2.04.2010

The Evolution of a Lamp

I bought these two lamps back in May at a garage sale. $8 for the pair. (Man do I miss garage sale season!)

The color of the wood looked a little dated to me, so I took some paint to them. I brushed it on lightly so that the brown of the original lamp would still come through. Then I covered the bottom (metal) portion with a hammered metal spray paint. (I'm sorry I don't remember the names of the paints I used...I did this part last summer!)

They are now a deep brownish-black. One lives in my upstairs hallway, and the other in my new guest room (still a work in progress!).

I loved everything about these lamps, but the lampshades I bought at W*lMart were a little too gold for me. So I covered the shades with a little burlap (using my method described here) and presto! The evolution is complete.

And it only took me eight months.


29 comments:

Kelli said...

Worth the 8 month wait. I love your table in the hall...it's so welcoming.

Jboo said...

Beautiful!!! It probably would have taken me 8 years -- so 8 months is really fast!

Hope you're having a great week!

janet

Carmen said...

Love it! I had to laugh about it only taking 8 months. I still have yard sale purchases from this past summer that I haven't done anything with yet either.

Jenny Lynn said...

So cute! I MUST start going to garage sales - so many potential projects :)

abby @ tales and trials said...

I think I have seen that exact lamp at Goodwill and now I am kicking myself for passing it up. I just recently bought a lamp at an estate sale and am trying to figure out what to do with it. I definitely need to cover the existing shade or get a new one all together. Thanks for the inspiration to get moving on my lamp!

The Starr Family said...

Presto change-o, don't you love quick fixes?

Jessi @ Yankee Belle Home said...

Gorgeous! And I love the burlap shade.

Shilo said...

Only 8 months?? That would be record time around here! :) Lol! Looks great, Carrie!
Shilo

SugarberrySensations said...

Carrie - these look awesome! Wow, I may have to start garage saling! (sp?) =)

Do you mind sharing how you get your signature in your blog?

♥Lori

Mandy said...

Those turned out AWESOME!!!

& I can't wait till the spring yard sale season cranks up!!!!

I feel a burlap lamp shade coming on now...so inspired! ;)

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Very pretty. I love the shade.

And, posts like these make me want to start yard saling. I never have gotten into it.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Always love a good lamp makeover...and I love the moss-y "G" in your previous post...great idea!

Michelle said...

Totally miss garage sale season. Do you ever drive down to Monument for the Woodmoor garage sales? Fabulous! I try to play my vacations around it. The Pink Creek one in CS is fabulous too. I've never been to a neighborhood one in Denver or CR. You'll have to fill me in on the good ones. I am pretty much a fanatic about garage sales.

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Oh that turned out great! I hear you on taking 8 months to do a project--I think I'm the queen of taking forever to do simple projects, LOL!

~ Sarah

Victoria said...

LOL that it only took you 8 months! ;) That's probably not too bad considering you are a busy Mama of 2.

Love the lamp! It turned out beautifully.

SugarberrySensations said...

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♥Lori

Nikki said...

Wow, these look fantastic!

Lisa-Marie said...

They are so swank!

I saw a lovely lamp n a cahrity shop for £4.50 last week, and I didn't buy it. I am kicking myself. They also had two huge wooden but painted gold, heave candlesticks(for pillar candles) for £15. I should learn to buy things when I see them!

The Cottage Mama said...

Awesome!! I think lamps are the easiest thing to repurpose. I always see so many great shapes like the ones you did here at Goodwill. Yours turn out beautifully!

Lindsay

The Little Red Shop said...

I looove revamp'n up old lamps! Yours look beautiful!

: )

Julie M.

kacyd said...

Thanks for sharing - those turned out great! I have two lamps in need of a redo and you have inspired me to get on it!!

Jennifer said...

Looks great! I love the idea to cover the shade too... makes a *huge* difference! :)

Heidi said...

I love the lamps! I have to laugh because I have come across a few blogs lately that are itching for "garage sale season." It makes me laugh because I live in the San Diego area and we have them all year round. It is a SERIOUS perk to our great weather that I had never considered before. In my little town we even have garage sales on Thursday morning...it is an old tradition. I love it!

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Better late than never though! I love the whole vingette of your lamp and table. I actually bought a lamp very similar at a garage sale like yours ... same sort of shape. I painted my black - then bought another smaller version at a yardsale too. I'm dying for yard sale season. Just dying!

Kim Hancock said...

That looks great! Great find...

Its So Very Cheri said...

It looks do nice. You did a great job.

Don't miss out on my weekly give-a-ways all months long.

Cheri

Lisa & Gerald said...

Just beautiful..love the look...What a great idea...Hope you have a wonderful weeekend..Hugs..

Shell in your Pocket said...

Very cute and perfect for that special corner!

sandy toe

Southern Fried Gal said...

Beautiful! I love everything about this little nook. And I'm for sure going to do the burlap lamp shade trick.