I have been in a Lampshade Dry Spell for months.
That does not mean that Western North Carolina is slap outa lampshades. Nobody panic.
It means that I can’t find matching pairs, and here’s the goocher, in MY price range. And I am here to tell you that HAS to be under $10 each.
It’s a challenge.
The lamp bases I choose to paint have to cost even less than that. So when I walked in to my absolute favorite Honey Hole for shades about six different times and walked out empty handed . . .
I was beginning to panic.
Lamps are a staple in my shop.
They fly outa there. Plus, they really look good on my larger furniture pieces. I have actually lost count of how many I’ve painted.
So long story short, things are looking up:)
These lampshades are gray and white herringbone tweed and I just love them! They are made of what looks like men’s suiting fabric.
I painted the lamp bases in a nice charcoal gray chalk paint from Americana Decor. The color is called Relic and I use it alot. There are about three colors in this particular chalk paint line that I love, use quite frequently, and keep readily available. Relic is one of them. It’s a perfect staple in a chalk paint arsenal. The others are Primitive (a putty gray), Treasure (teal) and Everlasting (white). I recently bought a sample of their Vintage (pale Robin’s Egg) and I’m considering adding it to the list. I’ve learned over the past couple of years that I can mix some really cool custom colors with these few paints. They are less than $10 at Michaels plus there is always a 40% off coupon somewhere.
Here’s what the lamps looked like when I brought them home from Goodwill.
These were a little more work than most of the Thriftstore lamps I drag home. I actually had to wipe the dust off.
Two coats of chalk paint and a GOOD coat of clear wax later,
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