You know how much I love Hobby Lobby’s discount aisle, right? Every time I go to Hobby Lobby, I first start with the discount aisle, and by the time I finish going through every single item there, I usually forget the actual reason why I went shopping at Hobby Lobby in the first place!
Last weekend, I found this little table lamp buried in a pile of chipped and broken merchandise. Though everything around it was dinged up, it was in perfect condition! I guess it didn’t sell for a long time, or it was the only one left, and that is why it was put in the discount aisle. Perfect condition and 90% off…that’s my kind of bargain! I could use it as-is or get rid of the cabling and re-purpose it to a lovely candle holder. Or even better, I could make a…oh, I don’t know…but let’s say there were so many possibilities. So for $3.49, I wasn’t going to pass it up!
After Hobby Lobby, I stopped into the Dollar Store and you already know the fruits of that shopping trip. [there is no “stopping in” to the Dollar Store with Handan. The sentence should read: “After Hobby Lobby, I camped out in the Dollar Store for several weeks, while Greg mummified in the car.” -Greg] But since I didn’t have a proper place to hang my new wreath, I decided to repurpose my new tabletop lamp (did I mention it was 90% off, heheheh) into a wreath stand.
First, I took the lamp apart. I cut the wire at a point where I could splice it back if I needed to use it again. So yes! You guessed right..I didn’t throw the wiring away 😉 [she doesn’t throw anything away. Ever. EH. VER. -Greg]
Next, I searched for some sort of rod or dowel to fit in the opening of the lamp. All the dowels we had looked too flimsy, so I picked an old wooden curtain rod from our basement and tested if it would fit nicely. It was the perfect fit.
But since it was too long, I needed it shorten it. To figure out how tall the rod should be, I used the eyeballing method: I laid the rod on the floor and held the wreath on top of it…
…and I marked the rod at the height that looked good to my eye.
Next was the hardest part of this project: separating Greg’s butt from the sofa and convincing him that cutting my curtain rod was more important than his video game. hahahaha 🙂 [I was trying to enjoy some weekend peace. I even had an umbrella to block the glare on my iPad screen, so I could see my game properly. But do you think my peace lasted? Hmmmm? Do you? -Greg]
Say what? Oh, the umbrella…that was my idea to stop the blaring sun and all his yapping about not being able to see his game. He must have loved my temporary solution, as he is planning to build an awning for his side of the sofa! Hahahaha… Just kidding…but I bet it wouldn’t surprise you if you saw him building one. 😉 [I will be building a light-proof, sound-proof, wife-proof box. -Greg]
Ok, back to the tutorial: after 10 minutes of telling him how awesome he was and seeing that it didn’t budge him one bit, I took a different route – I showed some interest to his video game…you know, like asking some questions and every now and then, mistakenly touching the screen and asking what that button was for, and finally getting him to lose a battle. 😀 I have to say, that worked like a charm, and I managed to get my babes to leave his game and cut my curtain rod to size and drill a hole to fit over the lamp’s metal rod.
Once the curtain rod was ready, I poured some E6000 into the lamp base and placed the curtain rod on it.
I left the E6000 to cure overnight. Then, using Apoxie Sculpt, I covered the area where the rod met with the lamp base. This was so there would be no visible gaps, and the rod and the lamp base would look whole.
By the way… this Apoxie Sculpt is just a fantastic thing. You can even repair broken resin frames or ceramic pots with it. It is indeed a clever invention!
Once the Apoxie Sculpt dried, I painted the whole thing with Fusion Mineral Paint that I bought from Amazon. As everyone was raving about it, I wanted to try it for sometime now. Since this project was the perfect opportunity to try out a sample size, I bought 4 different color samples. The color you see below is Fusion Mineral Paint’s Inglenook. Anyway…I will talk about the paint itself a little later, but first let’s finish the wreath stand, shall we?
After painting my soon-to-be wreath stand, I measured about 3 inches from the top point and put a screw in the rod. That would be the hook that holds the wreaths.
Although the curtain rod originally had some round finials, I wanted to use something a bit better. I had a pair of curtain ties which I bought last year for $1.50 at our local thrift shop (Second Chance Shop). Those curtain ties had really nice finials, so I decided to use one of them for my wreath stand. And as I was screwing it in, I decided to change the color of my wreath stand to one similar to the finial’s color: off white with dry brushed dark gray.
But before painting, I again wanted to get rid of all the gaps and ins & outs, so again using Apoxie Sculpt, I filled the connection area of the curtain rod and the finial.
I also covered the ugly screw with Apoxie Sculpt so it wouldn’t hurt anyone when handled. Once everything looked decent, I painted the whole thing with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Limestone color. The picture below is taken after the first coat. I gave it 3 coats of paint. But keep in mind, my coats are always thinner than normal, so with normal coats, 2 coats of paint should be sufficient.
Let’s talk about the Fusion Mineral Paint now. It feels pretty much like enamel paint, so it is a great joy to work with. It brushes on easy and has good self-leveling properties. I liked painting with it much better than store-bought chalk paint, because I always have to thin that stuff to get its thickness to my taste. Why do you think I came up with my homemade chalk paint recipe? If I am to pay a fortune for a can of specialty paint, I shouldn’t need to thin it, right? hahahaha 🙂
I also like Fusion Paint’s color palette quite a lot. I really do! But unless I receive it as surprise birthday present or something like that (hint, hint!!) I don’t see myself using it very often, as it is a little pricey. Though I enjoyed painting with Fusion Mineral Paint, somebody has to keep an eye on our budget, you know 😉
Back to the DIY wreath stand…after the Limestone paint dried, I dry brushed the whole thing with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Ash color to dirty it up a bit. You see, this guy will be living right next to our fireplace, so it will get all ashed and dirty eventually. Hence, I took the liberty of dirtying it up myself, and with that my DIY wreath stand project was complete.
Here it is…standing proud and strong!
From afar you can’t really see the dry brushed areas. But close up you can see the slightly dirty look I gave to it.
I am really loving my DIY wreath stand – so much so, that I may make another one for our porch! I think it would look so welcoming there. 🙂