I am not at all fond of overhead lighting. We have overhead lighting, I just don’t like it or use it unless I have to. I think lamplight is much less harsh and much more inviting. But cool and pretty lamps can be pricey.
So here’s a solution for that.
Well, they sure did not start out that way.
This is what they looked like when I grabbed the pair at my local Salvation Army.
For the pair.
Ok, it was half price day. I’d been eyeing these for a couple of weeks (like they were going anywhere) when I finally pulled the trigger and brought them home. I’m gonna stop right here and remind y’all to ask for a bulb and plug them in to make sure they work properly before you buy them. I also check the cords out to make sure they are in good shape (even though I’m married to an electrician).
Behold the wonders of chalk paint!
This stuff will adhere to ANYTHING!
Even 1970’s brass!
Without one lick of prep.
My kinda project.
So, let’s talk about the color for a second. This is a custom color that I have used on several projects and I just love it! It is a lovely blue/green that I call Sea Glass. I found the recipe on a Americana Decor chalk paint color card that I picked up at Michaels.
And I NEVER saw them again!
It is a mix of their Vintage, Treasure and New Life and I tweaked it a little bit. I came up with the name because that’s what it reminds me of.
After the lamp bases had two good costs of paint on them and had dried over night I gave them a coat of clear wax. Then I took my time and worked the dark wax in to the grooves of the base.
This is the eighth set of lamps that I’ve made over with chalk paint and I’m always looking out for the next ones. The lined burlap drum shades I picked up for under $10 each.
Pretty nice lamps for $13 each!
So the moral of this post is don’t walk by those old, dated lamps at the thrift stores!
Enjoy your week!