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« on: September 04, 2005 07:46:07 PM »

I bought this ugly gold floor lamp at a yard sale for $3.00. It's the kind with the round table around the middle. We primed it with rusty metal primer (by Rustoleum) and painted it with Krylon "Chrome" paint. My husband actually did the pin ups- He was up decoupaging until 3:00 am, which I find adorable, but also hilarious because he is all about being macho and manly. We printed the pictures "wallet size" and he put multiple layers, covering the whole table in 40s and 50s pin up girls. He put his favorites on top so they are uncovered. After the multiple layers of mod podge and the two go-overs with 220 and 400 sandpaper, we sprayed it 3 times with Krylon triple thick varnish. The result it below!! Smiley
My picture of the entire lamp is bad; we've put the shade back on and have it in our bedroom for now. We're going to be moving into our first home in about 2 weeks so we have been busy creating unique pieces. This will end up in what we're going to call the computer room. It's supposed to be the dining room but we thought that was a waste of space considering we always eat in front of the TV so we're keeping the table in the kitchen. Anyway, rambling, on to the photos!!!






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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2005 01:29:02 PM »

That looks great.  I love pinups working on a few ideas using them right now. 
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2005 07:47:25 PM »

I'm not a fan of Paris Hilton...  so I hate to say this...  but THAT'S HOT!  Sexy legs, all over!  Good job for finding so many pictures in the same theme.
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2005 08:01:41 PM »

I love it! Nothing better than fixing up old furniture...now you have an original piece in your house!
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2005 02:39:32 PM »

You did a good job and the retro pin up girl art is cool. Now you have something really unique that you did all on your own. Way to go!
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2005 04:03:53 PM »

Thanks! We're going to make coordinating pin up girl coasters. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2005 11:39:38 AM »

This is great! I just got an ugly old table for free, and it needs this project. I'm going to start tonight!
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2005 05:37:08 PM »

What a great idea - it looks terrific!
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2005 03:10:19 AM »

Princess Nell, please post some pictures when you're finished, I'd love to see how you table turns out! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2005 03:54:43 AM »

Wonderfully well done - you should have put them on floor base of the lamp too...(at least I think so)...
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2005 10:30:10 AM »

Princess Nell, please post some pictures when you're finished, I'd love to see how you table turns out! Smiley
Working on it right now- Can I just say that I am now SICK of looking at pin-ups? I also bought some crafty scissors to give the picture edges an old-timey feel, which looks great. But maybe scissors from the local drugstore aren't the best for massive cutting projects.  Cheesy
Everything is sanded, primed and painted; I start pasting tomorrow! I've also been thinking about embroidering some pin up napkins to go with the table, maybe dinnerware.....mayb e I should finish one project before starting another! Wink
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2005 10:30:43 AM »

that looks great!
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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2005 11:17:42 AM »

That is awesome...what are you going to do for a lamp shade?
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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2005 05:40:04 PM »

I just finished tonight- sorry about the dark pic, but I couldn't wait to post!.



You can't really tell, but the legs are now "chrome", not brown. And the glue isn't completely dry yet, which you  can see in the bottom pic. I'm pretty tickled!
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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2005 03:09:09 PM »

That is so exciting! Thanks for showing the pictures. Smiley I have a table that same size and I think we need it to match the lamp...
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« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2005 03:14:03 PM »

How did you all do the edges since they have a bend to them? Is there a trick I missed?
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« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2005 07:41:33 PM »

How did you all do the edges since they have a bend to them? Is there a trick I missed?
No trick. For mine, the pictures overlapped the edges when I glued them on. I then ran an exacto around the table edges after they'd dried a little; they cut off nicely!

Here's a picture from just before I cut the edges off.
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« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2005 07:51:55 AM »

I just finished tonight- sorry about the dark pic, but I couldn't wait to post!.



You can't really tell, but the legs are now "chrome", not brown. And the glue isn't completely dry yet, which you  can see in the bottom pic. I'm pretty tickled!

That is, by far, one of the best tables I have ever seen!! AMAZING JOB!
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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2005 07:58:33 AM »

I love these. Can I ask a REALLY silly question? I love doing decoupage, but I spend hours going tthrough garage sale books and old magazines and cataolgs and cutting out pictures with an exacto knife. I've used pictures that I print from the computer rarely, but maybe I just have a lousy printer, the pictures don't seem to have the "pop" when they come from the printer. Was that an issue in doing these larger projects?
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« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2005 08:40:30 AM »

Not silly at all.
I printed from an HP Color LaserJet 3550N, which means nothing to me, but my bf (a computer guy) tells me that it's a really good printer.
If I were doing this without access to the printer at work, I would probably copy pictures from the net, burn them to cd, then take them to Kinkos or some other copy place and ask to have them printed.
Though, if one were to look at my printouts closely, they could still tell that they're from the computer.
If I'd had magazines, I would've used those. Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2005 09:04:35 AM »

thank you muchly!
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« Reply #21 on: September 26, 2005 05:16:37 PM »

wow, what an awesome idea Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2005 10:49:46 AM »

Both projects look amazing---where did you ladies get your pinups? 
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« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2005 10:00:31 AM »

Both projects look amazing---where did you ladies get your pinups? 
I printed mine from the internet.
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« Reply #24 on: November 23, 2005 11:49:55 AM »

I just finished tonight- sorry about the dark pic, but I couldn't wait to post!.



You can't really tell, but the legs are now "chrome", not brown. And the glue isn't completely dry yet, which you  can see in the bottom pic. I'm pretty tickled!
Looks great.  My question is how would that hold up to a little water?  My thinking is that if you used that idea on a kitchen table, food or water is likely to get spilled on the table a bit every now and then.
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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2005 06:32:31 AM »

Just a thought. I saw a desktop size page- a day calendar at Barnes & Nobles that had a pin-up a day on it. A great source for pictures that arent web based. I'm hopping out after Christmas to see if I can pick a few up on sale.
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« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2005 11:22:49 AM »

Looks great.  My question is how would that hold up to a little water?  My thinking is that if you used that idea on a kitchen table, food or water is likely to get spilled on the table a bit every now and then.

I was worried about this as well. My roomate left a leaky coffee cup on it over night, and it wiped off the next day. Still, even though it's triple spray-lacquered, I'm probably not going to use this as my general eating table. Another solution might be to use clear contact paper on top.
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