UncategorizedInspired Design Challenge Week 1: Target July 15, 2013 Well, we’ve DIY’ed and are ready to reveal out first week of projects all inspired by Target. I could have chosen a million different things for this one because Target has such AMAZING stuff! In the end, I was very inspired by all of their painted baskets. I love that they use different blocks of color to liven up one basket. I found this Calypso wicker lamp a while back at Home Goods and had a dream to turn it into a unique kitchen chandelier. It was clearanced for $45 and is about four feet tall. Huge, awesome statement. Chris wasn’t so sure about it at first as you can see in this picture, but I think it’s growing on him. My only problem was the wood color. I actually loved the wood tone and didn’t want to lose it, but with the wood beams leading into the kitchen and the wood island that will eventually be built for underneath, it was just too much dark wood. This basket reminded me of the paint dipped look that has become so big and I love! Suddenly, inspiration struck to break up the wood, add a punch of color, but still keep a touch of that warm, rustic wood I love. Here’s what I came up with: I’ve been wanting to add more gold, so I knew that would be one of the colors. I also really wanted to add some color with the bottom globe. The kitchen rug is currently the only really colorful thing in the all-white room, so this pop is much needed. And here’s how we did it. First, we took the white center of the lamp out. I wanted it to be more open as you see in the after picture. That left us with this. Then, we took all of the cords and bulbs out of the structure so that we could use it as our base. Then, we threaded a pendant kit from Home Depot through the structure. Now, we were ready for paint. Since you would see this internal structure through the chandelier, I wanted it painted. I decided to go with gold for a little pop. Then, it was time to tape off and paint the chandelier. The gold is Design Master’s purchased at Michael’s. It’s the best. The blue is Bahama Sea by Krylon. The blue turned out lighter than I expected by the look of the bottle, but I like it. Then it was time to hang it, wire it up, and enjoy! I really do love it in the still in-progress room. Getting the island built and in place (which hopefully we’ll get to fairly soon), will be the true test of whether or not the colors are right, but I’m loving it for now! Now that this one’s through, I’ve got to get started on the Urban Outfitters project for next week. And most importantly, I’ve got to hop over and check out what my series design partners came up with. Here’s their inspiration. 1. Angie from Angie’s Roost 2. Kristin from Bliss at Home 3. Jennifer from Brave New Home 4. Sara from Embrace My Space Go check it out and say hi! I know they’ve got some good stuff cooking.