Thursday, September 29, 2011

Love A Lamp

One day about a month ago i stumbled upon this blog post...

ever since that day I have wanted to fill some of the empty space on my end tables with a old lamp that look brand new.

A lamp that when I looked at it, it would instantly make me smile. A lamp that instantly make me smile can not be found at ikea, or at target. However, those store do tend to try hard with there low prices and sometime creative colors.

Anyway, I was in Spokane and on a random little trip to find a boutique fabric store, which was of course closed, Trish and I ran in to a little funky store where i found this lamp...
Pretty huh? OK its down right dated and ugly. But look at its cool shape!!! Never mind that odd extra tall lampshade, that can be replaced! After all, look at this price!
The lamp functioned well, and even came with a light bulb! The shape of it reminds me of a genie lamp.
The lamp even had a button so I don't have to reach up in to the shade to turn it on! Another plus!

OK so this is what I did to make it pretty....
I first had to find a new lamp shade. The first one I tried was to small, but this one I think worked great with the proportions.
Next, I taped up the eclectic part and took the lamp outside and found a semi sunny spot without weeds to place the lamp on
Next I shook up the spray paint! and......
Sprayed about 2 coats quickly! Totally loving the color!

After it dried I put the lamp shade on and put the lamp in its new home!
The purple looks a lot darker dried, but still more purple than these pictures make it appeared.

I debated adding a little silver trim to the lamp shade but I am glad I didn't. I like the simplicity of it. It keeps your eye on the shape of the lamp.
The glossy paint came out perfect!

And now my lamp lives happily in its new home!

 Cost of this project:
Lamp: $5
Lamp shade at target size large: $14.97
Purple Glass Spray paint (found at home depot) 3.98
Total for my new one of a kind lamp: $23.95

BEFORE                                              AFTER

I just love this lamp!


  1. omg this turned out amazing!!!!!!! i absolutely love it. I love the potential you saw in this old lamp :)

  2. nice work Erin! matches really well with your living room, and it's such a cool lamp!!