As some of you noticed in my last post, Jack stated that his favorite store is Goodwill. I assure you that this is true! He loves it there. I don't know why exactly, but I think it has something to do with the mayhem that is the toy section.
ANYWAY - last week, we were driving to the grocery store, and he saw Goodwill coming up (our Goodwill is in a huge red barn - you can't miss it) and asked if we could go - and really? Who am I to say no? You know? Twist my arm kid - I guess I'll go thrifting with you.
So there we were - my boys and I, just roaming the aisles at Goodwill (I typically just stick to the housewares/toys/books simply because I don't have the patience to comb the racks of clothing) and I spotted something.
But hey - if there is one thing that being a cheap DIYer has taught me, it is that almost anything can be spraypainted, and I had REALLY been wanting to replace the boob lights in our living room. There is nothing wrong with them, but they just don't add a whole lot to the room.
Once the paint was dry - I coerced my handsome and blurry assistant to spend his lunch break helping me actually hang these bad boys.
Matt did the actual installation while I held the light up (which was the same way we hung the chandelier in the dining room) and after just a few minutes of shoulder burn, we stood back to admire our new living room lanterns.
Here is a before and after side by side of the other side of the living room as well.
And yes, those are the chairs I snagged. They are in desperate need of reupholstery, which I hope to be able to start next week!
I was really close to not posting this last shot, because it shows how my living room looks on an average day. But that is stupid...so here you have it!
Someday I will take pictures of it when there are not a million birthday balloons floating around, but today is not that day! Today there are cheerios on the coffee table and camera bags on the desk to stay out of the reach of little fingers. BUT the lanterns are fabulous, are they not?!
My total cost for this project came in at under $35, which is right where I like to stay for rental upgrades!