Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A lamp makeover

Hi you all! I hope you are having a wonderful week! :)

I just wanted to show you a little something I finished...yes, I actually finished something! ;)

A few months ago, I bought two sweet gray lamp shades, but didn't have the right lamp bases to go with them. I knew I wanted a buffet lamp style, but all the ones I was seeing were so expensive! Then I saw this, and for only ten dollars, I could afford two of them! My plan was to spray paint the lamp bases white, to match our bedroom decor.

The only problem was, when I pulled it out of the package, I realized it was not one solid piece. I had never tried painting a lamp in screw-on sections before, but I was curious to see if it would work, so I started with just one of them...

Here it is put together~ it's not an ugly color or anything, it just wouldn't work in our room or with the gray shade I had for it...

I pulled most of the cord out of the end piece, and taped up the cord between the three sections (everything I didn't want painted!) and primed and painted it. I let it dry overnight... And it worked! Here it is now:

As for the shade that went with it, it was not in my color scheme either, and too dark of fabric to recover, so I am reconstructing it...

(I have something in mind...we'll see how it comes out!) And now that I know you can indeed spray paint a lamp like this, it's on to the next one...

Have a blessed night! :)


trish said...

Your lamp looks so pretty and I am so glad that you posted about this! I need 2 lamps for our living room and did not think to look there. :o) Plus I know the color I want to paint and am glad you showed us how you met the challenge. :o)
Congratulations to your daughter on her award!!
Sincerely ~ Trish

Blessed Mama said...

I have wanted to try to deconstruct a lampshade for quite a while,so I can't wait to see you do it. Maybe it will give me the guts to do it too! :)

Robin Beck said...

You are really great at finishing things Jenni!

I loved how it turned out-I'm finding there is pretty much nothing not alive that you can't spray paint! Ha Ha!

Sky said...

Love it!

Unknown said...

fantasitc! looks great! xxx

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Your lamp looks so pretty. I can't wait to see what you do with the shade! I've only recovered a little lampshade before.


About Southern Belle said...

Looking good. It will be neat to see what the lampshade looks like once you redo it. BTW, do you like the shades you bought at IKEA? The ones that went with the cream lamps?

Burlap Luxe said...

You transformed a plain lamp into a white cottage charmer.

I am in the mood to paint a lamp I have and more so after see ing wonderful job on it what a little white paint can create :)

Cannot wait to see what you do with your shade!!
I have seen so many creative shades out there it makes you crazy :0

See you soon creatively inspiring bloggy friend!!!
PS. Today I am working on signs, and my kitchen table to more aged white less butter cream!
Come visit my brunch with the birds.

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank-you Jenni
For your visit. I love sharing anything birds with bloggers who love them as much, or more then I do.

As soon as I can figure out how to make a button. well, I started it and it would not load the url I am going to do a bird something giveaway so keep your eyes open :)

I always enjoy your visits and sweet words charm me :)

Desiree said...

Love the lamp makeover! I recently completed one too (you can see it here: and can't wait to find another bargain so I can do another one.

Thanks for commenting on my bathtub {beadboard} skirt! I am glad I inspired you and would appreciate a little linky love too :-)

I'll be posting my laundry {closet} room makeover soon!


Anonymous said...

It looks great!

vintage girl at heart said...

Love the lamp makeovers and at only ten bucks..a deal!! I am looking forward to the lamp shade reveal!!!
I have two of those cups a few posts dwon but no saucers..would lOVE to find a set of the dishes!!!

Jenny said...

Hi Jenni, I see you love spray paint, too! Saw your blog on a friends and was intriqued with the name. Love your premise. I adore old houses!

Angie said...

Looks beautiful and perfect for your cute home!

Unknown said...

Very cute lamp male over! It looks so much better white!

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