Wednesday, November 11, 2015

These Old Lamps

My first attempt at a dual lamp makeover didn't turn out so bad, actually I am amazed at how good they look without having any experience using the oil rubbed bronze spray. This stuff is really easy to use, even for beginners like me! There were already many elements in the living room that came original with the oil rubbed bronze look so it made sense to tie the old lamps in with that. Let me show you what I mean...


      the ceiling fan that my darling installed, I just LOVE it!


          The drapery hardware....

 
and lamps for the couch side tables.
 
I know you must be thinking you see lots of brown and tan.
Neutrals are very safe and I am trying to expand my horizons and start adding some color to this space. Getting on with it though, here are the lamps before...
 
 
                                                                                  
This one belonged to my darling, he said it has been with him since the late 80s. I don't doubt that at all.
 
 
 

            This floor lamp is another "goodie" left behind in the basement when the previous owners moved out.
 
I did alot of looking and reading on Pinterest about which paint would give the best coverage and decided to go with the Rustoleum brand.
 
 
 
There was not much prep required except to wipe the base down with a damp cloth and masking tape around the power cord and switch. I did not document my progress once I got started. There was no one here to get pictures and stopping was kinda scary so I just kept going to make the coats nice and even.
 
New lamps shades were the next order of business but "new" was becoming out of the question. Searching many of the home improvement stores left me pretty disappointed as the least expensive shades they had were around $15.00 each. I looked at Goodwill but nothing caught my eye. So it was off to a big consignment store to see what they had. I looked again, and nothing. Heading out of the store I was thinking it would be awhile till this project would be complete. Just then I saw some carts that had arrived with new items to be put on consignment and at the top of one of those carts were shades that closely fit what I had been searching for. Looking them over quickly it was apparent to me these would not last very long. I asked a cashier if they were for sale before being priced and tagged. She said yes and priced them right there, made the tags and sold to me. Yea!!
 
 



I know...tan again.
 
 
but for this price there was no way I was walking away.
I will most likely change them later once a decision is made on some color to add to the room.
 
 
 
Here is my darling's old lamp...looks way better now.
 
 


 
and the old basement floor lamp...goodbye white and brass finish.
Hmmm....now I am thinking what is next on the list for an update?
There is plenty to choose from in that unfinished basement.
Yes, unfinished basement to finished basement is a project that is currently underway and I am excited to start sharing our progress on it very soon.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
 
Karen
 


6 comments:

  1. Hi Karen and welcome to Blogland!

    The lamps look 100% better. Amazing what a little spray paint can do.

    I was reading your first blog post and I know what you mean about people not knowing that people were born in Florida. It's the same when I tell people I'm from California. I also lived in the south and the mid-west, so I can understand the shock. Glad you're loving it though.

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I'm adding you to my blogroll, so others will find you. It's really nice to "meet" you :)

    Have a great night,
    rue

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  2. Hi Karen, So nice to meet you. I have been trying to visit after you visited me but just found your link to your blog. I am your newest follower. Love the upgrades you are doing. The lamp is a wonderful transformation. Your blog is lovely and I enjoyed my visit. Welcome to blogland and have fun. See you again soon. Have a great weekend. xo

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    1. Thank you Celestina...I am still learning how to put this blog together. Thanks again for your patience and coming back to say hello :)

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  3. Hello!!
    So nice to meet you!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comment on my Christmas Blog!! I also have a regular blog too!!
    i am now also following you!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  4. Well, you are just as cute as button! I love your lamp makeovers and I stick with lots of neutrals, too. Then I can add bits of any color and it works! I have been using that paint for years and you can't go wrong---even if you are a beginner. Looks like you are a brand new blogger. I will tell my friend, Kris, that does the blogger "introductions" and see if she will do a feature on you. She is a doll. Welcome to blogland. You are gonna love it here. I am YOUR newest follower! xo Diana

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