Friday, April 24, 2009

A "New" Old Lamp


Welcome to Metamorphosis Monday, a fun blog party hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Met Monday is a great opportunity to show off your "Butterfly Skills" - something your transformed from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly.

Today I'm featuring a vintage lamp I purchased recently at Goodwill. It was dirty when I bought it, and the patina needed a bit of sprucing up but I loved the detail on it and the glass balls really give it a classy look. So after adding some Rub n Buff and dangling crystals I bought at Lowes, the only thing left to do was find the perfect lamp shade. Well turns out that was alot easier said than done. The lamp is really tall and called for a substantial shade. I finally found one that worked, only it was white. Too white. It looked too stark against the walls, which are a pale yellow. So I painted the shade a camel color to sort of blend in with the wall and then added some gold wire ribbon for added elegance.






A big thank-you to Susan for hosting this fun event. Be sure to check out Susan's blog for more great transformations.
Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!!

29 comments:

Beth in NC said...

Great job! That looks nice!

Shelia said...

What a difference the ribbon makes. It's lovely!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Jadehollow said...

Hi Kim..
Thanks for stopping by and deciding to be a follower of my blog. I'm gonna have to stalk you as you go trashpicking & yardsale'ing. Girl you find some awesome amazing things. I Love the Caesar's console table.. You did great on it's transformation..and how cool is it's history.
Again thanks for dropping by.. I look forward to getting to know you.
Have a Great Week!
Hugs,
Debbie

the wild raspberry said...

ribbons make everything lovelier!!!
it is really pretty...
chasity

Happy To Be said...

GM Kim, this turned out so pretty...don't you just love to take something and make it beautiful...May you have a great da my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Amy said...

Thank you so much for visiting me today. I love your blog too. It looks like we really have a lot in common!

I saw a lamp with a bow like this in TJ Maxx one time and just fell in love with it. Your project totally has inspired me to try this at my house. It is just gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing. Happy Met Monday! Amy :)

Sofia Striffler said...

The lamp came out darling. Just the right touches.

Susie Q said...

I love this makeover! The lanp looks wonderful and the addition of the ribbon is perfect!
Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! I hope you will return as often as you can and thet we will get to know one another!

Have a sweet week...I am off to read more here!

Warmly,
Sue

xinex said...

The lamp turned out really pretty. Good job!...Christine

Laura said...

Very smart to paint the lampshade.
Very, very smart.

I may now paint all of my lampshades!

laura

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

That turned out really pretty! Love the ribbon as the "finishing touch" :)!!

LaurenFaythe said...

That's a beautiful lamp - and what a great addition of the crystals and the ribbon!

Thanks for your kind comment- I love visiting new blogs too. I'm going to have to see your past posts now!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That lamp turned out so pretty. Love the addition of the ribbon and bow on the lamp shade. laurie

LdyDy said...

Hey girlfriend! Wow...just by adding a ribbon your lamp shade and lamp looks wonderful! Very creative!! Hugs!

prof en retraite said...

Wow! What a difference! I would never have thought of painting the lampshade!! Did you use fabric paint? Great transformation!...Debbie

Nancy said...

OOOH Kim, the lamp is beautiful! love the crystals hanging on it! Nancy

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

That looks fab! I love the lines of the base and who knew you could paint a lampshade?

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Soooooooo pretty. I am ALL about some ribbon, so that is the icing on the cake for me! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope to see you again.

~Amanda

Joyce said...

Good job and I like the ribbon:) Thanks for taking the time to share this with me.
Joyce

Tricia Anne said...

What a darling lamp! You did a great job on cleaning it up and adding special touches. Wow, you painted the shade! Goodness! That is clever! Do you have any tips for a newbie like myself if I were to try that? Your ribbon looks sweet as well!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Marie said...

your lamp and shade is stunning. i was waiting to read that you tea stained the shade but painting it worked. jersey girl i am. it seems you may just be a county away. i have a booth in a shop in point pleasant. if your every up this way stop in.
marie

Linda/"Mom" said...

* What a great find, & clever way to get the shade "THE" color you wanted!! And, I enjoyed looking at some of your previous posts~~~ (what super finds AND "thrill of the hunt" THERE, too!). Many thanks ~ I love it when people share fun things like that! Warmly, Linda *

Crystal said...

Hi Kim,
Thanks for stopping by my blog, becoming a follower and your comment. The answer to your comment, I do not live near Lancaster anymore. I used to live in York PA, now I live near Bedford. Oh, how I do miss the city at times, but country living has its perks too:) We still go visit, my husbands family still lives there.

Wow! What great treasures you find. This lamp looks absolutely amazing with your transformation.
Just love your blog!

Crystal

Mary said...

I just found your blog via Romance and Relics...I'm so excited, I fellow trash picker!!! I loved all your finds and how you fixed them up. That sewing box is sweet! And those frames and pictures!!! It never ceases to amaze me what people throw out. My last posts on my blog were my finds so far this year, I'm in NY and this is my season!lol.
Take a look if you have a chance.

I love the thrill of the hunt as much as the repainting and repurposing.
It's been nice viewing your blog and I'll be back. Have a nice day. Mary

the undomesticated wife said...

Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog! I love meeting new ladies!

I have to say, that lamp is just the coolest! And it looks great with the crystals and the fancied-up shade. I didn't know Lowe's sold those crystals. I've spent a lot of time searching in antique stores for them (I use them on one of my c-mas trees as ornaments). Never thought to check Lowes! ;)

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Now that is a 10!!!!!

m ^..^

Tricia Anne said...

I too have purchased fabric at WalMart, sadly our store has gotten rid of all the fabric. It really is too bad because they were starting to carry some very nice fabric. :o)
Have a great day!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Stacey said...

I like that alot!!

Melissa Miller said...

It is stunning! :)