Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Campy Cherubic Lamp Makeover

As a teenager, this lamp served as a necklace holder and display stand in my bedroom.  Somewhere along the way, it lost it's shade and harp.  I think that was when I decided it would look best sporting a black-light light bulb!  What can I say?  My room was white and purple, it matched and made everything GLOW!

Anyhow, this poor thing has travelled with me to 4 homes now, and has been living the last few years, stuffed in the back of closets.  Unfortunately, it just wasn't working for me, style wise.  However, it worked perfectly and I knew something fun could come of it!

I had been seeing white lamps with everything from ceramic animals to artichokes everywhere lately, so I thought it might be cute to do a campy, chubby little cherub lamp.  My vision was a white base and black shade!

Two days later, I am loving this lamp SOOOO much more now!
1very light coat of Krylon white primer and 3 coats of Krylon Satin finish spray pain in Bright White and I'm a happy girl.

The only thing I am NOT sold on, is the shade I had:
The shade is too long, and you don't get a good view of the clear crystal part in the middle of the lamp, which is pretty neat.  Now I know that I didn't paint the gold hardware pieces, an oversight I tell you.  Plus, taping them off when I did the white, ended up with the gold flaking off in places... but I actually kind of like it.  It makes it look a lot more vintage (but gorgeous now) and not so stark and brand new!


Here's the lamp with another shade that I think is the right shape, just the wrong color:
What do you think, a better fit for the base?

So, for the meantime, I am on the lookout for a shade shaped like the white one, in black.



Holly and Sean said...

ca-ute!!! I love the mix of black and white, so the black shade does it for me. But really, either look amazing.

Great fix!

Anonymous said...

wow those are gorgeous shades!!! i hope you don't mind - i linked to your blog in a post of mine - i just love your stuff! xoxo

AllonaDime said...

I like the black shade better.