Painter Artist Mom (PAM) gave me an old chunky red lamp last year as we combed through the treasures in her attic. It looked huge in its state of redness, so I thought I should possibly make a candlestick out of it.
I immediately removed the narly old lamp parts and power cord. In my usual fashion, it sat in a closet upstairs for about 18 months, waiting for creative vision.
Since Fun Son (FS) and Spunky Daughter (SD) needed lamps for their apartment, I had plans for sending some of my lamps with them. (Cover your eyes, HH…)
Ahah! Out with the old, in with the new.
I get to buy new lamps!
As I shopped, I noticed something I hadn’t seen before…wood lamps shaped exactly like PAM’s red monstrosity. Inspiration immediately struck, so (also in my usual fashion), I went to work painting it without getting a before picture. Thankfully, I thought of it soon after I started painting.
It is a chunk, isn’t it? It’s heavy, too. PAM says it’s solid oak.
At the time, I wasn’t thinking of sending this lamp to the kids’ apartment, but I decided to use the chalk paint substitute (Valspar super-flat primer and paint) in the color of Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey, just like the thumb tack coffee table that’s now in the apartment.
It needed aging, so I gave it a little scuff with sand paper and a coating of clear wax and dark wax (both by Annie Sloan).
It wasn’t such a monstrosity anymore.
As a matter of fact, I thinks it’s simply yummy.
I love how the dark wax sinks into the grooves.
I re-wired the lamp (which will be another post), and gave it a burlap shade I found at Lowe’s.
Don’t you love the lampshades at Lowe’s? I do.
I suddenly realized this chunky lamp would be perfect on a chunky end table at the kids’ apartment.
Since the lamp has the same treatment as the coffee table, it ties everything together nicely.
Of course, the lighting in the picture is terrible, so it’s hard to tell the two pieces are the same finish.
Stick around…SD and I have plans for a different lamp shade – a project for the DIY to-do list. The burlap shade is OK, but I feel it should be a little taller for proper scale. Besides, I need (truthfully, really want) the burlap shade for another lamp at home. Parents rule, after all! (Wink.)
Here’s a hint about the new shade: I’m collecting supplies from the closets of HH and FS. Let’s hope it doesn’t take me another 18 months for that!
Do you have a lamp at home you just don’t know what to do with? Does it need a little paint? Re-wiring (see Wiring a Lamp Socket 101)?
I’m sharing at Metamorphosis Monday.