The story about my floor lamp makeover all started back in December. I had decided to repaint my living room walls because, although aubergine is a wonderful color, after six years of it on the walls the room was beginning to close in on me. Once I had committed to a light, but nearly white “cool gray” paint color I realized that all my furniture and accessories were also too dark . Two months later and I’m still working on the transformation. Life is a work in progress!
The latest piece to succumb to the lighter and brighter decorating treatment is my floor lamp. Before it was black and red and quite a nice fit for a bohemian chic look, but the truth is I never had any other red in the room, so it had to go. Before photo:
Here are the steps to transforming a lamp to achieve the vintage distressed look:
The lampshade. I chose to paint my lampshade. It is important to remember that painting a shade will block out the light that goes through the shade. The lamp will still be very useful as a reading lamp or corner lamp, it just won’t light up the whole room.
- Choose between spraying the paint or using a brush. Spray paint (left photo) will cover much easier, but color choices may be limited. If using a brush (right photo) you will need several coats of paint.
The base. If the base is wood, lightly sand the base to remove some of the laqcuer finish. A metal base will be more likely to acept spray paint. I chose spray paint for this base as it was quick and easy to use. After drying I distressed the surface of the base to allow some of the black to show through.
I bought some gold tasseled trim to soften the lampshade. It was however a bit too bold so I softened the look with some white paint using the dry brush technique. Then I hot glued the trim to the shade.
Finally, I toned down the brightness of both the shade and base by applying a wash of bronze paint and wiping it back with a damp cloth. And here is the finished product. It will look great in our living room (unless I decide to keep it here in my studio because it looks so good!) What do you think?