So I have a thing for makeovers, and apparently, lately I’m especially into lamp makeovers.
I found this beauty at Goodwill. It was $3.99, but the day I was there, red tags were 50% off, so I got it for $2. I loved the shape of it, and thought it would be perfect for a reading lamp in my new guest bedroom.
However, clearly it needed some help.
For starters, it was grimy and all sorts of nasty. Then there were these.
They totally reminded me of high school. You remember, right? You saved your homecoming and/or prom corsage, and you carefully hung it upside down to “dry out” because it was super romantic and sweet and you thought they were going to dry all beautiful and you would keep them forever and never ever forget that amazing night? But then a few months passed, you broke up with your boyfriend, and you realized that you didn’t actually have that much fun at prom and your gorgeous dried flower bouquet is actually just a gnarly hunk of dead plants.
Was that just me?
I started by spray painting the base with Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint. I knew I wanted to distress it a little when it was done, so I didn’t worry about using primer. I did two coats, letting each coat dry completely in between, and then took some sandpaper and rubbed it along the ridges of the design.
Now, unfortunately, I could only find this color in gloss, and I really wanted a flat finish. Enter the coolest stuff ever: Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Matte Clear spray. It’s a topcoat that gets rid of any shininess. So cool.
I found the lampshade at Lowe’s for about $15.
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