Since moving to our new/old home things have gotten very complicated. The rest of the family was already living here so instead of starting from scratch with a clean slate, I came into a house that had way too much already. My dad who also lives here had accumulated a LOT of stuff.
Most of it will have to go (read: garage sale in the spring) but some of it is useable. Point in case this lamp you see below. I found two of them and knew they'd be perfect for my daughters' room. Let's seen how I gave a new life to old lamps.
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What I used:
The How to:
The lamp base was so strange. It had white wooden parts and then it had these other parts that were made of plastic. The plastic parts which were an off white color, did not look good next to the white wooden parts, so I painted them black.
This has to be the easiest paint project I have ever done. I simply painted these sections you see below using the satin enamels black paint. I added about 3 coats in the space of an hour and left it to harden overnight. The great thing about this paint is that it dried to a hard shine. I was really impressed because when I was doing the painting it did not look like it would cover. Was I wrong!!
And the cool thing about the paint is that you can even use it on cabinets. You can bet I'll be using this paint a lot more now that I've discovered it.
The white parts were left untouched. They were already a nice crisp color.
The shades were also painted using the chalky finish paint. You can see the difference below. The shade in the background is painted Everlasting white. All it took was a few coats of the paint using brushstrokes going across and then up and down to cover the whole thing.
I really didn't like that off white beigey color. In fact I've painted a shade before with black trim this time.
Here is a close up. You can see that it looks very rough and is full of texture. I left it like this intentionally. If you want a smoother finish you can sand it down a bit and add a wax. But at this point I am loving the texture as is!
I think this black and white combo is so much more interesting than the boring white/off white look from before.
Don't they look so much better?
They will end up in the girls room and I'll be sharing lots of projects from that room in the months ahead. They want it to be mostly black and white, naturally!
I added this picture frame in the back and used my friend, Katrin of KreativK's Hygge printable. You can also get one for yourself here. I love the crisp whiteness of the paper against the linen mat fabric that I have placed behind it. And we all love to Hygge in the winter!
This is the first step in transforming the room, with these statement making lamps! Have you ever tried to give an new life to your old lamps? It's easier than you think.
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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