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Silver Success

You know what I love about silver paint? I love that you can get about 30 different projects completed with just one spray can. You don’t have to use much because it reflects light and makes it seem as though you don’t have as many patchy spots as you can see with colors. I’m not gaga for silver, but I AM gaga for a good deal, and what’s a better deal than crossing a project of your list with leftovers from another project? Nothing, no better deal exists. …unless you didn’t have to buy the spray paint at all, then I suppose that’s a better deal….


Here is my lamp. My flat, brown, ordinary lamp. It has a nice shape, but it is lacking in the *Oomf* department.

Naked Lamp

This is the lamp in question, however you may recognize it more in its natural surroundings.

I have been doing everything in my power to lighten up my living room…And by “everything in my power” I really mean “small stuff that has yet to add up to anything substantial.” But the great thing about home decor is that it is accumulative. You know, the whole slow and steady wins the race and whatnot, right? At this rate, I will have a lighter living room by 2016, so I really better step up my game.

Living Room

Regardless of my overall picture for my living room, right now I must make do with what I have in regards to items, space, money and time. And at this very moment I have little space, lots of stuff, some money and no time. Sounds like a recipe for a gripping Lifetime Movie starring child star Valerie Bertinelli….Man, I get really off track, huh?



I seriously did nothing fantastic to this. I taped off the socket area, DIDN’T use primer, sprayed one coat of silver spray paint then sprayed finisher.

The frustrating thing about this finisher is that it takes the metallic shine out of the silver paint. It leaves the silver looking almost like a super-shiny grey. Even though this is a gloss, it still isn’t a metallic* gloss. I’m thinking a light coat of polyurethane may not have had the same affect, but I haven’t tried it yet…so stay tuned.

As far as the living room goes, I plan to still update the side tables (as you can see, they are the darkest brown in nature) as well as bust some bright curtains up on these windows.

I swear, this place will not feel like a dungeon forever!


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

6 responses »

  1. The lampshade is the icing on this cake Kristen. I haunt thrift shops for the super heavy shiny old seventies brass lamps. I turn them into French inspired chic little numbers. Lots of fun and not much money. Virginia

  2. LOVE metallic paint! I have a can of gold and I’ve sprayed it on everything in sight! Its such a great way to get that instant “oomf” factor

  3. Good to know about the finisher dulling the grey spray paint. Love the finished lamp.

  4. Thank you! I’m hoping to find a finish that doesn’t dull it, but I’m sure I’ll end up with a silver and gold house in the process.


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