My house needs lighting. Bad. I have almost no lamps in my house so there is no ambient lighting – if you want light – you get whatever is attached to the ceiling. So I have been on the lookout for some lamps. My question is WHY THE F ARE THEY SO EXPENSIVE? I understand that most of the time a lamp is considered a piece of furniture or an accessory so obviously there is some cost to it but it seems like all the lamps I like are like $150.00 – WAY too much in my opinion. So when I found a lamp at Value Village for $10, I jumped on it, even though the way it was it was AWFUL. The first thing is that she had a great shape but she was brass. The second thing was that she had a CFL bulb in it which is worth like $6 alone so this lamp was great value.
A bit closer – you can see she has potential.
So the first step to turning this lamp from nasty to fantastic is to wash her down with a wet rag to remove any grime/dust that was on her. After I dried her, I took her outside and taped off any part that I did not want sprayed.
Then I went to town. I know spray paint can be a little tricky so I did light coats.
Starting to get shiny! After a few coats, I sprayed the last one on a little thicker to make it get nice and shiny – the trick here is to not go on too thick or else it will drip/run and that looks like shit!
After I let the last coat dry for about an hour and a half, I brought her into my house and let it dry longer. I don’t like to keep painted things outside too long in the event of strong wind or stuff blowing around. I just did all that work getting it pretty I don’t need nature messing with it.
The next step was to de tape and VOILA! A whole new lamp!
Once I get a proper shade for it I will repost to show the dramatic change (excuse the papers below it – it needs some felt under the base to save my table). But I think she came out perfect! Super happy with the result!