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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Goodwill Lamp Re-Vamp

As I was browsing through Goodwill one day (as I often do), I saw this big yellow lamp & it caught my eye immediately because of its gorgeous shape. And because it was half-off day, it was a beautiful $3. It would have had me at $6.



My plan from the beginning was to put it on my hall table, but to do that, it needed to be painted. I actually liked the yellow, but it wouldn't work where it needed to go, so I went for my favorite Krylon metallic silver.


What separates this paint from other metallics I've tried is that this one gives a truer reflective finish, very similar to silver leafing, but with the convenience of a spray!



A couple coats of that & it was shiny & new. But, I thought I heard it screaming "Look at me, I'm spray-painted!". It was so perfect & consistent, it was obvious that it had just been made-over, rather than found in a nice home dec store. It lacked dimension & texture. In cases like this, it's a good idea to to a little "antiquing". So, I took a little craft paint (this time Raw Umber), & brushed on a tiny amount in the detailed areas of the lamp. Then, before it dried, I wiped most of it back off, giving it an aged effect.




Notice the difference?


I also chose to re-wire it, as I recommend doing if you buy an old lamp like this. You can get a kit like this at Lowe's or HD & follow the instructions on the package.



With a new linen drum shade, the project was done!



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30 comments:

  1. Love your lamp. It turned out just wonderful. I havn't tried the silver metallic paint, I really do need to. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Nice, Julie! You're right, the yellow was nice, too, but no matter how good the price these things need to fit in with our existing decor. Adding the glaze made a difference and was a great idea.

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  3. OH my gosh its beautiful!Ive never tried that paint but will have to.
    Sarah

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  4. Looks like a perfect fit for your space. A great find and a great redo.

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  5. WOW, from a just OK lamp to a absolutely extraordinary lamp! I am blown away, great job!

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  6. Beautiful... your $3.00 Goodwill find looks like a million bucks!

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  7. Oh WOW!!! I just love it!! What a fantasic transformation!!!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

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  8. Great job, it looks great now!

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  9. That lamp looks awesome. You did a great job transforming it.

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  10. WONDERFUL makeover! I love it -- and I love the different kinds of paint you used! Looks beautiful!

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  11. So nice! Love the antique effect!

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  12. The lamp is gorgeous! I am going to have to try the silver spray paint, I usually stick to black or ORB but I think it might be time to broaden my horizons!

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  13. Your lamp is fantastic.Don't you just love Goodwill... and half off day is even better.
    Annette

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  14. Stopping by from Anything Related and I love this lamp - and the other lamp revamp you have. I added you to my blogroll - I can't wait to see what else you make! I am so inspired, I might finally pull out the crappy bookshelf I swiped from someone's trash and revamp it this weekend!

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  15. What a great size and shape. (Ha, I've experienced the "I've just been spray-painted" problem, too.) It looks perfect and expensive in its new spot.

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  16. Looks great, that raw umber was just the ticket!

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  17. Your lamp makeover turned out great, what an excellent transformation!

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  18. Thanks for visiting our silly little blog!

    Now, I have seen many a painted lamps.. But this is by far the BEST painted lamp I have ever seen! It really looks like something you would have to pay top dollar for!

    I am going to go do this now.. Right now actually..

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  19. It's beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us @ Anything Related!!

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  20. I repainted a mirror frame with that same paint and loved it! Your lamp is gorgeous too!

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  21. Great job on your lamp makeover! I wish our Goodwill had a 1/2 off day. I'm pretty sure they don't but I better investigate that further and make sure I am not missing out! :)

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  22. Thanks for commenting on my blog, I had to check out your lamp re do also! It looks amazing! Great job!!! (:

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  23. On a scale from 1 to 10, how hard is it to rewire a lamp?
    I LOVE the lamp! Very Chic. You am offically a follower.
    -Helen

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  24. @828 Miles Later
    I guess it depends on the lamp & how hard it is to take apart & put back, but most are simple. I'm sure you could do it!

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  25. just this week I've been making over my first lamp ever, and just looking over all your redone lamps was really inspiring. I don't think I'll eve by a new lamp again. Thanks!

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