A couple weeks ago I was sitting in our office with Mr Garden. My desk is right next to the window and I saw the new neighbors out front weeding and stuff. It was trash day and he kept hauling stuff to the curb. I noticed a box of what looked like exterior house lamps. Since I rent and my landlord is a cheap ass I love to find stuff like this that I can modernize the place with that doesn’t cost him anything out of pocket. I have learned if it costs him money the answer is always no.
Then I saw the guy walking down to the box on the curb and I threw an old McDonalds wrapper at hubby’s head. “Hey babe I bet he’s writing FREE on that box!”
Since Mr Garden had already introduced himself to them he agreed to walk me over and introduce me as the wife who stalks their trash from the windows. Perfect!
And sure enough he did write FREE on the box *grin*.
They didn’t end up being the kinds you can mount on your house. They are for pillars around a courtyard or at the end of the driveway. So they needed to be repurposed into something free standing. And why not a centerpiece?
They were all crusty and faded when I got them. So I tore them apart into a bunch of pieces and threw all the parts in the dishwasher. It got all steamy and stunk to high heaven like burning plastic in the house but I pressed on. I made hubby gut the electrical out of them since they were all cobbwebby and that’s not how I roll.
I always save my styrofoam from when we buy electrical components or furniture etc.. because it always comes in handy when I need to spray paint something that wont stand on it’s own. I made a couple lanterns in oil rubbed bronze and a couple in white. I sold two and have the other two in my house now until we open shop. I love both! However I don’t have pics of the white so you’ll have to wait for that later on.
I put a bunch of sea shells in the white one. Gave a great summery fresh look. You can get bags of shells at the dollar store.
I put a bunch of lavender petals in the ORB one for a more rich and elegant look.
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