|Silk shade, matte black, and shiny silver. Love. But I'm getting ahead of myself!|
Step One: Lamps.
Let's rewind to one year ago. I was standing in a thrift store admiring the shape of two fugly burgundy lamps, priced at $5 each, and wondering how well they would take spray paint. As I studied them, an employee walked by and cheerfully said, "See the red sticker there? It means those lamps are only $1 each today!" SOLD. I needed two more lamps like I needed a hole in my head, but I knew we'd be moving to a bigger place soon. A matching pair of ginger jar lamps would probably come in handy someday.
The lamps sat, sad and unused, for a year.
When I started planning our guest room, I knew they would be perfect in there with a white shade and coat of black paint. Tuxedo style lamps? Yes, please! I kept the lamps simple because the curtains are going to be bold, and the overall color scheme isn't exactly tame. I wanted to give the eye a place to rest. And I figured it wouldn't hurt to make the lamps versatile, so they'll work in other rooms if I ever decide to move them around.
The actual makeover was easy: I covered the brass parts of the lamps with painter's tape, gave them two coats of matte black spray paint, and then put a few coats of silver Rub 'n' Buff on the brass. When using Rub 'n' Buff on metal, I recommend applying it, waiting a few minutes, buffing, and then waiting a few hours before applying the next coat. When the product has time to set, it works much better. The most time-consuming part was waiting for paint and Rub 'n' Buff to dry.
|See the slubby silk? And the fancy shape? This shade was so worth the extra $22.|
I looked for a bargain on lampshades, but the ones I saw at Target and Lowe's were about $30 each and completely unimpressive. They came in uninteresting shapes, and they were made of a cardboardish material. So I went to Hermitage Lighting Gallery, a super fancy and intimidating store downtown, and fell in love with a pair of gorgeous pagoda shaped silk shades. They were $52 each, and that felt like a big investment. But that's only $22 more than the shades at Target, and they look and feel a million times nicer. I've always been disappointed by the way Target lampshades sit crookedly, and these are straight as arrows. So I think the extra $22 was money well spent.
Now that the lamps are finished, I need to hang the headboard. And the mirror. And change the light fixture. And repaint the dresser. And buy fabric for the curtains. Okay, time to get to work. Bye!