Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hideous lamp redo

Okay if you have followed my blog at all you are thinking "why another lamp" well I love lamps but actually this one is for my niece. As I mentioned before I spent several days at her house decorating and creating new things for it. I say I, but really should say "we". My sister and niece both were part of the process, 3 heads and 6 hands is a bonus! So, my sister found this hideous and I do mean hideous lamp at a old house they recently bought. The size was perfect for my niece's, (from this point on known as Macy's momma) large scaled bedroom furniture. Take a look at this thing, U..G...L...Y!!!
 Don't you know this is probably from the 70's. Good body, just needs a new dress! Her bedroom is really pretty, (I'll show you that another day.) It's a neutral color palette. So soothing, warm and comfy, but wait... I am suppose to be talking about the lamp. Okay, so we spray painted the whole thing grey, and then I took 3 colors of paint, a silver, gold and black acrylic and swirled them on a paper plate like this......
Notice I used very little black, didn't want it to overpower the other colors. Then I held the plate up so the paints would begin to run into each other, like this......
It blends it without getting all the colors combined causing a whole new color. Then you get your handy dandy sponge I mean plastic bag. You gotta work with what you got! You scrunch it up and dip it in the paint like this....
Then begin sponging, plastic bagging.... that doesn't sound right, you know what I mean, pretend it is a sponge and just blop it up and down on the lamp or whatever you are painting. Be careful to not mix up all the colors. Work a large area. This is what it will look like at first.
But you keep bopping up and down with your bag until the colors begin to blend. This part is really up to you and what effect you are going for. I like mine blended more. Like this...
 Now I realize there are many cool spray paints out there that might have been able to give us a similar look but what you may not be able to see is this picture is that this lamp has a texture to it and I didn't want you to notice this so sponging it was the way to go! Of course we need to redo the lampshade as well. You may remember the body form we made for her room. You can check it out here.

I thought doing the same technique on the lamp shade would look great so we did!
Now that is a transformation, right? We used the same grey flowers on the shade as before also.



She does a beautiful job of lighting this little corner! So so pretty!
Now I don't want this to be the world's longest post but I want to show you one more lamp, this one is in her kitchen.
Yes I am good at finding really ugly lamps. This is a 3.00 Goodwill find. Can you tell they took some kind of braid and glued it on the lamp and then covered it with spray paint, and ugly brown color.Anyone know what they were thinking????
But we took a yummy blue spay paint and went over it, after cleaning it and removing the braid of course! Macy's momma made these adorable little black and white fabric flowers for the shade. Super cute!
Here is the whole wall. This was inspired by Pottery Barn and a fantastic blogger, Imperfectly Beautiful, one of the first blogs I followed. ( I wish she still blogged!) If you are swooning over that buffet, I will show you more later, it is simply delicious!

Here is a closer look at the plates. We picked these up one at a time at Hobby Lobby, Marshall's and Ross, very inexpensive way to cover the wall with art.

So the next time you see an ugly lamp look beyond the finish and think about the shape and if you like it think about  how you can give it a makeover!






27 comments:

Laurie-Jean@WilloughbyWhimsy said...

That blue lamp and shade are very chic!! I also am a big fan of the wall display.

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

I love that blue lamp with the rosettes on the shade! Great color combo, I may have to steal that idea! :)

Cathi_in_TX said...

Laura - what did you use to hang the plates on the wall? Love the lamps, by the way!!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

That is really cute! Looks very happy in that area.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Hey I am following you now!

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

Love love love the lamps! Who knew 'plastic bagging' would look so awesome :)

Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty said...

I LOVE the lamps!! What great vision, and that wall is just wow!!

Peppermint Plum said...

I love this whole wall set up and the lamp is beautiful! :)

-Annie @ {PeppermintPlum}

Jena @ Involving Color said...

Laura, I love these lamps! You are so talented. So glad I found your blog. I'm a new follower.

Bec said...

I love the second lamp! Definitely my style!

sweet european dreams said...

Both are a beautiful transition, but the blue is my personal favorite. I also adore that wall arrangement - love your style! -diane

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com said...

HI Found ya through Funky Junks link party! I love the lamps and I to am a fan of re-doing lamps! Your newest follower now. I would love for you to come join me as well. You can check out my lamp re-do with tinfoil. Very similar look to what you came up with.
Awesome!
http://dejarenew.blogspot.com
Deb

The Tootsie Wootsie said...

oh i like the one with black! breathe taking!

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Sachiko said...

The blue gives right touch to the whole look. Great job!

theUngourmet said...

This makes me want to run out and find an ugly lamp! Your niece's lamp turned out so beautifully! I love the way you've prettied up the shade too. So cute!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

I love a good lamp makeover! That really was an ugly lamp! It's pretty now!
love the second one too. That lamp, desk and wall look fabulous!
thanks for linking up!
gail

Meg said...

Oh my gosh, I have that same plate! (The white, long one in the middle) and I was going to hang it on my wall, too! You beat me. I love your lamp re-do's! They look amazing!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

How pretty! I love the little rosettes.

Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys

Elizabeth said...

Wow great job!LOVE the aqua base! Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! The party will be open all week if you'd like to link up multiple projects. Have a great day! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

Cristina said...

Looks lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Cristina from ohmyohme.com

Tracy Suzanne said...

Gosh Laura. I really like both of them. Great job. I've been looking for an almost free ugly lamp that I can makeover myself.

Have a great night...Tracy :)

JunkyJen said...

Love the lamp makeovers!! I see so many cheap lamps when I am out "junking". Too bad more people can't see the potential..but if they did that would be less for us...lol I found you over at vintage revivals!!

Serendipity Chic Design said...

Wow...That sure was hideous! You have turned it into something that looks like it came from a high end home decor store....Hint hint...Anthropologie!

Take care,
Lisa

DANA said...

Way to go! This is a great transformation! danajeanward@gmail.com

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

Um....excuse your awesomeness! OMJ. That means Oh My Jealous. I love how it turned out!!! And I love the blue lamp and the plates. You are on fire lady!

Thanks for linking up!

Love your guts
mandi

Kelly said...

Wow, MUCH better! I love all the blue and black together.


Kelly

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

Woo Hoo, that blue number us my FAVE:)

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