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before & after: karen’s bird bath + jen’s lamp

by Kate Pruitt

when the temperature rises, i begin to feel envious of the birds who are wise enough to live near bird baths. what i wouldn’t give to be able to dunk my head whenever i feel like it! bird baths are a win-win situation though, i guess, because the birds get refreshed and we get the enjoyment of watching an adorable birdie swim party. karen has created a simple, modern bird bath that would look great in any yard, and it’s actually only one of three bird bath designs she has posted on her blog, all within a very reasonable budget. i live so close to ikea i might have to run out and make this tonight! you can read more about the bird bath and see instructions here and here. thanks, karen! –kate

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CLICK HERE for karen’s modern bird bath after the jump!

i’ve been too busy to go thrifting lately, but jen’s before & after lamps are making me regret it. she’s transformed some cheap old lamps into bright modern ones, with just a little paint. the bold, solid color really accentuates the shape of the lamp; whereas before it seemed rather drab, now i would not be surprised if it is the star of the room! you can see more of her process (not to mention some more fun makeover projects) here. nice work, jen!

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