Monday, September 15, 2008

A Great Combination

I bought an almost new lamp, complete with the shade, at the thrift store for $6. It had an antique brass finish. Of course I bought it knowing that I'd give it a spray paint makeover. I'm sorry to say that I didn't take a "before" picture. I actually never thought that I'd do a post on it. I didn't want to bore you with another post of "Look at my thrift find that I painted black." (YAAAAWN!)

In fact, after I painted the lamp black that's how I felt---bored! I almost regretted spray painting it. (GASP!!!)

Well, I came up with a solution. I took out my antique brass metallic spray paint. Noooo, I didn't spray it back to it's original finish.

I lightly sprayed it, keeping the can about two to three feet away from the lamp. That way only the flecks of metallic landed on the lamp. The color didn't change, it's still black but has a more professional finish.
Now when the sun hits it, or the light is on, it shimmers. It has a warmth and sheen that it didn't have before. Black with metallic flecks---a great combination!

I need to thank my friends at Creations From My Heart and Sanctuary Arts for the Home for this wonderful award:

I would love to pass this along to
each and every one of you!
Please go visit these very talented ladies who gave it.
And while you're visiting, visit Annie.
She made a really cute version of
the dollar store frame project.

36 comments:

Susie Harris said...

Very pretty! I saw your spider and smiled. I bought one too and love it. I have yet to put a candle in it but I will ..... The kids went back to school today. They were off Friday because of Ike. It really didnt get too bad here thank the good Lord~

the undomesticated wife said...

Awesome!

I have a chandelier that is pretty in shape/style, but is ugly brass. I've been trying to find the time to paint it.

Have a nice Monday!

Rambling Girl said...

Pretty Joy! You have a way with it and congrats on the award...I think you deserve it also...Have a good day!

Libby said...

Glorious! Looks very professional! What a creative solution. I've often painted things and wondered if I should have. Like how you saved yourself here. I'm sure I'll be trying that technique soon.

Blessings to you and yours,

onlymehere said...

Excellent idea. I learn so much from your blog! It turned out beautiful.

Nikki said...

Beautiful!

Kacey Randolph said...

Great combination! I hoppedon over to the Dollar Store this weekend and found myself overwhelmed. BUT I found lots of nifty goods for the birthday party! Woohoo! I plan to go back to get my Holiday project decor. Can't wait! Happy Monday!!

Shannon said...

A spray paint transformation could never be boring! :)

Bella Casa said...

Looks lovely, I am hearting on the lamps lately :)

I thought of you today because I found a new home for my Monogram Art...I think it's much happier now, I will probably blog about it soon.

Bella :)

Amy Bell said...

i LOVE your blog. so glad i found you. i will be back!

Valarie said...

I dont think I could ever get bored with your " I found it at a thrift store and I painted it black projects" They give me inspiration. :)

chelle said...

spray paint is wonderful!

12 weeks at a time said...

I love the lamp! I always look at Goodwill for lamp bases with a nice shape like that but never find any. The paint job looks so professional, great job!

nikkicrumpet said...

great info...it's nice to be able to tweak things just a little to keep them interesting! It does look really pretty.

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi again! I for one will never Yawn at an idea for black paint!lol I was thinking of you last night - laughing! My husband in 7 yrs living here never knows what room I'm talking about when I say Lvgroom (we only have 3 rooms on first level!!) I was just tskking and shaking my head when he said refer to them by number!! My mind went straight to your house! The living room is now #3!lol Have a great day - Jeannette

Blanca said...

Definitely NOT boring. Looks great to me.

AJ said...

That extra hit of paint gave it just what it needed:) Love it!

melissa*smith said...

I used that spray paint on my brass fireplace trim and it worked great. I love the lamp!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Good morning! Love the lamp..no yawning here. I am so glad that I have met like minded chicks here on blog land...I consider it a blessing. I would def. say we have similiar tastes:0)cherry

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Joy, your projects are always fun to see. I've got 2 lamps that are going to need a makeover too, so I'm gathering ideas right now.

I love to add a bit of Rub N Buff over black in Spanish Copper. That adds a really nice dimension too rather just just black.

Always fun to stop by here!

Tausha said...

great idea. I bought a couple of brass lamps as well-I was just going to spray them black as well, I think that I will add your little trick as well. Thanks for the idea!

Manuela said...

Congrats on the award and good tip! It gives black another dimension and the lamp turned out great (it has great classic lines)!

Manuela

AliceAnderson said...

Love the "new" lamp. Very professional!

Mrs. B said...

I really like the soft sheen that the lamp has now! Very nice. Love the "eek" sign you made too. What a great idea to print right onto the newspaper. Congratulations on the award!

julie said...

OK! So when I saw your dollar tree framed boo and eek. I hopped in the car and drove to my nearest dollar tree store! Actually two because the first one only had the frames in brown and of course we needed black! Well, I have my stuff and am ready to create! Thanks for the idea! Julie

Woodard Gang said...

I just wanted to tell you how much I love your decorating ideas! You have inspired me to get going on my fall decorations...and I tried out two of your ideas...the spray painted black berries and the boo frame :o) I love it and your welcome to stop by my blog and check them out!

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Great idea! ...and it turned out very pretty! Keep the ideas coming, I could never get bored with them! :) ~Rhonda

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I know how you feel...I already am discarding post ideas because they all involve showing my latest spray paint project. :) But that one is worth it, and believe me, I am not bored with any of your projects! :)
Carrie

Our Complete Family said...

Very pretty! Not bored with your creations at all! I love to see them!!!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Joy, we can't get enough of you so you've been tagged. Jackie

abeachcottage said...

very professional looking, I like the shape too and I'll never get bored of seeing makeovers and things painted with spray paint, maybe I am boring but I am addicted to it!

Sarah

Mimi Sue said...

I'm looking for new to me lamps for the new guest room in the basement. I might have to try that technique. It looks great. If we ever get the sprinklers in the front yard done....Mimi

Jen r. said...

You deserve it!

Sandy Toes said...

You deserve this award! Your ideas are so inspiring! I love that you paint everything and anything!
-Sandy toes

Karen said...

Beautiful mantle,you did a great job!
Enjoy your joys of home, the creative ideas are tops, you are gifted.
Blessings, Karen

Darlene said...

I bet that looks lovely with the flecks shimmering in the light!! Congrats. on your award!!

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