Spray Paint a Light Pole

All I have to say is that it’s about time that I am finally updating the light pole. Because if you have seen a picture of the front of our house, you will notice this lovely, not really, light pole… And it has been driving me crazy for a long time.

House Front

Let’s take a closer look because the old paint was chipping like crazy.

DIY Light Pole

Because of all the chipped paint I am going to show you how to spray paint a light pole, this would also work for a metal railing…

Supplies:
Drill
Wire Brush (that attaches to drill)
Spray Paint in Black
Spray Paint Primer
Boxes

I removed the glass and old light bulb before starting on the first step. And of-course I had to do a little cleaning, there was an old broken light bulb in there.

Dirty Light Pole

The first step to giving this light pole a makeover was removing all the old paint that was chipping. And let me tell you this took awhile. To do this you will need a drill with wire brush. Looks like this:

Wire Brush

The reason it took so long was because my batteries only lasted for about an hour before needing to be charged again.

DIY Light Pole

After removing all the old paint, I cleaned the pole and prepped for paint. 

DIY Light Pole

Now I was all ready for the spray paint. I first started with the primer and spray the light pole according to the instructions on the can.

DIY Light Pole

I used boxes to paint the pole, this way the spray paint would not spray everything else.

Boxes for Spray Painting

I applied 2 coats of primer. 

DIY Light Pole

After the primer dried I could then apply the paint. I applied 3 coats of paint in light coats to give it a better finish. And here is my not so new light pole.

DIY Light Pole

And of-course the view of the house looks a little bit better too.

DIY Light Pole

The cost of this project was very minimal, the only cost was spray paint (1 primer & 2 paint) & the wire brush, which cost less than $24 total.

DIY Light Pole

What do you think of my little makeover? Anyone else thinking about updating a light pole or metal railing?

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Homemade Barbie Clothes

Have you ever tried to buy Barbie clothes?

My daughter wanted some new Barbie clothes and I was not to impressed with the options. I wanted something plain and simple and I could not find that anywhere. Plus the clothes that came with her current Barbie’s are already falling apart and I wanted something that can stand up to kids… Is that too much to ask? I then decided to look into making my own Barbie clothes. And guess what, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. Here are the clothes I made:

Barbie Skirt

I felt really funny taking pictures of Barbie’s but at least they do not move around…

Barbie clothesHere are the tutorials I followed:

Skirt Tutorial 
Dress Tutorial 
Shirt Tutorial

I plan on making more in the future, maybe for Christmas…. I am thinking more dresses, skirts, and maybe a ball gown. What do you think? Anyone else making homemade Barbie clothes or want to? Now I just need to get Halloween Costumes made, I should probably get on that….

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