found at a thrift store:


She loves it so much, that it's the inspiration for the redo of her bedroom!  It will be the 'Plaid-ish Orange-y, Yellow, Turquoise with just a *hint* of Green Room' when we are finally done!


But back to the lamps.  It took me some time to find the right color of yellow for her cute little lamps, and I finally found it in Rustoleum Painters Touch Sun Yellow in Gloss.  It's the perfect match!

We started by cleaning the lamps really good.  I like to use alcohol wipes and then let it dry.  These lamps weren't metal, they were some kind of composite/resin.  After they were clean we taped off the cords and the top.  Then we gave the lamps three coats of Valspar primer.  I was surprised by how much primer these lamps took, but they were so dark they definitely needed it!



After the primer dried then we gave them 3-4 coats of the glossy yellow.  And they turned out so pretty!



I have seen spray painted lamps all over the blogosphere and have always wanted to try it.  It turned out so much better than I even thought it would.  The paint was so shiny smooth and pretty!  Girlfriend loved them!

They earned a prominent place on her dressing table:


Super duper pretty!


So, Girlfriend has talked about glazing these (must get that obsession from her mother) so this may not be the last post you see about these lamps!



I am having having so much fun with this blog!  It's like incentive to git'er done!  I have some more exciting news to share also.  This past week BIG FAMILY/small apartment featured on not just one - but TWO other blogs!

Our first feature was on Petites Passions where my Awesome Orange Mirror caught the spotlight:

and for that I earned my first *Featured* button:


My second feature was for my Duct Tape Bed Skirt over on Homemaker On A Dime for having the most click-throughs from last weeks 'Creative Bloggers' Party And Hop'!  And then I earned another button:


Isn't that so cool?  I'm gonna have buttons on my blog (as soon as I can figure out how to get them on there - ha!).  I've only been blogging for a couple months and couldn't believe people were reading my blog, let along liking what I was doing.  Woohoo!

We have a great week coming up with more projects that we've been finishing here at BIG FAMILY/small apartment.  We'll hope you'll follow along and join us!




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80 comments:

  1. Congrats on the features! Love the yellow...so fun (; Just found your blog via Say Not Sweet Anne and became your most recent follower (: Can't wait to come back for more posts...Hope you have a lovely week!!

    Michele xoxo
    The Homesteading Cottage

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    1. Hi Michele! I finally got a chance to read your blog and I LOVE it! Especially your series on thankfulness! I'm your newest follower too :-)

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  2. I'm a sucker for yellow, and that 2X covers AMAZING!

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    1. Oh my gosh - Sarah from Ugly Duckling House commented on my blog! Thank you! *bowing to your greatness* :-)

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  3. Love the yellow lamps....And I can see why girlfriend loves the dress..I just found your blog and became a new follower...pennywisecottage

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    1. I love how you spell your name Faythe! Thanks for following!

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  4. I love the lamp makeovers!! I'd be happy to help you with getting those buttons on your sidebar!! just email me and we can do it!! Happy VTT!! Thanks for linking in today!

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    1. You are sooo sweet! I always link up to your party! I'm going to try the buttons myself first, but I will definitely email you BEFORE I toss the computer off the balcony :-)

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  5. Love the yellow..and yes, that dress is adorable!
    Would love if you stopped by my party to link this up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com/2012/10/creative-inspirations-linky-party_31.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite Stacey! Love your blog, linked up and am adding you to my list! See you next week too :-)

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  6. Spray paint can do wonders - looks great!

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    1. OMG you're the pink pyrex lady! I'm *still* looking for some of those! Good job!

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  7. The lamps look amazing after their re-do in the yellow! I love the vintage dress--what a great inspiration for a room makeover.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I love your vintage romper over at Colorado Lady too!

