This lamp sits in the corner of our living room and is currently enjoying it’s second color transformation.
When I found this little beauty at the thrift store several years ago the first thing that caught my eye was it’s height.
Have you noticed, if you move from a home with 8′ ceilings to a home with higher ceilings the first thing that seems out of place are your short lamps?
This lamp stands 34″ to the top of the shade which was a great size for our living room.
The second thing that appealed to me was the shape of the shade. An oval drum shade in perfect condition.
What I didn’t like was the color. Ugly was putting it mildly.
Here she is in all her original circa 1970’s glory.
I wrote about her first makeover in this post on lamps and lampshades. I wanted a vibrant color. I had recently painted our front door and wanted to see a bit more turquoise as you walked into the house.
The lamp was turquoise for about a year before I was ready to change the color. It stayed turquoise about 2 years before I couldn’t stand it anymore.
As I remember it…I was supposed to be cleaning. I got to this corner of the living room and something came over me. I think it’s called a wild hair.
I dropped my dust cloth, took off the shade, grabbed the lamp base, headed immediately to the laundry room and started painting. Cleaning can wait.
I wish I could tell you the colors I used. This all happened so fast it’s kind of a blur.
I do remember the lamp base got a coat of primer (which may or may not have been chalk paint). After the base dried I used several different paint colors I had on hand. A gray, a taupe and a combination of the two. I purposely left a bit of the primer showing because I liked the way it looked framing the raised pattern.
Here you can really see the oval shape of the shade.
I used a woven jute gimp I purchased locally to cover the existing black trim.
I simply attached the jute gimp using hot glue.
Now I realize some may say she was prettier in turquoise and I can understand that. But for me, for now, this is much better.
The red chair you see here, which is older than my son and quickly wearing out it’s second re-upholstery job, is on my to-do list for a slipcover.
Just waiting for cleaning day and a wild hair. 🙂