W e l l ,
I was going to sell this lamp, but—
I don’t think I
want to now.
This is not an ORIGINAL lamp.
It’s a lamp built from odd parts.
You see~ I needed a lamp in the hall, and since I COLLECT lamp parts (it’s another one of those sicknesses, what can I say) I dug through my boxes to find something fUn to build with!
The center portion was a deep, forest green color of transparent glass—just hideous, trust me! But it was -interesting- so I kept it. It reminded me of those gourd lamps. Ideally, it would have been cool to paint the inside of the glass (think mercury glass) but there was NO WAY around that green color. So I painted the OUTSIDE a soft, warm, taupe-y brown and worked with the “texture.” (I tried to scrape it off but it wasn’t budging.)
All the metal was some ugly, brassy pot metal—but with great styling! I played with varying silver paints to re-do its look!
The wicker shade was NOT a shade. Nobody really knew WHAT it was, but at some point someone affixed horrible silk flowers to it trying to make something creative—fail. Anyway- I paid something like a dollar for it in a thrift store.
Anyway~I just thought all the parts could be interesting pooled together!
*This is a terrible picture- but the only one I could find.
So, this was to be another of the casualties I was going to cut loose from the storage unit.
I thought it might have a better chance for REsale with a bit of a makeover though, and decided the center glass might look fresher in a soft gray~and be more tone-on-tone to the metals!
I taped it off and played with a few grays! Happy with the outcome, but then I started having 2nd thoughts about letting it go. Dang it.
Do I REALLY want to let that amazing base go-? And I’m still diggin’ the wicker shade. . .
BTW—the wicker “shade.” I drilled a hole through what I’m calling the center top, then poked a lamp-clamp up through it and secured it with a finial. (I also could have secured a lamp harp and finial.)
I didn’t mind the off black color of the wicker, but thought I might like it better in a darker gray! I dry-brushed it to build it up to what I liked.
I’ve only ever used this lamp as a “night light” with a 25watt bulb. The light is really soft showing through the wicker.
I actually really like the REfreshed look!
And I’m pretty sure I’m keeping this lamp—
I ♥ it all over again!
Even the wonkiness of the shade, it has a certain je ne sais quoi, non?
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