Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rusty Goodness!

The other day I posted a photo on Facebook of these lamps I transformed into all all kinds of rusty goodness!


I've been wanting to post the how-to's ever since, but geeze Louise life has been crazy!  Here's what they looked like in the beginning:




I've had these lamps for a while and I've been wanting to do something with them, but I haven't been able to find any lampshades that didn't require me winning the lottery to justify buying them.  Then the other day I was at Old Time Pottery and they had all sorts of really cute shades at really good prices.    I eagerly grabbed a couple and couldn't wait to get home and give these tired girls some new life.  I originally had another plan for these girls, but just shy of pressing the button on the spray paint can I had one of those light bulb moments!  I had remembered seeing something on Pinterest that just might be better for these ladies, so I rushed inside and jumped on Pinterest...  An hour later (I know I can't be the only one who gets distracted when I get on Pinterest!) I finally clicked on the photo I had pinned with this great idea.  So before I get started on what I did I have to give credit for the original plan of action to Diane over at In My Own Style.  After checking my stash of crap supplies I was delighted to see that while I didn't have exactly the same products Diane used, I did have things that were close enough.  I basically just followed her instructions.

First I spray painted them brown:



Then I sprayed some textured spray paint on a paper plate and used pieces of a sea sponge and dabbed it all over the lamps.




To be honest, I really liked the way they looked at this point and almost left them like this, but then I thought I'd always wonder what they'd look like if I had taken the next step and it would eventually drive me crazy if I didn't.  Besides, if I didn't like it I could always start over and spray them brown again.  So, using bits of sea sponge I sponged different shades of white in the center sections:




They sat on my kitchen counter for a few days (Mr. Flower Child just loves it when I leave my projects on the kitchen counter!  NOT!  but since it helps pay the bills he keeps his complaining to himself - lol!) and every time I'd walk by I'd dab a little more.  Sometimes the white and sometimes the textured paint until I was happy with the way they looked.  I luv, luv, luv how they turned out!  Here are a few close-ups:






Lastly, I painted the metal trim on the lampshade so it matched:



While I was happy they sold, I have to admit it was really hard to let them go.  Now I'm on the hunt for some more sad metal lamps that need a new rusty life!  A big thank-you to Diane over at In My Own Style for the how-to's!

Peace-n-Luv!
Debbie

11 comments:

  1. I think I have similar lamps somewhere in my "stash" in the attic. Thanks for the idea.

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  2. Thanks for sharing Debbie...happy that they sold so fast:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thanks Linda! I was happy too! My friend bought one, then the next day bought the other one - lol! Sure missed seeing you at the market!

      Peace-n-Luv!
      Debbie

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  3. I love how these turned out, thank you for sharing!

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    1. I liked the way they turned out too! Just passing along the good info I got off Pinterest.

      Peace-n-Luv!
      Debbie

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  4. Debbie, you really transformed this baby ;-)

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  5. Wow these look amazing!! Wanted to stop by and thank you for stopping by my blog and following along... I'm your newest follower now :) Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing more of your great ideas on here!

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    1. Thanks, it was a fun project! Thanks for following!
      Peace-n-Luv!
      Debbie

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