Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lamp re-do, pt 1

My mother recently asked me to make her guest room cuter, and I was happy to oblige. I'm a big fan of making things cuter, especially when I get to spend other peoples' money -- it's much more fun than spending my own. Mostly because you can't buy very much with $5, which is pretty much how much my husband is allowing me to spend right now...something to do with my overwhelming desire to constantly change our paint colors I think?

So here's the before: 

I bet my mom's embarrassed right now. In her defense, the messed up bedding was totally my fault. But the Winnie-the-Pooh wallpaper border? I take zero ownership for that.  My parents didn't even buy this house until after I had gone to college.

My first task was to get my parents a set of matching guest room lamps that wasn't brass. My mom loves her set of brass lamps, and to each her own. So we'll just move those bad boys into her bedroom. I checked out some thrift stores to find some I could makeover but didn't find anything I liked, so I just went for Wal-mart lamps. Each lamp base clocked in at $17.98, and the matching, fabulously nondescript drum shades were $14.99 I believe. I also purchased a set of finials at Kmart because the harp came with reaaaally unfortunate ones:

Ouch. Not cute, 'Better Homes and Gardens' brand 8-10 inch adjustable harp. Not cute.

Here's the fancy before:

The first step was to prep the lamp for painting! I sure do love paint. I wiped the lamps down really well to get rid of any dust or dirt, and covered several inches of the cord and any electrical parts that might not function as well covered with spray paint. I used blue painters tape for the cord and aluminum foil for the light bulb-doohicky part.

I also secured the finials by setting them on the sticky side of some painters tape.

Then... I primed! I used Rustoleum Painter's Touch white primer spray.

Ooooh. They already look so much better. These lamps were not meant to be white, though.  They were meant to be...

Orange! Well, technically 'Cinnamon' -- another Rustoleum Painter's Touch spray paint. The cap looked like it had a bit more red in it, a little spicier. But I'm still happy with the color.

After a glossy topcoat...

...part one of my lamp re-do is complete.

Stay tuned to see how I'm going to make those basic lamp shades look a bit more custom, a whole lot cuter!

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  1. OMG, OMG, your sainted mother will be SO freakin embarrassed that her silly nursery wallpaper is now all over teh interwebs! Thank heavens she's got angel blood and lauds your mad skills to the whole world.

  2. Oooooh, I love the color and can't wait to see more! :)

  3. Anna, thanks for stopping by my blog the other day and leaving a comment about my daughter's reno, it is going full force right now and can't wait til I have more "fun" pictures to post. I am sure someone loved that wallpaper border at one time or another in your mom's guest bedroom. This room has so many good bones to it, you are going to have fun with it! If you haven't fixed that chandelier problem, I have extras of those loops and I can stick one in the mail to you if you would like. Just email me if you do. Can't wait to see what you do with the shades!

  4. So cute! Love the lamps, the color is great. Can't wait to see what you do with the shades. I have done several lamps and I love spray painting them. It is the greatest. Yours are so cute. I'll be back to see more. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great idea! I love the idea of spray painting so thanks for the info. Can't wait to see the shades.

    Have a great week! I'm glad I found your blog.

  6. I love how the lamps turned out. Can't wait to see what you do for the shades. Love the color too.

  7. Wow... BAM! So pretty is that end result! Nice start to what I anticipate to be an awesome makeover.

    You have a wonderful headboard.. your room is going to be gorgeous!


  8. Neat makeovers! The lamps look great. I'm curious about what you'll do with the shades. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love the the fun part, decorating the shades...there's so much you can do with them!

  10. What a fabulous color ~ It looks GREAT!

  11. Those lamps look so great! I swear, if I knew then what I know now, I'd never buy another new lamp! Right?

  12. LOVE this color! They looks way better:)
    BTW, I'd love for you to come by and check out my giveaway this week!!

  13. Great metamorphosis! You did such lovely work. Thank you for sharing your charming project. Cherry Kay

  14. ok I am a fan of anything Orange but these look specatular!!!!! Great job!


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