You might remember my heartbreak during the summer over a pair of gorgeous table lamps from T.J.Maxx, every since I've been on the hunt for a pair of lamps for the living room. The problem was that every time I found something I liked the price tag scared me away. Finally I decided that it was time to take matters into my own hands...
Here's a picture of the inspiration lamp from T.J's:
Last week I found these gems at Goodwill.
Pretty huh?! But I was hoping that a nice coat of spray paint would turn them into something lovely so that's where I started. I washed them up and then got the spray paint out. I decided to use Rust-oleum All-Surface Paint (shocking, I know!) in gloss black. I sprayed the lamps with several light coats of paint and then left them in the garage to dry.
While the lamp bases were drying I went inside to work on the lamp shades. I had purchased some basic lamp shades from Lowe's and then grabbed some black ribbon from JoAnn's. I decided to use hot glue to adhere the ribbon. It worked great for me but I'm sure there are a lot of different ways you could do it. I just lined the ribbon around the top and bottom, following the edge of the shade and glued a small section at a time.
Really that was it. I did find a run in my paint so I sanded that little spot and painted another coat but hopefully that won't be necessary if you decide to try it! I had also purchased some black finials from Lowe's as well. I assembled the lamps and loved the result!
And here they are in the living room in all their glowing beauty!
What do you think? I feel like it was a success! Has anyone else been spray painting things beautiful lately?