I don’t know how, but I completely spaced on posting an update on my funky $5 lamp that I brought home from a trip to Bluebird Market ages ago. You can see all about my trip and my haul in my post “A Little Birdie Told Me”.
I fell in love with this lamp’s unique shape and unusual size. The detail is a funny aged faux wood grain effect. Um, or that’s just the best way I can describe it.
For a couple of months it sat on an end table in my living room and remained what I dubbed “Scooby Doo” green. Yikes! I grabbed a can of gold pray paint at the hardware store for my ridiculous high heel shoe bookends when I realized that this lamp is just begging for some gold paint. I primed it and painted it right along side the bookends… one can was more than enough for both. Quick pointers for painting a lamp: Use painter’s tape and a plastic bag to cover/seal off the light socket portion and cover the power cord too.
I had originally planned to use the over-sized shade that it came with. I even when through the trouble of repairing the seam of the shade. In the end, practicality won out and I got a more petite (10″) cream drum shade from Target. The original shade was made of a thick woven fabric and didn’t let off as much light. The cream shade is more modern and is thinner and therefore brighter when lit. I feel like this lamp has a glam art-deco thing going for it now. A coat of paint can transform anything.
O wanted in on the fun. Note her cow girl pajamas. This kid is obsessed with horses, ponies, cowboy boots and even asked Santa for a pony.