Sunday, January 31, 2010

Funky Lamp Redo

I found this lamp at  Goodwill on Saturday for 15.99. While it wasn't the ugliest lamp I had ever seen it wasn't the prettiest either, but I saw potential in what it could be.
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Once I picked it up I noticed some areas on the amber glass had been scratched off, I knew then that it was just a colored film that was applied to the glass ball. So I bought it with the intention of adding a turquoise translucent glass paint to the glass. Only one problem, once I got to Michaels I realized I wasn't going to find the right color, so I decided to use my trusty old craft paints.  I did purchase a craft clear glaze to add to the paint hoping it would make it thinner without watering it down too much.
I took the lamp apart and after about 30 mins. of scraping and soaking the glass portion of the lamp the amber color was off! Yeah.......
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Now on the fun part, have you ever made colored glass Christmas ornaments where you add paint to the inside and swirl it around.....
I used basically the same idea, I taped up the large opening and added my own color mixed craft paint, swirled it around until all the areas were covered and turned it upside down to let the excess paint drain out.
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Once dry, I put the lamp back together with a new lamp cord I purchased at Lowes. I really recommend any time you buy an old vintage lamp to replace the electrical cord. It's just not worth the fire hazard risk, and it  only cost around $6.00, so it's well worth the cost and the peace of mind. 
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I'm happy with the way it turned out, and it only cost $24.00 total.


I'm linking up here
cottage instincts
Power of Paint Party

More on my custom made finial........
on Tuesday!

59 comments:

  1. WOW that sounds like a lot of work...but the result is absolutely fabulous!!!!!!!!

    :) T

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  2. Now that is a beautiful lamp! What a vision!

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  3. I never would have thought of taking the lamp apart and painting the globe. Love the color! What creative ideas you have.
    Thanks for your visit and your sweet comments. The resolution on my print turned out great..I was very happy with the outcome.

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  4. I would have never thought the glass wasn't amber. How did you know the color would come off? It looks great and perfect for your style.

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  5. I love this lamp! You did an amazing thing changing it to such a beautiful work of art! You really know how to class this old finds up!

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  6. What an improvement...you always have such great ideas!

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  7. Oh, that is really clever! I am impressed! Keep up the good work.

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  8. Totally impressive!! This rocks!!
    Thanks for sharing the process!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  9. What a transformation!!! I'll be keeping my eyes open for one of my own to attempt now! Great idea.

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  10. That is STINKING cute! I love it!

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  11. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that color. I know that you always talk about custom mixing your own colors but girl, you're going to have to start sharing your formulas! I've got a lamp project in the works myself but spent this weekend working on putting up bead board wallpaper in my little grandchildren's bathroom....very pottery barn look going on in there!

    Judy

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  12. Amazing, Trixie!! I leaned a lot from this. I love the new shade, too!

    xoxo
    Janie

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  13. That is absolutly stunning!!!!! Way to go girl. Deb

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  14. You did an amazing job transforming that lamp.
    Sylvia

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  15. Oh, it's stunning, I love it!!! It would be cool to do one with the mercury glass look that is so popular now too. I found a tutorial awhile back for silver leafing the inside of some dollar store vases and it would work on a lamp like yours too!

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  16. Clever, clever, clever. Love your color choice and I will definitely be looking at ugly old lamps in a whole now light in the future.

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  17. Well done! Miraculous transformation! I just love it!

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  18. That is a stunning makeover that I never would have though of!

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  19. Trixie, this lamp is totally transformed. I love the color and the new shade. Great Inspiration!
    Sherry

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  20. Great project with a beautiful outcome. I don't think I would have had the vision to see that the lamp could look that good.
    Jane

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  21. The blue is beautiful! I have 4 of those types of lamps from thirft stores. I've silver leafed the bases of a couple. Did the glass scraping thing with one and re spray painted it ivory. But none of them turned out as beautiful as yours! Thanks for sharing this.
    Kelly

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  22. HI Trixie, The lamp looks FANTASTIC, I did that to my two lamps that I had awhile back too. I just soak the glass part and the paint came right off. I used a soft bushy paint brush to do the inside of my globe by swirling it around with a mixture of the right paint color for mine and they turn out great. I also painted the gold that was also on the globe ball and that was a lot of work with all the details that was on it, but its was well worth it. A whole different look then what it was before.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY-

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  23. Wonderful! It just makes me happy to look at it!

