Category paint

The gold wall

They painted the living room gold. Leslie and Jess had wanted blue, but Bill held out for gold, which turned out to be so beautiful that they were glad they had given in. The sun would slant in from the west in the late afternoon until the room was brimful of light. This short paragraph […]

A starbust, ombré wall

  ETA: I’ve gotten so much great feedback on this project since it was featured on Apartment Therapy that I wanted to add an updated glamor shot in the decorated space. Seven months later, it’s still one of my favorite things in my apartment! I painted this section of wall in an hour or so […]

Lamps and other things that light up my life

I just rewired a lamp! What, it looks really familiar? That’s because I painted it last March (!!!). Rewiring lamps is a simple thing. It only takes a couple minutes, and I even had a lamp kit ready and waiting. But it sat on my side table, looking pretty, but lackluster, until just the other […]

Adventures in Painting

It’s Fall? Already? It felt like the last few weeks of summer just slipped through my fingers. Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkins, cider, wood stoves and down comforters, but I’m feeling a little wistful for one more afternoon swimming in the river. Along with the leaves, everything in my life seems to have […]

Silverware, now in technicolor

A while ago, I began collecting vintage silverware. I’d come across it often in thrift stores, heaped in bins, five pieces for a dollar. Nothing particularly special, and probably not much of value, but it appeals to me, and I often wind up bringing home a fresh handful. They sit in jars like metal bouquets: […]

Mismatching Matchings

I painted the second lamp, and I’m really pleased with how it came out. First I went with a turquoise blue, but it wasn’t quite right: So I repainted it an avocado green, and I think that was the better choice: I really like the two of them together: I still have to rewire the […]

Happiness times two

I made the luckiest thrift store find today. But first, a bit of backstory (an illustrated tale, if you will). This fall, I discovered the transformative power of paint and began an obsession with lamps. I had these things that I’d trashpicked and acquired at thrift stores: And this lamp: You know when you see […]