TGIF, sweet friends! I bet you thought I wasn’t going to post this week! Psych! Better late than never. But, quickly I want to share with you a barometer makeover. Come check it out!
While out shopping the other day I decided to swing into the local Goodwill and check things out. It’s usually hit or miss for me, but this time I got lucky! I found a few cute DIY projects that I’ll share later, but I can’t wait to show you what I found for just $6! It’s a wooden wall barometer! Here’s how it looked when I bought it:
The barometer was really dirty and showed signs of wear and tear. But, it was made of real wood and otherwise appeared to be in good shape. I figured I could clean it up and paint it, so I got it!
While I was out shopping today I saw a very similar barometer to mine except this one was black and was $55! (I promise you I don’t go shopping every day like it sounds. Today’s trip was impromptu because I was in the area and just happened by the antique store.) I like the black!
I decided my barometer should be black too. (And look like it was at least $55 or more!) So, disassembled it with a teeny tiny itty bitty screwdriver. The screws were flat head and of course difficult to get out. I ended up using some pliers to help me unscrew them. Luckily all of the screws were accounted for.
I wiped off the base of the barometer with a damp rag and took it outside to paint. I spray painted it with a few light coats of black spray paint in a matte finish. While I waited for the paint to dry, I cleaned all of the barometer pieces with windex and paper towels.
After a few hours I reassembled the barometer. It looks practically brand new! And I love that it’s black. One of my favorite colors.
I’m not actually sure if it works or not, but it sure looks better all cleaned up and with a new paint job!
At least the thermometer appears to be working, so that’s a plus!
And a quick before and after. After a little research, I found that barometers can be quite pricey. Even a new one at Walmart is over $119. And it probably works. Whether or not this one is functional remains to be seen, but I’m thinking it will look fun as a wall decoration at the lake house. And if I figure out how it’s supposed to work, that would be great too. At least it’s cute.
I think my barometer (on the right) looks just as fancy as the one at the antique store. What do you think? Worth $6 and some TLC? Just remember when you are thrifting that you can always change the color of something to make it suit your taste and decor. And make sure things are made of real wood and not plastic. (Unless you want plastic)
Well, I’m behind on a few things because I was tinkering with this for a while. But thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo Dell