I seem to have a thing for lamps lately. If you read my blog then you may remember the floor lamp I did recently, you can see it here. I see some very cool lamps at the thrift shops all the time. I like the older lamps that have the nice lampshades with an actual frame you can work with.
Last weekend I went shopping at Collettes Vintage flea market & found the perfect style lamp. I loved the shape of both the lamp & the shade. Plus the shade had the good frame. The old cord was very worn so I asked my hubby to replace it. It's inexpensive & very easy to do. Better to be safe then sorry.
I had a paint technique I wanted to try. It's called "Copper Verdigris". Here is a picture of the lamp before, well kind of before. I was so excited to get started that I didn't remember to take the dang picture until I had already started painting.
This is a glazed ceramic lamp & yes I am painting it. Will it rub off once it's dry? Hope not, guess I'll find out. I gave it a quick sanding for good measure. I'm using a paint I used back in my Faux Finish days. It's called Modern Masters. It's a fabulous paint, their metallics are exceptional.
It's used on the castle roofs at Disney.
So this is the color I went with, it has a nice dark copper look to it. It's pretty opaque so it only took one coat.
Once that was good & dry I gave it a quick coat of The Vintage Farmhouse distressing paint in "Milk Pail", my favorite color.
Looks kind of scary at this point. Now for the fun part, I let this dry then I did another coat of the same color but I used a sea sponge. I wanted to give it some depth.
You want some of that copper to show thru in some places. After that dried, I took alittle bit of a lighter blue called "Mason Jar" & sponged it on lightly. I wanted the shape to pop so I highlighted the raised detail of the lamp. I'm really liking it at this point, but I think it needs a little bling.
So I added another metallic paint called "Warm Silver". Once again I applied it with the sea sponge very, very sparingly. You just want it here & there.
Now I'm loving this! I let the whole thing dry over night. I was a bit nervous weather the paint was going to rub off but so far so good. I did do a coat of spray poly first, then I did a coat of wax. Not a speck of paint rubbed off when I buffed out the wax. Woo Hoo!!
Now for the lamp shade. It needed some help, the poor thing was so stained. Do you remember the French paper I used on my last project, here? I wanted to try this paper on a lamp shade. I stripped off the silk fabric,
This is what the bones of the good old lampshades look like. So many possibilities....
I used Modge Podge to glue the paper to the frame of the shade one panel at a time. You have to be very patient with this. I did every other panel first then went back & finished the opposite panels.
Here is the lamp all done...
I am really in Love with this now....
Notice the subtle sparkle that last metallic layer added?
Such a pretty lamp....
I hope this inspires you to try this fun paint technique. It's easy to do & looks amazing when your all done. I may have to try this on a larger piece sometime.
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