DIY: Vintage Lamp Makeover

September 30, 2014

So. I’m loving the wifi at Starbucks today! Geez… you don’t know how much you rely on your internet connection until it’s gone! Well, it smells good in here, and it’s a nice change of pace, watching people come and go all day.

Okay my lovelies… time to get this post up and running! I came across these two, dusty, wooden lamps in a garage sale this Summer — It’s Vintage Lamp Makeover time! I had one of those weird “vision” experiences when you know EXACTLY what you want to do to them — and, the vision does not waiver, change, or adjust. It’s what’s going to happen, and that’s all there is to it.

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First, the shades had to go. (I actually have a little plan for these too) They were a very traditional shape, and covered in a dust-catching micro-suede. Not jiving with my plans, so away they go!

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Everything got a good cleaning, and then I taped everything up. I just wanted to add a little “gold-dipped” detail. So I used the painter’s tape to create little “slices”, where they seemed to fit. You’ll see that in a minute…

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The top of the lamp is where I wanted to add a splash of colour. I wanted to take these from really traditional retro lamps, and change them in to vintage-inspired, modern candle-stick lamps. Ya? You with me??

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Rustoleum spray paints are so awesome for these little projects. Great for wood, plastic, wicker, metals… you kinda can’t go wrong. I had this robin’s egg blue kicking around and thought it’d be perfect!

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It was SO FUN pulling all the tape away. That has got to be one of my most favourite things in the world to do. That physical experience to reveal a transformation?? This must be why I watched EVERY episode of “What not to Wear“. Love it!

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BOOM.

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The only thing better than doing this once, is doing it twice!

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It worked out so well. And, it took about a day, between taping, and paint coats, and dry time… not bad, right?

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This gives me energy! Saving a piece and giving it NEW life! I’m pretty stoked on my new “candle stick” lamps. And, I’m crazy for metallics, right now, so they are fitting right in.

Let’s take a closer look…

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Remember how they started? Forgotten and dusty…

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Now they are so bright and cheery — Love a fresh transformation! Have you made any great rescues lately? I’d love to see! Share in the comments!

 

 

3 thoughts on “DIY: Vintage Lamp Makeover

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  2. Michelle

    Let me just say that I LOVE how these turned out. I love that you kept the majority of the lamps wood but the little slivers of metallic is such a nice touch! I have a garage full of stuff that needs to be given a second life. Thanks for the inspiration!

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