Rainy Day Lamp Makeover

May 15th, 2011 in member junk     
Kimmberli Kimmberli, member
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Thanks for the advice. Switched out the 70s barrel shade for a skirt.
I found this vintage lamp in a thrift shop for $2.
I spruced it up with black primer and a medium coat of glossy red so that the black would still peek thru in the scroll detail. I finished it with a gloss topcoat.
I added a light to the globe and a barrel pleated lampshade. It is a three-way light, so we can have the globe or the top lit, or both at the same time.
A conversation/ambiance piece for the family room.
This is the before. Sorta drab...
Wrapped up in old shopping bags and tape in my project room. Ready to be painted...
A close-up of the scroll work on the lamp post.
Thanks for the advice. Switched out the 70s barrel shade for a skirt.

Thanks for the advice. Switched out the 70s barrel shade for a skirt.


It started off drab. I'd like to think it's fab.

I realize that my projects fall into the "amateur" category, but I'm having so much fun, I can't wait to see what to build or refinish next! (Actually, I just finished painting a completely self-designed and assembled vintage coat tree that I can't wait to post...my proudest project yet!)


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, vintage, metal, glass, whimsical, family room, living room, retro, red, lamp

Comments (5)

Kimmberli writes: Midge, it's most definitely an addiction!!

I read somewhere that, when you can't fix everything at once (as in the case of our 110-year-old house), you find inspiration in re-creating everything else!

My biggest project on the radar is a greenhouse made entirely from doors and materials around our house. I'm not sure when it will be started and completed (we need the city's blessing), but I'm soooo excited to give it a whirl!

Thank you for your ideas - the pleats did not occur to me. I'm so not visual, so all of this is a pleasing challenge to me. I'm thinking square-ish....we'll see what happens!! Posted: 7:59 pm on May 23rd
junkermidge writes: You did a great job on this! Maybe if the shade weren't pleated, it would make a difference too. It's like Rusty said, you just have to play with it. And isn't that what makes junking so fun? Glad you've discovered this crazy, creative addiction!
Midge Posted: 12:02 pm on May 22nd
Kimmberli writes: Love the square shade idea!!!! Posted: 12:30 pm on May 18th
RustyDiva writes: In my "novice"....VERY novice opinion you may be stuck with something round just because of the glass piece in the middle. Maybe if you went with a round shade that's "squattier" then it would take the 70's feel away. I would just play with it - go for opposite and try a square one. Posted: 10:18 am on May 17th
Kimmberli writes: Hubby is suggesting a different shade...he says this one gives it a more 70s look.

Any suggestions on a different shade??

:-) Posted: 5:33 pm on May 15th
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