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.
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.......
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.
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.
I'm happy with the way it turned out, and it only cost $24.00 total.
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More on my custom made finial........