Thursday, March 10, 2011

An Aqua Lamp Makeover

When I talked about my lazy man's silver leafing technique (gotta love a good spray paint find!) I forgot to mention my new lamps.

They're not really new, but new-to-me has to count for somethin'.


Last summer when I was working on my niece's and nephew's rooms, I found a pair of sad, muddy lamps sitting between my sister's garage and the fence. I'm not sure where she had found them, but I'm sure she was thinking that eventually she'd get around to fixing them up and using them in her house.

Apparently, my incredibly kind hearted and chronically overcommitted sister was having a sort of daydream wherein she imagined that she had all this extra time to do random things like fix up lamps. So cute. Soooo not going to happen.

 I quickly let my sister know that my rate for room makeovers had just increased from nothing, to two lamps. She was kind enough to donate them to the cause and I brought them home.


Aaaaand then they sat in my basement for months while I worked on other things. 'Cause I like to be the pot calling the kettle black, or something like that.

I finally got around to cleaning them up and replacing the lamp kit inside the base (sitting out in the elements for who knows how long had seriously compromised the integrity of the wiring -- which is fancy speak for "the lamp shocked the heck out of me when I tested it"). I painted them... wait for it, white.

And I hated them.

The lamps are an old fashioned ginger jar style and I think the white was too safe a color choice; I needed something bolder to bring out their inner fabulousness. So I went back to the color I used for my sister's distressed chalkboard frame, Krylon's Catalina Mist.


I picked up a couple $4.99 lamp finials from Kmart's lamp aisle, two bright white drum shades and called it good.

And I lurve them. Because I love aqua. And orange.


And orange. And aqua. Did I mention that I love them? Because I do.

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37 comments:

  1. I love this color teal you chose! I'm so jealous- I am totally in need of some new lamps!

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  2. LOVE!!! Oh my goodness, they look awesome! I seriously love them, GREAT job!

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  3. The color is beautiful...and the finish is perfect...they are sooo glossy and seamless...great job!
    :-)
    shaunna

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  4. I love the lamps, they are so pretty aqua! I am always on the look out for some great shaped lamps, but never seem to find any!
    Great Job!
    Jodi

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  5. What a great transformation! I love the color you chose!

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  6. These are gorgeous! Never would have thought they started out like they did. And I love aqua and orange too. ;-)

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  7. Hey, when are you going to post your "After" of the stairs? I'm here... and I'm waiting!

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  8. They are really beautiful! The orange and blue color combo looks fabulous. This is probably a silly question, but when you painted the lamps, did you sand or prime them first?

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  9. These look beautiful! I love the color!!!

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  10. Dying. DY.ING. The turquoise is the perfect color! And that's coming from someone who has not a STITCH of turquoise in her house. Love.

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  11. Love these lamps! Saw a similar style at a consignment shop and thought about buying it. However, I can't seem to find the style shades you have that are reasonably inexpensive. Where did you get the shades?

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  12. They're great! I need a pair just like 'em!

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  13. LOVE them. I had to go back and re-read just to make sure that they weren't newly purchased lamps. The finish looks so fab! Love them!

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  14. what a great color. very pretty.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  15. I love aqua and orange too, it's so crisp and inviting. I can't believe how well the paint covered, you can't even tell it was a DIY project. Nicely done.

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  16. I remember seeing them in the mirror photo from that earlier post. And I thought then how nice they looked. Fabulous job! And fabulous color too!

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  17. I'm in love! These lamps are perfect!

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  18. Love the new blue - very chic!!

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  19. Perfect shape lamps and now the perfect color!! Yes to aqua and orange YES!!

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  20. I love that blue! Thanks for sharing the name too! Visiting from Centsational Girl.

    -caroline
    http://cwfrosting.blogspot.com

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  21. They turned out great...love the color!

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  22. Gorgeous, perfect for spring!! Sorry you had to get shocked in the process. The color is fab!

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  23. My fav color!! This looks lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

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  24. What a simply lovely color! And it does look great paired with orange. Love these.

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  25. Those lamps turned out amazing!

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  26. Love that shade! It's bright enough to get noticed but soft enough to not be shocking. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. These lamps are beautiful! Just wondering how you got such a glossy finish? Did you prime first or use a clear gloss over the turquoise?

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  28. WOW!!! Our designer has selected similar lamps for a current project in our house -- $1,740 is the price. Just called the hubby down to the office to take a look at your re-do. You just saved us thousands of dollars -- no joke! ; )

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  29. I love them too! Thanks for telling us the brand/color of paint. Can't wait to try it.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  30. They're gorgeous! They turned out beautiful!

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  31. what kind of paint did you use?

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    1. Krylon Catalina Mist spray paint + a clear glossy spray top coat :)

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  32. This is TOO funny! I stumbled across your blog somehow (probably Pinterest) & scrolled down and saw your lamp redo on the side.. I totally just bought the EXACT same lamp at Value Village yesterday for $4.99! I'm leaving mine white (for now, anyway) because I already have more than enough touches of aqua in the living room and don't want to get too matchy-matchy. Too funny! Here's a photo of my lamp all set up on my DIY table! https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/527362_10150706627587929_502652928_9393442_1235108483_n.jpg

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  33. Love the lamps! And the orange/turquoise color combo.

    Quick question .... did you prime the lamps first? Or just start with the Kyrlon Catalina Mist? I have a couple ceramic things I want to paint, but am not sure how to get started. It seems like the paint would just "slide" off such a smooth surface. (Please note: I am just starting to enjoy the perks of spray paint, so I am definitely a novice.)
    I love your blog! Laura

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    1. Hey Laura! Yes, I did prime beforehand :) So 3 coats -- primer, color, clear gloss. Good luck, spray paint sure is fun ;)

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  34. This Lamp project is beautiful and creatively done! Will incorporate this makeover on my next home project. Unlike the ones that I see from http://topwritingreviews.com/services/rushessay which are not creative at all.

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