Before and After - Thrifted Lamp Redo

1960's lamp makeover

I picked up this lamp at Goodwill for $2.99 awhile back.


I don't think I ever showed it at {Treasure Trove Tuesday}... I gotta keep some things secret so I have unexpected and interesting things to blog about! So you'll be like... "hey, where'd she get that?!"

It's kind of like when you've grown up in a house... with your parents... you've spent your entire growing up years in that house... with them... you know the house like the back of your hand... you know where everything is... and then one day, your mom or dad pulls something out of some secret, hidden, recessed area of the house and you say... "where the hell did that come from?!"... "Well, we've had it for yeeeaaars" they say!.... WHAT?!?!? How did I live half of my life there and I've never seen that before??!!

Aaanywaaay... I picked it up this lamp with the intention of giving it a makeover and selling it in my space at the antique mall. I liked the design on the lamp and the 1960's mid-century vibe.


I gave it a quick makeover with some creamy off-white spray paint.


It didn't have a shade when I bought it but I had this one out in the garage. I was actually just trying to see what shape and size of shade I needed to find for it before taking it to my space at the antique mall...


But when I put this shade on the lamp a strange thing happened... the heavens opened and the angels started singing and I fell IN. LOVE. with it... ok, that may be a bit of an exaggeration...

But I decided to keep it... that never happens to any of you right??!!

The pattern on the base of the lamp reminds me of a sweater now that it's white.


I decided to add some more shades of white around it with the old doily, an antique clock, and the little owl shaped reed diffuser that my daughter got me for Christmas a few years ago.


What do you think?... I think now I'm on the hunt for another lamp for my antique space!!

20 comments

Vicky Hunt said...

I think if I lived closer, I'd break in your house and steal it! LOL! My first thought was that it reminded me of a cable knit sweater after you painted it and then when you said that, I was like...I'm not the only weirdo around...lol! Seriously though, I wouldn't have been able to part with it either! Have a great weekend!!!

Tuula McPhee said...

Wow! It is really amazing what a little spray paint love will do. The pattern does kinda look like a sweater. It really turned out great. I don't blame you for keeping it, although that never ever happens to me. lol.

GSGreatEscaper said...

Cable knit sweater was my first reaction, too!

becky marshall said...

What a great find, and what a great deal! One of the best spray paint saves I've seen in a long time! Congrats!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Thank you Becky!

Tania

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Thanks for your comment... it's funny how everyone seems to see the sweater in the lamp!

Tania

The Vintage Dresser said...

Yep, my first thought, too---cable knit sweater!! It's unanimous! I love it and how lucky you had the perfect shade.

Shirlee said...

I thought the lamp looks like a cable knit sweater too. Funny how a little spray paint completely transformed the entire look of the lamp. I would keep it too. It fits into your home perfectly.
I'm jealous that you found such an awesome deal. I had been looking for months for a lamp to redo for the husband's office/guestroom. I finally found one I loved at Value Village but paid a lot more. Now if I could just decide on what colour to paint it.

Have a great weekend. :)

Lorna Howells said...

I don't usually like painted up items but this is beautiful - it looks so much nicer and the shade is just perfect.

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Thank you Lorna! I like to leave a lot of things in their natural state too but sometimes a new paint job is just what an item needs! :o)

Tania

Kimberley Seasideave said...

OMG this is amazing...I saw sweater too! I love it painted and that shade is perfect. It's beautiful and I would have snatched it up too!! :)

Donna Wilkes said...

Looks like a high end designer lamp I saw in a store recently. It was $200!

Kathy Moreland said...

Your lamp is really pretty in its new color. Love the shade too. Great vignette!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Thank you Kathy!

Tania

Kimberly Hutmacher said...

Looks great!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

That lamp was truly ugly and your eye is *fabulous* to see the beauty it could be! Yes, I would have kept it too...too pretty to sell and you'd always regret it.

Cathy Carroll said...

I love the transformation -the before was in bad need of a change. The white is perfect and does look a bit like a sweater. Love the shade. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Thank you Cathy!

Tania

Rose FineCraftGuild said...

Wow!!! It's GORGEOUS in off-white. Beautiful. I love how the pattern of it now 'shines through'. Well done. Thank you for linking it up at SHARE IT sunday linky party. A new party will open again tomorrow and I can't wait to see what you'll bring. ~ Till soon, Rose

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Thank you Rose!

Tania