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  24. My favorite color! What a fabulous job you did on that lamp! Thanks for the creative inspiration.

    xo
    Claudia

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  25. That turned out lovely! I love the shade you put with it also.

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  26. has pottery barn called yet wanting this for their next catologue? so darn cute!!!! i didn't know you could wash off the color - now i am going to inspect those goodwill lamps a little harder.
    love it! added you to my blogroll too - so happy to have found your blog!

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  27. You are a genius! That lamp is absolutely gorgeous! I love, love, love your blog! Thank you for the endless inspirations!

    Nikki

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  28. Who knew that such a gorgeous lamp was hiding in there? Oh, yeah! You knew! Love the way it came out.

    Happy hunting,
    Teresa

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  29. Ooooh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that "new" lamp! It is GORGEOUS!!!!

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  30. i think that is the prettiest color. i am so in love with that lamp! thank you for sharing your creativity!!!

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  31. That's cute! Where did you get the blue finial at the top?

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  32. It's lovely! There's so much fun to be had with old lamps. I have a couple of lamps my step-father had that have the painted insides. They're several decades old now and the paint is cracking. I never thought about doing anything about it, but your project has given me ideas. That's how it is though isn't it? One cool project seen creates a mind full of potential projects that could be. Thanks for telling how you did it. Love your custom color too!

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  33. Wow that lamp turned out beautiful.

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  34. Amazing! I can't believe you got the amber off-looks like a totally new lamp! Great job!

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  35. Gorgeous! I love the blue hue - so pretty and very beachy! What a great find and great price for the redo!

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  36. It turned out great! I've never tried paint inside an ornament but note to self for next year.

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  37. I never would have thought of that. It looks amazing!

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  38. What a great transformation! I don't think I would've touched that lamp. Very nice work.

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  39. Wow! That is such a wonderful transformation! The color your created is perfect! I am impressed...I would never have thought of it! Love it!!

    Polly

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  40. Hi, you did such a great job on the lamp,I really love the color, and i really love your blog.I'm a new blogger, trying to hang in there.I love your home....Kathy

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  41. I'm not a fan of turquoise, but I must say I definitely love the lamp. You did a great job!

    Wise advice about the electrical cord too.

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  42. As always I love your turquoise stuff, but this lamp is fabulous!
    I would never have seen the potential. Great job.

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  43. absolutely love this lamp. My fave color. I'll be scouring the thrifts for a lamp like this.

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  44. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog..I get so much inspiration from your beautiful home, and all the beautiful work you do.Your furniture painting is amazing...Kathy

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  45. I love it!! What a great idea. I have a couple old lamps and don't use them often because of the fire hazard.
    Thanks
    Holly

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  46. AWESOME! I am inspired!

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  47. So pretty! I want to color some glass. Thanks for joining the Power of Paint Party.

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  48. how do you get that amber color off? Any special cleaner? I bought a hanging lamp at a flea market with the idea that I was going to do this but I can't seem to get the red, already chipping paint off!

    Did you seal the paint with anything before finishing or just let it dry?

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  49. LOVE it!! You make me want to redo my whole house white and turquoise! :)

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  50. I love how you've redone this lamp!! I've mentioned your redo here http://fivesixteenthsblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/make-it-mondays-lamp-redo.html on my blog! I hope you'll pop by :)

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  51. Absolutely gorgeous! I love love love this!

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  52. hi trixie, i love your lamp makeover! i did one similar. just found ur blog today and cannot stop staring at it and every post! your photos are great as well as ur inspiration to me! i hope you'll stop by and see my lamp too! thanks, deanna
    http://cottageromance.blogspot.com/2010/08/70s-lamp-makeover.html

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