I hate to admit it……..but I’ve been wasting money on my electricity bill over the last year.
I know, you’re shocked, right?
Me…..the so-called Miss Thrift Diving Queen, has failed to notice when her electricity bill is sky high! Shocking!
I am on “budget billing.” In other words, I pay our AVERAGE monthly bill each month instead of the ACTUAL usage. It’s supposed to eliminate any surprise billings each month. But it’s easy to get disillusioned about energy consumption when we’re “only” paying the AVERAGE. What about those high months??
But imagine my shock when our actual usage one warm month was nearly $500?! YIKES!
I knew it was time to replace the bulbs with energy efficient ones…..to start unplugging things when not in use….and turning off lights when we leave the room. We’d sort of gotten lazy!
So when GE asked me to partner up recently to talk about how I reduce, reuse, and recycle, and that they would provide me some coupons for a few new GE energy efficient light bulbs, I jumped at the chance.
I already reuse and recycle nearly every furnishing in my house via thrift stores and a pretty coat of paint, which has saved a ton of money and keeps people’s “trash” out of landfills. And I had already started to reduce our energy consumption to save some money. Now it’s time to change out those old bulbs for new GE energy-efficient ones. I am always striving to DO more and SAVE more!
(In fact, I’m even canceling our cable this week, too! That’s a whole ‘nutha post coming soon….stay tuned!).
(By the way, all opinions about my GE Lighting experience are my own, including my project idea! Go check out the full shopping and project prepping over in my Google+ album!)
Painted Lamp Shade Makeover!
One of my favorite types of projects are lamp makeovers. It’s so easy to reuse things to make lamps. Wiring them is a piece of cake! All you need to do is order a lamp kit from Amazon. In fact, recently I did a post on how to make your own DIY pendant lamp (which includes a wiring tutorial) that I made from an old broken fruit basket from my kitchen. It’s hanging in my craft room, and I love it!
Anyhow…many months ago I found these 2……..hookahs??………at the thrift store for $5.00 each on a 50% off holiday sale. I thought they were candle holders until I realized they were hollow inside, with openings at the top and bottom, and would make the perfect lamps!
I bought a cheap lamp shade from Walmart for $11. My thrift store usually doesn’t have drum lamp shades. (Oooh, but the last lamp makeover I did, I struck gold when I found these awesome thrift store lampshades for $2.00 each!)
And after a little bit of drippy-drippy spray paint and total random creativeness, here’s the AFTER!
All I did was glob tons of paint on the rim of the lamp shade and just let it dribble down the sides. I layered the paint with pink, turquoise, white, and apple green. I wanted orange, too, but didn’t have any on hand. Oh well, this is plenty! I like the random splatter of green the most!
This was such a fun project! It’s like being able to make a mess and the messier, the better
I used spray primer on the hookah/lamp prior to spraying it with white semi-gloss.
To get the globs of paint on the lamp shade, I folded a piece of paper in half, and then took a can of spray paint and sprayed a huge puddle of it the crack of the piece of paper. Then, I dribbled the puddle of paint over the edge of the paper and let it run down the side fo the lamp shade in random patterns.
I used one of my new GE light bulbs in the new lamp, so now, there’s no more wasted electricity!!!
I prefer 60 watt bulbs because they’re just the amount of light I need for my crafting. And I like that these GE bulbs are a bit smaller so they fit more compactly inside of lamps. Some of those bulbs I have have seen can get monstrous size! Watch this video to show you how small these bulbs really are!
And don’t you just love how cozy lamps look at night? This lamp looks very cool when turned on! Even my kids thought it was neat, and they are quick to tell you something doesn’t look good! LOL. Oh, and be careful when you’re painting a lamp shade, because the paint will make it very opaque. But the awesome part is that you can make any design with paint and it will be even more striking at night between the translucent shade and the opaque paint. Be creative!
Also, because I am a night-owl, I tend to burn the midnight oil well into the wee hours of morning. So I need energy-efficient bulbs that will keep costs low while burning all night
So I plan to put my DIY painted lamp shade in my craft room; just not sure yet. In the meantime, it’s sitting on top of my hand-me-down Ikea Expedit bookcase, out of the hands of a little toddler who will destroy it if you let him get his hands on it……;)
- Lamp Kit from Amazon.com = $9
- Lamp shade from Walmart = $10
- Lamp base from the thrift store = $5
- Rust-Oleum Primer (already had on hand) = very minimal
- Rust-oleum Green Apple spray paint (already had on hand) = very minimal
- Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Berry Pink spray paint (already had on hand) = very minimal
- GE Energy Smart Light Bulb = FREE (thanks, GE!!)
TOTAL COST: About $24!
TOTAL TIME: About 1 hour, minus drying time in between.
So how do YOU reduce, reuse, and recycle?
Have you noticed you’ve been wasteful and are cutting back, too? In what other ways do you reduce, reuse, or recycle? And be sure to check out Be sure to GE over on Facebook and Twitter @GELighting #GELighting.
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