Monday, October 29, 2012

Taking One Lamp from Sucky to Steampunk!

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If you remember from my Goodwill Hunting post last Monday, one of the little “treasures” I found was a cheap-looking cream plastic lamp. Honestly, when I suggested turning this into a lamp that would fit in with The Girl Child’s Steampunk-inspired bedroom, she looked at me with a fair amount of skepticism. The shade I found to go with it was OK, but the lamp itself was pretty yuck. But, but it had tassels, so into the cart it went!

This little project took no time at all. I used the same paint technique that I used on the harp detail in my makeover of The Harp Chair. I started by giving the entire base a good coat of black paint.

I followed that up with a dusting coat of the metallic gold. At least, that’s what I call it when I keep the can far enough away to let some of the base color speckle through the color I’m applying. Of course, I forgot to grab a shot of the gold being applied on the messy paint surface (which happened to be on the back deck steps Sunday. LOL) But here is the same lamp:

I swapped the shade I originally intended to use for this micro suede one I had on another lamp. The other shade fit that lamp better and this shade fit this lamp better. I toyed with the strategic placement of some assorted gears and things The Girl Child keeps in a jar, but I didn’t really like it. Then I hit on an old broken pocketwatch I gave her awhile ago! Perfect Steampunk touch!

I have to say – this lamp came out way better than even I expected!

So! What do you think?!

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  1. What a great find and even better transformation. Does this go w/ "my" harp chair lol?

  2. Hello Kristy, What a transformation, the lamp certainly looks more elegant. I have a lamp base which needs changing, the style is perfect, but the colour is not, so thanks to your handy tips I will be changing the colour with confidence. Thank you for sharing. Best Wishes Daphne

  3. Hi there. Great job. I am soooooo not crafty!!! AND what a lot of Linky parties, looking forward to investigating some of them x

  4. That is seriously the cutest thing ever!!! Good job, I LOVE gold! :)

  5. Super cute and FUN blog! I am a new follower from the mom's mingle!

  6. This looks great! You did an awesome job.

    Stopping by from Mom's Monday Mingle and following via GFC. I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime and follow along!

    Have a great evening!


  7. wow! what a fun transformation....I have a linky party - Make it monday if you ever want to stop by and link up!

  8. You made that super cute!! I am your newest follower! Found you through the blog hop! :)

  9. This is amazing, good job! :)

    Just found your cute blog through the blog hop, now following you via GFC and excited to come back and read more!


  10. Hi Kristy! I'm a new follower from the GFC blog hop! Would love for you to come visit when you get a chance. :)

  11. This is an awesome project - simple but with a very expensive looking end result :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  12. Good morning Kristi! I found your blog at the GFC Blog Hop, I like it a lot so I'm now following you ^^
    Hope you get a chance to visit mine as well.
    What a great idea! The lamp looks amazing! Thanks for sharing xx
    n o i r e d a m e

  13. You saved that lamp for sure! It look amazing!

  14. Great creation, the pocket watch is a great idea...! I came over from Knick of Time Tuesday, and am following, please come see my new blog and I would love you to follow also!


  15. That that did turn out awesome great job!

  16. Thanks for linking your lamp up to the party! Cool transformation! Have a great day!
    House on the Way

  17. Cute! Such a fun project for kids! I would be honored if you linked this on my blog up at the Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

  18. Great lamp!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing at The Blackberry Vine!

  19. Turned out great! Love the pocketwatch. Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you link up this week.


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