Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Goodwill Lamp "Creation" #2 and a little Bit O Christmas!


FINALLY!!!!!  Here's the second reveal for the Homemade Christmas.  I've already mentioned my bro and family are moving into a "new" house...so, for Christmas I've been making things for their rooms.  Last week, I showed you Goodwill Lamp Do-Over #1 the lamp for my niece.  If you missed it CLICK HERE.  For the boys, this lamp and a table made out of a baseball bat.  Hopefully I'll post that next week?!?  So, this isn't considered a "Do-Over" because it wasn't "done" in the first place.  I CREATED IT.  Here's how it happened...one day during lunch at the 9-5 I frequented one of my favorite places...GOOD-TO-THA-WILL!!!  I spotted this beauty...




Ok, so not so beautiful, but his price tag was VERY beautiful...$5!!!  AND, it was green, and that day Green was the 50% OFF color....Bow-chica-wow-wow!!!  SCORE! $2.50 baby!  I got to thinking...yep, lookout...."I bet I can make that into a lamp!"  So that's what I did!  I had the lamp post left over from a previous lamp project all I needed was a base.  Hail to Hobby-to-tha-Lobby!!!!  So, I found a great board, perfect size.  Used my coupon got er' done for a mere $2.99~!!!  Took him home, spray painted him with this...

Distressed him a bit, and waxed him up a bit using Fiddles & Son's wax, drilled a hole where I thought the post should go...screwed the post and he looked like this...(yes I did put the helmet there to determine where to drill and drilled through the top of the helmet at the same time)...


Then...I knew I wanted a Bears Lamp they are HUGE Fans, so I painted the helmet Blue (after I removed all the padding inside the helmet, chin strap, and face mask)...  Then, I noticed my post needed to be covered a little (I didn't want to get a new post because i knew the shade needed to be that tall)...so I found some wood pieces I had in my stash from one of my favs...SSS Salvage & Surplus...so I drilled the holes in them a little bigger...then painted them orange just like the base and put them on top.


Then, I put the face mask back on....


Then I put all the pads back in the helmet! And he looked like this...coming right along.



Then...the logo.  I did have a sticker that I ordered and was going to use...but it didn't look right because it was made for a flat surface so it wrinkled, and I had some help, which ended up ripping some paint off...which forced me to repaint the entire helmet over again! ...AWESOMENESS!!


Here's the helmet after I painted the logo...BY HAND!  Because I had no choice...



Then on to the shade.  I knew I wanted a "field" because I ordered a football finial from lampfinials.com...you'll see it in a minute.  So, I went my parent's house and stole borrowed an unused outdoor rug!  Then, I covered a lampshade left over from a previous project.  Here's the shade after I painted it.  It's not perfect, but hey, it's cool.





Do you just LOVE the finial?!?!?  AND...I forgot...I DID get a lamp kit from Wall-to-tha-Mart.  $4.29.  Total cost of project:  Wait for it...wait for it...$21.77.  Might seem like a lot...but I did count the logo that I paid $3.99 for that the Little Princess ruined...so really $17.88!  

I'll link him up later.  I need to finish another project!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  AAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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