Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A lamp transformation

I have found the only bad thing about buying from consignment shops is the no return policy. (Consignment shops are different from thrift shops like Goodwill.) This is bad, bad news for me because I once and a while, I suffer from what you may call buyer's remorse. I call it, Oh-it's-gorg!-I-must-have-it-right-now-screw-the-price-it's-gorg!-who-cares-if-it-won't-work-I-love-it-remorse.

Hence this lamp purchase:

I know it's hard to see...I was so stinkin' excited to paint this thing, I didn't take a before picture. Here's the lamp shade, just to give you an idea:

When I saw the lamp at the consignment shop, I fell in love with the unique shape of it. It's kind of retro and was definitely looking it. It needed updated, so I spray painted the whole thing (it is ceramic and wood) black, found a drum shade for $9 and added some extra grosgrain ribbon from the bathroom project (below) to the top and bottom:

Yahoo, much better! I felt like it still needed something, and today I found big iron keys at the same consignment shop ($7 for five!) that I lurve. I tied one on with a ribbon and think I love it!:What do you think?

I found a $9 pillow for the garage sale chair and am going to shop the house for new accessories for the table:

Love it!

I loved the tassels on the old shade, so I took them off and added them to another lamp:

Perfect! The Nester would be proud!! :)
P.S. Did I mention I love it? Maybe not. I love it. (There, only 25 "loves" in one post.)

58 comments:

  1. It's fabulous! I love it! (Why can't I find stuff like these cool keys! Why?)

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  2. I loooove that lamp! IT IS GORG!

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  3. So creative! I thought the lamp alone was decoration, who knew you were supposed to decorate the lamp too?

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  4. I love it, too! I would have definitely taken that lamp home!

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  5. I love taking a lamp and redoing them. I just did that in my daughters room. Pics are coming soon of the room. But yours turned out great. I LOVE it too. Debbie

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  6. LOVE the retro shape of the base. ANd I am a SUCKA for a drum shade!

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  7. Wow, I LOVE that lamp!! Let me know if you find another one, because I want it!!! Love the shape of that base. LOVE.


    'I' am proud!!

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  8. We love, love, love it as well. Nor remorse on that one. :)

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  9. I love it too! It looks fantastic Sarah!

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  10. LOVE!

    My friend has these super ugly lamps that she keeps talking about getting rid of and I keep saying, "No! Spray paint!"

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  11. Lovely lamp! Great transformation!

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  12. Looks great! Your blog has inspired me to do some more decorating projects. I posted today on my frugal blog about some garage sale find shelves. You inspired me!

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  13. It turned out great I love it!

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  14. WOW! Love it! I am in need of a new lamp and HATE paying full price- going to garage sale hunt for one & get out the ole can of spray paint!

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  15. I luv everything you are showing here...the lamp looks fabulous with that big ole chunky key...GREAT

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  16. Love the lamp! And the keys...perfect!

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  17. Seriously? I liked the old lampshade better, but then I LOVE that flutted, tulip-y shape. That being said, I love the spray paint idea. My BFF Larue uses spray paint in many of her home transformations, and I'm always so astounded by how awesome they look.

    Thanks for the gorgeous ideas,as always!

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  18. Been following your blog for a while now and I love it!

    I run a consignment shop and had to chuckle at the no return policy
    We too have that same policy and our reason is that once the item is purchased the money is then transferred into the sellers account.
    That being said if you ever have buyers remorse again, just re~consign the item at the shop, when it sells, you get the cash or the shop credit to buy again.
    We do this. In fact we have had some things reconsigned 3 times already by different people LOL

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  19. Way to work those deals!! Everything looks GREAT! Your so talented.

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  20. You should love that lamp now! I love what you did with it.

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  21. Oh I do like it! I somehow reminds me of "I Dream of Jeanie". Love the key tie on.

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  22. I LOVE it, too, you smart woman, you! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. It looks perfect! The black is the perfect touch!

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  24. Very creative and nice. Way to go love!

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  25. Your lamp looks great! I have tried this before, but ended up with drips from the paint. Can you tell me what brand of spray paint you use and if you use any special technique? Thanks, I love your blog!

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  26. Love the lamp - gorgeous! And the pillow looks fab, too.

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  27. I really love that chair...what a score!

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  28. Let me help you with that word!!! I "LOVE" it!!! It looks gorg darling!!! lol

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  29. You did a great job. I would definitely put that lamp in my house...cute!

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  30. I can see why you loved it! I has a great shape which you can really see now that its a darker color. Love the shade redo too!

    Manuela

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  31. Great lamp...enjoyed the sofa table... the rooms great with the pieces behind the sofa...I love your blog, I am very new at this blog stuff, I will get mine done someday soon...
    I found your New Kids music, love them, took my younger daughter this past year, (Calgary, Alberta)...took my older daughter years ago (Montreal, Quebec) They were great both times...
    I get weird looks when I play their music in my car much to loud... They got me thought drafting (design school) years ago.. Regards, Carol Ann
    (A very old new kids fan,54)

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  32. Awesome lamp! Yeah, I also say LOVE a lot in my posts! There is just no other word to adequately express our fondness for cute decor!

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  33. The Nester ain't got nothin' on you! ;D

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  34. Love the lamp, but...what color is that on your walls? Is that an olive green? I've been looking for that color for weeks and have yet to find it...

    Love your blog!

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  35. Well done!

    And yes, I am very proud!

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  36. That is a cute, cute little lamp! I love the key too, It adds just the right touch!

    You go girl! Your home is so beautiful!

    XOOX
    Jen

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  37. Perfect! I need some trims for my poor naked lamps!

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  38. That looks so pretty.
    I love the keys! ;)

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  39. You've inspired me to dress up my lamps!!

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  40. Your "new" lamp is beautiful! And I really like all of the additional lamp bling.

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  41. I thought you were going to tell us that you regretted that purchase and I kept trying to figure out why. It looks fab! You did an amazing job on it!

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  42. Cute, cute, cute! Question for you... When you spray paint brass, do you do any prep work first (light sanding, etc.) or just spray away?

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  43. Love it! I just got a lamp from Goodwill that I plan on spray painting although I do love the base and shade just as is. BUT I think it could be sooo much better!

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  44. That is my most favorite transformation to do ! Spray paint is my BFF too, and I always use it to alter everything, especially Goodwill finds.

    No lampshade in my house goes untouched without some blingy trim or ribbon.

    Love your blog ! Just found it today.

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  45. Ah! This kind of magic is why I 9heart) Thrifty Decor Chick!

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  46. ugh, that was supposed to be (heart)

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  47. Lady, I say this with the upmost admiration: You are going to be the death of me.
    Today alone I burlap covered a lampshade and PURCHASED MY FIRST NAIL GUN ON CRAIGSLIST! Last week I found two ugly brass lamps at a thrift store for $4.88 each, spray painted those puppies black and just like that, I can't stop spray painting. I haven't finished the lampshades to go with the now beautiful lamps, but I find myself walking into the room they're are sitting in (with the fabric I'm contemplating using on the shades) and telling them just how beautiful they are and aren't they lucky I was the one to save them from that creepy store.... yes, I have a problem. My children are mortified, but I'm so proud I can't help it.
    I'm sure I will have many questions about wood trim and finishing nails when I'm breaking in that nail gun this weekend.Thank you for the inspiration. I'm having an absolute blast learning from all these design on a dime blogs!

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  48. Love your blog...new to all of this. Recently created facebook to view your blogs and photos...Trying to find out where you found the dark brown metal wall hangings above your fireplace any tips on where I could find this?

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