A few weeks ago, I went to my friend Sharon’s house. She rescued two antique lamps from her in-law’s attic! Her dilemma: what to do with them! She loved the shape of the lamps, and the fact that they have been in her husband’s family for a looong time. But, they are looking tired, dirty, and in need of a bit of repair.
Now, before we go any further with this post…I owe you a huge apology!!! My pictures suck. See, I forgot my good camera, so these were all taken with my old phone…and it took awful pictures. Hence, I got a new phone a couple weeks ago. One with a better camera. If you follow me on Instagram, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t follow me…DO! It is more fun that way!
I suggested to Sharon she start with cleaning the lamps off. Use a damp paper towel, maybe even a bit of Dawn, and give them a little wipe down. Then, then needed to be rewired. I told her to Youtube a video – and her hubby took care of it! Awesome. Also, there were some areas on the lamp that needed a bit of repair – wood had chipped off. She used some wood filler and they looked good as new. Once painted, you wouldn’t be able to tell.
Now it was time for the fun part. We went shopping!! Yep…off to the local boutique which sells Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It was time to introduce her to my secret weapon. Sharon is quite crafty, so I knew she would enjoy learning how to use chalk paint all on her own! After debating on colors, she decided to go with Paris Grey with dark wax. We were hungry after this, and decided to grab lunch! It was quite the fun day!
A few days later we got together to paint. The action took place in her basement – it was still too cold to work outside or in the garage. Darn Illinois weather.
We gave the lamp a good couple coats of the chalk paint. After it dried and we ate some cupcakes, we began to wax the lamp. I taught Sharon how to wipe on the wax, and wipe it off again to create the perfect aged look. You see, the lamps were originally part brass, and part wood made to look like brass. Sharon and her hubs really liked the look of the antique lamp, but wanted an updated version of it. This was the perfect balance of old and new.
After waxing on and waxing off, great conversation, and good laughs, it was done!
Don’t you just love how the dark wax brings out the detail in the lamp? It looks so much better!! Still has that vintage flair, but totally updated. LOVE! And, to top off the new lamp, Sharon bought a fantastic lampshade from Target. I am a bit partial to it, it is the same style that I bought for the lamp in my office.
Once again, I’m sorry for the awful, blurry pictures! Next time I will try to remember my good camera. But, if I don’t, at least now my new phone can take better pics!
Have you ever painted a lamp with chalk paint and wax? I know, a lamp isn’t something you would think about painting with chalk paint, but hey, it works!
Do you have a design dilemma? Send me a line: Suzanne at SprinkledNest dot com. Maybe you will me my next Reader Redesign!