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  8. Great job on the lamps. Love that yellow.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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  9. What great finds and makeover! Thanx for linking up to THT.http://www.frommyfrontporchtoyours.com/2012/10/treasure-hunt-thursday-80-highlights.html

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  10. I love the colors for the bedroom decor. So pretty and cheerful. The lamps turned out lovely. Peggy~PJH Designs

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    1. Thanks Peggy! You have a linky party on Tuesdays! I'll be at the next one :-)

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  11. Wow! thanks for linking up so quickly to the Curb Alert Block Party. I love the yellow lamps now, so pretty. I am your newest follower and a mom of four. 1200sq feet, you have earned a medal from me, my friend!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

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    1. Thanks Tami! Loooove Curb Alert! After reading your blog I'm getting up the courage to salvage things from our apartment complex dumpster - under cover of darkness of course!! Lol!

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  12. Hi! Visiting from Tt&j! I love your new yellow lamps! They are so pretty! What a great pop of color.

    If you get a chance I would love for you to share this at my Friday link party! http://www.thegrantlife.com/2012/11/financial-friday.html

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    1. Thanks Kelley! I linked up to Financial Friday and have added you to my list! You'll definitely see me there next week too! Thank you for the invite :-)

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  13. Love the bright yellow! It's like sunshine!

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  14. woow..that´s some great colour :)
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    1. You got it Håkan! I just linked up. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. I love yellow. I had a yellow room when I was growing up. I just found you through the Tickled Pink Party. I'm your newest follower. I'm hoping you'll follow me back at www.crazythriftycrafts.blogspot.com.

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    1. You got it! I'm your 130th follower! Thanks for stopping by and following along :-)

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  16. It's so very snazzy now! Great color.

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  17. Those lamps are PERFECT!!! I think you two hit the nail on the head... finding an inspiration piece makes all the difference in decor, don't you think? And in my humble opinion you just can't go wrong with yellow!!! Make it a great day, jules
    *new follower!*

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    1. Thanks Jules! I already follow your blog and I love it! Such cute clothes too :-)

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  18. That just screams happy and sunshine. I love yellow. thanks so much for sharing with my newbie party.

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    1. Thanks for hosting a newbie party for us Debbie! I'll be back until I outgrow it, then I'll proudly post at your graduate party!

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  19. great work! love that pop of color against the white dresser. visiting from Rooted in Thyme!

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    1. Hi Mimi, Thanks for visiting! I loved your blog and am your 102nd follower. Love how you post about your thrift store finds too :-)

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  20. So cheery! They look great! Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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    1. Hi Tammy, I love Homespun Happenings and you'll see me at your link party again :-)

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  21. Oh I am loving the bright vibrant color.

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    1. Hello! I loved Creative Raisins and am your 152nd follower. I'm so excited to have you reading my blog from Canada :-)

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  22. Your lamps are just lovely!
    Thanks for linking up this week to the party - hope to see you this week as well!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. You'll definitely see me this upcoming week! It's a good one too! Thanks for hosting :-)

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  23. Love the yellow!

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

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    1. Hi Steph, I'm the 189th Silver Boxes follower! So neat to get all these comments from Canada!

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  24. Love the gorgeous yellow lamps! I just figured out how to put buttons in my sidebar myself-- you have to go to your Blogger "layout" page, then add a new gadget in the sidebar area. Choose the "HTML/JavaScript" gadget, and then paste the button's HTML into the "content" box! Hope this helps-- from one self-taught Blogger newbie to another! ;)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kathryn! Thanks for the tip for putting stuff on my sidebar. I almost have a 'featured' page complete for my blog and it should be up soon :-)
      We're having fun now!

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  25. Great finds! Thanks for sharing your new yellow lamps on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Congrats on your features!!

    Jody

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    1. Hi Jody and Stan. You know I'll be back...like next week :-)

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  26. Absolutely love these!!! Beautiful. This inspires me to try something similar at home. Thanks for the idea!
    Would love it if you checked out my new blog sometime: www.harvardhomemaker.com

    Take care!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I loved your blog and have followed along! I also have 4 children still at home (1 at college). I follow another blog run by a Harvard homemaker too - it's http://www.stayathomeista.com/ - check her out also!

