It’s no secret that I absolutely love scouring thrift stores looking for unique and offbeat treasures to add to my home. I never look at these objects and judge them solely on their current “look.” A little paint and elbow grease can make miracles happen.
Recently while at my local Goodwill Store I came across an obnoxious bright yellow table lamp that was such an adorable size and shape. It also had a really nice, deep shade that was in perfect condition. I’m so mad at myself that I don’t have a proper “before” picture of this little beauty.
Here it is right before I was about to start spray painting it. Actually the yellow could be really fun and perfect in the right space but wasn’t cutting it for what I had in mind.
I decided to spray paint it a glossy black and then give it a “gold dipped” look. I taped all of the hardware off and covered it with plastic bags and then gave it a quick coat of black. I let that dry over night and then taped off the portion that I wanted to spray gold.
When I taped off the portion that I painted gold I didn’t want the tape line to be perfectly straight. I wanted it to look slightly irregular…you know…as if someone actually dipped the base in gold paint…
I LOVE how it turned out.
The contrast between the glossy black and matte gold looks spectacular. Exactly what I was going for. The lamp shade originally was in multi-colored thin stripes. I brushed on two coats of the Rust-oleum Glossy Protective Enamel in black.
So if “thrifting” is your thing… always look at the shape and structure of various pieces not their ‘finishes.” A little spray paint can go a long way. I believe this lamp cost me around $7.00. I have seen similar lamps online and in stores for hundereds of dollars. I do believe that investing in a classic and timeless lamp is smart but if you are looking for a fun and trendy look… the DIY route may be the way to go!