Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lamp Makeover

Hey there, friends!
I wanted to share a little lamp redo with you.  
No more coop progress, because the master builder is back to work! 

Here is a lovely little lamp I found at Goodwill {$5}some time ago.
My daughter LOVED carrying it around the store for me!  Not. 
It was sort of a tealy, gold, spongey painting of a mess, and my kids didn't get it, but I liked the shape!

 I had already started painting it white with Annie Sloans chalk paint in Old White
when I realized I should snap a picture.
Aren't you jealous of my 70's orange counter tops?  lol
We are planning on building I am planning on my
 husband building us some reclaimed wood plank counter tops someday.  
He made me wood counter tops in the house that we bought, fixed up, and sold and I LOVED them!  

Anyway, I painted the whole lamp in the Old White paint, but didn't love it, so then I added a second color, Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue{thrown in my order as a free sample}.  YAY!  

After that, the lamp sat for about 3 weeks waiting to be finished.  :-) 
I wasn't loving the progress until one day my daughter, Elly wanted a project.
I suggested painting the lamp, so she did.
In the end, we ended up dry brushing old white back OVER the top of the duck egg and gave it a good distressing with fine steel wool.
I then added a light coat of Delta Burnt Umber Creamcoat acrylic paint, let it sit on the surface for about a minute, and then wiped it off with a rag, working it into certain areas for a weathered look.
We finished it off with a light spray of laquer and called it a day!  
I think it looks much better now.

{I really need a new camera.}

We scouted out the lampshade at our local thrift store for $2 new in the package months ago.

My oldest daughter is becoming quite the project queen. 
I think all of these projects are helping with the teenager transition.
We are definitely bonding. :-) 
Here she is with the treasure she found recently at a junk spot we often visit.

She loves the thrill of the hunt.
Just like her momma. ;) 


"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth."

Psalm 127:3-4


  1. Thank you, Donna! I'm so glad to have you here! :-) Headed over to your place!

  2. The lamp looks great! My daughter is like yours, I trained her from an early age to find the treasures at yard sales and thrift stores. She's so out of control, she tries to bargain with the clerks at Macy's :) Thanks for sharing, and I "followed" your blog.

  3. Thank you so much! We have so much fun together! :-) We sure love a great bargain. So glad to have you on board!




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