Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lamps, Lamps, and, oh yes, more Lamps

One thing you never, ever have to buy new.

A lamp is one of the easiest things in the world to change and very readily available now that brass has packed up and headed out of town.

If you missed my first two lamp posts, you can find them here and here.

The first lamp came from my grandmothers back porch.  It's a gorgeous lamp with a lot of detail.  The brass just didn't go with anything that I had goin' on, so I pulled out my sandpaper, clean metal primer, and Pewter Gray spray paint.  I refinished them the same exact way I did all my doorknobs.

For the shade, I used some spray adhesive to attach some drop cloth.  The colors blend perfectly together.  And the coolest part about this lamp?  It's got a little switch down at the bottom that you twist to turn it on!

This is also a pretty decent view of my next refinishing project. It's a working record player cabinet that is about to get the works!  When I switch picture angles, you can also see 3 more lamps that are in process :o)  I promise I'm not a strange lamp-lady! 

This one I found in my mom's closet.  I did it awhile back, but I wasn't sure how I felt about it so I didn't share it.  As it turns out, I love it... it just took a little while to grow on me.  (Can I say "it" any more in that sentence? I counted six...)

I sprayed the lamp with a color called "Bright Idea".  If you want to see a much cooler lamp in that color, go see Amy at A Little Piece of Heaven.  I think that's my favorite lamp...ever!

For the shade I used a Tutorial by Stephanie Lynn on how to make faux curled rosewood.  Her wreath is gorgeous and I was originally going to cover the entire shade, but I burned myself 1 too many times and decided to create a pattern.  I really heart it now.

I think of lamps as the icing on the cake.  It's a cheap way to stick your signature in a room.  It takes maybe 10 minutes to spray paint a lamp and I can't tell you how many conversations they start.  It's usually the first things people notice in a room.  Go to goodwill and find a $5 lamp with a fun shape and see what happens.  It's easier than you think :o)

My next attempt?

But I can't find that stinkin' paint anywhere!?  Any suggestions?

Have a great night!


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  1. Hi, Katie
    Thank you for stopping by. I love the lamps. Hope all is going great. Have a great weekend.


  2. Hi Katie,
    I love your lamp re-do, especially the yellow one with the roses on it.
    BTW, the table that has the writing on it...did you do that? Do you have a full picture of it?

    I am almost finished with my $1.25 table. Just have to put 3 coats of poly on it.

    All the best,


  3. You can find the Looking Glass paint on I did, and had some fun with it!

  4. What a great idea! Isn't it amazing how a little pizzaz can change a simple little lamp! Great job :) visting from tatertots
    Not sure why but I'm having trouble with your commenting won't let me use my google account, hope you get this!

  5. Lovely lamp collection and the last one with the flowers look so adorable :)


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