Anyone else have a bit of sticker shock when it comes to lamps these days? I feel like the price of a lamp has increased quite a bit, and I have a hard time swiping my card. One day a few months ago I spotted some tacky lamps at a thrift shop (you might remember my facebook poll…) I grabbed them for $14.99 a piece. I ended up painting them for our bedside table lamps- and today I am back with another refinished table lamp. I used Country Chic paint in Pebble Beach (one of my new fave colors) then added a bit of dimension using antiquing wax.
I picked up a pair of lamps for $5 a piece- again I felt they had a great shape. These ones came sans shade- nothing a little trip to HD couldn’t solve.
I’m really enjoying working with paint these days- and spotted this sweet little unfinished birdhouse at the dollar store. Working on little pieces like this is so therapeutic for me- and they are fun for placing around the house.
At first I was unsure if I wanted to use the antiquing wax- here are both lamps side by side for comparison- one painted in 2 coats of Pebble Beach with the antiquing wax, and one with just 2 coats of paint- no wax.
What do you think? I actually like both for different reasons. I do like how the wax accentuates the curved details…
Working on this refinished table lamp helped me to rekindle a bit of my creative mojo- I can’t wait to show you what I did with this table Matt picked up from the dump. I know, we are those people. But seriously the only thing wrong with it was that the feet had been a little chomped by a dog…
I’d been surfing kijiji for a round pedestal table to put up in our loft for playing games and making puzzles (something we do more of during the winter) While this isn’t exactly what I envisioned, it’s close enough! Besides, you can’t beat free!