10/29/2012 | By: Kristy Creighton

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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