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  27. Beautiful new yellow lamps--I love finding good inexpensive lamps to redo, and you did a great job with these! Congratulations on your recent features as well.

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    1. Hi Athena,
      Thanks for visiting (again!). Love Minerva's Garden :-)

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  28. Nice job, the yellow looks very fresh! congrats on your feature ;-)
    JoAnn

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    1. Hi JoAnn, Thanks for stopping by! I've been following your blog and I'm amazed with all the things you've done with pumpkins this year! Can't wait to see what you do for the holidays :-)

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  29. Oh my word, i love those lamps! That COLOUR! I am really crushing on yellow right now. :)

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    1. Hi Sarah! Thank you and I'm following your Home Organisation Project now. I can't wait to see what you do!

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  30. The lamps look fantastic! It is fun to blog, to share projects, to be spurred on to create and to have a log of what and when you've done things. Great way to meet Kindred Spirits too! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. You know I'll be back at your awesome party next week too, Kathy!

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  31. Hi Kristen! The lamp is great in yellow. I am your newest follower. Stop by for a visit when you have a chance.

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. Hi Susan and Bentley! Thanks for stopping by. I loved your blog and have followed along. I still miss my yorkie named Fred too!

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  32. I love this! I am a HUGE fan of spraypaint! Great job! New follower here. I would love for you to come share at my Farm Girl Friday Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/11/farm-girl-blog-fest-7.html

    Lisa
    Fresh Eggs Daily

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I will definitely start linking up to your Farm Girl Friday blog fest. How fun! I'm also linking up to your Harvest Party! You've been added to my list. Thank you for stopping by :-)

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  33. I LOVE the yellow. I've been trolling thrift stores lately to find just the right shaped lamp to paint. Love it! And isn't fun to get featured? I've been blogging since September and I LOVE LOVE to get featured! I'd love to get your link list, too - I'm so overwhelmed by it all....xo and have fun! Crunchy Diva

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    1. Crunchy Diva is such an awesome name! Thanks for stopping by! I liked your fb page and sent you the spreasheet in a fb message. I hope it helps!

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  34. I so love this transformation - great color! Pinned and loved. Thank you for sharing at MightyCrafty Mondays!

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  35. Love the new look for your lamps, Kristin! And I can't wait to see how you pull the room together with that cute little dress as inspiration.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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  36. You're a STAR tonight in the "lamp lineup" over at I Gotta Create!

    Thanks so much for partying with The Wildly Original Crowd!
    <3 Christina

    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/11/10-brilliant-lamp-ideas-more.html

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  37. So cute! Love the yellow lamps. Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

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  38. These are so cute. I love them. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party and would love to have you share this with everyone. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/wednesday-adorned-from-above-link-party.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  39. Hi Kristin, Glad you are off to such a great start with your blog. Guess what, you were featured again by me! Feel free to take an "I Was Featured" button {found on my sidebar}. And thanks for sharing your great project with my readers.

    Warmly, Michelle
    Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

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  40. I LOVE the yellow - they look so great! Thank you for sharing at The Weekly Creative link party. I hope you have a great weekend :)

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  41. I love that yellow! The lamps look great! I would love for you to share at our Pinteresting Link Party http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-pinteresting-link-party-week-6-5.html

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  42. Love that yellow! You did such a great job on this!! Thanks for linking to Its Party Time. Have a fabulous weekend xox

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  43. Congrats on the features! And those lamps look great in yellow. :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  44. Love the yellow lamps. Don't know if you know but I also featured your green tables last week here on BeColorful's November 5th post. Love your sense of color style.
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  45. Love your bright and cheerful yellow lamps! Thanks for sharing at Gettin' Krafty! Congrats on your feature as well!

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