|This is what a half million dollars|
gets you in NYC - a bathroom closet
in the dining area and faux wood particle
board kitchen. Geez! Oh, right, I added this to
show the original light fixture, not to complain!
|am I right?|
|Pretty close to the actual thing,|
If there's an upside to the alarming pace of rental price increases in New York City, it's liquidation sales. Yes, we've lost many an institution (F.A.O. Schwartz, Toys R' Us Times Square and the Subway Inn are some of the latest casualties), but I scored two great pairs of shoes at an ousted Aerosoles location, and today, at my local A.C. Moore craft store "relocation" sale (to an as-yet-undetermined site) I got me some sweet bling for my boring shade. Yay, mercenary landlords! I scored a Tord Boontje style laser cut felt border for the low, low price of $0.60, normally $3.99! What?!?! The downside? I couldn't find any two in the same color, but isn't that the reason spray paint was invented?
So, first I started by spraying down the blotchy Eden pendant with bleach, then plain water, because I've learned from experience that the whole enchilada needs to get wet, or the stain will just move to the edges of where you wet it, plus, I didn't want the shade to disintegrate from remaining imbued with bleach. Then, I grabbed my nearest can of silver spray paint, and soon all the felt borders matched. In a fortuitous bonus, it came out looking like a French metallic silver lace bracelet by Paz Sintes that I swooned over at the Bastille Day Festivities, until I learned its price, and then, regrettably walked away. Since the felt was self-adhesive, I just peeled of the backing and put it in place.
So, to recap, I now have a custom shade, with faux silver lace in the style of Tord Boontje, and the update cost me: $1.20. Eat your hearts out, hedge funders! Unless you have the snowball, and then, call me!
|Ho-hum. And stained!|
|Notice the Orla Kiely knock-off design|
in the right of the photo