Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Trash to Treasure Lamps

This wasn't really "trash" but the lamps were not working in our new home. They blended in with the color of the walls. They were not cheap and new lamps are not cheap so I decided to add a little to them so they could live a little longer.

Above is the before photo.

I bought this set of Sophosticate Finishes in blackened bronze and blonde bronze. I bought it at Michaels. It was around $9 a bottle so it was not cheap. But, it is so easy to use.

I first painted on the blackened bronze with a foam brush.

Then, you highlight with the blonde bronze. I kept an old tee shirt nearby to wipe off excess and play with it. My lamp had a texture that when painted really showed. It is similar to a leather.

Completed lamp. I am not "crazy" for the shades. They are leather. I may redo them with a fabric one day, but my to do list is so long I am okay to wait on that project for the moment.

Head over to A picture is worth 1000 words to see more trash to treasure projects.


Marva said...

The before is okay, the after is incredible. I love what you did with it and the shades are gorgeous!

Great job!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wow! I'm so impressed with this lamp! I have a lamp that I don't like, and now I know exactly what to do with it. Thank you so much for sharing your idea and your lamp. Great advice. :-)

Hope you'll come visit my chairs. They were a curbside find. ;-D

Sheila... who loves your musical selection. Grace is AMAZING!

ellen b said...

I really like the new look! You did a fantastic job...

Valarie Lea said...

Love it, Love it!

Michelle said...

love the after!

beth at aunties said...

The new and improved loved better than before. You brought out the beautiful charm and design which seemed hidden. Truly they turned out beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing these produts with su also! LOVED IT!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

They look great! Thanks for the product recommendation and for participating.

Denise said...



Anonymous said...

I love the change and the metallic look, you did a great job! I'm also picturing, in the back of my mind, how some day these lamps will end up in a garage sale or at Goodwill, and some other person will *update* them with a whitewashed Shabby Chic look ;-)

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Diane said...

The lamps were pretty before but they're gorgeous now! I have a coupon for Michaels - guess where I'm headed! Thanks for the inspiration! :0} Diane