it's the little changes...

12.01.2010

... that make a big difference.

I had this lamp from Target that I paired with a dark brown burlap shade. It was okay... but I didn't love it.


I spray painted the base with a dark bronze spray paint and added a natural burlap shade. It made such a difference {to me}. (Thanks, DD, for the inspiration!)


Changing gears to clothing.  I saw this coat for half off at Old Navy and loved the gray wool and the ruffle collar. But did not care for those black shiny buttons.



 So I changed out the shiny black to some brown horn buttons. Much better.

 Detail of the buttons:

21 comments:

Carolyn said...

Love both! so crafty, Brooke. I can't wait to go to Old Navy and Target...leaving for Texas tomorrow!

Kelly Krugh said...

I LOVE how your lamp turned out! I spray painted a lamp back in October: http://1551transformed.blogspot.com/2010/10/lamp-face-lift.html

doug @ tracery interiors said...

Inspiration...that's what I'm here for :)

Sarah Lynne said...

What a great idea to change the buttons! Looks great!

abode love said...

I LOVE the idea of changing buttons... one of my girlfriends just did this with a simple cardigan and it made a HUGE difference! Also... Love the lamp... I think the black was the perfect choice- it's no longer competing with the light chairs, but standing out instead... love it!

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Noelle at Gray Paint Decor said...

Nice work on both counts! I love the table your lamp is on too.

Cat said...

you are so creative! looks great. both of them.

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Both little updates look great!! I love the coat!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

good job on both! love that jacket. I miss southern winter jackets. It doesn't matter anyway, I can only buttom mine at the very top:)

Marianne - Style For Living said...

You did a great job with both! The lamp really pops now and the buttons on the jacket are darling!

megan @ a life's design said...

Change is good! I love the look of the lamp!

Julie said...

That's a Target lamp? No way! I love the before AND after.

where are those gorgeous slipcovered chairs from? I love them.

paula said...

you are so smart. I would have never thought about changing buttons. Love the coat and that lamp does look great. I know you disliked that shade even though I liked it :)

mary-kathryn said...

i bought that coat 1/2 off too-- and didn't like the buttons, but was just going to live with them-- not anymore! i am going to change them!

Haven and Home said...

I love changing the buttons on things, it looks great! Love the lamp change too.

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

The buttons! love it!

Kat said...

Love the lamp and the coat! You definitely have a great eye for style!

Melissa said...

Love that you customized the old navy jacket - what a great easy way to make something look better and unique.

Julie said...

Love what you did to both, Brooke! I love your DIY posts.

LindsB said...

I love those two little switches- the little details make all the difference sometimes :)

Lauren said...

So cute!! I never think about swapping out buttons. I'll have to remember that the next time!

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