The Craft In Me

A blog devoted to all my crafty endeavors.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Thrift Store Lamp plus shade Revamp

Ok, so this lamp from my last thrift store find went quite quickly along with a spruced up shade.

For the lamp base, I didn’t want much difference in color so all I used was some wood stain.

Even though the lamp had some sort of veneer which was not wood, I tried the stain anyway.

The stain is still tacky and shiny so I guess the veneer is not absorbing it quite well. If it is still not dry within a couple of days, I’ll use regular paint in a similar color and spray with a shiny protective coat.

That’s why I love a good thrift store craft, if it doesn’t work the first time, just paint it until it does work.

But for now, I like it! It’s shiny, simple and beautiful.

As for the shade, I already had this on hand, ideally I'd like a larger shade for this lamp base but I like to use what's on hand and make it work.

As I’ve mentioned before and by looking through my other crafty posts, I can’t get enough of swirls.

So using a pencil I sketched my free hand design on the lamp shade.

Then using brown acrylic craft paint I traced the penciled lines.

A steady hand and a few minutes later I had this.

They complement each other well.

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  1. Fun project! I love the scroll work on the lampshade.

  2. I sooooo LOVE that "COOL" looking lampshade...awesome idea! Hop over and show it off at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY!


  3. Love the lampshade! Great work!

  4. Oh I love it. I'd be so scared to paint lines like that even by sketching them first. You did great, glad I found you today!

  5. Great lampshade! I love the idea of painting directly onto it.
    Also thanks for the sweet comment on my wine bottles!

  6. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party this week!

  7. Really cute! Love how something so simple creates something so nice :)

  8. I love how the shade turned out. You must have a steady hand! It fits with the lamp base so nicely too.

  9. The lampshade is sooo pretty! I love it, it's something so simple but huge graphic impact.

  10. That is one fantastic lamp, Jalinda! It turned out so cute -- and great job on the shade, it's perfect! :)

  11. Oh wowie! freehanded those swirls? awesome!

    I'm with ya on the swirls and curls. a girl can never have enough :)

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  12. Love it! Can't wait to do that to mine. Thanks for the inspiration!


  13. I love this idea! You did a great job!

  14. Great job. I love the finished project.

    Come check out my new blog to see what I've been doing.


Thank you so much for your comments! :)