I'm always on the hunt for a really great deal. I like to shop in the clearance racks, Craigslist, and Salvation Army. I REALLY do not like to pay retail for anything. Because of this, sometimes it can take a while for me to find items for my home that I really want. But I'm patient (well, in decorating at least...). I don't mind waiting to find the perfect accessory for my home - at the right price. Which brings me to my next find - buffet lamps for the dining room.
Recently, I repainted my dining room. It's a beautiful gray (Martha Stewart Flagstone to be exact) and I'm working on adding the details. It's not a room that we use a lot so I don't want to spend too much. Here's how the room looks now -
You can check out the before here. Now I'm trying to finish off the room. On my wish list are buffet lamps. I really wanted to frame the round mirror that I hung (which I bought at Lowe's) -
I've looked through the Pottery Barn catalog and found many options, but they are way out of my budget. They do provide inspiration though. I was particularly drawn to these -
But at $80 a pop (which doesn't include the shade), I just couldn't do it. So, imagine how happy I was on a recent Salvation Army trip to find these -
Ok, I know they aren't exactly the same - green sponge paint isn't really the look I'm going for here.
What am I going for? $3.99. Really.
I picked up some Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint (which makes everything better) -
I taped the top of the lamps - I didn't want to get paint in the socket - and gave them a few light coats -
I picked up shades at Lowe's (they were $14.22 - I use the Lowe's credit card to get that extra 5% off - every little bit helps). And now they sit proudly in the dining room -
I think they look great! Here's the cost breakdown -
$7.98 - pair of lamps
$28.44 - pair of shades
$7.28 - spray paint (I have lots left over)
Total - $43.70
Not bad! And much cheaper than the Potter Barn version (I couldn't have even bought one lamp for that price!). It's starting to come together in that room. Just a few more details.
I've shared this project here -
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