The West Elm lamps were well over 0 bucks a piece. I drove by a yard sale while picking up Ruby from my in-laws and noticed some large brass lamps on a table. I let them dry overnight, then taped off the electrical attachments and the cord. You want to make sure you go slow with both the paint and the primer, as not to let the paint pool or drip. I could have probably gotten away with two, but I like to really make sure it looks even and smooth. I couldn’t find anything I liked exactly, until I found a style I loved at West Elm. I mourned those lamps for a while, then I decided to get creative– and try to save myself some money in the process. Spray painting brass lamps is easy, if you use the right paint. I used vinegar and a soft cloth to wipe down all of the nooks and crannies. Then I saw these: They were the perfect shape and color– a true white to match the lamps. And, here is the grand total: / two lamps, / two lamp shades, approx. (little fox on nightstand here) I can’t wait to show you what our weekend project was tomorrow. custom looking drapery at a fraction of the price– and In the meantime, is anyone else dying over Target’s latest home decor? I found some wide washers at Home Depot and Gorilla Glued them onto the ring of the shade. It gives me so much satisfaction to see them sitting on our nightstands, knowing what I spent and what I could have spent. (Click here to see another one of my painted lamp projects which was featured on Better After) My friends just shook their heads because they couldn’t understand why I would want 7 disheveled lamps that weren’t working right.What they didn’t know is that I like changing out lamps around the house like other people change shoes. Although I’m starting to love brass again and I see it is sneaking it’s way back into fashion and decor, these lamps were rusted and had mismatched gold finishes.
Do you ever get that itch every few years to do something new?Before each session we each told a little bit about ourselves and a description of our blog and style.I said that I am all about affordable and thrifty decor that I sometimes create using a different method other than the norm – a bit of improvising to get the look I desire on a dime.All I had to do is unscrew all the sockets and expose the wires.For the 2 bulb lamps I had to unscrew everything and disconnect the wires that led to the single wire threaded through the lamp base.
At least I had 3 matching pairs of lamps in my pile.