I really like lamp light. And I really prefer it to overhead lighting. It lends such a cozy quality to any room. In fact, I think the only room in our house where we consistently use overhead lighting is the kitchen. Lamps can be quite the investment, though. Lamp shades even more so.
I was in the process of a makeover in our guest room, struggling to find the PERFECT lamp for the bedside table, when it struck me. I see gobs of old, brass, metal and wood lamp bases at every junk & thrift shop I have ever been in. So the next time I came across a perfect sized one with the appropriate curvyness, I brought it home. To the tune of $4.
So I cleaned the thing off and opened a can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and went to town on it. I did not completely paint it, I did more of a wash. By accident. I began to paint, made what I perceived as a mistake and wiped it off with a rag. The effect was lovely! So I played around with it for about half an hour and this is what I got
The shade I found at, of all places Walmart!! It is a cream linen with a few little nubbie places in it and an appliqued flowed. I kept it for a little while, then it became one of the very first pieces I sold.
I’ve since done made over about twenty lamps, made from a wide array of materials. Brass is by far the most common base I find and it paints beautifully. Once they have cured for a couple of days I seal them with soft wax, either clear or dark depending on the color of the base.
And the Chalk Paint color I use most is Old White.
$2 rectangular linen shade (new!) from Goodwill.
This pair is in our Master and again the shades I found at Walmart. They seem to always have a nice selection of current styles and patterns.
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Now go hit the Thrift Shops!