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DIYs of the day: paper bricks & painted lamps

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joey and i are going to do some home sprucing this weekend. you’ve heard of spring cleaning, well, we’re doing some fall rearranging. here are 2 fun DIYs that inspired me today.

Paper-Wrapped Brick Book-Ends

What You Need:

  • 2 bricks
  • fancy paper (check out this site, for some great handmade paper options)
  • glue gun or craft glue

Do It:

  1. clean your bricks and wrap them like you would a present…. donzo!

Spray-painted Thrifted Lamps

What You Need:

  • lamp base – there are a ton of dingy lamps at the thrift store but a quick coat of a bright color or clean white brings them back to life! so just buy for shape, not for finish.
  • lampshade – check out stores like Ross, Ikea and Home Goods that have a variety of very affordable shades. – Kmart sells spray paint and shades so that could be a one-stop-shop.
  • spray paint – color of your choosing

Do It:

  1. spray paint your lamp base in a well ventilated area – aka, outside. you may need a couple coats. if your lamp base is metal, make sure you get a spray paint that will adhere to metal, just check the info on the can. check out this post for an all you need to know about spray painting.
  2. top with your shade and an eco-friendly bulb and done!

photos via: design*sponge and modgepodgerocksblog

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I love this idea and I have an old lamp that could use some re-painting.  However, I have NO idea what kind of shade goes best with these thin long, lamp bases

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I have this very large glass vintage lamp. and i used a fedora for a lamp shade. works out very well.